Two tin-roofed ironstone cabins built by hand on the edge of the Blue Mountains National Park
In the clouds, just above the historic Grand Canyon Walk, Rough Track Cabins is a handy base for keen walkers, and a quiet retreat for creatives or readers.
Cosy and simple, our two wee cabins look out onto native bush. Walk just ten minutes down our Rough Track to enjoy the peace and quiet of our own private lookout above the Grand Canyon. It's a lovely spot to watch the sunrise with a thermos of hot tea, or to have a sunset drink at the end of the day.
Enjoy the mists, and on a clear night, put on your woolly hat, pour yourself a glass and nip outside to sit and marvel at the crispness of the Milky Way.
It’s been a pretty full-on couple of years for us all between the mega-fires and the pandemic. A whole lot of new circumstances mean we’ve had to pivot, as the cool kids say.
In 2022 we’ve let out Cabin One long term. The good news for guests is that Cabin Two - yes, the one with the outdoor bath! - is still available for holiday letting. And we’ve dropped our prices and raised our minimums. Guests can now book retreats from five to seven nights. (Thursdays are our cleaning day, so a five-night booking can begin on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday. A seven-night booking is the best value, taking the day rate all the way down to $150!)
These changes mean we’ll be able to keep Rough Track Cabins open. And you’ll be able to stay longer and really get attuned to the rhythms of the bush and sustainable cabin living.
Request a booking from 5 nights starting on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday
Rough Track Cabins is a place to walk, create and retreat. Watch the birds. Cook something delicious. Ask us for some herbs from our garden. You've got your own outdoor fire for cooking on, and a fire indoors to warm you. These cabins are self-contained little beauties that have everything you need to relax.
There's a bar fridge, LPG gas range and oven, and a proper espresso maker. A bathroom with a shower, one double bed and a day bed. Comfy vintage furniture, great books, classic board games.
Nothing too fancy, but seriously cosy, because in the end, it's about where you are.
Rough Track Cabins is located about two hours drive from Sydney's CBD on our 29 acre property in Blackheath.
It's five minutes' walk from the cabins to the start of the Grand Canyon walk and about 20 minutes walk to Evans Lookout. Blackheath Village is just seven minutes' drive away, which is handy for great cafés and restaurants, two small supermarkets, two pubs, some great vintage shops and one of the best bookshops ever.
There are just two cabins, both of them built by hand using ironstone harvested from the land by Ian and Sue, the original owners.
We've made the cabins very cosy. Julie has upcycled her own textiles and some other beautiful pieces to make curtains and cushions. Manda is a mad keen op shopper and her finds give the cabins their distinctive personality. Both Rough Track cabins are seriously lovely places to relax and wind down.
Rough Track Cabins practically borders the Blue Mountains National Park, and we're in walking distance to many amazing Blue Mountains tracks.
In the aftermath of the Black Summer fires, many of the walks in the Grose valley are still closed, though National Parks and Wildlife are updating info all the time. The Grand Canyon Track and the Clifftop Track are both open and they are wonderful walks.
The Black Summer bushfires got within 100 metres of the Rough Track. We feel incredibly lucky that the land we live on, our house, studio, and the cabins are all still here to be enjoyed, but throughout the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area there’s a confronting legacy - the devastation of our precious forests and bushland, and the many wonderful native animals that live in them.
To support the recovery of habitat, we are donating 5% of every accommodation fee to the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.
The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife - FNPW - supports conservation of habitat and species, and funds scientifically-based conservation projects and the dedicated volunteer wildlife rescuers and carers, who are saving and rehabilitating animals injured on the roads or in the bushfires.
When you stay with us, you are pitching in to support the good work they do.
We are beside ourselves grateful that our place is still here. Watching the Gospers Mountain megafire and the Ruined Castle fire spreading over the map towards us was truly spooky. Our heartfelt thanks to the good people who helped us prepare the property, and to the back burners and those who were here to defend her, if it came to that.
And thanks too to Ian and Sue Olsen, who built the Rough Track house and cabins so well. Ian designed everything with fire very much in mind, and both the firey pros and volunteers were impressed with how well set up the place is for defence.
And finally, thanks to our guests for your patience, your well-wishes and offers of assistance, and for keeping on coming to stay.
You people are the best. Thank you.
We are thrilled to be the caretakers of what used to be Kinie-Ger Bush Cabins. Ian and Sue Olsen built the cabins and our house by hand just as the seventies slid into the eighties. Ian's design was simple, sustainable and timeless. It's an achievement that we marvel at every day.
To honour Ian and Sue, we've named our business after the rough track Ian made to walk down through the Conservation Area to the saddle above the canyon. It's our favourite spot for a sunset drink, and a great place to spy black cockatoos and eagles riding the thermals.
Living here feels like we are on retreat, in a place that reminds us to walk out and enjoy the bush, and every day inspires us to make something new. If all that sounds like something you'd like to experience, come and stay with us.
Julie Paterson and Manda Kaye
Rough Track Cabins
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We acknowledge the Dharug and Gundungurra people, the Traditional Owners of the land where we live and work.
We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.