The moment one drives off the highway onto a country road, the hustle and bustle of city life is forgotten. Hidden from most in a secluded, Australian outback setting lies Henderson Park, a relaxing farm retreat only a short drive from suburbia. My wife and I arrived in a two wheel drive buzz box car, a city car; 'easy access', to say no more. Henderson Park's atmosphere hits you immediately, relaxed, friendly staff and management greet you with that calm, bush folk nature. You enter the realm of a lifestyle that graziers and farmers have lived for generations and in this case are willing to share some of those secrets with you.
The property lies amidst some wetalnds, a water catchment in the wet season draws a large variety of birds among a myriad of grasslands. A small number of cabins and a lodge fringe the waters of Hedlow Creek creating a tranquil setting in a low key form with just you, your friends and family to enjoy. The creek itself is mystical, sharing stories of the past with ghostly figures of large trees and stunning sillouhettes at dawn and dusk. All this while nature's chorus sets you at ease. Barramundi are stocked into the creek and are a lucky catch while paddling a canoe- supplied- you walk about 15m to launch. Australian history pops to my mind as the creek scene before your eyes could easily be used in any Aussie outback movie. It talks of an era, of droving.
We chose to eat dinner at a nearby pub, a place called 'The Caves'. This pub entertained us with the good service, food and the characters on display. We'd planned our overnight trip under the livening essence of a full moon and the clear night sky allowed the big white light to do its thing. Out bush under a full moon is a pleasant experience.
The farm tour did more than enough to connect you with the location and the lifestyle. Free roaming quiet cattle up to about 900kilograms can be hand patted under the guidance of your tour operator. Kangaroos dot the centre of the property and creek system- and in reality, who knows what other secrets Henderson Park has to offer. Your own persona will draw what it will from the pleasant and relaxing experience. We'll be back for sure. Good books get read more than once!
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Agoda, Hotels.com and Booking.com so you can book your Henderson Park Farm Retreat reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.