Densely-packed tall eucalypts
A wedge-tailed eagle flying above Rock Lily Cottages

THE PROPERTY

Rock Lily is a 100-acre bush block property located on the fringes of the Wadbilliga National Park, a remote and pristine wilderness that has seen little interaction with post-European settlement humans.

ROCK LILY

The rock lily (also rock orchid) — Dendrobium speciosum — is native to the area and can be found on sheltered rock outcrops across the property. It flowers from August to October.

We are located on the traditional lands of the Djirringanj people of the Yuin nation, who believe that Gulaga mountain to our north is the heart of their culture and dreaming.

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land on which we live, and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this region.

Close up view of a rock lily

Your Hosts

Stephen Collins and Alli Denny-Collins are keen outdoors people — living in and near the wilderness we love was part of the motivation for buying Rock Lily in early 2021 and relocating from Canberra. Alli’s brother, Craig, who is deaf and blind, lives with us.

We are all passionate lovers of food, wine, coffee, whisk(e)y, tea, and live music. If you’re lucky, you’ll visit on a weekend that Stephen is firing up the smoker for some American-style BBQ!

Originally from Tasmania, Stephen, Alli, and Craig are from rural families with roots in farming, forestry, and exploration. Alli and Craig are Palawa people from northern Tasmania.

We look forward to sharing Rock Lily with you.

Allison and Stephen photographed at the Deni Ute Muster

The area

The Bega Valley is rich in history and is a major centre for Australian tourism. There is no shortage of places to explore, things to do, and fantastic food to try.

Brogo is at the northern end of the Bega Valley, adjoining the Wadbilliga National Park. The environment is mostly eucalyptus and fern gullies where the rock lilies really do grow wild! Just 4km from Rock Lily is the Brogo Dam, ideal for bass fishing and water sports where you can swim, kayak, and paddleboard.

The region offers several beautiful towns where country pubs, cafes, antiques, and markets are easily accessed. Bega is just 25 minutes from us. The beach at Tathra is just 40 minutes away. Narooma, Tilba Tilba, and Cobargo are just a little way to the north, and south of us lie Merimbula, Pambula, and Eden, former hub of the one-thriving whaling industry in Australia (and home of the very interesting Eden Killer Whale Museum).

Coming from major cities, Canberra is 2½-3 hours away via the Monaro Highway and Snowy Mountains Highway, Sydney is 5½-6 hours via the Princes Highway, and Melbourne is 7½ hours via the Princes Highway. Our nearest airport is at Merimbula, 45 minutes away.

If getting into the bush is your style, there are several NSW National Parks in the region. Some are presently restricted or closed due to the 2019-20 bushfires, while others are open to various extents. It’s worth checking before you go.

We encourage you to learn more about the Traditional Owners of the land we share. The Yuin nation extends north, south, and west of us across the region, and is centred on Gulaga near Wallaga Lake. Several local groups offer guided experiences on the mountain, where you can learn about the long and rich history of the Yuin people.

Tathra photographed from the Tathra Wharf

Finding Rock lily

We’re about 9km back from the Princes Highway. The maps on your smartphone know where we are.

Turn off the Princes Highway (left if coming from the south, right if from the north). Follow Warrigal Range Road 6km to the end of the bitumen and then continue along the dirt road for about 3km. Shortly after you pass Eagles Nest Road on your right, Rock Lily is signposted, also on the right.

Warrigal Range Road is windy, so driving carefully and to conditions is advised.

"Mountain Cottage at Rock Lily is a true delight. Fantastic views, very comfortable bed, spotlessly clean, and filled with so many thoughtful touches. We had a wonderfully relaxing time, loved the breakfast items provided, and even our dog was able to stay with us on this pet friendly property. Would definitely recommend and can't wait to get back someday soon! Thanks Steve, Alli and Craig for your hospitality."

Daria, Tasmania

"Out of all air bnb's I have stayed at, this one exceeded our expectations. Amazing hospitality, amenities and one of the most amazing views in Australia. Brogo Dam is down the road and has amazing bass fishing. The host also puts a couple of special little touches of the experience. We will definitely be visiting again. Hands down 5 out of 5."

Steven, NSW

"Just a perfect place to sit back and relax in nature. If you’re looking for a cute and cosy cottage with a great view that you can recharge in, then this is a must visit destination."

Ross, ACT

"This is one to not miss!! The pictures don’t do it justice to how incredible the view is and the house. All the hard work these guys have done to make it so welcoming is worth everything and more. For us the hosts and the small touches made it that more special! Can’t wait to come back with friends and family!!"

Hollee, NSW

"Comfortable cottage, fully equipped and a generous hamper. We were grateful for the host's care and attention and quick communication. Beautiful views and very restful. Nearby Brogo Dam is worth visiting."

Judy, ACT

"This would have to be one of the best places we have stayed so far in all our travels. We can’t praise enough the peaceful setting and so many environmentally sensitive thoughts and things to educate the public. Well done and look forward to returning."

Jeff, NSW

"Stephen, Alli and Craig are wonderful, caring hosts. It was so special to walk into a beautiful rustic, clean and welcoming little cottage. We were so impressed with the comfy bed beautifully made up, yummy breakfast and so many other little touches such as shampoos, goodies in the fridge, coffee pods and everything you might need. Loved the steep walks to the valley, the native animals and stunning bush scenery. Great hospitality. Thank you!"

Ada and Henk, ACT