The Site

This extraordinary bushland setting is nestled in the Narara Valley, on the Central Coast of NSW, Australia. Just 1 hour drive north from Sydney.

Comprising of 64 hectares, the property has an existing dam, a creek and an abundance of beautiful views. The land is bordered on three sides by forest. Approximately 12 hectares are zoned for residential development with another 12 hectares available for agriculture and community gardens. The remaining hectares of native forest and bushland are to be dedicated to conservation.

The site is about 30 minutes from local beaches at Terrigal and Avoca, has good local bus access, is a short walk to Narara station on the main Sydney-Newcastle rail line, and within easy reach of local schools, shops, retail and commercial facilities.

History – Rich in Heritage.

For the past 100 years the site was the home of the Gosford Horticultural Institute and there are over 50 existing structures and buildings, including greenhouses, outbuilding and workshops that are prefect for food production and cottage industries. There are residential dwellings, offices and other buildings ideally suited for community facilities. Some of the buildings and trees are heritage listed providing further interest on the site, and of course before this the land had a rich indigenous history.

Agriculture

Many of our members currently live close to or on the Ecovillage site and are actively involved in maintaining and upgrading the agriculture infrastructure and undertaking small agricultural projects, including:

  • Mixed fruit and nut orchards
  • Community gardens
  • Seedling propagation
  • Chooks
  • Beehives