1880's Kananook Heritage House

Victoria, Australia

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This beautiful heritage homestead overlooks magnificent vistas of the Mitchell River valley at Picnic Point, and boasts rich country side deciduous green river valley views, with a play of soft hues of changing light throughout the landscape each day, with colourful changes of season all year round.

Located in Bairnsdale in the Shire of East Gippsland, Victoria the 1880's Kananook Heritage House offers two options of accommodation:

  • A Boutique Historic Luxury Homestead Apartment and
  • A Boutique Historic Luxury Pet Friendly FSC Private Villa

Both luxury units have their own private entrances. They are ideally suited for couples and offer free unlimited Wi-Fi and free private off street parking and, are only a 1 minute walk from the gravel laneway to the Mitchell River Walk.

The units come with original timber flooring and are air-conditioned. The Luxury Homestead Apartment boasts a private north facing deck with river valley views and has a kitchenette with basic kitchen essentials, while the Luxury Pet Friendly FSC Private Villa has a Mediterranean landscaped garden and terrace area and has a fully equipped kitchen made for country gourmet cooking and entertaining.

Minimum Stays

  • 2 night minimum stay applies for all stays as well as;
  • A 3 night minimum stay for all public holidays and;
  • A 5 night minimum stay for the Christmas / New Year holiday season.

    Things to do

    Guests at 1880s Kananook Heritage House can enjoy cycling & mountain bike riding, water activities such as kayaking, swimming & beach walks, and there are endless trails for hiking. 

    Other wonders of this area include the Mitchell River Silk Jetty's, Gippsland Lakes, 90 Mile Beach, and the endless scenic views along the Great Alpine Road in the Victorian high country. Also look out for the Metung Hot Springs which are scheduled to be opening soon.

    Lakes Entrance is 41.8 km from the accommodation, while Paynesville is 19.3 km away.


    Off Street Parking

    Private Kitchenette

    Private Bathroom


    Lake View

    Air Conditioning



    Flat-screen TV


    Coffee Machine

    Free WiFi

    Free Parking


    Steeped in history

    A Mr and Mrs Woods had Kananook built in the 1880s. The Lindenow Racecourse was created on the Estate also, with the last horse race of each meeting called the “Kananook Plate”.

    One complete wing of Kananook was the result of an 1880s Victorian historic addition and “renovation” that contributes to the charm of the “Private Residence” Apartment Villa today:

    • Baltic Pine weatherboards were used on the external walls instead of Iron Bark and, eye catching featured gables adorn over every exterior Victorian end wall.
    • Beautiful regency Baltic Pine interior wall lining boards used in part throughout, provide a lovely ambience giving that warm and cosy feel to the open plan kitchen, dining, living/entertainment area.
    • Baltic pine flooring and the very cutest double sash kitchen window will catch your eye.
    • The Villa also features 3 Victorian exterior gables above the rooms sash windows.
    • The renovation also saw detailed and intricate Victorian profile architraves installed in place of the earlier simple examples of the early Colonial Victorian architraves.
    • Hard larden plaster walls on laths were utilised in the new wing replacing the much earlier alternative in Colonial breezy wallpaper on hessian over wooden lining boards.
    • The front room of this renovation also had additional decorative cornicing and a ceiling rose.

    The extra wide antique wall lining boards from under the wallpaper are now a feature of Kananook Homesteads hardwood floors and the bathroom counter is made from the original antique reclaimed feature timber.

    Just as the Lindenow Cup transferred to the racetrack in Bairnsdale, 1880s Kananook Heritage House has relocated to Bairnsdale and now overlooks the beautiful Mitchell River Valley at Picnic Point.

    Recently completed major repairs, restorations, refurbishments and renovations are complimented with quality modern conveniences and amenities, to create a premier Luxury Getaway Retreat that includes purpose built apartment accommodation as part of the original homestead that's now fully insulated, with heating and cooling.

    We invite you to experience the relaxed tranquil charm of 1880s Kananook to relax, rejuvenate and unwind for your next holiday escape and experience a luxury getaway with a past, and a piece of Victorian history.”

        Learn More about Kananook Heritage House by reading our Review in Beautiful Accommodation, here.

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