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.
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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 fab 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.
We recommend the Clifftop Track from Evans Lookout to Govetts Leap, Pulpit Track,
and, of course,
the recently restored Grand Canyon Track, which we think is an absolute cracker.
We are thrilled to be the new 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 new 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
ACKOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We acknowledge the Gundungurra and the Darug people, the Traditional Owners of the land where we live and work.
We recognise their continuing connection to land, water, sea and community.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.