The Willows - Cattlemen's Log Hut

100% Recommended
3 people
Pet-friendly
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 2pm
    Check out before 10am
  • Minimum booking: 2 nights
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
  • Extra People $30 (adult) and $30 (child) / night after 2 people

Host

The Willows High Country Accommodation
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Anglers Rest 3898
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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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Adventures on the Property

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

Packers High Country Horseriding

Discovered by Brook & Brit
The property is scattered with horses everywhere, some of which you can take riding through the high country if you book in advance. Kathy, who is in charge is excellent and makes you feel at ease on the horses. I think it takes around 2 hours, take a water bottle and a small camera. Backpacks are not allowed. Seriously such a peaceful experience riding through the high country by horse, highly recommended....

Fly Fishing

Discovered by Brook & Brit
The Willows provides the ideal base to access and fish the Bundara, Cobungra, Mitta, Gibbo and Victoria Rivers as well as Snowy Creek system. Make sure to bring your rod, and or arrange to have fly fishing lessons before arriving through Kathy....

Sunrise Walk On The Property

Discovered by Brook & Brit
Wake up early and catch the first beams of light over the valley, go for a walk around the property for a great start to the day!...

Hang With The Horses

Discovered by Brook & Brit
The horses hang right outside your doorstep and surrounding the Hut, take some time to go and hang out with them, they are super friendly!...

Catch Dinner In The Backyard

Discovered by Lauren & Alex
After settling in, we decided to take a walk around the property, following the flowing the back porch aqueduct to the river just a few hundred metres from the house. With not much else to do other than relax, we decided to cast a line and came back with 2 perfect sized trout for dinner! We even went back for seconds the next night. Yum!...

Horse Riding

Our rides gives you access to the Victorian High Country that’s remote and off the main tourist track. Venture deep into the bush to explore eucalypt forests and crystal clear rivers or enjoy views of the stunning surrounds - we can organise a day ride that will inspire you....

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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Location

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Adventures Nearby

Here are some details about the adventures nearby. Refer to the map for their location.

Blue Duck Inn

Discovered by Brook & Brit
Located super close to the Willows, less than 5 minuted I would say the Blue Duck Inn is a great spot for an afternoon drink and a bite to eat. It's located in a great spot right by the river....

Sunset Picnics

Discovered by Lauren & Alex
Just a few km's down the road (en route to falls creek) there's plenty of campgrounds to pull into and settle in for a picnic. We enjoyed the running water, the moody sky and yummy lunch here!...

Horse Riding

Discovered by Chris
I was on a beautiful chestnut horse called Mack and Chris had a dark beauty called Tom. We slowly walked our steeds along the river where we loved seeing all the rustic cabins tucked away in the trees. Speak with Helen the owner for more details....

Bush Walk

Discovered by Chris
We were feeling adventurous so we walked up along the river and admired the vast range of red and orange autumn colours that lined the banks; it was stunning. You can also wander the property and give the nearby horses a pat....

Fly Fishing

Discovered by Chris
Fly Fishing, Bundara Valley - Jamie our fly fishing guide picked us up in his Landcruiser and we headed down the dirt road to a section of the Bundara river that provided good access and an abundance of open river. After going through some local knowledge on the river and best flies to use, we started fishing upstream....

Rocky Valley Lake

Discovered by Lauren & Alex
With our canoe strapped to the roof, we set off on a little adventure to find a place to set sail. We headed about 30 minutes towards falls creek and stumbled across this beauty! Came in to cast a line a catch some fish for lunch, it was epic!...

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

Mt Hotham features a massive 320 hectares of skiable terrain. With roughly 75 runs accessed by 13 lifts, there is something to suit everybody's ability. Dinner Plain is also a great family alternative for day trips...

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