About Marrahbella Cottage

A bit of history


Built in the 1960s, the cottage was originally a government-owned house and was home to the local police officer’s family. In subsequent years the house was owned by the Shire of West Arthur and was lived in by Shire employees, and then a shearing contractor. 

The Buscumb family acquired the home in 2019 and set about renovating with the aim to provide much-needed short-term accommodation in the Darkan townsite. 

The name Marrahbella comes from combining the names of Mark, Sarah, Annabelle and Ella.

image of Mark and Sarah Buscumb

Our Commitment

Mission Statement

We provide comfortable, safe and secure short-term accommodation in Darkan, which benefits the community and visitors to the town.

We aim for Marrahbella Cottage to be a place which accommodates families or groups of friends, providing a home-like base for their visit to Darkan.


Darkan and Surrounds Things to see and do



Lake Towerrinning

In winter the lake is a peaceful place and popular with naturalists and bird-watchers.
In summer the lake is a popular place for water skiing and other water sports in summer. There is enough room for parking a boat at the rear of Marrahbella Cottage.


Collie-Darkan Rail Trail

A 46km trail along the disused railway line between Darkan and Buckingham. Popular with horse-riders, cyclists and hikers, the trail is open for non-motorised vehicles and walking.
No motorbikes or cars/4WDs.



Rarebits on Burrowes, the Darkan Roadhouse and the Darkan Hotel all provide food, ranging from breakfast through to dinner.