Wild Mountains Main Hall and Amenities 2019

Wild Mountains Main Hall and Amenities
Rathdowney QLD 4287
Booking required – see link below
10am – 4pm
House Open Style
Wild Mountains Trust Open Day: Booking required
Housing Type
Commercial Property
Project Type
New Build
Emma Scragg Architect
Rob Peagram Builder
House Size
Number of bedrooms
Number of bathrooms
Open with support of
Wild Mountains Trust, Nature Play

The Main Hall is the heart of Wild Mountains Environmental Education Centre and will host visitors on our SHD for a delicious lunch during the tour of all our buildings and sites. The large building features 130 year old Arnott’s factory oregon trusses supported by hardwood poles sourced in the local area. The building is oriented to the north with high level clerestory windows and large recycled windows looking out into the rainforest to the south and capturing the sunshine and daylight to the north.

Construction detailing took into account the rainforest setting with driving rain, dampness, wildlife and voracious termites, aiming for a minimum 100 year building lifespan. Locally sourced, oiled timber cladding to the north mirrors the nearby Bruce’s Shed. Less accessible areas are clad in Colorbond steel – higher in embodied energy but low-maintenance. Internally, walls are lined with Powerscape (a recycled content plasterboard-type sheet) and cypress pine panelling salvaged from a shearing shed dismantled near St George by a keen team of Wild Mountains volunteers.

The attached amenities building provides solar-heated accessible hot showers (with gas boosting) and composting toilets and the greywater is treated by worms in a XXX which keeps the immediate forest lush and green as a bushfire buffer.

Raised garden beds in front of the commercial kitchen supply herbs and leafy greens to cater for visiting groups of children, volunteers and adults attending programmes offered or hosted by Wild Mountains. Food waste is composted, tetrapacs are used to propogate plants for the gardens and reveg and all other waste is taken off site for recycling.

Designed by Emma Scragg Architect and built by Rob Peagram.

Book tickets here to visit Wild Mountains Main Hall and Amenities and other houses at Wild Mountains.

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This home is supported by


Years Open
Universal design accessability
Disability access
Universal access
Wheelchair access
Universal Design Features
80cm minimum door opening width
Flush thresholds (no lip) to all external doors
Hobless showers
Lever handles for doors (no knobs)
Minimum 110cm wide hallways
No stairs/steps
Semi recessed basins
Shower head on rail for various heights
Slip resistant flooring
Space around toilets for ease of access in wheelchairs
BAL Rating
BAL – Low: There is insufficient risk to warrant specific construction requirements
Roofing materials
Metal (Zincalume)
Wall materials (external and internal)
Lightweight construction (timber frame)
Window and door types
Clerestory windows
Recycled and reused
Kitchen shutters into Hall - repurposed secondhand refrigeration paneling. All fridges and gas stove/oven 2nd hand
Sustainable materials
Locally sourced poles, timber cladding and plywood. Low embodied energy through high recycled content (trusses, floor, wall and roof framing, windows, doors, linings, concrete sleepers, pavers), minimised structural steel, VOC-free and low finishes, minimal PVC. Selection of materials also based on durability.
Insulation - Under roof
Type: Aircell
Insulation - Ceiling
Type: Bulk – polyester
Insulation - External walls
Type: Bulk – polyester
Healthy home
Chemical free cleaning products used
Cross flow ventilation
Low VOC paints/sealer/varnish
Natural light and ventilation
Natural oil sealer/finishes
All electric home
Renewable energy
Solar PV off-grid
Water heating
Solar hot water (flat panel)
Active heating cooling
Ceiling fans
Slow combustion wood stove
Energy efficiency
Efficient lighting
Efficient appliances
Water harvesting and saving
Above ground rainwater storage
Type: Concrete
Size: 1 x 44,000L header tank
Underground rainwater storage
Type: Concrete
Size: 3 x 44,000L under Hall plus another 44,000L tank beside Bruce's Shed
Grey water system
Composting toilets
Garden / Outdoors
Bee hotels/friendly
Community vegetable garden
Edible garden
Native plants
Waste Reduction
Compost all food scraps
Plastic free household
Swap with friends and neighbours