7 May 2022|Travel
In 1952, Ian Campbell, who is 90 years young, bought his 3,500 acre Farm at Christmas Creek. Cave Rock was a small part of it.
We recently stayed at Cave Rock Cottages which is set on a picturesque 100 acres of land which was part of Ian’s Farm until he sold that particular section in 1994.
Cave Rock Cottages is now owned by two lovely people, Jim and Kathie Buswell, and I’ve got to say they made us feel very welcome.
Kathie is into cooking and having morning tea with them and eating her brownies and passionfruit slice (made with fresh passionfruit from the property) was mouth-wateringly delicious. I’m definitely going to send her some Flavourista samples from my store to add to her cooking!
Their land has a one kilometre frontage off the pristine and sparkling Christmas Creek.
Our cottage was adjacent to not only Ian’s old Farm but the ancient escarpments of the magnificent Lamington and Border Ranges National Parks. There’s three cottage’s to choose from all up on the property.
This part of Ian’s old Farm is now a beautiful parkland which has been lovingly preserved and is perfect for having a stroll along the tumbling creek or a walk in the bush.
For the adventurists out there there’s wonderful swimming holes ready and waiting for a refreshing freshwater swim but it was a tad too cold for me, but the water sure did taste good. Ian tells me that in the long run he would’ve made more money bottling this pure mineral water than running the dairy farm he worked so backbreakingly hard on.
All those years ago Ian built the road with just his dozer and some dynamite that you still use to drive in to Cave Rock Cottages. What surprised me though was that in all the years he owned the land he’d never ventured up the forested acres to the actual Cave Rock!
It was certainly beckoning me and I felt blessed when Jim offered to take us up in his Polaris. It was a lot further than I expected and very steep and adventurous in parts but boy did it feel exciting taking Ian up there. It was hard to believe after owning this land for soooo many years he’d never not only gone up there but hadn’t even seen the fabled indigenous art that miraculously appeared after mischievous University students camped at the Fitness Camp nearby one year.
It’s certainly the place to go too to enjoy the colourful and varied Australian birds and wildlife and it was relaxing beside a cosy log fire at night listening to the sounds of the incredible tumbling creek.
The lovely appointed cottage had the incredibly beautiful and wild rocky creek in our sight from the veranda. Every amenity was catered for even seed to feed the many beautiful Australian parrots and other birds which I sat and watched for ages.
We had a lovely time with Jim and Kathie Buswell and Kathie even gave me some Cave Rock Honey which they collect from their hives there.
Do I recommend Cave Rock Cottage’s for some sanity time away from internet and wifi? I sure do!
Give them a try and you won’t regret it. If you want there phone number let me know.