The land at 1395 Bloomfield Road, Crossover Victoria was purchased in February 2001 by Nobby and Sheila Ward, to allow Nobby, a retired builder to fulfil his vision of building houses so totally different from what he had ever built before. At that point most of the 22 acres, bounded by State Forest, was infested with blackberry and noxious weeds and extensive clearing work was undertaken and commenced immediately. Nobby and Sheila also applied and successfully received a grant to replant over 1500 native trees, indigenous to the area.
Originally they planned to build a home for themselves so that they could retire to a country lifestyle. As they came to know the area better and discovered its unique features, the property's potential for tourism became very evident. The undulating countryside allowed for the placement of dwellings to be situated, giving each of the retreats their own space. After enquiries with the local shire they decided to develop the property for tourism and received planning permission to build six retreats and a Reception Centre.
They decided they wanted to create something that was truly unique and as much a feature of the area as some of the other tourist attractions. The vision was to fulfil some of the fantasies in their minds, to create a canvas for the many moods of humanity and an opportunity to "Live In Art". Hence the motto:
"Mira Mira on the wall, what's the weirdest accommodation of them all"
The property is characterized by its unique entrance, which has already become a tourist attraction in its own right, with many passing motorists stopping to take photographs of the huge steel dragon standing guard above the gate, with its fiery breath as the gate.
Construction of The Japanese Zen Retreat commenced immediately after purchase and was completed in August 2001, giving Nobby and Shelia a place to live and test, whilst building the next retreat, The Cave. The Cave fulfilled one of the fantasies, which was to create a totally underground home, environmentally friendly and a challenge in construction. Work commenced on the Cave Retreat in September 2001 and was completed in November 2002 the following year.
They moved into the Cave retreat to test it as well, until April 2003, which is when Mira Mira Fantasy Accommodation officially opened it doors as a fantasy bed and breakfast with two retreats providing distinctly unique accommodation.
The third retreat, Tanglewood was completed in April 2004, and the fourth retreat the English Cottage was completed in early 2005. In early January 2005 work commenced on the Reception Centre, Dragon Manor which was completed in late 2006.
Mira Mira has quickly grown to become one of the regions most sought after "getaway" venues and has featured on The Great Outdoors, Burkes Backyard, Coxy's Big Break , Postcards, in the Age Good Weekend Magazine, Top 50 Bed and Breakfast Venues in Australia, Beautiful Accommodation, just to name a few.
Also advertised in an overseas publication "Crazy Hotels" which will soon be printed in English, (current edition is in German) and this has created overseas interest, and intrigue which gives us the opportunity to promote and highlight Australia, specifically the Gippsland region and all that is on offer including the Gippsland Gourmet and Wine Trails, local attractions and wildlife that make this area so unique.