Kangaroos in the Top Paddock

in Wartook, Victoria, AU


Hugging a high ridge on the privacy of 22 acres with unsurpassed mountain views to North and South, Kangaroos in the Top Paddock also adjoins the Grampians National Park.

Secluded and self-contained, on 22 acres of unspoilt bushland bordering the beautiful Grampians National Park. Expect spectacular views. The many kangaroos graze peacefully at dawn and dusk, when the sun paints the mountain ranges a glowing pink.

The fire-resistant rammed earth structure is designed to blend with the beauty and tranquility of the unspoilt natural surroundings. Purpose-built as a retreat for busy adults, Kangaroos in the Top Paddock sleeps four between the style and warmth of its rammed-earth walls.


4 guests
Minimum Booking 2 nights

Accommodates 4 people (Two bedrooms with Queen size beds)

No detail has been spared; every glance brings a new discovery – from the polished terra-cotta floors inset with river pebbles to the hand-forged door fittings and colourful textiles. The stone fireplace with its cosy wood fire forms a relaxing focal point in winter.

The density of the rammed earth walls maintain an even temperature. Building materials are predominantly earth, timber and stone – all textiles are natural fibres.

Windows are oriented to both capture the magnificent views and to take advantage of the of the morning sun, which in winter, casts a warm glow on the vine-covered front terrace which, in autumn, is ablaze with colour. The afternoon sun fills the rear walled citrus and herb gardens with warmth and aroma. In summer, the shady vine-clad pergola has a cooling effect.

Native plantings attract a host of diverse birds and animals to the garden. The mass planting of native Thryptomene is a wonderful sight when it flowers in early spring. All water used is harvested from absolutely pristine rainwater. Greywater and composting minimise waste and environmental impact.

A central slow-burning wood fire utilises fallen timber on the site. We do ask all guests to be conscious of wood, water and electricity consumption as these are now precious resources upon the earth.

The 2 bedrooms have stylishly different décor , both with queen beds and full ensuite bathrooms. The retreat commands inspiring mountain views from each window. Watch the many native birds and the kangaroos grazing outside your bedroom window. Privacy is ensured - each bedroom is separated by a vast living area.

MID WEEK Per Night ~
Sun - Thurs
$260 (1 couple)
$300 (2 singles)
$450 (2 couples)
$300 (1 couple/ 1single)

WEEKEND Per night ~
$280 (1 Couple)
$320 (2 Singles)
$470 (2 Couples)
$320 (1 couple/ 1single)
MID WEEK SPECIAL: Stay 4 nights for the price of 3 (Mon-Thurs)

Please note - Minimum two-night reservation policy

Adventure Details

Discover all the information you need for your Riparide adventure. Activities to excite and challenge and natural beauty to quiet and centre the mind. Head outside to explore a world of adventure and fulfilled living.



Explore the Grampians National Park – discover a series of rocky sandstone mountain ranges and spectacular forests rich with wildlife. There are a variety of walks to choose from – Pick from an easy stroll to a full day adventure or even the multi-day Grampians Peaks Trail hike.

Mt Arapiles
Mt Arapiles is an epic peak located west of Horsham. The mountain contains more than 2,000 climbs, varying from easy ascents for first-timers to level 30 climbs. The peak claims some of the most dramatic and challenging rock formations in Australia. Thanks to a combination of dependable weather and a wide array of cliffs, pinnacles and bluffs.

Grampians National Park
The Grampians National Park contains hundreds of exhilarating climbs, particularly on the rugged cliff faces of Mounts Stapylton and Rosea. The perfect way to begin your rock climbing and abseiling adventure is to contact a local adventure company who offer a range of climbing and abseiling courses, including introductory lessons for the novice and programs covering advanced skills for even the most knowledgeable climber.

The Grampians National Park is the ideal place to hit the water for a paddle. Cruise the streams, lakes and creeks and enjoy the stunning landscapes and soak up the natural beauty. Either bring your own kayak or you are able to hire canoes and kayaks from local operators and set out on the waters of lakes Bellfield, Wartook, Fyans and Hamilton. Bring your fishing gear and cast a line while you’re enjoying the scenery. Feel alive by paddling and exploring the lakes and soaking up nature from your kayak.

Take advantage of the region's narrow bush trails for some thrilling mountain bike riding. Tracks deliver numerous grades and terrains for all skill levels and are suitable for mountain and hybrid bikes. Either bring your own or you can hire bikes and go exploring at your own pace.



Mackenzie Falls - Halls Gap
There are several waterfalls to explore at the Grampians, the most popular being the impressive Mackenzie Falls. This is one of Victoria's largest waterfalls and flows all year. It’s an easy walk to an observation platform, that overlooks Broken Falls or you can take a more energetic route down the stairs for a closer look at the cascading Mackenzie Falls.

Beehive Falls - Halls Gap
Relish the serenity and soak up Mother Nature at her most beautiful at this pretty waterfall. A rolling path leads to the base of the falls where seasonal rains fill fern-lined rock pools. It's approximately a 1.5-hour return loop from the Beehive Falls car park.

Unwind, switch off and enjoy the many lakes in the region. Whether its floating on a lilo or tube in summer or rugging up for a lakeside picnic and meander in autumn or spring. There is a beautiful lake to suit every season and landscape. Explore Lake Fyans, Rocklands Reservoir, Lake Lonsdale, Lake Bellfield and Lake Wartook and soak up the natural beauty and peace.

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Hugging a high ridge on the privacy of 22 acres with unsurpassed mountain views to North and South, Kangaroos in the Top Paddock also adjoins the Grampians National Park.

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