Bluestone Homestead

2014 Victorian Landscape Awards
Commended – Hard Structures in the Landscape
Commended – Feature in the Landscape (for the field rock wall)
2015 Landscaping Victoria Industry Awards
Nominated – Hard Structures in the Landscape


Karool (Aboriginal for ‘Bluestone’) – circa 1853

Karool is away from the hustle and bustle of city life, perched on top of a hill with 360 degree views in the Shire of Whittlesea.

Our brief was to construct two authentic feature dry stone walls, and so our first task was to visit a couple of local historic sites to get a feel for the way walls were built over 100 years ago. Then we began work according to the ‘ancient art of dry stone walling’, with the first wall built from field rock dug up from the surrounding paddocks and constructed in its traditional form – no concrete, steel reinforcing, sand or cement in sight. This wall had to be able to stand on its own. The second wall was another three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle built from bluestone pitchers and constructed in an ashlar pattern. The capping pieces are reclaimed bluestone from Melbourne’s Jolimont rail yards.

We’re still in the early stages of this overall project, with vast garden beds to be built, so keep an eye out as we continue to update.

  • Dry stone walling
  • Bluestone
  • Field rock
  • Limonium perezii – Limonium
  • Teucrium fruticans – Silver Germander

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