Explore the 1.6 acres of stunning heritage gardens. Wander through the meandering paths of the sun-dappled spinney, surrounded by camellias, rare hellebore, narcissus and primroses.
Relax within the walled, formal, heritage rose gardens with views over adjoining vineyards, or discover the extensive native gardens.
Take tea or a cooling beverage on the wide, sheltered verandas of the main house, or relax with a good book beneath rare, flowering trees.
The gardens attract many species of birds throughout the seasons, and display a profusion of Spring flowering bulbs and Autumn colour.
Ideally situated close to the heart of the Darling Range National Park, the secluded garden and surrounding valley attract an impressive selection of birds.
From the massive, majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle to the tiny Thorn-bills, this corner of Western Australia has much to offer both birdwatchers and nature-lovers.
Of the twelve species of native bird found only in south-western WA, seven can be seen in Carmel, with a further two only a short distance away.
The call of the spectacular Red-capped Parrot can be heard throughout the gardens and the quiet Western Rosella is another frequent visitor.
Often seen flitting amongst the flowers is the lively Western Thornbill and the valley frequently resounds with the calls of the Long-billed (Baudin’s) Black Cockatoo.
More than 50 species of bird have been recorded in and above (in the case of the Little Eagle,Black-shouldered Kites, Square-tailed Kite) the beautiful gardens.
A pair of resident Scarlet Robins can often be seen hopping around the scrub and diminutive Laughing Turtle Doves take advantage of any perch to give their bubbling call. Introduced into Perth in 1898 they are found only in this corner of Australia. Noisy Western Wattle-birds forage amongst the blossoms.
Other species regularly seen include: New Holland Honey-eater, Striated Pardalote, Sacred Kingfisher, Port Lincoln Parrot, Twenty-eight Parrot, Laughing Kookaburra, White-cheeked Honey-eater, Rufous Whistler and Splendid Fairy-wren.
We are lucky to have a resident bandicoot family in the garden They are supposed to be nocturnal but can often be seen during the day. You may notice holes in the lawns where they have been digging for roots. They are wild animals and we ask you not to go close or feed them. We have seen a range of lizards in the garden and ask you to enjoy them and not disturb them.
Our domestic animals include the chooks which are free range and provide guests with fresh eggs, our two cats and Libby dog, They are all rescue animals and love attention. If you are not keen on animals just ignore them and they will get the message. Lucy is the tabby with the small tail, she was run over and Lily is the black and white one. The cats often appear for a meet and greet when guests arrive, love guests and have lots of affection to give!