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Broger’s End was one of the original large dairy farms in Kangaroo Valley. The
milking shed, which is probably over 70 years old, has been lovingly restored and
is now a luxurious haven for a peaceful escape from the everyday world! The
three sets of French doors, which used to allow three cows in to be milked at
once, now allow the living area to be opened to the alfresco dining area which is
covered by an old wisteria vine.
A luxury pillow top queen bed with quality linen ensures a restful night’s sleep. The living area includes a double sofa bed for extra guests. On chilly winter nights, the cottage is warmed by a wood stove, with a gas heater for backup. A well-appointed kitchenette has a convection oven/microwave, gas hob, full sized fridge and quality espresso machine. Coffee beans, roasted specially for Broger’s End, are supplied. The modern bathroom has a spa bath and separate shower which opens onto a garden and an outdoor bath. Soak away your cares under the stars!
Free wireless internet and a phone for local and emergency calls are provided. Your dog is welcome, and there is a fully fenced yard next to the cottage. Feel free to help yourself to the produce in the herb and vegetable garden. Our chickens will provide you with fresh eggs!
There is a hammock under the trees if that is the level of activity you plan. Otherwise there is the river for swimming, and 160 acres to explore, with bushwalking tracks through the varied landscape. The village is 6 km away with its restaurants, cafes, galleries and shops.
Broger’s End was born out of a vision and passion for transforming a rundown old farm into a haven of sustainable living and regenerated native landscape, to be shared with visitors from near and far. The hope is that visiting Broger’s End will bring a respite from everyday cares, and an appreciation for the importance of stopping to smell the (native banksia) roses! We hope that visitors will be inspired to live more sustainably when they return home.
This farm was chosen after years of searching because it is easily accessible by sealed road, being only 2 hours from Sydney and 6 km from the Kangaroo Valley village, but far enough from these places to feel remote and peaceful. It has a wide variety of landscapes within its 160 acres, providing a wonderful experience of the Australian countryside.
The name “Broger’s End” was chosen for two reasons: firstly, because of its location where Broger’s Creek flows into the Kangaroo River, and secondly as a reminder of how Broger met his end … and more generally how Aboriginal people have suffered as a consequence of European settlement.
Broger was an Aboriginal man from this area, brother to Broughton who worked closely with the white settlers and became an influential figure amongst both the Aboriginal and white communities. Broger kept to the Aboriginal community, but worked for white settlers as a cedar getter, among other things. He was charged and executed in 1829 over a murder he committed, possibly a consequence of a dispute over trade activities with white men in the region. Some said the crime had been committed in self-defense, but at that time Aboriginal people were not permitted to give evidence in court, and so Broger was unable to defend himself. The name Broger’s End was therefore chosen as a reminder of the injustices that Aboriginal people have suffered since white settlement.
Before European settlement, Kangaroo Valley was a place of healing and renewal for local Aboriginal people. It was also a place where women came to have their babies, and birthing caves have been found in the Upper Kangaroo River area around Broger’s End.
We are a Sydney couple with four kids and day jobs, why would we spend so much energy on such a massive project? We believe that climate change and our current lifestyle is not sustainable and we hope to provide an opportunity for inspiration and transformation as well as relaxation. Sarah is from Canada, and her father was before his time in teaching his three daughters about nature, camping and canoeing, not to mention wholemeal bread and muesli, before it was fashionable! Despite having spent most of her life in the city, Sarah is most at home in the bush and on the farm, growing stuff, regenerating the forest and swimming in the river! This farm is a tribute to all her family, especially her Dad.
5a Battys Rd
Upper Kangaroo River 2577
Phone: (02) 8916 6354