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Published April 23rd 2016
Everything you need surrounded by nature
I deliberated about whether to write about this place... because I was so enamoured by the tranquillity here I'm afraid it will become too popular! But I decided to share…
The Lion's Dryandra Woodland Village is made up of former wood-cutter cottages that were relocated to their current location in the late 1920s. The story goes that workers and families who were dispersed around the forest wanted to create a community and ease their loneliness. In 1972 several Lions Clubs were involved in establishing it as Lions Dryandra Woodland Village.
On arrival you will be greeted by the caretakers who are very knowledgeable and will happily point you in the right direction, whether it's for the best walks for kids or a good place to spot an echidna.
The simple cottages are nicely spaced and have a veranda with a gorgeous outlook onto a paddock where kangaroos hang out for breakfast and dinner.
There are no TVs, no wifi, and we didn't have mobile reception either. And this is where the brilliance lies. It is so rare these days, even on holidays, to be able to truly switch off. But this is exactly what you can do here.
The cottages have everything you need. They have a fully equipped kitchen including fridge and oven, a basic lounge room, an indoor shower and basin, and a toilet under the back veranda.
Beds and mattresses are provided but you'll need to bring your own bedding and towels. Bring your own food or visit the nearest large centre Narrogin to stock up (22km).
There is small playground located in amongst the cottages and cars are nicely separated (yet still conveniently close) so you can relax a little. A great tip is to bring your bicycles as there's plenty of space to ride near the cottages.
Best of all, on your doorstep (no literally) is nature's playground; 28,000 hectares of stunning forest and walk trails. Barna Mia is also nearby, which is a great evening activity before retiring to your cottage.
Cottages can sleep from 2-12 depending on size and range in cost starting from $60 for a small cottage, and from $100 for a large cottage. This varies with the season and number of occupants. All of the details are on their website.