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Discover Australian Wildlife on Your Doorstep
Yering Gorge Cottages provides a stunning natural setting where bushland intersects with the Yarra River against the backdrop of the Christmas Hills and Dividing Ranges. Our guests have the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife during their stay. We have a philosophy to ensure that the natural vegetation is maintained and extended whilst enhancing the natural beauty of the experience through the re-vegetation of areas to improve flora and fauna diversity and to replenish the surrounding bushland with new life. The planting of indigenous species is integral to achieve our objectives and will further encourage growth of these species within our private Nature Reserve.
Discover kangaroos, wombats and echidnas roaming wildly in their natural habitat; and with three kilometres of the Yarra River running through the property, our family of breeding platypus have been known to make special appearances. With over 85+ species of native bird life within the 120-acre private nature reserve including Eastern and Crimson Rosellas, Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos, Kookaburras, Rainbow Lorikeets, several Grass Parrots and Owl species, Kingfishers and nesting Wedge Tail Eagles – a pair of binoculars should be at the top of the ‘to pack list’.
Yering Gorge Cottages provides an idyllic setting within an hour of Melbourne – perfect for nature lovers and those wanting to escape the city. Surrounded by birds and wildlife, kangaroos roam freely throughout the property; you might find a cockatoo landing on your railing as you start-up the barbeque or have a wombat join you on a morning walk along the river. Guests always depart wishing they’d stayed an extra night or two.
With 12km of bush walking trails through our 120-acre Nature Reserve, walkers and bikers will find many species of native flora along the way whilst enjoying panoramic views of the surrounding Yarra Valley upon reaching the summit. Experience the unique geological structure and natural beauty of Yering Gorge and discover the perfect picnic spot on the banks of the Yarra River.
Some interesting facts about Yerring Gorge & Sugarloaf Reservoir
- Yering Gorge is a unique geological structure as one of the rare places in the world where a river flows from a plain into a gorge (the reverse is usually the case). Yering Gorge is part of the catchment area for the nearby Sugarloaf Reservoir State Reserve which is tucked away in the Christmas Hills
- Sugarloaf Reservoir was developed by Melbourne Water during the late 1970’s to help supplement Melbourne’s domestic water supply. Unlike many other reservoirs, which draw their water directly from protected forested catchments, Sugarloaf is fed by the Maroondah Aqueduct and Yarra River via the Sugarloaf Pipeline. Upon leaving the reservoir, water is treated at the Winneke Water Treatment before distribution to Melbourne.