We are honoured to be on the ancestral lands of the Birpai people. We acknowledge the First Australians as the traditional custodians of the continent, whose cultures are among the oldest living cultures in human history. We pay respect to the Elders of the community and extend our recognition to their descendants who are present.
Once an old world dairy, the estate as we know it was acquired in the 1960s and established as a commune soon after. The Falls Forest Retreat and the buildings here were purpose built as a place for families to live together in communion surrounded by nature. It is as abundant in local history as it is in flora and fauna.
For decades, babies were raised on the hips of their mothers, while fathers tended to the land in harmony with each other, planting fruit trees and other food crops. Bricks were laid, gardens were sown as a community evolved through the seasons. As years rolled on and the babies grew and arms weakened, the commune slowly came to an end. The estate was subsequently purchased by an investor, who took it upon himself to plant thousands of blackbutt trees, a eucalyptus tree known for being one of the best timbers in Australia. These tall trees sway in the wind in the forest that surrounds us.
While these trees were one day meant for harvest, thus tripling the value of the property, the land was once again put on the market now selling as a cash crop. Along came famous paleobotanist Mary E. White with 60 years of unparalleled scientific knowledge behind her. With the help of her extensive life's research, she discovered a hidden pocket of ancient Gondwana Rainforest had emerged among the limbs of the blackbutts and from the base of the National Park. The planting of these trees had led to a mass rewilding, protecting and regenerating ancient flora and fauna once thought to be extinct here. She purchased the property and immediately went to work and with the help of Sir David Attenborough, acquired 226 acres of forest and turned it into conservation land – a rainforest sanctuary that is forever protected by it's status, no matter whose hands take over. The surrounding is home to a variety of Jurassic flora and fauna some of which are endangered and found nowhere else in the world. It is home to many endangered species such as the gold and green bell frog, giant barred frog and the grey-headed flying fox to name a few. Mary White called it her “legacy to the nation and the planet”. During her time, the late Mary White used this space as a way to educate and share her life's accomplishments in wildlife protection. Upon her retirement, the property was acquired by our family, in search of a peaceful family retreat which we now have the absolute honour and pleasure to share with you.
In the stillness of the day, we hear the echos of the recent past chiming throughout these story-keeping walls and we look forward to sharing it's magic with you and your loved ones.