Emu Expedition Part 2….Wombat Cottage Narbethong

25 Nov

The Emu expedition/holiday departed the beautiful mountain township of Toolangi Victoria and headed up into the Upper Valley ranges to a little town of only 280 residents called Narbethong.

Narbethong is situated between the townships of Healesville and Marysville and is nestled in the Black Spur area, situated beneath the shadows of the extensive surrounding ranges. Narbethong, like Healesville and Marysville , were victims of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires that swept Victoria on the 7th January 2009 with massive loss of life.

We chose a beautiful little mountain retreat called Wombat Cottage to stay at for two days as we explored the mountain area.

Wombat cottage is situated in an idyllic setting, mountains all around and had an ambience of an English country garden style, I had forgotten how crystal clear was the mountain air. Waking to the laughter of the Kookaburras early morning song, watching the mountain mist rise of the grazing lands exposing the feeding cattle voicing their early morning bellows, the sounds of the rustling of the leaves in the trees, and the awakening of the birdlife, all made my nostalgic journey a pure joy.

Wombat Cottage is aptly named as in the back paddocks, burrowed into a hillside embankment is a large hollow, the home to one very big Wombat, he was a resident there as I saw his marks each morning from his nights foraging.

For those that may not know, the Wombat is a nocturnal animal that is inherently blind and only comes out at night searching for food, they can grow as big as a large sheep. They can be seen on the roads at night in the high mountain country but locals are always aware of there presence, sadly some do get hit by cars, mainly from city slickers not aware of the wildlife in the mountains.

One other aspect of our memorable two days at Wombat cottage was the beautiful King Parrot birds. They covered the trees in a kaliedoscope of colours, at first they were reluctant to come close but after the second day they would land on our hands to be fed, a delightful experience.

The cottage is run by a lovely girl called Jennifer, a great hostess who is also a tour guide at the Healesville Wildlife sanctuary, if you consider visiting Narbethong just google the Wombat cottage or even just google to see a great little mountain retreat.

We left Wombat cottage with much fond memories and headed off into the next part of our adventure.

To be continued




Posted by on November 25, 2012 in Uncategorized


22 responses to “Emu Expedition Part 2….Wombat Cottage Narbethong

  1. reocochran

    August 1, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Such A BEAUTIFUL Post Full Of Pretty Birds AND creatures. I loved the sweet old fashioned cottages. Oops, excuse the caps. 🙂

    • The Emu

      August 1, 2015 at 7:16 am

      Hi Robin, glad you enjoyed that Wombat cottage story, it really is a beautiful place which we hope to revisit, crystal clear mountain streams, mists on the meadows in the morning, and birds singing all day.
      Hoping you are well and best wishes for a beautiful weekend.

  2. suemacarthur

    December 5, 2012 at 2:13 am

    oh now i really do want go, see this beautiful place
    it now on my list of things to do
    Take care my friend

    • The Emu

      December 5, 2012 at 9:43 am

      Was a beautiful place to stay for two wonderful days Sue, crisp mountain air, birds everywhere and a low mist on the paddocks.
      A writers delight.

      • suemacarthur

        December 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

        sound like just the place we all need to spend time at every now and then
        take care my friend

        • The Emu

          December 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

          Was absolutely beautiful Sue , looking forward to going back.

  3. natswans

    November 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Oh what a beautiful Holiday retreat that’s my kind of place. The parrot is so very colourful that must have been a thrill taking the food from your hand. The mountains oh I could go on and on.
    Thank you for sharing very enjoyable read.
    Sheila 🙂 Great Pictures ..

    • The Emu

      November 29, 2012 at 4:40 am

      Hi Sheila , it was a delightful little mountain cottage we stayed at, wildlife everywhere, the birds were absolutely facinating and to land on your arm unafraid was great, it all bought back memories for me and I didnt realize how much I missed the pure mountain air.

  4. Janae's Fallgirl Shepherd

    November 28, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Great photos Ian! The King parrot’s colors are so vibrant with their red and green… reminds me it’s about time for holiday greetings. Amazing it’s getting to be Christmas season already, of course retailers have been ready for awhile now. Enjoy the holidays, it looks like you & Ana have started it off well with a wonderful vacation get away. Stay well(“-“)

    • The Emu

      November 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

      Lovely to hear from you my friend, seems I lost you somewhere over a period of time but nice to find you again, yes it was a beautiful holiday Ana and I had, so relaxing and so beautiful to relax in mother natures playground, Christmas retailers are always ready the day after Christmas is over I think, to much for me in my old age I think and now devote energy to grandchildrens christmas.
      Wishing you much love and happiness and a safe happy and holy season.

  5. appletonavenue

    November 26, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Sounds wonderful.

    • The Emu

      November 28, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Was a beautiful relaxing holiday my friend, crisp mountain air, birds , beautiful mountain streams and the silence of mother nature at play.
      We hope to return next year all going well.
      Wish you much happiness and much love.
      Aussie Emu

  6. giselzitrone

    November 26, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    Wundervolle Fotos mein Freund der Vogel ist ja süss.Wünsche dir eine schöne glückliche Woche mit viel Glück und Liebe,Grüsse dich lieb Gislinde.

    • The Emu

      November 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Hi dear Gislinde, glad you enjoyed my pics, do hope you are well, its summer here in Mildura and very hot these days.
      I wish you much happiness dear friend.

  7. prenin

    November 25, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    Beautiful my friend, just absolutely beautiful! 🙂

    God Bless!


    • The Emu

      November 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

      Glad you enjoyed that story on my stay at a great little cottage in the mountain country Prenin.
      Hope to return next year .

  8. Rosemary Monteith

    November 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Seems you had a great time

    • The Emu

      November 28, 2012 at 10:10 am

      Hi Rosemary, yes we certainly had a great time and will be returning again next year, a beautiful relaxing holiday overall.
      Do hope you are well and happy in life, I wish you much love.

  9. Mei-Yueh Hsieh

    November 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I appreciate your fondness of Wombat Cottage, Ian. I love it too, for its surroundings of unpretentious nature and for its bold creation of ostentatious colour: they compete yet they complement to each other. Ah, and the birds know & love that too! Though I shall remind you not calling me “girl”, even I may look half of my age. And Ana, I am s-o-r-r-y that it might be me who provoked the never say sorry saga.

    • The Emu

      November 28, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Hi Jennifer, thanks for visiting and commenting on my story, glad you enjoyed my perception and appreciation of our visit to your romantic cottage.
      I wont say sorry for calling you girl but apologise for my error of judgement instead, hehehe.
      Wishing you much love and happiness Jennifer and will see you next year all going well.
      Aussie Emu aka Aussie Ian

  10. Sue Dreamwalker

    November 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

    What a beautiful dream-cottage to stay in Emu, absolutely wonderful and that scenery is beath-taking.. Thank you for sharing. Now would that we could have some of those wonderful Parrots flying around in our trees, You would never get me out of the woods then 🙂
    Love to you and to Ana …

    • The Emu

      November 28, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Really was beautiful up in the mountains Sue, bought back memories of over 35 years ago, the crisp mountain air, babbling brooks, the fernery and tall trees and the beautiful assortment of birdlife including the Lyrebird, glad you enjoyed my pics.


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