The Ultimate Cosy Spot

Holy smokes! Grayling Gift is one beautiful place.

The old converted church is incredibly comfortable and cosy. The hosts are lovely and have put in an incredible effort to make this place super unique. Every little detail is taken care of so we had everything we needed (and more) for our stay. We spent our time here by the fireplace playing board games and eating.

On our first day here it rained the whole time, but the crazy weather didn't stop us from having a great time! We loved hanging out on the couch and listening to music, just enjoying the space. The sky cleared later that night, and we decided to step outside to get some fresh air. I'm so glad we did! We were mind blown by the number of stars in the sky. Stargazing in regional Victoria is one of my favourite things to do, so we grabbed a couple of blankets and headed into the yard with hot chocolate in hand! A must-do if you're staying here on a clear night.

The next day the sun was shining so we jumped in the car and drove towards the town of Beaufort, 20 mins away from Grayling. After grabbing a coffee and going for a little stroll around town, we headed to Mount Buangor State Park, a short drive away.

We were surprised by how beautiful this park is, and the images online don't do it justice. We were the only ones in the park that morning, and it felt very peaceful. If you love spotting wildlife, this is the perfect spot. There are wallabies and birds everywhere, so keep an eye out as the bush is quite thick.

On our way back to Grayling, we decided to go for a relaxed and short stroll around the lake in Beaufort. As you follow the path, you'll come across 12 art installations featuring stories and traditions from the traditional owners of the land, the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Djab Wurrung tribes.

The clouds rolled in again after lunch, so we went back to our accommodation and spent some more time by the fire.
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Things We Did

  • Starry sky
  • Lake
  • Waterfall
  • Hike
  • Food & Drink
Night sky watching
I know it's hard to leave the warmth of the fireplace to take a look outside at night but I promise it will be worth it! This accommodation is far enough from Melbourne's light pollution so on a clear night you can perfectly see the Milky Way. In Winter the core is right above the accommodation. Amazing!...
Walk the Koori Art Trail
A relaxing 2 kilometres walk you can do around Beaufort lake, best on a sunny day!

There are 12 art installations along the way that pay homage to the flora, fauna, and traditions of the traditional owners of the land, the Wadawurrung, Dja Dja Wurrung and the Djab Wurrung tribes.

Start the trail Boat Ramp in the Goldfields Recreations Reserve.
This is a great walk if you enjoy bird watching too!
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Loop hike to Ferntree Waterfalls
This is a beautiful and easy hike to see the Cascade and Ferntree waterfalls. Follow the path that starts at the Ferntree visitor area. This little hike only takes 45mins to complete. We saw lots of wallabies and birds and we were the only ones in the park so we had the place all for ourselves....
Two Mile Circuit
After visiting the waterfalls, you can follow a different trail. We picked the Two Mile Circuit which starts from the Ferntree camping area and takes 45 mins to complete. Perfect spot for bird watching and spotting some big wallabies!...
Yellow Espresso Cafe
A quick stop in Ballarat on the way to the property for a brekkie and coffee fix!...

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