Tolmie - The Bunkhouse - Victorian High Country, Victoria
The Bunkhouse is perfectly positioned on our 95 acre property on the entrance to the Mansfield State Forest in the Victorian High Country.
The area is used widely by bushwalkers, horse trail riders, mountain bikers, fisherman and off roaders in their 4wd's. (STRICTLY No dirt bikes or guns permitted. We also only recommend OFF Road vans and camper trailers due to the steepness in some parts of our driveway and access to some campsites)
We offer open plan, fully self cater, bunkhouse style accommodation to sleep up to 6 people (2 inc in base price), we could squeeze a couple more in if desired. Camping is available for people who are fully self contained in a camper trailer in some of the more remote parts of our property or in campers and tents closer to the camp kitchen and full bathroom.
We also provide an area for those who just want to have a secure area to park their car while spending time in the forest either walking or riding. As a security precaution we will also document your intended route and expected return day and time and if for some reason you don't arrive on time we will alert the authorities, this will only be done by request. Non powered camping will be available from Cup weekend in November 2018 and will include facilities such as a camp kitchen and en-suite shower and toilet. We also offer a tent hire service where we put up and take down the hire tent for you. Single bed thick foam mattress's will also be available for hire so all you will need to bring is your sleeping bag and pillow. The mattress's, chairs, tables and some cooking equipment will be available for hire for those with their own tents as well.
We have many portable fire pits available for us as well as several permanent fire safe pits for larger groups. Firewood is available to purchase or you can scavenge your own on the property.
Horse trail riders are also encouraged to bring their own horses with them and graze them in our paddocks while they are not being ridden. As we are on an access road to the High Country our property would also be a great spot for 4wd clubs to use as a meeting point on a Friday night for an early take off into the tracks the next morning, or just as a base camp, we offer reduced rates for large groups. We are also a pet friendly property, as long as your dogs are kept on lead and are not a problem with other visitors, horses or livestock they will be welcome.
We also offer a "Pack Horse" & "Pick up/Drop off" service for people/groups that would like to stay overnight at their destination or walk one way to a place that they either walk or ride to. If you hire tents from us we will also put them up for you so when you get to camp its all done. We will carry your tents, food and equipment etc, set up hire tents, get a fire started and most importantly reserve your spot. We will return the next morning and collect the packed trailer/gear. If you do a one way walk either there or back we will pick you up at the end of the day and bring you back to our Farmstay or your car in our secure car park or drop you off in the morning and you walk back to our location. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
THE BUNKHOUSE ACCOMMODATION / FREE WIFI
An open plan area divided off into two bedroom zones with a kitchen/dining and living area in the centre. Panoramic windows will share the view of our property and any horses or livestock that may be in the paddocks. It currently sleeps up to 6 people with 1 x Queen bed, 2 x single beds, 2 x bunk beds, we can squeeze a couple more in if necessary as there is quite a lot of floor space. The single beds can also be moved together if a couple needs to use them as a king bed. It has a separate shower and toilet and a full sized kitchen with stove and refrigerator. All bedding and towels are provided as well as body/hand soap at no extra charge. The temperatures in Tolmie over summer are usually around 5 degrees cooler than the advertised expected high so air conditioning is not required but we do have a wood heater if the nights get a bit cool and fans to move the air around. The calendar will show the availability of the Bunkhouse Accommodation option and is bookable for 2 people for $80 per night (no discount for less than 2), $10 per night per person for more than 2. A security deposit of $200 is required via pre authorisation on a credit card at check in. It will be cancelled after the checkout inspection has been completed and no problems have been found. All bedding is provided, however you may prefer to bring your own pillow. Please bring towels and face washers etc. We do also provide body soap, coffee, tea and sugar, please bring your own milk.
KIMBERLEY CAMPER TRAILER / WiFi Hotspot available
We also offer our own personal Kimberley Camper Trailer for on site hire only. Sleeps as standard up to 4 people and is fully kitted out with everything you would need to camp comfortably. Includes a Queen bed and single/double mattress, camp chairs etc and has a hard floor inside the camper and a soft floor in the annexe. You may find a tent too small or not comfortable or maybe you just want to try one on for size before investing in purchasing one second hand ?? More details in the booking section. From $100 per night.
A security deposit of $200 is required via pre authorisation on a credit card at check in. It will be cancelled after the checkout inspection has been completed and no problems have been found.
CAMPING / WIFI Hotspot available
There are some amazing views to be enjoyed from the more remote spots on our property while camping, these sites are only suitable for fully self contained campers.There are also several quite beautiful spots that are within walking distance for campers/tents that require the use of our camp kitchen and bathroom ensuite. Campfires can only be used if you have your own freestanding Pit Fire or if you use one of ours (supplied Free of charge), there is currently plenty of firewood around on the property if you choose to collect and cut it yourself, pre cut and dried firewood is available for purchase. Booking is via enquiry only, the calendar will only show the availability of the Bunkhouse Accommodation option. Camp sites are available from $25 per vehicle per night (inc 5 people), lodge an enquiry through "check availability" on this site all bookings include the use of the camp kitchen and shower and toilet ensuite. Tents and single bed mattress's, table and chairs are also available for hire.
Groups of 5 vechicles or more are $20 per vehicle per night, event pricing for whole property to be quoted.
TENT HIRE / WIFI Hotspot available
We have a range of tents available for hire, simply enter the qty of people that you need to house in a tent and we will choose the most appropriate tent for you. The booking will include payment for your camping site plus one person and will then add the per person tent hire amount accordingly after 1 person. We also have several other items availble for hire, tables and chairs etc. You will also have access to the camp kitchen and toilet/shower ensuite etc. First person includes the site hire and tent hire from $45 each person after that is $20 per night. Stays longer than 5 nights are available at a reduced rate.
SECURE VEHICLE PARKING
If you would like to leave your vehicle in a secure area of our property with your valuables either locked away in your car or in our possession there is a charge of $10 per night for uncovered and $20 covered (locked garage). We have a secure area right next to our home away from the camping and accommodation area with one entry in or out. We also have movement activated night/day surveillance cameras installed for added security. We will keep your keys inside our home in a safe and will give you a token that must be returned to claim the keys. You may like to add a nights camping (from $25 per vehicle per night) at the beginning or end of your hike, at this stage you will need to be fully self contained and your vehicle can stay with you or go into the compound while you camp, depending on what time you intend heading off. If you want to leave before 9am your car will need to be impounded the night before. If you want to use the secure parking for only one day ie: 9am till 6pm same day, the same 24 hr charge of $10 per day will apply, we don't do half day charging. As a security precaution we will also document your intended route and expected return day and time and if for some reason you don't arrive on time we will alert the authorities, this will only be done by request.
PACK HORSE & PICK UP/DROP OFF SERVICE
PACK HORSE - Available for our guests/customers that use our accommodation/camping or secure parking. We will take your gear tents/food/equipment etc to your final destination and collect it the next morning. Bookings are essential for this service as we do need to wait until someone from the group arrives to keep the site secured. This service is most suitable for large groups. It is priced as a flat rate depending on the distance to be travelled.
PICK UP / DROP OFF - For guests who would like to do a long or overnight walk we will either pick you and your gear up at the end of your walk or take you to the end destination with your gear and you return/walk to The Bunkhouse property at the end of the day or after a night or two out camping. Bookings essential.
*** BOOKINGS ARE ONLY AVAILABLE DURING SPRING (Mid October), SUMMER & AUTUMN (Mid May)AND ARE ESSENTIAL , NO DROPPING IN PERMITTED, Payment is Cash on Arrival for all options and services, lodge your enquiry through "check availability" on this site.
STRICTLY NO DIRT BIKES OR GUNS PERMITTED ON THE PROPERTY. DIRT BIKE EVENTS WELCOME IF WHOLE PROPERTY IS BOOKED
OutsideCharcoal grill BBQ, Shared Garden
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Tolmie is approximately 30km North East from Mansfield. If driving up from the South with a horse float you have two roads from Mansfield to choose from, Mansfield Whitfield road or Old Tolmie road. If you have a fairly powerful vehicle use Old Tolmie road as it is a steep drive pretty much straight up. Where Mansfield Whitfield road is slightly more gradual but has more bends one after the other nearest the top. Cambatong Road is on the north side of the Tolmie town (the pub) right opposite the Wangaratta Shire sign. Coming from Wangaratta you would come from Whitfield, that road is also quite bendy steep and narrow in places so allow plenty of time to do it slowly. Coming from Benalla you would have to come through Mansfield. It sounds a little daunting but we'll worth the effort and we just need to prepare you so you don't get any surprises.