Chakola is a for hire experiential leisure centre set in a 32ha wildlife refuge and conservation area in Kangaroo Valley, NSW
Chakola hosts holiday, teenage and school groups; family celebrations; yoga, health & lifestyle; common-interest, art & handicraft; corporate groups; conservation groups and numerous other structured and non-structured programs where guests set their own agenda. Watch this video (courtesy of Eriko Yoga) of a recent Yoga group using Chakola for a Yoga retreat.
All flora and fauna is protected under a private Voluntary Conservation Agreement with the NSW Government and National Parks regulations. No pets are permitted.
Sleeping a maximum of 34 people, there are three separate cabins with 13 rooms (seven twin, four triple and two quad-share). Simple & rustic, the rooms have a ceiling light and power point, with block out curtains on windows and door.
Built in 1965 using locally milled hardwood timber, the main lodge comprises a large open plan dining/meeting area, mezzanine level, large screened front deck, commercial kitchen with pantry, a cold room, and four bathrooms (with six showers and toilets).
The scenic Kangaroo River, which forms one boundary of the property, is reached by walking tracks that descend below the 60m high sandstone escarpment paralleling the river.
There are three walking tracks – an easy ‘Loop track’ along the top fence, which offers views of Red Rocks, Wattamolla and the upper valley rim; a gentle and well defined ‘River track’ that descends through the escarpment and meanders along the river; and a shorter but more challenging ‘Cliff track’ that can connect with the ‘river track’ for a longer walk through the property. Quiet and attentive walkers are more likely to spot wildlife, which includes several species of wallaby, Eastern Grey kangaroo, wombat, echidna, brush-tailed possum, lace monitor, bandicoot and numerous resident and transient bird species.
The township of Kangaroo Valley, just over 2.5km away, boasts the historic Friendly Inn pub, a variety of restaurants and cafes, chemist, post office, General Store, petrol station & convenience store, cooking classes, a lead light workshop, handicrafts & souvenir shops, local gym, sports field, golf course and a variety of other activities available including bushland walking trails through Morton National Park, to scenic viewpoints and through nearby village communities.
Kangaroo Valley was part of the tribal lands of the Wodi-Wodi Aborigines when, in 1817, explorer Charles Throsby and cattleman Captain Richard Brooks opened up the area for white settlement. The valley supported a thriving timber industry (primarily red cedar) and substantial dairy and agricultural farming activities.
The Deacock family purchased the land in 1963, and in 1965 Chakola opened as a holiday camp for school-aged children – one of the first ‘creative leisure’ and ‘experiential learning centre’ operations of its kind at the time. Since then Chakola has hosted holiday, teenage and school groups; family celebrations; yoga, health & lifestyle; common-interest, art & handicraft; corporate groups; conservation groups and numerous other structured and non-structured programs where guests set their own agenda.
0402 315 122 or 0402 308 494
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An initial one night deposit will confirm your reservation, with balance due 14 days prior to arrival.
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Kangaroo Valley is 2½ hours drive from Sydney or Canberra. Nowra, Berry and the Princes Highway are 25 minutes away over Cambewarra Mountain, while Bowral, Mittagong, Moss Vale and the Hume Highway are 45 minutes away via the beautiful Fitzroy Falls.