Boroka Downs, Pomonal review: Five-star luxury retreat

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Grampians, VIC

51 Birdswing Road, Halls Gap

Phone: (03) 5356 6243



The location Halls Gap is a tourist town in the heart of the Grampians, the drive there becoming more dramatic the closer you get as it reveals the spine of the mountains that form the rump of the Great Dividing Range. From the pretty little town, you can take various tourist drives offering views that are unrivalled in this southern state. Waterfalls abound and there are nature walks populated by an abundance of wildlife at every turn. There is also plentiful evidence of the earliest days of Aboriginal culture, with many fine examples of rock art on display.

The place Boroka Downs is a five-star luxury retreat that is only a 10 minute drive from Halls Gap. Within its sprawling landscape sit six architect-designed units, each set in secluded bushland. Privacy and sustainability are key themes here, and the accommodation is for couples only. The bungalow has two double bedrooms, but the other five are for single couples only. Each has up-to-the-minute amenities, including fully serviced kitchen, air-conditioning, wood fire and spa. The units command spectacular views of vast tracts of green - generously populated with inquisitive kangaroos, wallabies and emus.

The experience Once installed, the temptation is to stay put. Despite the many spectacular attractions available within a short drive, there is so much to enjoy within your own space. Principally, it is the peace and tranquillity: with surrounding views that amaze, the living areas, bedrooms and bathrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows. That said, at no point is your privacy compromised. Guests can either bring their own food or make use of the extensive and inventive menu available. Fresh, local ingredients can even be delivered to your door, complete with recipe, so you can still enjoy the cooking experience without fretting about the prep. You're invited to raid the vegie and herb garden at will. Great local wines are available at cellar-door prices.

Don't miss How can anyone drive through - or even near - Dunkeld without visiting the Royal Mail Hotel (03 5577 2241; The restaurant, which sits beneath the rocky outcrop of the southern-most tip of the Grampians and is famed for its inventive use of local produce and superlative wines, is the must-have experience here. For those with less well-upholstered wallets, have a drink in the bar, then cross the road to Cafe 109 (03 5577 2288). The home-made pies - at just $5 a pop - are sensational.

Need to know

Cost: Two nights with late checkout or three nights (including Friday or Saturday), $1190. Bungalow (for two couples): two nights, including Friday or Saturday, $800. Single night rates available by consultation.

Where: 255km (3 hours' drive) west of Melbourne.

Children: No.

Pets: No.

Wheelchair access: Yes.