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

NSW South Coast Beaches

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 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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