May and June on the beautiful NSW south coast – are you coming?

Winter is a much better time to come to the coast than you might think. Have a look at these tables taken from the Weatherzone website. It proves that on the coast we have very moderate seasonal fluctuations in temperature compared with anywhere up the escarpment and/or on the tablelands. I have used Ulladulla (our nearest weather station) to demonstrate a coastal climate and Canberra to demonstrate an inland climate. The red and blue lines on the graphs below are respectively mean average maximums and minimums. Draw your own conclusions.

Climate comparison

Weatherzone Canberra

climate comparison

Weatherzone Ulladulla

So right now at Bawley Point on the NSW mid south coast we are having a wonderful Autumn. The days have been warm and sunny, the ocean water temperature balmy. Pip describes her daily dips as golden. At night our blanket has recently reappeared but I reckon we are still 5 weeks away from lighting up the pot-belly for its first seasonal outing. I have been pulling out the finished tomatoes and beans and we are about to plant our next season’s garlic.

South Coast Beaches

Beautiful south coast beaches

Sunset at the dam Bawley Bush Retreat

Sunset over the dam

Our friends have just gone after sharing a bottle of wine with us while watching the sun set over the dam. We both just agreed that we can’t think of anywhere else we would rather be.

We love to share our place with guests. So come along CLICK HERE  to check out our pricing and availability or if you would just like to find out more about our area CLICK HERE to download our free e-Book Discovering Bawley Point.



Richard Rachel Pip and Bill of Bawley Bush Retreat

Richard Rachel Pip and Bill of Bawley Bush Retreat

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How about spending this centenary Anzac Day on the south coast?

100 Years Anzac Day

Anzac Day 100 years

This year Anzac Day, 25th April,  falls on a Saturday and so it is not a gazetted public holiday long weekend.  However Anzac Day 2015 is a special one because it is the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli debacle in which Australian troops suffered so badly. And here at Bawley Bush Retreat on that weekend we have enough vacancies for you to make it an ordinary or a personal long weekend break.

Hamish Richardson on the bagpipes

Hamish Richardson plays the bagpipes

If you are a person who attends Anzac Day services there will, as usual, be a 6am dawn service at Kendall Cottage on the highway in Ulladulla. Hamish Richardson will be the piper. It is sure to be a moving experience.

For the first time ever an 11am service at our local Kioloa Community Hall will be held. That will be followed by an very interesting inaugural community event in the adjacent Kioloa fire shed. Community members and visitors are invited to display their family’s wartime (any war) memorabilia and talk about it to others interested. I will be participating and you are most welcome to join me at my table. If you want to do so just call me on 02 4457 1580.

Milton's Field of Poppies

Milton’s Field of Poppies

From 4pm a  traditional Anzac Two-up event will be held at the Merry Street Bar and Restaurant. Of course you may want to stay there or return later for an excellent a-la-carte dinner prepared by Chef John Estival. To book dinner call 02 4457 2020. We would be delighted to tell you about excellent alternative dining options.

If Anzac ceremonies are not your thing you will have a whole weekend to enjoy the delights of our area. Click HERE to download your copy of Discovering Bawley Point, our free eBook. You will find it a very useful guide.

Finally if you just want to consider making a booking at Bawley Bush Retreat just click HERE to see availability and tariffs.

Hope to see you here!


Bill and Pip

Richard Rachel Pip and Bill of Bawley Bush Retreat

Richard Rachel Pip and Bill of Bawley Bush Retreat

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Are you looking for things to do over the Easter School Hols ? Take a look here

Fine dining on the NSW South Coast

Fine dining on the NSW South Coast

Well, I’ve checked out the websites and all I can say is, who said there isn’t enough to do in this part of the South Coast, (apart from going to the beach, climbing Pigeon House Mountain, Durras Mountain, picnicking at Shallow Crossing, eating and drinking at our many fabulous restaurants and wine bars…) the list goes on and on.

First up, there’s the truly wonderful Blessing of the Fleet Festival on this Easter in Ulladulla, on the Princes highway and around the harbour.

Some of the fantastic parade costumes at The Blessing of The Fleet Easter Parade

Some of the fantastic parade costumes at The Blessing of The Fleet Easter Parade

The Festival Parade at 11 am Easter Sunday with the princesses in all their gorgeousness accompanied by their swains probably wishing they were anywhere else but standing on those floats. Never mind, the kids will love it- who doesn’t love the sight of beautiful young people celebrating their vitality and youth?

That’s followed by the actual Blessing of the Fleet, an Italian custom brought to Ulladulla by the two major Italian families who founded the fishing industry in this area. During the ceremony the statue of St Peter is carried down to the harbour and the local priest sprinkles holy water on the boats to help protect fishermen and their crews.

Celtic Band at Blessing of the Fleet

Celtic Band at Blessing of the Fleet


Then it’s massed pipe bands, Celtic dancers on the highway followed by Circus 35 degrees south, (not to be missed, have a look at their website) Plus, if you want to be really disgusting, join in the spaghetti eating contest where you can have a tomato sauce bath, as well as various beach games such as the Greasy Pole and a tug o war contest.


Access the Blessing of the Fleet website for the program, and choose your days and activities. The kids will love you for it. Don’t forget the final day’s fireworks, for many, that’s the best part.

Stand Up Paddle Board Festival Sussex Inlet April 17 - 19

Stand Up Paddle Board Festival Sussex Inlet April 17 – 19

Still to come, after Easter, is the Stand Up Paddle Board Day to be held at beautiful Sussex Inlet April 17-19. This is a truly exciting event, the results of the three days will determine who will be in the NRMA SUP Team for the 2015 Australian SUP Titles.

I can’t go without mentioning that, if you are into music festivals you will be mad with yourself if you don’t get a ticket for the Kidgeeridge Music Festival to be held this year at the Milton Showground on May 1– that’s as long as they are not already sold out.

Kidgeeridge Music Festival May 2015

Kidgeeridge Music Festival May 2015

This boutique South Coast Festival has grown in strength every year until it is so popular the originators, the Whites of Conjola, can no longer hold it on their property. More on the Festival and its delights later (The Audreys, Mark Seymour…interested?) but camping at the Showground is already sold out so you need to move fast if you want a ticket.

However, we can accommodate you At Bawley Bush Retreat – CLICK HERE to find out more information. We are only 25 minutes south of Milton and a delightful place to stay and refresh yourselves after an exciting and exhausting day festivaling on the south coast.

See you in the surf!!






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Markets, Ulladulla Fleet Blessings and Fireworks Going Off!


Marvellous Markets

The Murramarang Twilight Markets, were held at the Bawley shops on March 7th and were absolutely fabulous! There are so many talented and crafty people living in this area, it’s difficult to single anyone out for mention but I’ll try.

Sandra Worth makes feta and labneh worth dying for – well, not quite but you know what I mean. Roger’s gourmet rocky road and nougat disappear in a flash because they are so delicious.

I don’t remember nougat being this good when I was a kid calling it nugget, as did my parents.

I don’t need to go on, it seems the Murramarang Growers and Craft market will be held once a month until further notice and it will definitely be on this Easter at the Bawley shops. Easter is the best time of the year to be here! The ocean is incredibly warm, the weather has settled and the crowds are gone. To be part of all this and the Easter festivities in Ulladulla CLICK HERE.

Blessing of The Fleet 2014

Blessing of The Fleet 2014

More fun at Easter. The celebrated Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet is an important event held every Easter down at Ulladulla Harbour. This year it is on Sunday  April 5. This began originally as a religious procession instigated by the Italian fishermen founders of the fishing industry in Ulladulla to encourage fish into the nets. It has now become a mixture of secular and religious spectacle as the floats parade down the Princes Highway to the harbour.

The floats are amazing, each one striking a different theme and carrying a gorgeous Ulladulla Princess and Prince.

It’s a family fun day featuring greasy pole climbing for the valiant or slightly crazy, as well as beach games for the kids. Entertainment on the main stage, Scottish dancing on the highway, (closed of course) food stalls, a Kids’ zone at the Civic Centre, a tug o’war and culminating in a fantastic fireworks display at 6-30pm.

Ulladulla Harbour Blessing of the Fleet Fireworks 2014

Ulladulla Harbour Blessing of the Fleet Fireworks

We may not be Sydney Harbour but our fireworks are pretty good for a small town like Ulladulla.

See you soon!




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Summer Sounds Concert Wrap – Good Good Good Good Vibrations

Pigeon House Jazz Band Bawley Bush Retreat

Pigeon House Jazz Band play Bawley Bush Retreat

Summer Songs Concert – Bawley Bush Retreat February 15 wrap and more….

Mostly our function room is hired out to people to use it for their own event but we love it when we hold events of our own there. We get to use our own electric rising stage, sound equipment and stage lighting to create the ambiance we love.  On Sunday 15th February Rachel and Richard organised a Summer Songs afternoon that attracted a large crowd of local musos and music fans. The afternoon started with the Pigeon House Jazz band, a local 6-piece band that has played traditional jazz at several weddings held at Bawley Bush Retreat. The happy mood created by this excellent band stayed with us all afternoon.

Tidal Groove

Tidal Groove – groovin at Bawley Bush Retreat Summer Songs

It was terrific to hear Richard and Rachel play their own bluesy numbers and well known standards. While the sun shone outside and wine flowed freely inside other bands followed in quick succession. The most applauded group was Tidal Groove consisting of Himani (keyboard), Sean (uke), and the golden voices of Nicole and Scott (also guitar) but it was also terrific to hear the other local identities…….

Herman and his fantastic band played some sweet tunes, Gary Asanga Bryan and the boys belted out some all time classics, Greg Orphan and friends shone with their beautiful songs and harmonies, not to mention Hard 2 Find, the much needed and appreciated youth in the room, pumping out their own fantastic songs along with their own brand of  well loved covers. All in all an absolute musical feast! We need to have another concert asap for those the other talented musos who missed out!

Herman and band

Herman and band perform at Bawley Bush Retreat’s Summer Songs Concert

Though everyone brought their own wine and food we were grateful for the assistance of the ever-efficient Denise. Always ready to help our event guests, this time she helped us with the food and cleaning up afterwards. Yes our function room is the truly multi-purpose room we intended it to be. If you know any one who is thinking about a wedding or holding a major birthday event …perhaps even a Sunday afternoon concert.. click here to get in touch.

Keep those good vibrations happening!


Bawley Bush Retreat Summer Songs Concert

Gary Asanga Bryan, Con Papas and friends

Hard 2 Find

Hard 2 Find performing live at Bawley Bush Retreat Summer Songs Concert

Gregg Orphin

Gregg Orphin and friends at Bawley Bush Retreat

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The Yoga Retreaters Guide to Yoga Retreats

Happy Retreaters

A recent Yoga Retreat at Bawley Bush Retreat!


I’m drowning, if that’s possible, in an avalanche of praise for the beauty and serenity of our cottages and function room from yoga retreaters. 

Back in October last year, one of our yoga regulars, Nicole, conducted a teacher’s workshop for more than thirty people who all stayed on our property. 

“Bawley Bush Cottages is our absolute favourite location on the South Coast for yoga retreats.  We love the natural setting that feels miles from anywhere, and the cottages are all cosy and comfortable.  The main hall is set up perfectly for yoga classes – high ceilings, timber floors, plenty of natural light, excellent sound equipment, and of course the log fire for winter retreats.  We especially love the fact that we can be fully self-contained with our own chef, and literally have the property all to ourselves.I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to host very special and intimate yoga retreats.”~ Nicole Walsh | Yoga Teacher & Teacher Trainer, InYoga, Sydney

Yoga Workshop at Bawley Bush Retreat

Cockatoo Function Room

I’ve participated in a two day yoga retreat in the hall so I appreciate the sincerity of her response to this latest workshop. The feeling in the room is so right for both the physical and the spiritual aspects of yoga practise. Maybe it’s the timber, some of it really old, such as the enormous beams, whole ironbark logs that stood in the forest for hundreds of years before they ended up holding up our ceiling.

The beautiful Lake Willinga

Lake Willinga

Maybe it’s the beautiful casement windows that fold right back to frame the bushland setting, the grey and green of the trees with the distant glimmer of lake.

Whatever it is, the ghosts of the past, the seclusion from traffic noise and neighbouring properties, the only sounds the distant swoosh of the ocean, the muted shrieks of a flock of yellow tail cockatoos as they aim for the casuarinas bearing the nuts they love to eat.  The only visual stimulation the ever-present humming birds, the flash of blue wrens, sea eagles gliding silently overhead. The sights and sounds of the surrounding bush are perfect for any retreat, but especially for yoga and meditation. Click here to find out more information.

Bawley Bush Retreat Breakfast

Seasonal fruit salad

As Nicole says in her testimonial, the yoga group brings their own chef, Angie, who with her assistants, cook all the vegetarian meals in our commercial grade kitchen and the group has the run of the thirty acre property as well as a cosy log fire to take off the chill in winter.

What’s not to love?

Pip :)



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Play Love Eat

Love, Music and Food are all you need

Love and music are all you need

“If music be the food of love, play on…”

Call it climate change or what you will, but this year’s summer seems to have fallen into a heap and become autumn in what is the usually hottest month of the year. Go figure. Even the magpies think it’s autumn. Fear not – the forecast is for summer 2015 to make a full come back next week! If you’d like to join us for what’s left of the beautiful warm weather click here for our availabilities.

I’m not worried, autumn is the best time of the year here anyway. The water is deliciously warm, the air sparkles and the veggies are growing so fast I can’t keep up with them. Spinach anyone?

Summer Songs Concert at Bawley Bush Retreat February 15 3pm

Richard and Rachel Barry

And there’s a lot going on, not the least of which is the Summer Songs Concert at Bawley Bush Retreat on February 15th. It’s a House Concert where we are bringing together the wonderful talents of Richard and Rachel Barry along with lots of other talented, local musicians. Click here for more information.

The Bawley Bush Uke Orchestra might even play a few tunes.

Bring your instrument. Bring your voice. Bring your dancing shoes. Something to BBQ , something to drink and enjoy a laid back Sunday afternoon with friends and great music. 

See you there,




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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 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!!

Bawley Bush Retreat Notice Board

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.

Tree energy

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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