February on the South Coast – weather is beautiful, do you wish you were here?

IMG_0134There’s so much going on down here at the moment! This Saturday January 17 – The Murramarang Growers and Craft Market is on at the ANU Campus at Kioloa (near Bawley Point) from 8am – 1pm.

February is the perfect time to be relaxing at our beaches, the crowds have gone. Think about coming to our beautiful beaches. The 2015 Team Brown Snake Bawley Surf Classic, held in memory of local surfer Lewis McTavish, will be held on Saturday the 7th of February. It is set to attract surfing wannabes from everywhere. Maybe you or someone you know could enter but if you’re not a surfer this is a fun event to watch. At Bawley Bush Retreat we are already fully booked for that weekend but we recommend you consider Interludes Cottages on 4457 1494.

Bawley Bush Retreat is excited to be hosting ‘Summer Songs’, another in our series of occasional concerts in our Cockatoo Function Room on Sunday Screen Shot 2015-01-15 at 10.21.36 pmFebruary 15, 2015. Starting at 3pm with a BYO BBQ from 5pm the concert showcases talented, local and interstate artists, this time with a blues and roots flavor. There will be an opportunity for talented guests to jam with the experts. We are offering our guests the first opportunity to utilise our new off-peak weeknight (Sun-Thurs) “every extra night is cheaper” deals available via our Book Now button and free concert entry.

On the following weekend on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st February the annual Milton Agricultural Show is on. This is a great opportunity to bring your family to see a fair-dinkum Aussie country show run just the way shows used to be. We have plenty of accommodation available that weekend and you can click here to check it out. Just so you know, at the show there’s dressage and show jumping, pavilion based judged craft and more, the best cattle in the land, a pet and dog show, wood-chopping, U Beaut Ute event, Battle of the Bands, poultry, showgirl and junior showgirl, talking dogs, a baby competition, sporting horse events, dog jumping, rides, sideshows and a rodeo that starts at 7pm on Saturday night.

 If fine food and wine is your thing then some of the best restaurants on the NSW South Coast are nearby.  Bannisters in IMG_9063Mollymook has the wonderful Pool Bar – where you sit overlooking the infinity pool and the Pacific Ocean sipping cocktails. Also in Mollymook is Tallwood, a highly regarded and popular restaurant. Milton has the 1-hatted Cupitts Winery Restaurant and the St Isadore Restaurant. Just 10km down the road from Bawley Bush Retreat is the licensed Merry St Restaurant. They have an good value ethnic-themed food night every Thursday night.

IMG_1101You will already know that Bawley Bush Retreat is a great place to stay but you may not know that we are now a popular choice for weddings and family celebrations, yoga retreats, small conferences and team building seminars focused around our Cockatoo Function Room. So if you know someone who has a major life celebration coming up who might want to celebrate it over a weekend with friends then tell them to check out our place. You could end them THIS LINK. Or perhaps you know someone who leads workshops or seminars who needs an away-destination. This LINK might help them.

 To book accommodation CLICK HERE but if you have a question or just prefer to speak to a real person, email enquiries@bawleybushretreat.com.au or call us on 02 61004743. We’ll be happy to help you.


The Team at Bawley Bush Retreat


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Sick of the beach? – (as if!) why not try some of the activities at the ANU Field Station at Kioloa?

NSW South Coast BeachesWhen you and the kids get sick of the beach, (as if), why not try some of the activities at the ANU Field Station at Kioloa? All walks and talks are taken by ANU lecturers and researchers who give their time during the January holidays.

There’s lots of things to do this week such as “Bush foods of Kioloa” a walk with Dr Judith Caton – find out what the traditional landowners ate on the South Coast. It’s a fascinating exploration of what the bush has to offer in the way of food.

Other activities include spotlighting in the forest with Stuart Davey to see “animals of the night”. This is a must for kids and adults alike since most marsupials are nocturnal in their habits.

Last night there was an amazing talk by Dr Prame Chopra on “The how and why of climate”. An ANU scientist speaking about everything you always wanted to know about climate change and why it matters.

On Tuesday, 6th January at 9 am there’s a  2 hour “Historical and Aboriginal Walk” around the Kioloa property taken by Archaeology Researcher, Chris Carter. This promises to be really interesting, the property itself is one of the earliest built at Bawley Point and many 19th century artifacts have been discovered there.

At 10-30 am there’s a “creepy crawlies” walk with Associate Professor Paul Cooper, “Exploring Rock Pools” also with Paul at 3-30 pm. This walk is great for the kids, who, in my experience of living on the south coast, always love fishing around in rock pools, finding crabs, anemones and shells.

All you need to do is turn up at the starting point, which is the London Shed, that’s the big straw bale building just inside the ANU gates on the right as you come in. Carry a water bottle, hats, sunscreen and enclosed shoes are recommended for all walks. CLICK HERE for more information.

See you in the surf,



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A Bawley Bush Retreat Christmas – Family, Beaches, Blueberries and more!!

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So many things to do on a Bawley Bush Retreat Holiday

The family has started arriving for Christmas at our place with summer visitors this week. It’s going to be a busy week for everyone at Bawley. Just like our Christmas cottage visitors, this year we’re hosting our family of more than twenty for a couple of days of eating, drinking, beaching and being together.

One of the best places to go near us at Bawley Bush Retreat is the Clyde River blueberry farm at Termeil.

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Our favourite tree here at Bawley Bush Retreat

We usually have a trip there every year in December or January, the only time of the year the berries are ripe and ready for picking. It’s great for a cloudy day, or when you’re tired of the beach. (As if that could ever happen). The kids love it. They get to pick their own, though you have to watch them to make sure they don’t fill their buckets with unripe, green berries, as one of my young friends did once. His mother was not pleased.

It’s a lovely bush drive, about half an hour, and the rewards at the end are, luscious blueberries, blackberries, marionberries and strawberries as well. All organically grown. We can never resist buying the best berry jams in the southern hemisphere either. My favourite is the mixed berry. Scrumptious.

To cap it all, before we leave, everyone gets a cone filled with blueberry icecream. It’s worth the trip just for a taste of this nectar from the gods.

See you in the surf,


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Visit NSW South Coast Beaches they are the best in world – do you need a holiday?

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NSW South Coast Beaches

Hi everyone
January is just around the corner now – I’ve got a big birthday happening – oh dear – but I am looking forward to some fun times with friends and family visiting me on the beautiful NSW South Coast. It’s always lovely sharing this gorgeous piece of paradise that is The Shoalhaven.

The weather has returned to fabulous after some pretty crazy and spectacular storm activity. All the rain has turned the beautiful countryside a lush emerald green.

The ocean is the perfect temperature right now and we’ve been having some lovely swims. I’d forgotten how many amazing beaches there are to visit in the area.

I am looking forward to a  night out during the holidays with some great old friends at Tallwood in Mollymook. I think it’s got to be one of the best restaurants on the South Coast – Matt the Chef used to chef for Rick Stein’s at Bannister’s – which is another wonderful restaurant we are lucky to have so close – also in Mollymook.

Here at Bawley Bush Retreat we are fully booked out for our peak period however we still have plenty of space for people to come and enjoy our special piece of NSW South Coast in January. Click here to find out more about our availability.

See you in the surf!!

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Full-on Yoga Retreat happening at Bawley Bush Retreat

There’s no better place anywhere on the South Coast for a yoga retreat, whether it’s to train more adherents to become teachers, or just for people who love nothing better than to spend several hours a day exercising their bodies and minds in asanas, or postures. All I know is, I’ve taken part in a day yoga retreat and felt stretched in mind and body afterwards. So I can imagine what five days of yoga, meditation, laced with visits to our wonderful beaches, swimming, walking in the bush as well as the fantastic food provided by the two caterers this particular group always bring with them can achieve.  Our seminar room is perfect for this, with its views right down to the lake, curious kangaroos and wallabies watch as retreaters do their postures on the lawns.

Everyone tells us the bush ambience, surrounding our Cockatoo room, with nothing but the sounds of bird calls and the distant crashing of waves is perfect and it is, I can attest to that, having been there, done that. Inside is also wonderful, in summer with the windows and doors wide open, there’s the soft green of the gum trees, a wide verandah to sit on and have your meals and cups of tea. Just perfect.

Happy summer everyone. Pip

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Summer is i coming in….

Yes, that’s right, we’ve nearly got to those lovely warm days capped off with mild evenings where it’s possible to sit outside and enjoy the fading daylight and your beautiful surroundings.

It’s beautiful at Bawley at any time of the year. There’s the busy life of the bush around us, several pristine, white sand beaches to choose from, as well as the cheerful atmosphere of our local cafe, where they serve the best coffee, but summer for me is really special.

Now begins the time of long, warm days in the sun, keeping the vegie garden under control, the tomatoes are growing visibly, you can practically hear the lettuces cackling as they stretch their leaves in the warmth of the sun. Let’s not forget the frog orchestra lulling me to sleep every night. Some frogs like to set up house in our drain pipes from where they can make a huge echoing racket, calling for mates in their own froggy language.

Visitors are spoilt for choice in this area. We are twenty minutes drive from some of the best restaurants on the South Coast, we have the local cafe for casual pizzas, that’s three minutes drive away, as well there’s a fine dining restaurant/cafe at Merry Beach, ten minutes away by car.

As for coffee, and weekend breakfast, you can’t beat the Bawley Beach Cafe, just down the road from us. Just nip up to the shopping centre and buy your newspaper or open up your Ipad and read the paper over a great coffee.

We even have a 24 hour convenience store up on the highway, a few minutes drive away, where you can buy the provisions you may have overlooked in the rush to leave the city. Not many rural areas can boast that.

Summer is when I start to think about new toys for the dam, not for me, for the grand kids, where we swim every day to wash the sand off after a beach visit. The white water lilies open up their flowers when summer comes and we see the O shaped mouths of the little turtles as they rise to the surface, to snaffle gnats and termites.

Some fun events to look forward to. The celebrated MUDsingers, a gospel choir from Milton Ulladulla are giving their Christmas Gala Concert on December 19th at the ANU Kioloa London Shed. It’s a must-be-there event which will take the roof off. Supper and drinks are available, you can buy tickets, $15 pp, on-line at http://www.ticketbooth.com.au/search#mudsingers. The London Shed is a magnificent building with great acoustics and lovely ambience.

See you there, Pip

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Musicians Retreat for Songwriting and Recording

Bawley Bush Cottages is an amazing musicians retreat to write songs, work on their new material and even recording their own album. Surrounded by natural bushland on the banks of Lake Willinga, it is a perfect environment to comtemplate and let the creative juices flow without being disturbed by the rest of the world.

Storm Cellar recently spent some time rehearsing and recording their new album in the Cockatoo Room at Bawley Bush Cottages while staying at the 4 Star Eco Retreat accommodation. Below is one of the many pieces of video footage they took.

For a descriptive run down of their experience go to their blog where you’ll get lot’s of info, photos and videos of their recording and rehearsing in and around the Cockatoo Room at Bawley Bush Cottages. You can get to their site from this link

The location is ideal as a songwriting retreat.

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What Can Corporate Team Building Do For Your Business?

So what can Corporate Team Building do for your business?

Finding the perfect location and venue for your Corporate Team Building activities is an important part of creating the whole atmosphere for learning outside the normal work environment. This is why so many people who come to Bawley Bush Cottages on the south coast of NSW return again. Great for thinking and great for some real air and natural environment.

If you are an organization, however your principal target is to your enterprise to be successful. Being an employer or even the enterprise proprietor, you ought to be informed that your workforce play an essential part in building this aim a fact. For this reason you have to make your staff members feel that they are part with the business enterprise instead of just there simply to generate their salaries.

The achievements of every business depends on the unity along with the urge of every and just about every worker to strive onwards meeting the company’s goal. Corporate Team Building aims to inculcate this benefit to businesses and their workers. This explains why massive businesses and even smallish types make it a position to put aside a time for team setting up, which is the obligation within the human resource division of those businesses.

Corporate Team Building aims to promote the particular also as qualified expansion of every single member of your group. This is the initially stage in motivating them to complete as a group in functioning in the direction of good results. Video games and pursuits are pieces of your occasion for your basic purpose that it truly is regarded as an effective technique to draw jointly individuals from different social and educational backgrounds operating on a single intention for the business enterprise.

There might be team developing physical exercises, which serves as the medium for them to become determined to get the job done in partnership and join forces for a frequent contribute to. As a complete all of those routines are formulated to produce and intensify fantastic operating relationships somewhere between workers on the business.

This can be irrespective of what positions they maintain inside the provider. Group setting up routines are shaped given that they have been well-acknowledged for its usefulness in acquiring a harmonious doing work romance and surroundings inside a special workplace. These routines are aimed as morale booster for the people personnel to improve much better relating to get the job done productivity.

Figuring out the surroundings from the workplace is something that they can be at ease with is definitely the duty from the superiors and this is certainly certainly one of the aims when annual or bi-annual group developing activities are carried out. All organisations need to enhance their revenue plus the very best technique to acquire that is to make certain that workers are striving for efficiency. Within their observation, looking inward rather than outward systems is much better to meeting their company’s advancement. This can be attained by owning a constantly interrelated functioning partnership by their workforce. Recognizing the fact that the higher the employees are unified with a common aim, the larger the degree of production and efficiency will transpire.

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Ten Cost Saving Wedding Tips | Bawley Point Wedding Venue

After long and careful planning for the wedding venue and our marriage celebrations at Bawley Bush Cottages on the NSW south coast I feel like I know a little about cost saving wedding tips and how to get the wedding venue we wanted to suit our and our family and friends needs. Many other people go through similar cost dilemmas and this article contains some good advise.

1. Make a realistic budget. The bride and groom must be willing to prioritize what they want the most and be able to let some other things slide. You have to understand from the get-go that you can’t have everything, so if you want a big dance band at the reception, then maybe you need to go with a cheaper menu or fewer flowers.

2. Be decisive. I was horrified to hear a story of a bride who bought three different wedding dresses because she kept seeing other dresses she liked better than what she had already bought.

Of course, most bridal shops have a “no return” policy. Ugh. Make your selection and love it and stick with it.

3. Be creative. This is a broad category, but the more creative you can be in all facets, the more you can really save. For example, a morning wedding or a Sunday night ceremony can be a good money saver. Or having cupcakes instead of a wedding cake. Or sharing the cost of rentals with another wedding party at the same location.

4. Be a borrower. This can pay off, and I don’t mean borrowing money. (Under no circumstances is it smart to borrow money to pay for a wedding.) But borrow things. Wear your mother’s dress or a sister’s dress, or a friend’s veil, for example. Plus, you need something borrowed, anyway.

5. DIY when you can. Or let friends help. A DIY wedding is a lot of work and can be stressful, but there is no question that catering it yourself or doing your own flowers can save you a bundle.

But also be sure to factor in all of the extras that caterers typically include that you might not think about having to do or pay for, such as tables, chairs and portable bathrooms.

6. Tweak the menu. Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, this can make a big difference. Caterers typically have set menus, but if you can find one who is willing to work with you and change a few things around to cut the price per person, you can definitely whittle down the cost of the food.

7. Go over the guest list. Obviously, the number of guests controls a lot of the expenses, so make sure your guest list really reflects the people you truly want. And be sure that your RSVP count is realistic. For lots of weddings, guests will come to the service and then stop by the reception for a few minutes but not eat — but you are paying for their meal because they RSVP’d in the affirmative.

8. Vet the Wedding Venue. Your choice for the wedding venue and the reception is a crucial piece of the wedding puzzle, and prices can be all over the place. Definitely shop around. Typically you are going to do better price-wise to have the ceremony and reception at one location. Also, a venue that will let you bring in your own caterer and bar can save you a lot of money.

But there are package deals at some venues that give you an attractive fixed cost and fewer vendors to deal with. If you can have the accommodation at the same venue then this will save a lot of extra travel to and fro also.

The Cockatoo Room at Bawley Bush Cottages is a beautiful venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. May we recommend that you consider an outdoor service though as the scenery is sublime with Lake Willinga across the lawns with black swans swimming past, surrounded by a stunning natural bush landscape and only minutes away from pristine Bawley Point beaches.

This venue definitely ticks all the boxes for a wonderful “best day of your life”

9. Buy instead of rent. Compare the cost of buying as opposed to renting some things. One friend bought napkins online and used them for all of the showers, the rehearsal dinner and the wedding dinner and will have them for their next daughter’s wedding. Another bride bought all of her plates and wine glasses at a thrift store and planned a garage sale later to recoup some of her expenses.

10. Get some expert opinions. Talk to at least 10 recent brides/couples to see what they learned and what they would or wouldn’t do again.

We hope you enjoyed this “Cost Saving Wedding Tips” article and many thanks to Ms Cheap for her article insight from the marriage preparations for her two daughters

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Team Building Ideas | South Coast

Team Building Ideas are the starting point to create full potential and strengths, discovering group strengths, leading to a more positive company and Team Building Activities create skills which are essential for an effective manager or an industrialist.

This is because team work allows the accomplishment of something much bigger and more effective, as opposed to the group working individually. When individuals use their strengths to their full potential and compensate for the weakness of others in the group, it leads to an overall result that is more positive, and everyone in the company benefits. Also, the different personalities can balance and harmonize each other. Finally all the efforts of a team are geared toward the same clear goal which also benefits the bigger picture. While it may appear that team building ideas are just common sense, when observed closely it is found that they are not common practice.

Let’s start with some basic Team Building Ideas with the following steps:

* First and foremost make sure that the goals are clearly outlined, each team member understands them and accepts them.

* Each member of the team should know what their responsibility is and there should be no overlapping.

* Establish trust with the team members by spending time with each individually, and be loyal to the employees if the same is desired in return.

* Provide opportunities for team members to build trust amongst each other. Give extra social time in surroundings that support open communication.

* For problems that require team consent and obligation, try to engage the whole team in the decision making process.

* For teams dispersed in different locations, make sure lines of communication are open and everyone is fully updated. Frequent online meetings can help cut costs and keep everyone informed.

* Realize any interpersonal issues early and sort them out in full so they do not cause a hindrance.

* Do not forget to show appreciation.

* Remember to be fare and not be limited to negative feedback. Whenever an opportunity presents itself, give positive feedback.

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Bawley Bush Cottages on the south coast of NSW has the best facilities for your next Team Building, Seminar or meeting. So once you’ve discovered your Team Building Ideas then call us for a quote (02) 4480 6754.

Don’t forget we can also accommodate your team in our award winning 4 Star Eco bungalows and supply all your catering needs on requests.

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