Lavender Vale Homestead

Kwiambal National Park

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Overview

Like neighbouring Lavender Vale Cottage, this hard-roofed accommodation combines a convenient location with many comforts like hot showers, barbecues, heating and air-conditioning.

Accommodation Details
Accommodation type Homestead
Where 2531A Limestone Road, Wallangra, NSW, 2360 - in Kwiambal National Park
Bedrooms 6
Maximum guests 20
Facilities Barbecue facilities, drinking water, showers, toilets, electric power
What to bring Bed sheets, blankets, pillows, towels
Price
  • Rates and availability are displayed when making an online booking.
  • Minimum 2 night stays.
Bookings Book online or call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.
Please note
  • Check in after 2pm. Check out by 10am. Fees may apply for late check outs.
  • The homestead is in a remote location, please arrive well prepared.
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With more than enough space for up to 20 people, Lavender Vale Homestead is the best place in Kwiambal National Park to stretch out and relax in comfort. For even bigger groups, you can book it simultaneously with Lavender Vale Cottage and take over the entire area, surrounded by open plains and foraging wildlife.

Bring binoculars for birdwatching – wedge-tailed eagles often soar overhead, and chattering cockatoos are plentiful in the area. Fishing enthusiasts will want to venture over to Macintyre or Severn River in search of Murray cod. There’s swimming and hiking too, lookouts and picnic spots by ironbarks and eucalypts.

After a long day exploring the park, you can retire to Lavender Vale Homestead and take advantage of its kitchen facilities, slow combustion wood heater, and hot showers. There’s even air-conditioning for the warmer months, though resting on the open verandah offers a cool respite for nature-lovers.

The size and position of Lavender Vale Homestead makes it ideal for extended families and adventure groups – indeed, anybody can settle in and make themselves at home in no time.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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

Getting there and parking

Lavender Vale Homestead is in the northwest precinct of Kwiambal National Park. The homestead is around 1hr 45min drive from Tenterfield and a 1hr 15 min drive from Inverell.

You'll get PIN codes with your booking confirmation to access the keys to the homestead. Contact 13000 72757 if you haven't 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 homestead 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 homestead is through the locked gate with the ‘Authorised Personnel Only’ sign.

Road quality

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

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Off-street parking is available for many vehicles at Lavender Vale Homestead.

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 homestead is fully furnished. It has a well-equipped kitchen, 2 lounge rooms, 6 bedrooms, 1 bathroom with hot shower and bath, 1 separate hot shower, 2 separate toilets and a laundry.
  • Bedding configuration: 1 double bed, 2 king single bunk beds plus 1 single bunk bed, 2 king single beds, 3 king single beds, 2 king single beds, 5 king single beds, 1 single sofa bed.
  • Gas stove and oven
  • 2 fridges with freezer, microwave, toaster and kettle.
  • Cutlery, crockery and glassware.
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Gas barbecue
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine (bring your own washing powder) and clothes line/racks.
  • There is no television, DVD or stereo.
  • There is no telephone at the homestead. There is mobile phone coverage for Telstra phone customers but limited to no coverage for other phone providers.
  • 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 missing/broken items. Cleaning products, toilet paper and garbage bags are provided.

Toilets

  • Flush toilets

Barbecue facilities

There is an outdoor wood barbecue and an inside 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 homestead 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 homestead. The use of smartphone and computer chargers is accepted.

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

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 - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area as there are some steps.

Prohibited

  • Amplified music is not permitted.
  • Unregistered vehicles or motorbikes are not permitted.

Gathering firewood

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.

Nearby towns

Glen Innes (96 km)

Set in the most prolific sapphire region of Country NSW, Glen Innes hosts the annual Minerama Fossicking and Gem Show and the annual Australian Celtic Festival, and is home to the Australian Standing Stones.

www.visitnsw.com

Inverell (62 km)

Go fossicking for sapphires and other gems at several places around the city. Grab a map of local fossicking sites from the visitor information centre and try your luck.

www.visitnsw.com

Warialda (55 km)

Warialda is surrounded by picturesque bushland, making it an ideal location for bushwalking and relaxing in natural surrounds. There are numerous places to picnic, and Cranky Rock Nature Reserve is a popular spot for fossicking, birdwatching and exploring. The area also supports a large variety of wildflowers.

www.visitnsw.com

Learn more

Lavender Vale Homestead is in Kwiambal National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

Aboriginal cultural heritage

Macintyre Falls, Kwiambal National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

Kwiambal takes its name from the aboriginal people of the Ashford district. Rich in food, water and materials, the area provided a year-round living environment for their ancestors, with sacred sites and hunting grounds spread throughout the park.

Animals

Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Kwiambal National Park. Photo: Michael van Ewijk

There are five rare or threatened plant species in the park: severn wattle, Rodd’s star hair, caustic vine, daisy bush and toadflax. Feel free to look, but please be careful not to damage the plants. In the warmer months of September to March, the wildflowers bloom throughout the bush. Like its flowers, Kwiambal is home to dozens of notable animal species, including 32 types of reptile, 11 frogs, and 30 species of mammal. Some 18 species are threatened or endangered, including koalas, squirrel gliders, and five-clawed worm skinks. There are also an astonishing 101 types of bird, making the park a hot spot for avid birders. Keep an eye out for painted honeyeaters, barking owls, hooded robins, and diamond firetails.

  • Dungeon lookout Where Severn River enters a steep gorge, you’ll find The Dungeon, with this lookout offering superb views down into the swell, particularly after rain.
  • Macintyre Falls lookout Adjacent to a well-equipped picnic area, Macintyre Falls lookout offers scenic views over the river, with nearby swimming, hiking and fishing opportunities.
  • Slippery Rock walking track Slippery Rock walking track in Kwiambal National Park, near Inverell, offers spectacular gorge views as well as fishing, birdwatching and vibrant wildflowers in spring.

Historic heritage

Macintyre River, Kwiambal National Park. Photo: OEH

The flat areas of the park have been subjected to farming of tobacco, giving way to cereal crops and the mining of various minerals and sapphires. Unsurprisingly then, there are a number of historical landmarks within the park, including tobacco-drying sheds, woolsheds, fruit trees, storage sheds, and the remains of a house. History enthusiasts will want to seek these out on a visit.

Native rainforest

Slippery Rock walking track, Kwiambal National Park. Photo: Michael Van Ewijk

Kwiambal contains 15 per cent of the native dry rainforest left in NSW. The vegetation is dominated by white cypress pines, silver-leaved ironbarks, and tumbledown gums. Unfortunately, much of the planning area has been subjected to logging in the past, though considerable regeneration makes it a worthy destination for nature-lovers. 

  • Dungeon lookout Where Severn River enters a steep gorge, you’ll find The Dungeon, with this lookout offering superb views down into the swell, particularly after rain.
  • Junction walk Junction walk offers a stroll through ironbarks and pine trees to the meeting of Severn and Macintyre rivers, with swimming, picnicking, and birdwatching opportunities.
  • Macintyre Falls lookout Adjacent to a well-equipped picnic area, Macintyre Falls lookout offers scenic views over the river, with nearby swimming, hiking and fishing opportunities.
  • Slippery Rock walking track Slippery Rock walking track in Kwiambal National Park, near Inverell, offers spectacular gorge views as well as fishing, birdwatching and vibrant wildflowers in spring.

Education resources (1)

Bat House, Kwiambal National Park. Photo: NSW Government