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Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

Where Are We


242 Shingle Hill Way, Bywong, NSW 

GPS:  E149 19' 18"  S35 7' 13"

How To Get Here

Your direction from Sydney

Take the Hume Highway and the Federal Highway towards Canberra. Continue past Lake George, then 2.7 km after the Brooks Creek Bridge and just before Newton VC Rest Area, turn right onto Shingle Hill Way.

Our farmstay accomodation is 2.4 km on the right (242 Shingle Hill Way). There is a large 'Christmas Tree Keng' signboard at the front gate. We are only a 2 and a half hours drive from Sydney's International airport to our farm gate.

Your direction from Canberra

From Canberra take the Federal Highway to Goulburn/Sydney. Go past the two overhead bridges and immediately after the 'Middleton VC' Rest Area turn left onto Shingle Hill Way.

The cottage is 2.4 kms on the right and there is a "Christmas Tree Keng' sign at the gate. Our address is 242 Shingle Hill Way. Ring us on 02 62369689 or 0402 246 436 if you need help.

Your direction from Melbourne

From the Hume Highway after Yass take the left turnoff to Murrumbateman/Canberra onto the Barton Highway. Just after Murrumbateman turn left onto Murrumbateman Road that goes to Gundaroo and the south coast.

At the end of Murrumbateman Road turn right onto Sutton Road. After 1.1 km turn left onto Shingle Hill Way. The farm is 9.4 km on the left (242 Shingle Hill Way, Gregory’s Canberra directory Map 108 A1). There is a large 'Christmas Tree Keng' signboard at the front gate.

Your direction from Canberra Airport

As you leave the airport turn right after the underpass onto Pialligo Avenue. At the next traffic lights turn right onto Fairbairn Avenue. At the first traffic lights turn right onto Majura Road.

At the intersection of Majura Road and the Federal Highway turn onto the Federal Highway following the signs to Goulburn/Sydney. Drive along the Federal Highway (towards Goulburn) till you reach Middleton V C Reast Area (12 to 15 mins drive) and then turn left onto Shingle Hill Way. The cottage is 2.4 km on the right (242 Shingle Hill Way)

Please note some brand of GPS Navigators do not have Bywong on their software. It is advised that you bring your written directions with you.

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Terms Of Use

Cancellation policy

Once a booking is confirmed it cannot be changed if the change results in a loss of income to the proprietor.
If you give more than fourteen (14) days notice of cancellation before you are due to arrive, only your booking deposit is payable.
If you give less than fourteen (14) days and more than forty eight (48) hours notice of cancellation before you are due to arrive, your booking deposit and 50% of the tariff due for the remainder of your booking are payable.
If you give less than forty eight (48) hours notice of cancellation before you are due to arrive, or if you do not arrive, the total tariff due for your booking is payable.
Smoking on the property, disorderly conduct, unreported extra guests staying overnight, your behaviour causing discomfort to other guests, antisocial behaviour, etc are not acceptable. Your accommodation will be cancelled with no refund and the balance of tariff is payable.
These charges apply to accommodation that is booked or cancelled. The applicable amount is charged, without notice, to your credit card or by retaining monies paid in advance.

Your responsibilities

Smoking: Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the property. A minimum cleaning fee of $400 applies for smoking infringement without notice.

Damages: Please report any damages. Any damages incurred by your family or group must be reported to your hosts. Damages must be paid for unless waived by us. Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the property. A minimum cleaning fee of $400 applies for smoking infringement without notice.

Spillages or cottage left in a mess etc: If your child has a bedwetting issue it is your responsibilty to take mitigating action to ensure that the bed fittings and mattress are not affected. Spillages on the carpets in particular must be dealt with immediately and reported to us. The cottage must be tidied and all appliances, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans that you have used must be washed, dried and put away. Failure to do so will incur a cleaning fee without notice.

Other events: Any event(s) as a result of your action that make the cottage not able to be rented out.

If unreported or the event(s) costs us out of pocket expenses to rectify, the applicable amount(s) is charged, without notice, to your credit card unless other arrangements have been made.

Privacy policy

To protect your privacy, any information you give us for your stay at Christmas tree Cottage will be destroyed after your stay with us. None of your information will be given to any third party.

Credit card security

All credit card information you give us at the time you book your stay at Christmas Tree Cottage are kept as security until after your stay, after which it will be destroyed.

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Availability & Booking


To make a booking

  1. Check availability using the above calendar
  2. Use our form on the right and we will quote you
  3. Or call us on 02 6236 9689
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Room Rates

The cottage has 2 Family suites which sleeps up to 8 persons (2 couples + 4 singles) in the 4 bedrooms. You can book the whole cottage or one of the 2 family suites. Please note other booking conditions may apply for peak periods, long weekends and public holidays. The following are the whole cottage and family suite tariffs:

All tariffs are per night. Guests are limited to 1 dog. If more than 1 dog please advise as conditions of stay and whole cottage rate may apply. Please read cancellation policy on home page.

Family Suite rate:

The family suite comprises:

  • a  Master Room
    The master bedroom has access to the main terrace and the view on the garden. The room has it own flat TV screen and reverse cycle air conditioning.
  • and a Twin Room
    The connecting twin room available as required for the extra person(s) in your family or group. This room consists of two single beds. It has its own reverse cycle air conditioning.

Each suite contains a Master bedroom, Twin room (with 2 single beds) and a bathroom, all opening into a private hallway within the suite. 

You can book one or both of the 2 suites and you will be the only booking in the cottage for the night. You will have the exclusive use of the kitchen and TV room

Two nights minimum stay. The suite accommodates a maximum of 4 persons: a couple and 2 single persons. 

Stay 2 nights or more: Up to 2 persons $140 per night. Extra person $20 per night

Pet fee: $10 per pet per night

Whole cottage rate (2 Family suites)

Exclusive use of whole cottage and room(s) as required for your sleeping arrangement (2 nights minimum stay), maximum of 8 persons in cottage.

Rate : Up to 2 persons $200 per night ; extra person at $20 per night

Pet fee: $10 per pet per visit

Included in all tariffs

  • Tea/coffee and milk provided
  • Use of the TV room (with VCR and DVD)
  • Use of cottage's kitchen/family room fitted with a large fridge , microwave, cookware, cutlery, crockery, cooking oil/sauces and a oven cook top
  • Use of recreation annexe next to cottage
  • Towels and bed linens provided
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Local Attractions

The farm is a 15 mins drive to Canberra. It is located in a 20 minutes drive radius to the historic towns of Bungendore and Gundaroo and a dozen boutique wineries.

Ask us about the other tourist sites near our doorstep. There are country pubs and restaurants within a 10 mins drive from the farm.

We are less than a half hour drive to many of most popular Canberra's tourist attractions:

War memorial

Canberra's Memorial complex includes commemorative areas, Sculpture Garden, gallery exhibits, research facilities, and function spaces. Discover what there is to see and do on your visit on the official website.

National museum

The first museum in the country devoted to telling great stories about Australia and Australians, exploring the key issues, events and people that have shaped and influenced our nation.
Official Website

Parliament House

Situated in the centre of Canberra, the building is renowned for its impressive architecture, landscaped gardens and collection of Australian contemporary art. Visit House of Representatives and Senate chambers. Free guided tour.
Official Website


The National Science and Technology Centre in Australia presents free games, quizzes and activities to explain science to the whole family.
Official Website

Cockington Green

Display of miniature buildings and landscaped gardens.
Official Website

For more information about tourist attractions in Canberra, please visit Canberra Tourist Bureau's Website.

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In Room Facilities

  • Private front entrance
  • Lockable internal door
  • Reverse cycle heating / cooling
  • TV/DVD combo unit in Master bedrooms in Family suites
  • Clock radio
  • Full length mirror
  • Electric blankets on double beds
  • Linen
  • Private bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries

Cottage Facilities

  • Full kitchen
  • Oven and cooktop
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Crockery, cuttlery and glassware
  • Cooking utensils
  • Meals area
  • High chair
  • Slow combustion fire
  • Fire guard
  • TV room
  • DVDs
  • Bookshelf
  • Iron / Ironing board on request
  • Cot
  • Enclosed yard
  • Barbeque
  • Bushwalking
  • Unlimited offstreet parking
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Your Host

Let us introduce ourselves. Our names are Barbara and Keng Tan.

We retired to our farm ‘Inilah’ – ‘This is It’ in bahasa Malay – and are staying active growing Christmas Trees and running our cottage, ‘Christmas Tree Cottage’, as a farrmstay.

We are striving to attain a sustainable retirement lifestyle. We are installing solar panels on the cottage to offset the power demand from the farmstay, without jeopardising your comfort. We will continue to add solar panels to our other farm buildings (or maybe add wind turbines if feasible) until we are able to generate enough of our own ‘green’ power to at least meet the total power needs of the farm.

Of our 12 hectares (31 acres) we grow Christmas Trees on about half the area. Our trees are grown on a sustainable basis. The trees we harvest are replaced and the fast growing young trees absorb the carbon dioxide released by the harvested trees. In this way we are happy to say our Christmas Tree business is carbon neutral.

We are keeping the other half of ‘Inilah’ for the native flora and fauna of the area. We have stocked the dams with native fish and we delight in every sighting of native animals and birds. We are planting natives and are identifying more and more native flora species growing up naturally as the years pass since we excluded grazing animals from the property when we bought it.

We love our ‘little piece of heaven’ and want to share its peace and natural beauty with you after you’ve had a hard day’s touristing in Canberra or around the area.

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The Cottage

Christmas Tree Cottage is on a working Christmas Tree farm. It is a self-contained cottage with 2 Family suites available for rent for short or medium term accommodation. Whole cottage rate is also available.

Each of the Family suites has a Master bedroom (with TV) and a Twin bedroom. The suites has its own front entrance access, reverse cycle heater/air conditioner, ensuite bathroom and toilet. The cottage has a TV room and a dining/kitchen area available for your use

There is an area of about 10 acres around the cottage where you can pursue outdoor family activities. Or you can explore the whole 31 acres of the property with its dams, birds, grasslands and of course the Christmas trees.

Check in and Check out times

Check in is 2 pm and check out is no later than 10 am.

No Smoking policy

There is a 'No Smoking' policy within the cottage and throughout the farm for the comforts of other guests and fire safety in the rural setting. Please do not apply if you cannot comply.

Please be informed

Guests are invited to enjoy walks or activities at the farm. The farm has 3 dams over the 31 acres and parents with young children should be aware that the dams are huge and deep and are not fenced.

The Cottage has an enclosed backyard fence but guests need to use their own discretion to check whether it is safe for their children or pets and if it is not, to adopt mitigating controls. There are wild flora and fauna (eg snakes, ducks, kangaroos, shingle back lizards, wild orchids, etc) that are resident on the property. This is a working farm and if you have any issues regarding safety or fire hazards please discuss with us.

On departure, the cottage must be tidied and all appliances, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans that you have used must be washed, dried and put away. Failure to do so will incur a cleaning fee without notice.

Dog friendly accommodation

We welcome your pet dogs if you provide their sleeping and eating requirements. Dogs are not allowed on furniture or beds. There is an enclosed yard with a large garage for shelter outside. It is the responsibility of dog owners to clean up after their pets.

If there are other guests in the house you are required to discuss with them if it is suitable for your pet to be in the shared areas. As a condition of stay guests are to accept responsibility for their own pets.

If your pet has an accident and the carpet requires cleaning we have to charge you the cleaning cost.

Other Pets

Unfortunately cats are not allowed as Barbara is allergic to cats. Other pets are not allowed.

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No Smoking at Christmas Tree Cottage

Christmas Tree Cottage is designated 'No Smoking' on entry into property.  Thank you for your cooperation.

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