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Lavender Vale Cottage

Kwiambal National Park

Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Lavender Vale Cottage.

Getting there and parking

Lavender Vale Cottage is in the northwest precinct of Kwiambal National Park. The Cottage is approximately 1hr 45min drive from Tenterfield and 1hr 15min drive from Inverell.

You'll receive PIN codes with your booking confirmation to access the keys to the cottage. Contact 13000 72757 if you have not received your code. Fees may apply for lost keys.

From Tenterfield:

  • Travel west along the Bruxner Highway for approximately an hour.
  • Turn left on to the Ashford-Bonshaw Road just before Bonshaw and travel south to the small town of Ashford
  • From here, travel along Inverell Street in Ashford and turn right on to Limestone Road. Follow this road for 16km and at the intersection of Limestone Road and Sandy Creek Road turn right, and continue on to Kwiambal National Park.
  • Continue past the Limestone Caves and turn left on to Macintyre Falls Road. 
  • The entrance to Lavender Vale Precinct has a post and rail fence, and is directly opposite the intersection with Lemon Tree Flat Road.  Access to the cottage is through the locked gate with the ‘Authorised Personnel Only’ sign. 

From Inverell:

  • From the Gwydir Highway follow the signs at Mansfield Street and turn right on to Byron Street. Travel north along Byron Street which turns into Ashford Road and passing Kamilaroi Park on your left. Alternatively, take the Jardine Road bypass on the western side of town to reach Ashford Road.
  • Travel north along Ashford Road for about an hour, and once at Ashford turn left on to Frazer Street.
  • Follow Frazer Street as it turns on to Wallangra Road and head west to the intersection with Sandy Creek Road.
  • Turn right on to Sandy Creek Road and follow for 6km until the intersection with Limestone Road.
  • From here turn left and continue on to Kwiambal National Park.
  • Continue past the Limestone Caves and turn left on to Macintyre Falls Road. 
  • The entrance to Lavender Vale Precinct has a post and rail fence, and is directly opposite the intersection with Lemon Tree Flat Road.  Access to the cottage is through the locked gate with the ‘Authorised Personnel Only’ sign.

Road quality

There's no vehicle access from the cottage to the river. 

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Off-street parking is available for a number of vehicles at Lavendar Vale Cottage.

Best times to visit

There are lots of great things waiting for you in Kwiambal National Park. Here are some of the highlights.

Spring

Between the warmer months of September and March, spectacular wildflower displays decorate the bush beneath white cypress pines.

Summer

The many swimming opportunities, including rivers, secluded beaches, and even a plunge pool, makes Kwiambal a terrific destination in the height of summer.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

16.9°C and 30.6°C

Highest recorded

41.2°C

Winter temperature

Average

2.7°C and 18°C

Lowest recorded

-6.3°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

January

Driest month

June

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

160mm

Facilities

  • The cottage is fully furnished. It has a well-equipped kitchen, lounge room, 3 bedrooms, bathroom with hot shower and bath, separate toilet and a laundry.
  • Bedding configuration: 1 double bed, 1 single trundle bed, 4 single beds, 1 double sofa bed.
  • Pillows are provided
  • Gas stove and oven
  • Fridge with freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, dishwasher.
  • Cutlery, crockery and glassware.
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Gas barbecue
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine (bring your own washing powder) and clothes line/racks.
  • Television (no reception) and DVD player.
  • Rubbish bins and bin bags are provided. Please take any excess garbage with you.
  • Please leave the property clean and tidy with all kitchen items washed up and put away. Additional fees may be charged for any extra cleaning required or for missing/broken items. Cleaning products, toilet paper and garbage bags are provided.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

There's an outdoor wood barbecue and an indoor wood fire.

  • Gas/electric barbecues (free)
  • Wood barbecues (firewood supplied)

Drinking water

Tank water is available but you’ll need to treat or boil it before drinking.

Showers

  • Hot showers

Electric power

The cottage uses mains power. Please leave your personal electrical devices, including hairdryers and electric blankets, at home and use only the electrical devices provided in the cottage. The use of smartphone and computer chargers is accepted.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

There is no telephone at Lavendar Vale Cottage. There is mobile phone coverage for Telstra phone customers but limited to no coverage for other phone providers.

Paddling safety

To make your paddling or kayaking adventure safer and more enjoyable, check out these paddling safety tips.

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Disability access level - easy

The cottage has ramp access and accessible facilities.

Prohibited

  • Amplified music 
  • Unregistered vehicles or motorbikes

Gathering firewood

Firewood is supplied.

Generators

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

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Park info

Joey House, Kwiambal National Park. Photo: NSW Government