A Unique Accommodation Amidst the Grampians National Park


Lofthouse patio

“During my trip around the world this was one of the top accommodations.
I admire the successful approach to environmental protection.”
Reimar Miller, Germany

Family birthday weekend celebrations at Aquila
From the moment we arrived at Aquila Eco Lodge in The Grampians our hosts Harry and Iwona Wakeling were extremely attentive to all our needs. Nothing was too much trouble. We especially enjoyed the freshly baked homemade bread delivered to our lodges each morning. The lodges are beautifully appointed with lounge beds adjacent to large windows. Stretched out on the day beds if was easy to feel the bush was within arm’s reach: it’s so natural and peaceful. Our group consisted of five families and the lodges are close enough so family members can share meals and entertainment or enjoy complete privacy.
At our request, our hosts organised a masseuse and a babysitter to visit us. Val is a qualified masseuse whose serenity and easy manner meant we enjoyed some much needed female pampering.
Liz Thomas, Mornington, Vic 

“Good bush walks”

John Hargreaves, Cambridge, NZ

“A truly beautiful place and we felt very welcome! Thanks!”
Michael and Sabine Posch, Austria

“What a great thing you have going here, in a beautiful setting. If I was not on my honeymoon I would pick up a hammer and stay!”
Kris Guthrie, USA

“This is a paradise, saw my first kangaroo on the golf course (fantastic).”
Mikael F. , Sweden

“Loved the exotic wildlife with kangaroos in the wild. This was the highlight of my Australian trip. Will definitely be back.”
Dana, Singapore

“What a fabulous place and a warm welcome. We stumbled across Aquila while in the Grampians and have fallen in love with the place. We feel truly privileged to have stayed here.”
Danny and Sarah Wicks,
South Hampton, UK

“Marriage fortifying. We loved it!”
Adam and Tamsin“

Your body, mind and soul are renewed after one day!! After two days the whole world also seems different. Thanks. “
Lew and Joan, Perth

“We truly enjoyed our 3 peaceful nights here at Stingybark Lofthouse. Had lunch at ‘The Royal Mail Hotel’ a visit to Grampians Diary in Glen Thompson, highly recommended for great cheese and yoghurt. Excellent accommodation, comfy beds and everything has been thought of. Will be back!!!”
Jo and Daren, Murrumbeena, Vic

“The whole experience is more than we hoped for. The setting, the quiet, the grass trees, the breakfast basket and the host. I love the whole eco thing! As for the meal we had at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld it would have to be the best and most enjoyable meal out we have had. Outstanding!”
Jenny and Mathew, Croydon, Vic

“What a beautiful, relaxing place, it was amazing to eat our breakfast on the veranda with a Koala watching! Royal Mail Hotel was a great place to eat too. Thanks.”
Jess and Brad, Ballarat, Vic

“Aesthetically sooo satisfying. Love all the very rich timbers, huge windows & beautiful simplicity. It was such a delight to live in.”
Mike and Toni, Box Hill, Vic

“Congratulations on creating a human living environment that respects other plant and animal species. As soon as I leave I will miss the magnificent twisted tree trunks just outside the windows.”
Tim Malseed

“Birds spotted while walking around Aquila: Gang Gang, superb Blue Wren, Striated Thornbill, Rainbow Bee-eater, Spotted Pardalote, Scarlet Robin, Crimson Rosella, Pied Currawong, Mistletoe Bird, Bronze wing Pigeon, Eastern Spinebill , Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo, New Holland Honey Eater, Tree Creeper, Wedge tail Eagle and others. Thank you, we will be back again.”
Leanne and David, Vic

“Loved your tree house design. It’s great looking into the bush from all windows – especially bedroom. Most impressed with cleanliness too – thanks for great two days.”
Peter and John , Moranty

“Congratulations on an amazing achievement – a truly inspiring sustainable development – best practice for others to aspire to learn from. Beautiful surroundings, lovely accommodation, great architecture. A great experience. Thank you!”
Caroline Minton and Glen Clarke, WA

“Access to this wonderland via such luxury in this Treehouse is just magnificent. Thank you for your warm hospitality. We will send on our family and friends.”
Vicky and Garry, King Rainforest Bungalows, QLD

“Peaceful and secluded. A most relaxing stay in wonderfully contemporary accommodation. Thank you.”
Nigel and Anna Baum, Clare Valley, SA

“Great sustainable living, great design and most of all great environment. Truly magical stay we wish we owned it!!! Thanks.”
Marty and Paula, Wattle Flats

“Thanks for the tranquillity and wonderful ambience. You have chosen everything perfectly. I wish more people could experience this.”
Neil and Yaping, Melbourne

“Thank you for your support and hospitality at Aquila for our wedding! We love it here + will be back for an anniversary.”
Sam and Rose Watkins

“We are grateful to have found such a wonderful place for our honeymoon. We had a ball with the golf course all to ourselves, and loved seeing the rosellas and kookaburras every morning. Thank you.”
Stephanie and David , Melbourne

“Fantastic landscape and buildings, Love it. Cheers!”
Sean and Rowan

“Unbelievable. We had grand plans of climbing mountains but ended up lolling around in the Lofthouse relaxing.”
Mel and Anth, Melbourne

“There is nothing more peaceful than falling asleep looking up at the Milky Way. Thank you. We will see you again.”
Nyvee & Willie

“I wasn’t that keen on spending the long weekend in Grampians, but your hospitality made it soo nice! Thank you for being so welcoming and nice with kids! It is very beautiful and relaxing here – the Lofthouse is just wonderful .Thanks.”
Robyn, Albury, NSW

“Such a beautiful place & life, that we nearly came to stay forever. Thanks Barb. “
Harry and Iwona Wakeling, April 2001

And the day came when we did return here to stay forever.....
Harry and Iwona Wakeling, 8th of August 2008