Paradoxa is a large studio room in a strawbale house on the farm Newlands5 in the Macedon Ranges, with sweeping views to the river valley and Great Dividing Range, framed in a dense stand of Acacia Paradoxa. Just a ten minute drive to the township of Clarkefield provides access to the Melbourne-Bendigo train line. Timber floors and windowed walls make for a beautiful light filled space, with all the comforts of home, from the double bed and modern bathroom to the sitting, dining and self-catering facilities (fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster, electric frying pan, as well as cutlery, plates, cups, glasses etc).
Treat the farm as your own. Awake to the sound of birds and the sunrise, stroll the paddocks and creek banks, saying hello to the heritage Waler horses and Dexter cows and probably the black swamp wallaby who likes to snack on our tree plantings. Sit on the verandah and watch the kangaroos and the sunset or sunrise over the distant Macedon Ranges or Great Dividing Range. Or head out to the galleries, eateries and wineries in the many historic nearby townships.
Whilst Paradoxa is joined to the house you can be as separate as you wish to be, as there is separate parking and entrance and no direct entry to the main house. Access via wide verandahs is easy should you want to socialise with the household, we are out and about and happy to be around or not as needed. We live on the property and have regular visitors who ride and plant trees and generally join in with life on the farm.
The views are on the widest scale and glorious, over grassland to mountain ranges, with wildlife and original vegetation to enjoy in peace. You could just stay on the farm and regain your sanity! There are many historic places to visit within easy driving distance from Paradoxa, through beautiful countryside. From the city of Bendigo just 90 minutes away by car to the inland port of Eucha on the Murray River 90 minutes in the other direction, and many other villages and townships dotted all around. Gourmet food and wine can be found at every stop, along with good coffee and local arts and crafts.
If you plan to travel with children we can comfortably accommodate a child in a traditional Australian swag on the floor of the room, just enquire at time of booking. We have more than one swag so could squeeze in another child if need be, willing to give it a go if you are of course. No extra charge for swags on the floor. Access to more basic accommodation 10 minutes drive away in the 'D Stable' could also be provided for up to two extra people, just enquire for details and the rate.
We prefer peace and quiet so all can enjoy the benefits of a relaxing country lifestyle. No rowdy late nights please! We are happy to provide social interaction so you can learn more about the farm and the animals and surrounds, or just advice and assistance as you seek out. No smoking preferred due to the rolling grassland surrounds, and no pets as we have our own Chow Chow dogs who think we built the verandahs just for them.
Meet our Heritage Waler horses (and Kangaroos) right at your doorstep on our 120 acre farm
If you have an interest in horses you will love meeting our heritage Waler horse, a unique and special experience. These horses were once known as the finest cavalry horses in the world, now a rare breed but once the Australian horse of choice and at the centre of a thriving export trade. Fall in love with Virtuoso the stallion, and enjoy the antics of the younger Waler set. They are beautiful, curious and very hospitable.
Admire Grady and the girls (our Dexter cows) as you make your way to the creeks and wetland area. They love to receive visitors.
As the property is volcanic grassland which is no longer intensively grazed the wildlife is prolific, we see kangaroos, echidnas, swamp wallabies, lots of grass birds, and parrots, cockatoos, eagles and falcons along with assorted lizards and frogs.
In our spare time we are revegetating the waterways and removing weeds, if you are lucky enough to visit at planting time you could join in if you want to!
Getting around is easy and the scenery is 360 degrees of nature's grandeur
A hire car is the most convenient way of enjoying your stay (we are just 20 minutes from many townships in all directions) but pick up and drop off at Tullamarine airport or Clarkefield (or Sunbury) railway station is available by arrangement. Paradoxa has its own parking area right at the back gate which has the most direct access to the room.
Once you've settled into Paradoxa though you might just want to spend your time enjoying and exploring the property, and relaxing with good music, a book or a meal, soaking up the forever views.
Macedon Ranges & wildlife