Which of the two timber lodges are best to visit?
It depends on what you’re looking for in a cabin.
The two tallest timber lodgings, Timber Creek and Banyule, in the remote north-west of Victoria, are both well-preserved.
Both are popular for overnight stays, as well as the opportunity to spend the day with the animals they shelter.
For some, the trees themselves may be worth a visit as they’re part of a larger ecosystem.
Banyule is a natural preserve, while Timber Creek is part of the Victoria Parklands National Park.
Both lodge sites are managed by the park, which runs a small number of lodges and provides lodging to visitors.
Both lodges were built in the early 1900s, and are popular with backpackers.
You can find lodging at both sites and are also able to stay at the Timber Creek Lodge for up to a week.
Tight-fitting lodge Timber Creek is the main lodge, with the rest of the grounds available to campers and hikers.
Located at Banyulke, Timber Lake Lodge is the smallest of the three lodges, with only the timber on the west side.
The lodge is only accessible from the road, so you’ll need to get off and walk a short distance from the main entrance to reach the main campground.
There’s a nice walk-in shower at the site.
Tight fitting lodge Timber Lake Lodge has a bit more room, and is accessible from Banyulsk, the main access point.
You can find a good walk-through shower at Timber Lake.
In winter, it’s ideal to stay in a lodge that has a large fire ring and is well-lit.
There is a fire ring at Timber Creek, with two fire rings, one in each of the lodges.
In summer, you’ll want to explore the forest for fires and hear the wildlife.
More information: Banyulk Timber Lake Lodges, 890 5895, timberlake.vic.gov.au, or visit Banyulesk Timber Creek Lodges.