Gippsland Retreat Centre

Nature Based Retreats In Beautiful East Gippsland

About Murrindal

The 300 acre property “Murrindal” in east Gippsland is a mixture of regenerating and old growth forest. Two stunning rivers border the property - the Bemm and the Goolengook, both lined with warm temperate rainforest and teeming with wildlife.

Located near Cann River, it is surrounded by several of Victoria’s most untouched and extensive National Parks including Errinundra National Park (27,000 ha) just 5 km north, Lind National Park 5 km to the east and Croajingalong National Park (90,000 ha) 20 km to the south-east. Well off the beaten track, Murrindal offers peace and tranquility with not a house or road in sight. 

The vision for Murrindal

Murrindal was purchased as a place to practice and research nature-based therapies. A haven for people to re-connect with themselves and the natural world, over multiple days and nights. A place to see the stars of the Milky Way in all their brilliant glory, to be mesmerised by the glow of a campfire, to be awed by the expansive views of the Combienbar Mountains, to hear lyrebirds calling in the deep gullies, swim in clean, cool rivers, drink fresh rainwater and eat food grown from the garden. A place on private land that felt safe and was free from unknown people. A place with custom-built facilities made just for this purpose.  

Murrindal is also a place for us to care for over the long term. While some parts of it are pristine, others are recovering from logging and the 2019 bushfires. We’re looking after the land and rehabilitating these areas by creating habitat for endangered species (such as planting She-Oak trees for the Glossy Black Cockatoo) and doing other restoration activities including erosion and weed control. The location of the property is ecologically and strategically critical to the survival of threatened vegetation communities (such as warm temperate rainforest) and endangered or vulnerable flora and fauna species (including the Barking Owl, Platypus, Southern Brown Bandicoot and Greater Glider.) 

Ways you can get involved at Murrindal

Regeneration projects and Ecological surveys

Roll up your sleeves, get your hands in the dirt and know that you’re making a difference. Come along and help us on one of our regeneration projects such as planting She Oaks for future Glossy Black Cockatoo habitat or revegetating land impacted by the Black Summer fires. Register your interest here for regeneration projects and we’ll be in touch.

Do you have specialised ecological knowledge that you’d like to share? We are planning ecological surveys of the property and would really welcome your expertise. Get in touch with us here.

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Sunset over the house

Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast Cottage

The existing cottage can accommodate up to two couples and two children in three separate bedrooms. Made of rustic bridge timbers from Bega, it is entirely off-grid with solar generated power and hot water, wood fired and gas cooking and rainwater.

The bedrooms and bathrooms are modern and comfortable and there is wifi and television. Gaze at the stars from a hammock, cook by the campfire, go bird watching, do yoga on the front lawn or just relax on the verandah taking in the beautiful view of the Combienbar Mountains. Enquire here for more information and bookings.

Group camping facilities

We are building facilities for group camping and nature-based experiences. About 500 metres away from the cottage, there’s a cleared, flat campground that could accommodate around 40 people in tents. We’ve completed the camp kitchen building, which has a dining table, wood fired stove and heater, running water and a verandah.  In around Autumn 2022, toilets and showers with hot water will be installed at the campground. The campground faces east with views of the Bemm River Valley and is about 1km walk from the Bemm River and rainforest. 

If you are looking for a venue for your next nature-based event whether it be meditation or yoga retreats, bird watching, forest therapy, vision quest or gardening therapies, contact us here to discuss hiring options.

Nature connection programs

We’ll be offering our own nature based programs for you to experience at Murrindal. Coming soon in 2022!

“Murrindal”

What people are saying

This is how people feel after a forest therapy walk.

"I feel lighter and stress-free."

JOHN SALUSTRI

"I noticed the beauty around me and feel relaxed and re-energised."

KARLIE GARTNER

"I feel more present and my senses are sharper."

ILAN ABERGEL

“I feel more in the land, more in my body, tuned into nature, happy. I feel more like me.”

RYTA KUNCIANAS

“I feel happier and more centred. I also have a greater sense of my place in nature, allowing me to shift perspective and be positive and relevant."

NAOMI GRAY

“An incredibly memorable experience”

RORY HAYES

Free Gift - nature sounds

We're recording the stunning soundscapes of our remote Gippsland property 'Murrindal.' Feel relaxed and inspired by the sounds of the natural world and bring some wildness into your day. Click below for the free track 'Bemm River Birdsong.'

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