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Newcastle, Australia
Reviewed 20 January 2017

Left Newcastle with no destination in mind but as we continued to Shellharbour we thought we had better book something near Ulladulla. Russ found this retreat through Booking.com and so glad they had a vacancy! Found directions easy through our GPS and arrived to be informed by Bill that the key was waiting in our door at the Oystercatcher apartment....

1Thank DebrussL
Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 3 October 2016

So.... what's in a name? More than we anticipated, apparently. We booked this accommodation through Expedia, and I made the error of not checking the venue's website. Big mistake. At no stage in that process was the name of our particular accommodation at Bawley Bush Retreat mentioned. We arrived just after 5pm, so sunset was looming. There was a note...

Thank Lesley552013
Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this review

Yes at the time this guest booked there had been an unnoticed and an unfortunate error on the Expedia site re pricing for our Wombat Caravan, since corrected. We are sorry that the erroneous price raised expectations. We were happy to refund the fee paid by the disappointed guest. We have only one caravan so the photo seen by the...

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 29 June 2016

We decided to have our wedding ceremony & reception at Bawley Bush Retreat. It was the most laid back venue I had found and everyone was very welcoming. Even our little dog was able to celebrate with us. The whole booking process was great and easy. It's a beautiful property with lots of room for your own ideas and decorations....

1Thank Liv L
Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this review

We very much appreciate it when a guest takes time to review us, so thank you Liv. We proudly accept the accolades and can only apologise for the shortcoming in "some" of the accommodation. We aim for 5/5 and do not accept anything less than clean is good enough. Our compendiums encourage all guests to notify us immediately if there...

Harar, Ethiopia
Reviewed 11 February 2016

We hired the Bawley Bush Retreat for our wedding last year and it was the best decision we made! The venue was perfect, wonderful native surroundings and the beach a short drive for photos. The Cockatoo Room was a gorgeous room with everything you could possibly need for a function, tables, chairs etc and even a mix table and little...

Thank Bec J
Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to comment. A review like yours makes Pip and I very proud that our years of work in designing, establishing and maintaining our facilities and grounds meets our objective...which is to provide the best celebration and accommodation venue we can. We aim to have all our guests feel like you do. It's a team...

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the Cormorant cottage which fronted a large grassy area with a view through the trees to the lake. Being a last minute booking with two dogs in peak season it was a bit on the pricey side but good value all the same. The cottage was comfortable and had all we needed. The dogs were happy and...

Thank IanG12
Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks. Its always good to hear from a satisfied customer and yes we are dearest during the summer peak. We do not just offer accommodation but a genuine south coast bush experience with lots of native animals around. Ian was here during a heavy 4-day rainfall event and leeches on the entire NSW coast particularly love such events. Personal repellent...

Ashfield, Australia
Reviewed 16 December 2015

We just had our wedding at Bawley Bush Cottages. It was the most spectacular and serene event. We were able to accomodate 25 family and friends at the venue as well as be able to walk up from the ceremony setting to the reception room. The ceremony setting had the stunning backdrop of the blue lake seen through the tall...

Thank Lauren C
Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks Lauren....we love it when one of our brides is motivated to write a review. When one is a positive as yours I admit we feel pretty proud of ourselves. I do accept credit for creating the scene but your experience wouldn't have happened without the hard work our staff staff put in to making our cottages, function areas and...

Reviewed 7 September 2014 via mobile

I stayed in these cottages with my husband and 3 month old and it was perfect....from the peaceful and beautiful setting to the wooden clad cottage with a fireplace. It was a very relaxing place. The bush around us with many kangaroos and nightly visits from the possums was so quiet and lovely to explore. The cottages had everything you...

Thank Aniak81
Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this review

Pip and I are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and that you took the time to review us. Thank you. We look forward to your return visit.

Reviewed 20 May 2014

We spent two wonderful nights in the Wattlebird apartment. We didn't see the owners at all, but nor did we need to. Everything was there and ready for us when we arrived late on Friday night. The cottage had a small self contained kitchen and outside bbq. The bedroom is a roomy loft upstairs with an amazing library. My partner...

2Thank Jonathan H
Bill P, Owner at Bawley Bush Retreat, responded to this review

Thanks, we have hundreds of guests a year. Almost everyone has a happy experience and don't bother reviewing us on-line. An odd guest is disappointed and from experience we know the disappointed are much more likely to vent. So thank you Jonathan H, it's great to hear we got it right for you.

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 23 March 2014

Have just spent a weekend (2 nights) in the Cormorant cottage, staying for a wedding held at the function centre. Wonderfully built cottage with beautiful fittings. The beds were heaven, with a double upstairs and a sofa bed downstairs to accommodate the 4 of us. A well-equipped kitchen, inc outside BBQ, allowed us to prepare meals. Included are some basic...

1Thank Georgejkw
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 11 January 2014

This is truly one of the best retreats to sit back and relax, unwind and just let the world go by. Bill and Pip certainly have created a great spot on the south coast. It is very private and the setting in the bush is wonderful. This was our 5th time back and each time has been great and we...

Thank Roger P

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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
  • Free Internet
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  • Free Parking
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  • Self-Serve Laundry
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
We are an eco-retreat on 36 lakeside acres just 3km by car or 20 mins by kayak to beautiful south coast beaches. We have extensive grounds and forest and lakeside bushwalks. We have 5 (sometimes 6) self-contained cottages that sleep from 2 to 10 people, a luxury caravan (for 2) and a function room capable of catering for sit down events of up to 100 people. We are the perfect wedding destination. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Bawley Bush Retreat

Address: 101 Willinga Rd, Bawley Point, Shoalhaven, New South Wales 2539, Australia
Region: Australia > New South Wales > Shoalhaven > Bawley Point
Price Range: ₹ 4,019 - ₹ 12,675 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Bawley Bush Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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