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Review 4206: Boroka Downs, Apartment

Review by Fletch from Australia who is a SlowTrav Contributor

1bed/1bath house near Halls Gap Victoria, Australia


July 2009, 3 nights


This was in the country not far from Halls Gap in the Grampians which is a beautiful area of Victoria. There are five properties set far enough apart to guarantee complete privacy.

Halls Gap is a bit over three hours from Melbourne.

Nearby Amenities

It is a 5 - 10 minute drive to the small town of Halls Gap. There are some cafes and restaurants in the town as well as a small supermarket and news agency. There are other larger country towns around 15 minutes to half an hour drive.

The House/Apartment

The buildings are very modern with huge glass walls in front of the "house" looking over the paddocks to the Grampian National Park. Between the house and the park there were many kangaroos and a family of emus.

The large open plan building (it isn't a house or apartment so not sure what to call it) has a king sized bed at one end of the room with a large spa bath at the other end, and in between a large lounge/kitchen area with an open fire.

There are five properties plus the owners house on the 300 acres and they are all sited so that the front of the building with the windows is very private. They were all occupied while we were there but other than the infrequent car noise we felt we were the only people there.


There is a small front paved area with table and chairs and two day beds. There was a small electric BBQ. As stated above, it was very private. There is no pool.

Furnishings/Cleanliness/Living Areas

The place was immaculate. The couch large and comfortable and in as new condition. There was a small dining table large enough for two. Everything was sparkling clean.


The king bed was very comfortable with excellent pillows and linen. There were extra pillows in the wardrobes. The bed had large glass windows looking over the native wildlife.

The bathroom was a separate room with a large shower, double basins and toilet. The large spa bath was part of the main room with a view through the windows to the kangaroos and emus.


The kitchen had everything needed to cook a meal although we only cooked breakfast. There was an oven and hotplates, a microwave and an electric frying pan. The fridge was full sized with breakfast provisions - free range eggs, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. A bottle of wine was also cooling in the fridge. There was cereal, fruit and bread. The dishwasher, with detergent, was a pull out drawer type. There was enough crockery so that you could use one lot with some in the dishwasher. The saucepans were of good quality. There were enough wine and water glasses and you had the choice of mugs or cups and saucers.

Problems or Bonuses

It looked good on the Internet but was even better than imagined.

We did not expect the view or as many kangaroos. One morning they were on the other side of the windows when we woke.

The newspaper was delivered to our door each morning.

We loved the open fire and there was ample wood and kindling and it was restocked while we were there at no extra cost.

There was a backpack hanging in the wardrobe with maps and information about the area.

Powerful binoculars were supplied to view the birds and animals.

Agency and Representatives (and price)

We booked through the owner who was very helpful. He showed us how everything worked and stated that they were available 24 hours a day if we needed anything at all.

It was our 40th wedding anniversary and we booked "The Escape Package," which was three nights for the price of two. It was very expensive ( more than we usually pay) but worth every cent. $1,100 for the 3 nights AND it was a special anniversary!

Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?

We are definitely planning to return. It is a wonderful experience and was perfect for our anniversary.

A perfect getaway.

Things to do in this area

We visited several wineries about 40 minutes away.

There are many good walks in the area. A visit to the Visitor Information centre would give good advice.

There is an Aboriginal Interpretive Centre that we did not visit this time but is very interesting.

Our favourite restaurant was The Royal Mail at Dunkeld a 50 minute drive away. We had lunch in the bistro after driving a scenic route. A lovely day out.

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