This is wild country. The craggy cliffs, dense bushland and open plains that inspired Henry Lawson, hide one of Australia's best kept secrets, the Capertee Valley. Three hours drive from Sydney, and one hour from Mudgee, Warramba feels like a simpler time

Warramba is set on 100 acres of regenerated farmland in the Greater Blue Mountains. Hidden from the road is the 1890s farmhouse, cut from local sandstone and lovingly restored as a bolthole for the world-weary.

The homestead sits amid native grasslands, a river gently winds through. Sheer sandstone cliffs surround the property, brimming with native wildlife. Kangaroos, wombats, goannas, birds — including the endangered Regent Honeyeater — dash through the ironbark. Eastern long-necked turtles share this place — a reminder to slow down.

Historic Rylstone, with its heritage-listed main street, and the Capertee, Turon, Gardens of Stone and the world-famous Wollemi National Parks are 20-minutes-drive.

Ganguddy — inarticulately referred to as Dunns Swamp — homes ancient rock formations that rise up from the water. Ganguddy also features wild reeds and native ferns, bush trails and high scenic views over clouds of blue Eucalypts that appear to stretch on forever.