Luxury Nature Retreat

A Self contained Accommodation in Dunkeld

Customer Reviews


Harry and Iwona Wakeling, April 2001

“Such a beautiful place & life, that we would love to stay forever. Thanks Barb. “

Harry and Iwona Wakeling, 8th of August 2008

And the day came when we did return to Aquila to stay forever…..

Reimar Miller, Germany

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

Liz Thomas, Mornington, Vic

-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.  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.

John Hargreaves, Cambridge, NZ

“Good bush walks”

Michael and Sabine Posch, Austria

“A truly beautiful place and we felt very welcome! Thanks!”

Kris Guthrie, USA

“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!”

Mikael F. , Sweden

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

Dana, Singapore

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

Danny and Sarah Wicks,

South Hampton, UK

“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.”

Adam and Tamsin“

“Marriage fortifying. We loved it!”

Lew and Joan, Perth

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

Jo and Daren, Murrumbeena, Vic

“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!!!”

Jenny and Mathew, Croydon, 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!”

Jess and Brad, Ballarat, 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.”

Mike and Toni, Box Hill, Vic

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

Tim Malseed

“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.”

Leanne and David, Vic

“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.”

Peter and John , Moranty

“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.”

Caroline Minton and Glen Clarke, WA

“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!”

Vicky and Garry, King Rainforest Bungalows, QLD

“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.”

Nigel and Anna Baum, Clare Valley, SA

“Peaceful and secluded. A most relaxing stay in wonderfully contemporary accommodation. Thank you.”

Marty and Paula, Wattle Flats

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

Neil and Yaping, Melbourne

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

Sam and Rose Watkins

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

Stephanie and David , Melbourne

“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.”

Sean and Rowan

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

Mel and Anth, Melbourne

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

Nyvee & Willie

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

Robyn, Albury, NSW

“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.”