South Coast Accommodation - Luxury Accommodation

South Coast Accommodation - Luxury Accommodation

Much more than beautiful cottages to sleep in....

If you are comparing us with other getaway options bear in mind that we are nothing like a guest house, motel or beach-side holiday house. We are an eco-retreat and apply just as much effort on making our 36-acre outdoor lakeside experience (landscaping, vistas, large lawns, bushwalks) as pleasurable for tourists and event guests as we do on making our 6 cottages and function area exceed their 4-star rating. Guests return to us because we provide an out-of-the-ordinary south coast environmental experience. We are more expensive than smaller-lot accommodation-only options because we present you with an iconic NSW mid-south coast forest and lakeside theatre and for you to interact with and to leave expanded and contented. We have been peer-recognised for the uniqueness of our property. Yes we do secluded romantic stays for two very well but we are very suitable for family stays. Weddings, celebrations and retreats that make use of our grounds, water views and accommodation are our specialty.  

"Dream location"..."Our hats go off to Bill and Pip - this is a dream location and a dream to stay here.  Best place, best cottage ever!!" Mick, Nicole and Olivia 

For a group using all our standard accommodation we can sleep up to 44 people (and more using additional foldup beds). We also have campsites for overflow use by group guests. There are no campsite facilities so such guests must use function area toilets/showers or their own self-contained facilities.  Group organisers can download our Event Readiness Form here. It enable you to think through your requirements for room and bed-configurations as well as any requirement you might have for marquees or food vans. Check it out. Later you can complete it electonically or print it, scan and send it to us when you are ready. Note that all stays at Bawley Bush Retreat are subject to the terms of our Accommodation and Events contract.

So which cottage should we choose to stay in?

All regular Bawley Bush Retreat cottages are 4-star rated, self-contained and have linen provided. All are suitable for a couple but, using extra beds/bedrooms and using fold-up beds as required, all can sleep more. If you are looking for a very secluded and very comfortable couple's retreat experience then the 3BR Chefs Cottage located in the bush with water glimpses is the ideal cottage for you; if you enjoy water views and open spaces (perhaps you have a dog you want to watch cavort on the large lawns below you) then either of our two 1BR  Cormorant and Oystercatcher Bush Apartments (Seabirds) will suit perfectly; if you are a large family or a group for whom plenty of space is important then eitherthe 4BR Cafe Cottage or the Cockatoo Room (as a cottage over summer, not star rated) should be checked out. Cafe and Cockatoo rented together would suit up to 5 families wanting to stay together...great for Easter or Christmas. If you're a couple or a family up to 4 looking for value for money in a weekend getaway then the 1BR Wattlebird Bush Apartment , which is our most economical cottage, may just be the special place for you. For a couple only, we have Wombat, a fully self-contained luxury but unrated 23 ft Jayco caravan with expanding walls, toilet, shower, queen bed, TV and air-conditioning is our most economical accommodation option. It has an annexe and a beautiful and private hilltop location overlooking south coast forest. All accommodation can be booked on line using the Book Now button at right..

The unrated but 5-star-equivalent 4-bedroom  Kookaburra Cottage is our most luxurious. It's many luxury appointments and unique dam-side location offers the ultimate coastal holiday experience for 8+ people. Please note, for safety reasons: though swimming in the adjacent dam is prohibited, no children of any age who are not very-accomplished swimmers may stay in this cottage.  It is our only cottage with air-conditioning, this in the upstairs bedrooms.

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 surpriseless contract, which outlines our mutual responsibilities, can be viewed as a sub-tab under the Tariff tab above..

Cottage bed configurations and maximum capacity

Our standard tariffs are based on 2 people using standard bed configurations. We charge extra for more than 2 people in any cottage and also for splitting or joining beds away from our standard configurations. We also charge extra for departures on Christmas, Boxing and New Years Day.  All our king beds can be divided into singles. Bedrooms are all private with doors but lofts and lounge rooms (with sofa beds) are open, therefore less private when used for sleeping. There is room for guest-owned portacots (we do not supply) in each room. Except in Kookaburra we have no ensuite bathrooms thus, for bookings of more than 2 in a cottage, bathrooms are shared. Our group accommodation matrix, available for download here contains all of the possible bed configurations in each cottage.


We have free wifi available at all cottages and at the caravan but service is not guaranteed and guests should not depend on this being available.  We have an ADSL service with a download speed available to guests of up to 1 mbps.

Event organising?

If you're celebrating or wanting to organise an event with accommodation then the Cockatoo (function) Room in combo with Cafe Cottage (where large catering kitchen for up to 100 seated diners is located) and/or in further combination 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 most have water views or glimpses.