In-house guest Information

A very warm welcome from Bill and Pip to prospective and in-house guests. Here follows our on-line information compendium. 

The compendium contains viewable/downloadable .pdf files about how your cottage works, our property, it's development history, a field guide to walking around it, what to do in the area and our recommendations about where to dine in Bawley Point, Ulladulla, Milton, Mollymook and Batemans Bay. But ....

Firstly check today's Bushfire Rating and know what it means 

Australian forests are vulnerable to bushfire. During hot dry spells it is important to be very aware of the daily fire risk rating.  Ratings of Very High or above require enhanced alertness. If there is a day rated as Catastrophic/Code Red then be prepared to evacuate at a moment's notice.  If you are in-house and develop a concern about a possible nearby bushfire please immediately read the Risk Assessment document and view the Evacuation Trigger map provided at the bottom of this page (printed versions are in your in-cottage compendium). Their purpose is to provide you important advice about staying safe in the event of a local or regional bushfire. These are to be read in conjuction with Todays Fire Rating, automatically downloaded  from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and displayed on this page. We suggest that everyone should download and keep the free Fires Near Me app on their device. It geo-locates all reported fires in Australia and displays their proximity to you. At Bawley Bush Retreat we take the safety of our guests seriously.....the higher the rated daily fire danger, and the closer a fire, the more likely it is you could be required to evacuate in the interests of safety.  Apart from any threat to property and life that bushfires create, even distant fires can cause highway disruptions that may affect your travel plans.  Be aware, stay informed and be safe.  Don't nervously wait, we recommend you evacuate if you have concerns....if you do we will not charge you for nights you do not use.


This document answers questions you might have about how things work in your cottage, where to get self-catering supplies and where to access medical and pharmacy services.

This contains comprehensive recommendations about where to buy seafood and where best to eat out and/or find bars in Bawley Point-Kioloa, Ulladulla-Milton-Mollybook and, less comprehensively, in Batemans Bay. We are very lucky to have so many fine food options in our area.

These notes are an essential companion for understanding the ecology of our property and adjacent lake and wetlands. If taking a bushwalk please use these notes in association with the separately downloadable propertymap that identifies walking tracks.

If you choose to take our on-property bush walks using our Field Notes then this is the map you will need so it all makes sense. 

This document contains suggestions as to what you can do in the area. Requires driving. Be sure to take a Bawley Coast tear-off map with you (a book of these tear-off maps is in your cottage) and read the interpretative information on the rear of it the map to enhance your understanding of the area. National Park walks not included in the document are also particularly recommended.

Murramarang NP walks include:- Murramarang Aboriginal Area, Pretty Beach to Snapper Point, Pretty Beach to Durras Mountain, DEpot Beach to Durras Mountain, Depot Beach to Durras Mountain and Snake Bay, Rainforest Walk at Depot Beach, Rock Platform walk at Depot Beach, Durras Discovery Trail and the lake walk, Headland walk at Depot Beach, Wasp Head walk, Honeysuckle Beach Walk.

Meroo NP walk: north on the beach from Willinga carpark to Meroo Lake then back on the rear-of-dune walk (marked on map).

More distant Moreton National Park walks include Pigeon House (2 hours) and The Castle (all day).


This .pdf desribes some of the challenges that Bill (and Pip) faced in getting Bawley Bush Retreat to its present stage of development. Bed-time reading, tissues needed!

This document enables you to make a self-assessment about whether you should continue your peaceful enjoyment, prepare to evacuate, evacuate or seek on-site refuge in the event of a local or regional bushfire. A printed copy of this document is in your compendium. It is especially important to read this when Today's Fire Danger is rated Very High or above.

Download the Fires Near Me app. It tells you how far each reported fire is from your device. Alternatively use this map to plot the distance of a current bushfire from Bawley Bush Retreat. The map displays concentric distances from Bawley Bush Retreat and each one, read in conjunction with the Assessment document requires different actions.   A printed copy is in your compendium.