Bawley Bush Cottages

Choosing a short break accommodation cottage

Which holiday cottage is the most suitable for our short break?

If you are comparing us with other destinations bear in mind that we are not just somewhere to sleep. Bawley Bush Retreat is a coastal retreat on 36 lakeside acres where we spend as much effort on making the outdoor experience of our property (landscaping, vistas, large lawns, bushwalks, roads, self-contained water supply etc) as pleasurable for guests as we do on making indoor experiences exceed their 4-star rating. Yes we probably are dearer than some other places but we offer much more than an accommodation experience..

But we do do accommodation well. We do romantic weekends for two best but we can also sleep families and/or a group of about 28 people (or up to 35 people on any occasion that Kookaburra Cottage is available). We provide for even larger groups by offering camping sites (for tents, vans and campervans) and by helping our guests find overflow accommodation in the many other other nearby cottages or cabins owned by other operators. 

If you are looking for a very secluded experience for 2-6 people then Chefs Cottage is the ideal cottage for you; if you are a couple and enjoy water views and open spaces (perhaps you have a dog you want to watch cavort on the large lawns below you) then either Cormorant and Oystercatcher Bush Apartments (Seabird) will suit perfectly; if you are a family or a group for whom plenty of space is important then either Cafe Cottage or the Cockatoo Room (as a cottage) should be checked out (rented together these would suit up to 4 families wanting to stay together); if you're a couple or small family on a budget and want privacy and romance, all of our places are good but Wattlebird Bush Apartment , being our most economical, may just be the special place for you.

Though it is only occasionally available, when the owners, Bill and Pip (who live there) are away travelling, Kookaburra Cottage is our most luxurious. It's appointments and unique dam-side location offers the ultimate coastal holiday experience for up to 7 people (but note no children permitted for safety reasons). 

Please note that all stays and events are governed by a contract between you and us that comes into force once you have paid your deposit. This contract which outlines our mutual responsibilities can be viewed as a sub-tab under the Tariff tab at left..

Cottage bed configurations and maximum capacity

We set out here the absolute maximum number of people that can be accommodated in any one of cottages. Note however that the total we can accommodate overall is limited by the fact that we have only 5 extra foldup beds suitable for full-sized adults and only 6 suitable for small adults or children. Our standard tariffs are based on 2 people using standard bed configurations. We charge extra for more than 2 people and for splitting or joining beds away from our standard configurations. All but one of our king beds can be divided into singles. Bedrooms are all private with doors.  Lofts and lounge rooms are open, therfore a little less private. There is room for guest-owned portacots (we do not supply) in each room. We have no ensuite bathrooms thus, for larger bookings, bathrooms are shared. Excluding the Cockatoo Room we can accommodate up to about 30-35 people in cottages. We can accommodate additional people in their own tents, camper vans or caravans. Standard configurations with possible variations follow:-

Cafe Cottage (max 13 but then very crowded):

Upstairs bedroom: 1 zipped king with space for 1 foldup

Upstairs loft: 2 king single trundles that can be butted together to make king, also space for 1 foldup

Downstairs bedroom: 1 zipped king

Downstairs extra room: Up to 3 foldups

Downstairs lounge: 1 queen sofa bed

Cormorant and Oystercatcher bush apartments, max 6 in each apartment. (Apartments can also be joined by opening double intervening fire doors to make a single cottage). 

Upstairs bedrooms: 1 zipped king bed and space for 2 foldups

Downstairs lounges: 1 queen sofa bed

Chef's Cottage (max 8 people): 

Downstairs bedroom: 1 queen 

Downstairs bedroom: 1 zipped king

Upstairs loft: 2 unzipped king singles and space for up to 2 foldups

Wattlebird bush apartment (max 5 people):

Upstairs loft room: 1 zipped king with space for foldup

Downstairs lounge: 1 double sofa bed

Cockatoo Room (If not being used for a function it can be used as a cottage): max 8 sleeping, single room dormitory with 2 X queen-width double-bed-length sofa beds. Limited privacy provided by hopital style curtains aound the two sofa beds if desired.

2 queen-sized sofa beds, up to 4 foldup beds.

Kookaburra Cottage (max 8 people). Not always available

Downstairs bedroom: 1 king (non-zippable) 

Upstairs #1: Queen bed

Upstairs #2: King bed (or 2 singles) plus space for up to 2 single foldup beds.

Downstairs lounge: 2 X single lounges plus space for 2 single foldup beds.


We have free wifi available at all cottages. It is also available at the The Beach House


If you're celebrating or wanting to run an event with accommodation then the Cockatoo (function) Room in combo with Cafe Cottage (where large catering kitchen is located) and/or with some or all of our other cottages can't be beaten for beauty or ambiance on the south coast; .

Secluded and rustic eco-theme

All of our retreat buildings are similarly finished featuring earth brick or corrugated iron cladding,  exposed local hardwood features, internal pine panelling, wood fires, BBQs and comfortable furniture creating one of the best eco friendly Function Centres and South Coast Accommodation in NSW. We use sustainable building, water and waste practices. All cottages are set in the bush, well separated from others and have water views or glimpses.