The SpaceThe house itself is a lovely old, character home. Humble, wood, wood, wood and comfortable. The front veranda faces south and is always cool in Summer - a great reading spot. Your room is definitely quite Australiana - with period furniture and the austere simplicity and elegance we love about the old Australian home. Great beds and Australian timber everywhere. Some nice pieces of art here and there. The house is full of books & magazines to take advantage of. I love furniture - there are some distinctive arm chairs - just pick your favorite. I have a wood stove in the Lounge, Gas heater on the back veranda and other heaters. There are playing cards, divinatory cards and board games for small children.
Over-head fans in all the bedrooms.
"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero. Guest AccessI will have some keys for you and you can park in the yard. Guests can treat the whole house and garden as their home while they stay (excluding my rooms).
There is a big sitting room which easily seats 7-10 people at once and is great for watching movies, scouring through the picture books, novels and magazines. You can take movies or books to your room, the garden or the veranda. The dining area which is on the sunny eastern corner and the back stairs are beautiful places to watch the sky and the view and to enjoy early morning sunshine. The kitchen is a warm, country kitchen - you can cook anything and it has great views and plenty of space. Self-catering is not a problem with the room set up to allow for two cooks at any one time if necessary - and there are two fridges. Still dreaming of the dish washer installation - but its coming. Interaction with GuestsI enjoy meeting and greeting guests and introducing them to the best spots in the house and surrounds but then I leave you to your day. Sometimes I work in my home office, sometimes I drive to Warwick to work. I am always available on mobile phone unless I am deep in the mountains.
Guests will definitely notice the peace and quiet of Killarney - enjoying the relative silence of the house and garden and the peaceful sounds of the activities of a sleepy town of just 900 people. I have a basket of information on local attractions to reference.
I love the sounds of people enjoying the house and life so if you end up staying up all night playing cards or whatever - all fine with me. I sleep through anything. You can also take meals/drinks to the garden on trays provided if you want to. And there are fabulous fire places in the garden too - wood on-site.
All day tea, coffee and hot chocolate - self-serve. The NeighborhoodKillarney is set in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range and a ten minute drive from Queen Mary Waterfalls which they say is the original head waters of the Darling River - flowing all the way to Victoria. I love to visit the Falls which is a very easy and a short bush walk. In Summer a dip in the water before it heads over the Falls feels positively baptism-like. I also love the café over the road from the Falls and the birds you can see in that vicinity - some of whom are also in my garden. The bird life is fabulous here. There is a more upmarket café/restaurant at Carr's Lookout, (Spring Creek Cafe) with stunning views into the Cambonoora Gorge on that road also. You can also drive in to the Cambonoora Gorge if you have a four-wheel drive - 14 river crossings - just stunning. Drives everywhere around Killarney are scenic and the skies each day are always a notable feature for enjoyment. Cycling is great around Killarney - quiet roads. Think about where you want to spend Sunset each day - its always special - you don't want to miss it. Great from my front veranda. Getting AroundDrive - or hire a car and drive over Cunningham's Gap and then left at the Cedar Route - to Queen Mary Waterfall - through four little rural villages - Freestone, Emu Creek, Yangan and Tannymorel - before arriving at beautiful Killarney. Or drive to Boonah - Rathdowney Road for 15 minutes and then left to Queen Mary Falls and Killarney - fabulous scenic drive best taken in daylight as the roads are not well lit and it can be slow and windy - but very very beautiful. If you catch a bus to Warwick - let me know and I can pick you up from there. Crisps Bus Service. In Killarney it is easy to walk to everything or hire a bicycle. Outside Killarney village sights - less easy to access without a car. Other Things to NoteThe house is a ten minute walk to the Hotel or cafe's. There are four cafes, and 2 museums. The golf course is at the end of the street. It costs $6 for 9 holes and $10 for eighteen holes and there is an Honesty Box for paying up - BYO Clubs. So dam cute. Great for late afternoon games as the sunsets are very big out on the Downs.
You can always just Eat, Sleep, Relax in the Garden and Repeat! This is also a great place to study, read, write, finish the PHD, make art, water colour painting - definitely great for relaxing, reflecting or re-grouping.
Bird Watching and Photography also enjoyable here.
If you have a four-wheel drive you can explore the Cambanoora Gorge - or you can cycle there - I have two bicycles available ($10.00 per day hire). There is an excellent Vintage Timber Tour just near Killarney - you can book in for that through the Killarney Heritage Center. Probably mostly a bloke and boys thing, maybe father/son trip as it has a lot to do with innovative ingenious, self-made, motorised equipment as well as the timber. Fellars love it.
There's plenty to see whether you drive around or ride, and an endless variety of picnic spots. There are some beautiful places to eat locally and in the closest large town of Warwick (30mins drive).
There are some amazing experiences connected with early white settlement also - Glengallen Homestead - awesome and slightly eerie experience, visit Abby of the Roses in Warwick, or book on the old Steam Train which is also a great way to see some of the local country. The Jumpers and Jazz Festival in July is a fantastic event.
Killarney's very own Heritage Centre and RSL Museum are both very good. I like the two little Art Gallery's on the main drag too. Easy to find a bargain there that's for sure!