Historically this land was part of the Lawson family estate, one of this region’s grand & renowned family properties. It was purchased by Greg and Dot Jinks back in 1988, at that time it was being used for sheep farming.
In 1989, the Jinks family built the Canadian style mountain lodge, now the main accommodation. From 1989 to 1993 the property was run as a Deer farm. Greg and Dot were some of the pioneers of the Deer industry in this country, importing Deer from New Zealand. The current Club House and Conference Centre was merely a deer shed, a far cry from the Sports Bar and Cinema it houses today.
Then in 1994 the property went through a massive transformation, converting into a golf course. Initially operating as a private 9-hole golf course with Club House, and then opening for accommodation in 2002. Conference Rooms were added to the Club House in 2006, and the Sports Bar renovated in 2013 to include the stunning alfresco function area.
Lawson Lodge Country Estate has continued to evolve in to the World class tourism destination it is today.
Our team is small, yet mighty!
Chris Nicholson, Manager – with a wealth of experience from some of Victoria’s best hotels, Chris has spent 15 years now developing Lawson Lodge Country Estate in to one of the premier retreats in Australia.
Gavin Sturt, Grounds & Operations Assistant – Gavin works tirelessly to maintain the grounds and golf course at Lawson Lodge in tip top condition. He is also our resident handyman, keeping the place running like clockwork.
Christina Kennedy, Events Coordinator – Christina is your friendly point of contact for weddings, functions, conferences and events. She adds that extra attention-to-detail you expect from such a magnificent property.
With a host of casual waiters, cleaners, chefs, and gardeners – some of the best people in this region – rounding out what is a wonderful team of highly professional yet friendly people. Country hospitality at its best!
Lawson Lodge has played host to several well known guests since its inception, most notably actors Hugh Jackman, Deborra Lee Furness, Eric Bana, Sigrid Thornton, and film producer Mark Pennel, plus radio and TV stars John Blackman, Wilbur Wild and Dicky Knee, musician/entertainers Russell Morris, Jim Keays and Daryl Cotton, author/model Tara Moss, the wedding of Ditch Davey of Blue Heelers, actress Asher Keddie, David Smorgon & the Western Bulldogs team, the Daniher family, Norm Smith Medalist Brian Lake, Sandy Roberts, Tommy Hafey, and several other sports stars. In 2005 Lawson Lodge was host to cast and crew members of the film Macbeth (starring Sam Worthington) while it was being filmed in Mt Macedon, and for three weeks our Conference Room was transformed in to the films Production centre.