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Bickleigh Vale Village

Did you know?

…that during the 1920s, a young woman with an unusual vision transformed about 20 acres of Mooroolbark into a unique village complete with rustic cottages, charmingly peaceful gardens, and unpaved, leafy laneways.

The young woman? Edna Walling.

The village? Bickleigh Vale.

If you wander through the laneways of Bickleigh Vale, you’ll be impressed by Walling’s original designs – quaint timber and stone cottages opening out to spacious gardens defined by trees and stone walls that provide occupants with an integrated view of many textures and colours – locally quarried stone archways, weathered timber gates, mossy garden beds, lawns and creeper-covered pergolas.

Bickleigh Vale’s peaceful laneways provide year-round opportunities for a quiet stroll. You’ll feel you’ve travelled back into history as you catch glimpses of delightful privately owned, original cottages and gardens – now heritage protected.

Peter Watts, the Director of the Historic Houses Trust of NSW wrote: Bickleigh Vale Village is a place of exceptional significance. In the history of town planning in this country it is almost without parallel. Perhaps a little of the work of Walter Burley Griffin is comparable, but it was neither as far-sighted, nor as unique a concept, as that of Bickleigh Vale. That the village is still in existence, and to a large extent unchanged is extraordinary. That it is so well documented… adds immeasurably to its importance.

You can discover Bickleigh Vale at Melways 51 K2. Please respect private property by keeping to laneways.


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