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MACKEY'S PEAK VILLAS
Capture the moment as well as the imagination at Mackey's Peak Villas.
Our spacious one-bedroom villas with private backyards are the perfect getaway.  Enjoy the pristine surroundings, hike the rugged mountains, or spend your day being pampered in Halls Gap.
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FEATURES
Our self-contained villas are beautifully presented, providing spacious and luxurious accommodation. Perfect for a romantic getaway.
Wheelchair friendly
(Deluxe Villa only)
Individual privacy
Spectacular views
Fully equipped kitchen
Central location
King size bed
Luxurious bathroom
with double spa (both Villas)
with double shower (Delux Villa only)
Wood fire
with firewood supplied
BBQ facilities
Fully equiped laundry
Split system air conditioning
Linen supplied
No pets
No smoking
TV & Bluray player
RATES
1 May - 31 August
Public holidays charged at weekend rates.
STANDARD
DELUXE
Weekdays (Sunday - Thursday)
$170 per night
$190 per night
Weekends (Friday - Saturday)
$190 per night
$210 per night
7 night stay
$1050
$1200


1 September - 30 April
Public holidays charged at weekend rates.
STANDARD
DELUXE
Weekdays (Sunday - Thursday)
$190 per night
$210 per night
Weekends (Friday - Saturday)
$210 per night
$230 per night
7 night stay
$1200
$1350
Easter long weekend
STANDARD
DELUXE
4 night stay
$1000
$1080
Terms and Conditions
Check-in: 2pm
Check-out: 10am
  • Full payment is required at time of booking uness otherwise agreed with management.
  • A full refund will be provided if cancellation is more than 14 days before booking. Cancellations within 14 days, for single night stays 1/2 booking will be refunded and for extended stays first night booking lost.
  • No shows will not be refunded any portion of booking.
  • Please note that T&C's vary for online bookings on Stayz - refer to Stayz Terms and Conditions for details.

HISTORY OF MACKEY'S PEAK

Behind the Halls Gap caravan park and just beside a track leading to places with whimsical names such as Venus Baths and Wonderland Range, lies a stark reminder of  pioneering days in the little town.  Halls Gap has few visible reminders of its pioneering past, but  the lonely grave of baby Agnes Folkes, has seen most of the town’s history pass before it.

John and Phoebe Foulkes (later Folkes), originally from Worcestershire, arrived in Victoria aboard the Northumbria in 1853.  John worked as the ship’s carpenter and upon arrival, obtainined work making architraves and balustrades for the new Victorian Parliament House.  They had moved to the Grampians area by the end of the 1850s with son George born in 1858 at Moyston.

By 1870, John Folkes was operating a sawmill in Halls Gap.  The family home, made of logs, was close to the banks of the Stoney Creek. By this time there were seven children with Phoebe giving birth to Agnes in April of that year at nearby Pleasant Creek.

After a dry autumn, the winter of 1870 saw the weather break. Heavy rain fell across Victoria, flooding lakes, roads and rivers.  At times of heavy rain in the Grampians, water collects in the mountains, working down the many gullies and into small creeks which quickly become rivers. One of those is the Stoney Creek.  With the winter rains of 1870, the creek had risen and was impassable as were others which had to be crossed to leave the town.

Agnes fell ill with diphtheria that winter, but Phoebe and John could not get through to Stawell and the nearest  doctor. Sadly, on July 30, 1870, Agnes passed away. She was buried  close to the family home in a tiny wooden coffin made by her father. A headstone was added and later was replaced with something more substantial.

After Agnes’ death, locals began to refer to the mountain peak behind her grave as “Cherubs Peak”, however it was later gazetted as “Mackeys Peak”, after a Government minister.

One heartwarming aspect of the story is that not only have the children of  Halls Gap Primary School tended Agnes’ grave for almost one hundred years, they more recently lobbied the Victorian Government for the name to be changed back to “Cherub Peak”.  The name has now been gazetted as a historical name and a new sign  erected to explain the history of the grave.

Despite her short life, her grave and its reminder to visitors of the town’s pioneering times, has seen baby Agnes make her mark on the history of Halls Gap.
Story by Merron Riddiford as featured on Western District Familes December 1, 2011
Things to see and do‬‏
Upcoming events
Woolly West Fest - 31 July - 13 August
Peaks and Trails Run - 5 - 6 August
Sheepvention - 7 - 8 August
Wonderland Run - 26 - 27 August
Grampians Brushes - 9 - 14 September
Horsham Agricultural Show - 1 October
Horsham Spring Orchard Show - October TBA
Grampians Wildflower Walkabout - October TBA
Shreatham Vintage Rally - October TBA
Ararat Golden Gateway Festival - October TBA 
Horsham Spring Garden Festival - October TBA
Australian Pedal Car Grand Prix - 14 October
Patchewollock Music Festival - 20 - 22 October
3 Peaks Festival - 21 October
Ararat Agricultural Show - 22 October
Halls Gap Jazz Blues Festival - 27 - 29 October
Horsham Cup - October TBC
Hamilton Cup - 29 October
Nati Frinj - 3 - 5 November
Natimuk Farmers Market - 5 - 10 December
Halls Gap is situated at the heart of the spectacular Grampians National Park.

Renowned for rugged mountain ranges, rich cultural heritage and breathtaking scenic views, the 168,000 hectare park is ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities. The many walking tracks can take you on journeys to waterfall vistas, ancient geological rock features, forests and rocky lookouts. There are guided tours and a large network of roads available for car and motorbike touring- a great way to export the parks many attractions.
CONTACT INFO
Address: 6a & 6b Rosea Street
Halls Gap, VIC 3381

Telephone:
0417 814 505

Email:
mackeyspeakvillas@outlook.com.au