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Property Address:
4 Harrowfield Rd
via 4304 Kings Highway
Bungendore, NSW 2621

Postal Address:
PO Box 67037 RPO Westboro
Ottawa, ON K2A 4E4
P: (+1 613) 798-2832
E: christo(at)

Belle Vue Hill was acquired by Christo van Rensburg and Angela Todd in July 2003. It is an 18ha (45ac) new subdivision of the original Harrowfield farm, which has been in the Cargill family for generations. It is located just outside Bungendore, a small town 20 minutes north east of Queanbeyan, NSW, 30 minutes east of Canberra.

The land previously consisted of two paddocks used for grazing beef cattle, but the new owners are trying to re-establish native vegetation similar to that before European settlement. Several thousand trees native to the area have already been planted (October 2003), and more will follow next spring if rainfall permits.

Belle Vue Hill is on the side of one of the higher hills in the area, and it has a beautiful view of the valley below, Lake George and the Bridabella Hills in the distance. The farm is close to Canberra, about halfway between Sydney and the ski fields, and an hour away from the beach.

An energy and water efficient, environmentally friendly strawbale guest cottage with mudbrick inner walls is currently being planned, to be constructed by the middle of 2004. The cottage will have a polished concrete floor to act as thermal mass for heat storage, and a Colorbond metal roof for rainwater collection. The cottage will serve as rental and Bed & Breakfast accommodation. It will have an open plan livingroom, dining room and kitchen, a bathroom, a laundry, two bedrooms, plus a loft. Sheltered from predominant winds, the cottage will overlook a dam and future permaculture gardens.

Planning on an energy and water efficient main home has commenced as well, but it will only be built as in a few years.

    Bungendore Village 5 km
    Bungendore Interstate Railway Station 5 km
    Queanbeyan 30 km
    Canberra City Airport 30 km
    Canberra 40 km

Just east of Canberra, and north-east of Queanbeyan, Bungendore is the largest town in Palerang Council. Bungendore was proclaimed in 1837, and today this attractive village has around 2,000 people. The shire is also home to the nearby Bywong community. The area were the home of the Ngunnawal people. The language spoken was Ngarigo.

    Goulburn 70 km
    Sydney 265 km

With a number of tourist attractions, Bungendore is a popular stop for tourists between Sydney, Canberra and the South Coast. It is part of the Capital Country Tourism initiative. The village has the ambience and the neccessary infrastructure to support tourism - this includes restaurants, pubs, several arts and crafts shops, a grocery store, a liquor store and car service stations.

    Braidwood 40 km
    Batemans Bay Beach 105 km
    Moruya Beach 130 km
    Nowra 175 km
    Thredbo Ski Fields 240 km

Bungendore area offers many exciting tourism activities:

  • There are several excellent cool climate wineries in the area.
  • Nearby Canberra is of course well known for its arts and culture.
  • On a hot day, drive down to Batemans Bay, and start exploring the beautiful South Coast. It will take just over an hour by car to get there.
  • Australia's premier Snowy Mountains ski resorts (such as Thredbo) are just over two hours away by car.
  • The ski resorts are adjacent to Kosciuszko National Park, the largest national park in the state of New South Wales, which can be visited year round.

    Southern NSW - Look for purple letters BVH in centre of map.

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