About this listing
Unique hand-built Lodge and environmental retreat on 8 private acres of Blue Mountains wilderness. The Cave is 20 metres high, wide and deep; similar size and shape to a small shell of the Opera house (with better acoustics!) 3 night min LongWeekEnds
Hatter's Hideout transects a deep mountain gorge, with lush cool temperate rainforest to natural bonsai in wind swept heath; to woodland with panoramic views across Mount Wilson and Wollemi National Park, the World Heritage Area and home of the prehistoric wollemi pine.
Set amidst towering escarpments, the Hat Cave is a huge sandstone cathedral, sculpted by nature to provide an ideal bushland retreat for modern cave dwellers (troglodytes). The natural acoustics are a musicians dream.
It has been carefully developed using minimal impact construction and facilities to ensure the environment remains as pristine as possible for future generations to enjoy.
Camp fire with kindling and 20kg wood. Gas barbecue; ice box; tables and chairs. Solar powered lights for reading, cooking etc.; candles for intimacy. Rainwater on tap for cooking and washing up. Kitchen sink, utensils and basic cooking condiments. Composting toilet. First Aid Kit.
The 25 metre high arched opening faces north west with wind and weather protection by a grove of coachwood trees and 30 metre tall carved rock columns known locally as "pagodas", a predominant feature in the primitive landscape.
A spacious mountain lodge with 3 Bedrooms and Loft, hand crafted in a classic Australian style featuring artistic decor and views over the spectacular Wollangambe Wilderness and Wollemi World Heritage Area from most rooms.
An interpretive “Bush Walk & Talk" to the Cave, to introduce you to the environs, facilities and “minimal impact" philosophy of Hatters Hideout.
Exclusive use of the lodge that sleeps 8 adults in 3 king bedrooms (or 1 king and 2 twin) plus a large loft with 2 "king single" beds. There are 2 lounge rooms, 2 bathrooms, well-equipped kitchen, wilderness views and a 4+ star luxury rating.
Private use of the Cave, which is a 10 minute / 500 metre walk. It is well equipped for a group picnic or party and can sleep in natural luxury with camping gear provided, but you would need to be keen campers in the winter months... gas for the BBQ and 20kg of firewood for the campfire are provided.
The lodge sleeps up to 6 people !!!
WEEKENDS ~ $690 for 2 people for 2 nights (+ $55 extra adult per night)
MID WEEK ~ $495 for 2 people for 2 nights (+ $55 extra adult per night)
It is ideally designed for groups of up to 20 (some may camp in the cave!) to have exclusive use of a unique bushland property with outstanding natural facilities.
Packages can range from self-cater to fully catered with environmental tours, rocksports and cultural performances.
Guests have exclusive use of the Cave and Lodge
Interaction with Guests
Mark lives on the same property in a separate house. After a guided "Walk & Talk" he will leave you very much alone unless you need him for advice, repairs, cup of sugar etc.
The ever changing dramatic spectacle of the sky over the wilderness still excites me after having lived here for most of 35 years.
You need your own transport... shops and restaurants 15 minute drive
Other Things to Note
At 1111 metres altitude, remember "if you don't like the weather up here; wait a minute" so bring warm clothes even in summer
Leave the home as neat and tidy as you found it;
Place all garbage/recycling in bins provided;
smoking on decks with doors closed is permitted.