Japanese Zen Retreat

98% Recommended
4 people
No pets
When you think of Japanese architecture you think of simple and stylish accommodation in a relaxing surrounding and our Japanese Zen Retreat will not disappoint you.

Influenced by the styles of the Kyoto Palace and nestled at the base of a gully, the Zen Retreat has been built on a tranquil pond with only the sound of frogs and kookaburra's to disturb you.

As the sun goes down in the afternoon what better place to be than sitting on the veranda overlooking the pond and drinking a glass of local wine or curling up on the couch in the lounge while the delicate patterns of sunlight on water reflect on the walls and ceiling around you.

Surrounded by a secluded "Bush Style" interpretation of a Japanese Garden the Japanese Zen Retreat is an idyllic setting for a relaxing getaway. The retreat is located in Gippsland on 22 acres of natural bushland at at the foothills of Mount Baw Baw. Explore the region bushwalking through rainforests to visit one of Victoria's tallest trees or discover one of the oldest wooden trestle bridges.

Features and Amenities

2 bedrooms
2 beds
1 bathroom
Air conditioning


  • Check in after 3pm
    Check out before 11am
  • Weekday minimum booking: 2 nights
    Weekend minimum booking: 2 nights
Cancellation Policy: Receive a 50% refund (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

Additional Information

IMPORTANT: please note the retreat is not suitable for children under 12 due to the proximity to water and no handrail. Infants up to 3 months are fine.

- Two queen beds
- Large living area with TV, DVD/CD player and universal iPod docking station
- Kitchen with Double Hob, Microwave, Fridge, Tea and coffee provided
- Spa bath and separate shower
- Sliding shoji screens
- Timber flooring
- Country Basket Breakfast Hamper (Vegetarian and diet specific options available, please advise at time of booking)


  • Base Price $250 / night
  • Weekend Price $300 / night
  • Security Deposit $200
  • Extra People $75 (adult) and $75 (child) / night after 2 people


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The creators of Mira Mira, Nobby and Sheila Ward have been renovating and creating homes in Melbourne's South Eastern Suburbs for 20 years. 10 years ago they decided to retire and purchased 22 acres of blackberry infested land in Crossover, Victoria.
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The Jindi Caf

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Carl gave us what turned out to be a great recommendation - an antique style cafe with plenty of personality. Iced coffees and scones was a great call....

Charlis Lookout

Discovered by Arianna
We decided to briefly stop at Little Charli’s lookout. We spotted this cute picnic area on the way back to our accomodation which offers views of the Tarago Reservoir and the mountains....

Apex Picnic Area Lookout

Discovered by Trent
We spotted the lookout earlier in the day - it was only nine minutes from home and we thought it could be a great option for the iconic duo: Sunset and Red wine. The sky lit up over the valley and it was a doozy!...

Alpine Trout Farm

Discovered by Trent
After seeing so many fishermen around the area, we decided to quench the thirst and headed to the Alpine Trout Farm. Being a farm we thought it would be a piece of cake but it wasn’t for some (the boys). We eventually walked away with enough for dinner!...

Noojee Hotel

Discovered by Arianna
Hungry after the walk, we agreed on a late lunch at the very busy local pub in the town of Noojee....

Toorongo Amphitheatre Falls

Discovered by Arianna
We decided to jump in our car and drive north towards the Toorongo Falls Reserve to explore the area. From the carpark, we followed the sign that pointed to the Toorongo and Amphitheatre waterfalls....

Noojee Trestle Bridge Walk

Surrounded by towering forest, follow the old railway line from Noojee to one of the only remaining historic timber trestle bridges in Victoria. The walk is 6km return....

Ada Tree Rainforest Walk

This walk leads you through myrtle beech rainforest to the beautiful Ada Tree. Admire this giant mountain ash that is one of Victoria's largest trees. The Ada Tree is at least 300 years old, 76 metres tall with a circumference of 15 metres. The walk is 3.2km return....

Tooronga Falls Noojee

A return track through the Toorongo Falls Reserve leads you to the impressive viewing platforms for Toorongo and Amphitheatre Falls. Watch the water cascade down and experience the beauty of these natural falls. The walk is an easy 2.2km return....

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