Galwiji Homestead - Spacious Country Accommodation

Farm stays in Scotsburn

3 reviews (5.0)

A real Australian Farm Homestead! It's spacious (25 squares) - there are beds for 15 and even a lawn for camping if your group's a bit bigger and you want to rough it a bit :)

$119.90 - $295.90
5 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
15 guests
Book from $119.90 per day Low commission
5 bedrooms 3 bathrooms Max. 15 guests (2 included) Min. 1 night

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In our family for 4 generations, the homestead on our property Galwiji (made up by combining the names of 4 brothers Gordon, Alan, William and Jim) will give you a delightful taste of Australian rural life. 

It's spacious (25 squares) - there are beds for 15 and even a lawn for camping if your group's a bit bigger and you want to rough it a bit :) It's also very comfortable for small groups or even just a couple on a romantic getaway.

8 minutes' drive to shops, 18 minutes' to Sovereign Hill, 22 minutes' to the centre of Ballarat, 1 hour to Geelong and Avalon Airport and 75 minutes to Melbourne Airport (Google Maps says 1 hour 40, but we know a back way :)

There's ample parking. Internet is available for a small charge, but mobile phone reception is excellent (due to the proximity of Mount Buninyong) and the sims on our iPads work well. 3G Reception is clear on the Telstra and Optus' networks and improving all the time on Vodafone.

Mostly, we just love Galwiji for the peace. A gentle breeze, broken only by the occasional baa-ing of sheep and the twittering of birds. The farm is home to various animals from time to time, and if they're about, you may be able to go and greet them (they've had plenty of human contact). 

The range of bird life is extraordinary and the many different calls are worth sitting quietly for a while to hear. We had an ornithologist visit, and he was able to catalogue 40 species!

If you want to break the solace, there's an old piano and a nylon-string guitar.

There are many kids' (and adults') board games, table soccer and table tennis indoors, while outdoor treats include a large oak tree with seats underneath (in the middle of the sprawling garden), an outdoor quiz, yabby (freshwater crayfish) fishing and tree farm, not to mention endless open spaces to run around in.

The house consists of 1 master bedroom with ensuite (with an additional double sofa bed), 2 other queen bedrooms, another bedroom with 3 single beds, another bedroom with bunks (two single beds, one above the other), all the normal amenity rooms (t.v. / lounge/ dining area / kitchen and laundry), 2 additional bathrooms, (one newly accessibly refurbished with shower, basin and toilet in the one room and the other with an enormous bath) and lastly a very large family room with sofa bed sleeping for 3 (1 x single and 1 x queen), table tennis / table soccer / lounges / chairs and a large slow-combustion wood heater. 

As far as amenities are concerned, Galwiji is fully self-contained, and then some. It has a full kitchen with a dishwasher, toaster, kettle, large microwave oven, large fridge, urn, rice cooker, large flat grill, sandwich maker, electric mixer and coffee machine. Our Weber Kettle BBQ and 4 burner gas barbecue on our brand new extended deck provide an opportunity to grill outdoors if you desire. There is a separate 2 burner BBQ if you really need to get some quick tucker going.

There's a large flat screen TV with DVD player, radio, as well as important appliances such as a front-loading washing machine, an ironing board and a hair dryer in each of the 3 bathrooms. The games room has a second smaller wall-mounted flat screen TV with DVD player.

For a really special evening, a telescope is available, because the stars at Galwiji are a - may - zing!

It's quite an environmentally-friendly property too. Apart from the 200+ acre tree farm (we're growing Sugar Gums), most of our electricity is provided by solar panels and all of our water comes from the sky. With that in mind, we provide you with a large external clothesline, and some freestanding drying racks. Unless it's mid-winter, it does also limit your ability to do water-intensive activities, but if you'd like to bring a blow-up pool or similar, it may be possible to fill it from the nearby dam, so please ask!

Your hosts, Ann & Bill, Malcolm and Angus are seasoned travellers. Ann and Malcolm are fluent in German and French and Angus dabbles in German.

The property is non-smoking (fire danger). Sorry, no pets.

Apologies for the high cleaning fee. When you see the size of the house, you'll understand why - it's about a 4 hour job!

Linen is not included in our tariff. You can bring your own linen (at a minimum each bed requires a flat sheet, fitted sheet and a pillow case) or alternatively, at a cost of $20/person, we are more than happy to provide it.

P.S. The site is handicap accessible (the house and grounds are fairly flat, with 'made' pathways and we have a designated accessible bathroom). We've had several groups of wheelchair-bound guests enjoy the facilities. 

P.P.S. For the full terms and conditions of a stay, look up the terms and conditions tab on our website (which you can find by putting our property name into any search engine)

P.P.P.S. Please lookup our 2 minute video tour of Galwiji. Look us up on you tube :)


  • Laundry facilities
  • Pets not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Children's Playground
  • Games room
  • BBQ - Gas
  • Kitchen
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Accept VISA
  • Accept MasterCard
  • Television
  • Conference facilities
  • Air conditioning
  • Linen supplied
  • Undercover or off street parking
  • Log fires
  • Internet access
  • Bath
  • Fans (ceiling/standard)
  • DVD
  • Lake nearby
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • BBQ
  • Ensuite
  • Wheelchair accessible facilities
  • Seniors Card Accepted
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities
  • Baby Cot
  • Books/Magazines Supplied
  • Videos/DVDs Supplied
  • Highchair
  • Dishwasher
  • Bath towels provided
  • Cooking facilities
  • Electric stove
  • Fireplace
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Level access
  • Microwave
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Washing machine
  • In-house Movies/Videos
  • Rumpus Room
  • Eco-Friendly


Location map

House rules

You will find these items waiting for you when you arrive, so that you don't have to buy large amounts of something that you'll only use a little of.   Please replace anything that you use significant amounts of, so that there's enough for the next guest :)


1 x litre carton UHT Milk
1 x bottle Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper
Tea Bags - regular / herbal
Hot Chocolate Sachets

Enjoy your stay!

Check-in & check-out times

Check-in: 14:00:00
Check-out: 10:00:00

Terms & conditions

Galwiji Homestead Terms and Conditions of Stay

In all things, we aim for your stay at Galwiji Homestead to be as enjoyable as possible. This has been the overwhelming experience of guests to date. To avoid any misunderstanding, the terms and conditions for your stay at Galwiji Homestead are as follows.

In brief:

  • No smoking and no pets
  • Please pay the balance of the rental amount 7 days before arrival, otherwise your booking may be forfeited
  • If your booking does not require beds in all of the bedrooms of the house, we may block off the unused bedrooms to reduce the cleaning / servicing load
  • Please keep to the agreed check in and check out times otherwise there may be additional charges
  • Variations can be agreed upon but only if we agree in writing.
  • A deposit is required to secure the booking. When you pay the deposit, this means you accept these Terms and Conditions.
  • All bookings require a $500 bond.

A little more detail:

If you require a cancellation, any money paid is not refundable, unless we can re-let the house for the entire period. If a refund is made (due to the property being re-let) we will deduct a $50 cancellation fee.

We will make every effort to ensure the property is available as booked. However, we reserve the right to make alterations to bookings due to unforeseen circumstances.

Barring unforeseen circumstances, we expect you to keep to agreed check in and check out times (+/- 15 minutes). Ann & Bill live some drive away. We reserve the right to withhold money from your bond if they are kept waiting over 15 minutes.

The number of guests should not exceed the number agreed in writing. We reserve the right to charge for excess guests not agreed with the owners in advance.

Parties and functions are strictly prohibited. The price charged is for domestic use only and not commercial. This rate does not allow for the extra wear associated with functions in terms of cleaning, garbage removal, wear and tear, repairs etc. Use contrary to this may result in loss of your bond and/or additional payments.

Smoking is strictly prohibited, due to the constant risk of bushfire. We may deduct extra charges from your bond should cigarette-related litter or any cigarette-related wear and tear be detected in and around Galwiji Homestead.

Damage, breakages, theft and loss are your responsibility during your stay.

The property should be left in the same state as its condition on arrival. Check-out time is 10 a.m. (unless otherwise agreed upon in advance), to allow time to prepare property for next guests.

Bond is payable at the same time as the balance amount. The bond will be refunded in full within 14 days, subject to the above conditions being met.

The bond is designed to cover any additional costs incurred including but not limited to, any breakage, damage or excess cleaning requirements, extra guests beyond those declared.

We take no responsibility for any loss to your personal property.

We hope you enjoy your stay at Galwiji Homestead.


Jen O


June, 2020

"Perfect work retreat" We stayed the weekend for a team builder and re-connecting with our staff. It was lovely, relaxing and peaceful. Thank you

Harsha F


March, 2020

"Great isolated getaway" Perfect place to unwind, explore and relax. The host did excellent job of making sure we were well accommodated.

Robert B


September, 2019

"An excellent farm holiday for all ages" The property is quirky but original. An old farm house built in the 1800s with modern conveniences. Heaps of cooking utensils and crockery, an abundance of games or activities to indulge in. An excellent stay for a few days or more.

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