The History


1950ís or earlier




The house was built at the turn of the 20th century and today displays an image of a bygone era. At the time of its first occupancy, tree-logging and milling in Balook was at its peak and about one-hundred other buildings existed in the town. Today the tree-logging, milling and all but a few of the buildings have long since gone leaving only remnants of their existence as places of interest. This property and three others were purchased by the Country Roads Board (CRB) in the 1960's to house their employees who replaced tracks with bitumen roads as the Tarra Bulga National Park increasingly became a popular tourist destination.

Over time, several families had purchased this property but one family (John and Joy Hosking) in particular also purchased neighbouring land increasing the total land size to approximately 1.5 acres. They then landscaped the combined property in the 1980s with a variety of trees, shrubs, and plants, many of which were imported and rare. This family has since moved on and today the property has matured and developed into gardens that now showcase the fruits of their labour and foresight.

John and Joy Hosking

Much of the flowering plants where the property remained unfenced, have disappeared, died or been eaten over the following years leaving only the established trees and mainly Rhododendrons and Hydrangeas, and pathways covered by lawn. From this canvas, we have added much structure in the way of new paths, arbours, steps, garden beds, and covered areas creating an enjoyable and tranquil garden.




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