The Willows - Cattlemen's Hut

Cabin in Anglers Rest, VIC
100% Recommended
3 people
No pets
If you dream of leaving the modern world behind and immersing yourself in the great outdoors, then a stay at The Willows could be just the ticket.

Located near Anglers Rest in the remote and ruggedly beautiful Bundarra Valley, The Willows is an authentic working horse property offering homely accommodation and warm hospitality. An hour from Falls Creek and a stone’s throw from the Bundarra, Mitta Mitta, and Cobungra Rivers, it’s an ideal base to explore the region’s fantastic cycling, mountain biking, bushwalking, seasonal white water rafting, fly fishing, and horse riding opportunities. And when you come home, you can enjoy a hot shower, tasty meal, and campfire under a blanket of a million stars in one of The Willow’s High Country huts.

The Cattlemen's Hut is a comfortable and rustic cabin with a wood burning fire. We're near the Alpine National Park in a ruggedly beautiful part of the High Country. Our remoteness means we rely on solar so mobile reception is zero or patchy, ideal for a "digital detox". But with horse riding, fishing, hiking opportunities galore, you'll want to ditch your phone and immerse yourself in nature.
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Features and Amenities

1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bathroom
BBQ
Indoor fireplace
Kid-friendly

Details

  • Check in after 10am
    Check out before 10am
  • Minimum booking: 1 night
Cancellation Policy: Receive a 50% refund (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

Additional Information

THE HUTS
There are two huts. O'Connells Hut is a cattlemen's log hut that was built in 1904 and the Iron Hut is a corrugated iron hut that was originally built as a 'men's shed' workshop in the 1940s. Both huts offer comfortable, rustic, self-contained accommodation for people who love outdoor life, wood burners, gas lights, camp fires and an outdoor dunny.

The huts have one open plan kitchen/living area with a double and single bed, and a bathroom off to the side of the main room. Towels and linen are provided, and dogs that are kept under control or on a lead are welcome.

Due to our remote location, there is no main power. The property relies on solar and a small hydro system so appliances such as hairdryers won't work. There is no television and mobile reception is pretty patchy. However, you'll be only too happy to turn off your phone and tune into the beauty of your surrounds.

But if you are after a little company, then we recommend you drop in to the Blue Duck for a beer, bite to eat and a yarn with the locals. Perched on the banks of the Cobungra River and just 3km down the road from us, it's a lovely little watering hole to while away a few hours.

RATES
Historic Huts - Each hut accommodates 2 people for $150 /night. An additional 2 people can stay for $150/night in the second hut.

You'll find us at The Willows, 322 Callaghans Road, Anglers Rest, Victoria.
We're about 6hrs from Melbourne via Omeo, Falls Creek, Mt Hotham, Bairnsdale or Mitta Mitta.
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Prices

  • Base Price $150 / night
  • Cleaning Fee $30

Adventures on the Property

These are the exclusive natural wonders and outdoor activities within the property boundaries.

Horse Riding

This adventurous day ride gives you access to a beautiful section of the Victorian High Country that’s remote and off the main tourist track. Tour operator and experienced horsewoman Helen Packer has been running trail rides in this region for nearly 30 years. And her extensive local knowledge means that she can offer a range of exciting horse riding experiences. Whether you want to venture deep into the bush to explore eucalypt forests and crystal clear rivers or enjoy views of the stunning surrounds and spot local wildlife, Helen can organise a day ride that will inspire you.

This day ride is about relaxing and immersing yourself in nature and enjoying the company of your horse. But beware, once you head over the horizon you may never want to return to reality.
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Fly Fishing

The Bundara River flows at the bottom of the property. The trout fishing is as legendary as the High Country and the Cattlemen that rode them. The Willows provides the ideal base to access and fish the Bundara, Cobungra, Mitta, Gibbo and Victoria Rivers as well as Snowy Creek system. Fly Fishermen have long recognised The Willows and the region as providing the pinnacle of Fly Fishing opportunities in Victoria.

Each spring the snow melt from the Bogong High Plains feeds the catchments many tributaries ensuring a cool and reliable flow all season sustaining a wild Brown and Rainbow Trout fishery unrivalled anywhere else in Victoria.
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Hiking & Mountain Bike Riding

If you love bushwalking and cycling, then our position on the edge of the Alpine National Park makes us a great base from which to explore the region on foot or two wheels. Just 45 minutes up the road is Mount Wills. A moderately challenging 3km hike, we think this walk has one of the best reward for effort ratios in the region because the views at the top are truly breathtaking. Enjoy panoramic views of the High Country that includes a view to Mount Kosciusko in New South Wales on a clear day. The trail head starts at the Tallangata Ski Club.

Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain alpine resorts are all within easy reach of us. All three resorts have a plethora of diverse walking trails, road cycling routes and mountain bike tracks that can be accessed in spring and summer.
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Rivers

For some the lure of the High Country is not in our sweeping alpine vistas, but in the iconic mountain rivers and lakes. The Bundara, Cobungra, Mitta and Victoria Rivers Rivers flow through the picturesque countryside. Find a shady spot under a tree for a picnic and cool off in the pristine waters in summer. Floating around on a lilo or tubing is a popular past time....

Falls Creek and Mount Bogong High Plains

Explore the rich alpine history alive in the hills and aqueducts surrounding Falls Creek. The walking and hiking trails expose you to the beauty and majesty of the Bogong High Plains.

Explore the undulating plains for the vibrant alpine wildflowers, breathe the clean air and take in the beautiful views. If you are lucky you might also catch a glimpse of wild brumbies. Historic huts, regenerating fire-damaged snow gums and Mt Bogong itself are a constant reminder of the living spirit of the region.
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Snow Sports at Falls Creek

Falls Creek features a massive 450 hectares of skiable terrain - that's the largest of any resort in Victoria. With roughly 90 runs accessed by 14 lifts, there is something to suit everybody's ability....

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Packers High Country Horserides
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We are located in the remote and beautiful Bundarra Valley. We operate horse treks in the region and offers accommodation at our homestead — The Willows. Our extensive local knowledge means that we can offer a range of exciting horse riding experiences and advice on other regional outdoor adventures. If you want to explore the region on foot, bike, horse or with a fishing rod, we can point you in the right direction.
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