Lakes Entrance B & B

Lakes Entrance  Bed and Breakfast Retreat

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Accreditation  Goldsmith's in the Forest
Harrison's Track Lakes Entrance, Vic 3909 Ph. 61 03 51552518
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Covenant protects land and attracts visitors (Lakes Post Article )

Lakes Entrance has long had a reputation for providing the perfect sun, sand and surf family holiday, but are the area’s other assets being undersold? Many local operators aim to attract the typical family for several weeks of their summer holidays. One couple has developed a different approach to accommodation, one they believe will attract visitors all year round. Darilyn and Les Gold smith bought their idyllic 60-acre property on Harrison’s Track in 1980, moving the family from Melbourne. Both teachers, the Goldsmith’s originally intended to work at local schools and run a hobby farm, but soon found the land they owned was not suitable. The couple then decided to create a business that would protect the delicate ecosystem of their unique gully and started up Goldsmith’s in the Forest bed and breakfast 10 years ago. “When we bought the farm it came with a sheep, and then of course we had to buy another to keep it company and it went from there,” said Darilyn. “But we quickly noticed that the property couldn’t sustain cattle or sheep, as it was becoming obvious that they were doing serious damage. “I had retrained as a chef and we decided to build a bed and breakfast accommodation on our land. “We have learnt a lot about the significance of the gully here from Bill Peel, from East Gippsland Catchment Management. “He helped us to be come more aware of the property’s special environment.” The Goldsmiths have since worked with several conservation organsations, including Land for Wildlife, World Wildlife Fund and Trust for Nature. They have placed a covenant on their land through Trust for Nature to help preserve its unique Lowland Forest, Alluvial Terraces Warm Temperate Rainforest, Limestone Box Forest and East Gippsland Coastal Warm Forest species. “We take our guests on a tour of the gully and let them see the colors, smell it and understand its value’ Les said. “We want to show people the value of forest hinterland, as well as the coast and beaches, by encouraging people to smell the medicinal blue box and the soft pepper mint of the river box. “Lots of Europeans use tea tree oil, but don’t realise that it grows prolifically around here. Over the past few years, the Goldsmiths have focused on attracting guests through the internet. “We would like to work with other operators who are interested in developing eco tourism in East Gippsland - particularly with the Discovery Rail Trail being so close to the property,” Les said.

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