Function providers

For list of local function providers you may wish to engage, see below.

We are a self-catering destination, where guests or event organisers who would rather not physically cater for their function themselves, are welcome to engage external providers of their choice (eg. caterers, photographers, celebrants, florists, waiters, decorators etc) to deliver services to their event.  Though we will charge you a ground access fee for food vehicles and marquees the tariff we quote you will include full access to the property, function room, our own lighted marquee frame and to the Cafe Cottage kitchen, its crockery, cutlery, glassware and equipment for you, your guests and all service providers you engage.  

Below is a contact list of local providers who we accept as being reputable and who have expressed a willingness to be independently approached by our guests. We list mainly those providers who have had experience at our venue and who have had good reviews by our guests. Some may be providers who have not serviced BBR but who we believe will provide a good service. None have paid to be listed on our website and we receive no commissions from them. You are free to select others.  

Provider insurance essential

Note that our insurance does not cover risks associated with any service provided by you to your guests or clients or by any person or firm you engage to deliver services to yourself or others. You should therefore ensure that each provider you engage does have the necessary qualifications or licences and sufficient current liability and workers compensation insurances to cover them in the event of a claim by you, one of your guests or clients or by one of their own staff. If you engage a party that does not hold such insurance then any and all losses or damage arising from the engagement of such providers will be the responsibility of the principal party hiring our We are not liable for any claims that might arise as a result of a service provided by you or by a third party to you or your guests.


Please note too that we do not have a Liquor Licence. You are welcome to provide your own alcohol to guests attending your function provided you do not sell it to them. You can buy alcohol locally if you wish from either Termeil Store (ph 02 4457 2552) or Bawley Liquor Barn (02 4457 1311), both sell ice too. Phone through order, tell them it is for a function at BBR and ask for a discount. If you are engaging waiters to serve alcohol it would be wise for you to engage staff who have Responsible Service of Alcohol certification. Most external caterers can provide this service for you. If you do wish to SELL alcohol at a function then that cannot be done unless you have a valid event Liquor Licence....a bureaucratic process that needs to be planned well in advance and needs our consent. In all cases when alcohol is served at a function we will hold liable the party booking the premises for any problems associated with or arising from its consumption by any member of a guest party.

South Coast Providers

All-Occasion Management

South Coast Party Hire

Nathan or Erin
This Shellharbour based family business often provides marquees and/or party equipment to BBR functions. We have heard nothing but positive reports. When our room or equipment is not sufficient or unsuitable SCPH can supply marquees, seating, tables, tableware, catering equipment, lighting/audio, flooring and decor. AT BBR we have plenty of level space for a marquee up to 14m wide and 36m long.
Ph: 02 4256 2439
Mob: 0448 826 954

KataLane Event Tents

David Lavelle
Katalane Event Tents supplies stunning tipi style marquee tents as a standard marquee alternative for those occasions when our Cockatoo Room does not satisfy your event needs. We have limited level areas for erection, check for yourselves. We charge nominal ground rental in addition to our standard function charges should you choose this option. Check out KataLane's very attractive website..
Ph: 61 2 8095 83
Mob: 61 (0) 424 982 998

Total Lifestyle Credit

Taleea Hawkins
This is a firm that offers finance for weddings. We have had no experience with them but we have listed them on a trial basis as they offer a payment plan solution with a minimum repayment of $25pw and loans of from $2,000 - $50,000 at, what they say, are very competitive interest rates. As with all finance companies, an application process would have to be undertaken.
Ph: 1300 045 047

Baby Sitter

Jarita Jansma-Smith

Jarita is a Bawley Point local who has First Aid Certificate, Volunteer Working With Children Accreditation and a current Police check. She comes highly recommended by our now-retired previous local baby-sitter. Sitting can be arranged with Jurita in/or around our cottages during an event.
Mob: 0428 187 874

Daisycare Nanny Agency

Melinda Robertson
Professional qualified and experienced babysitters and nannies with current "Working With Children" checks, public liability insurance and references. All nannies are child care qualified with more than 2 years employed child care experience. Agency is based in Nowra but offers its services along the coast through locally based staff. Packages to cater for childrens' needs at weddings.
Mob: 0412 138 755


Duck Duck Goose Catering

This acclaimed Berry-based firm has catered several weddings weddings at BBR. From satisfyingly delicious finger food to a simple, varied buffet, to a full food and table service package, you can rely on their experienced team to take the stress out of your special day. Ask them to quote.
Ph: 02 4422 6168

Angie Gluten Free

Angie, Sydney-based, has beautifully catered several 2-9 day retreats at Bawley Bush Retreat. She focuses on catering wholefood, gluten free, mindful and sustainable events from weddings to corporate functions, retreats and more. She feels it’s very important for food to be both a culinary taste experience and aid bodily health. We recommend her, her cookbook and her cooking schools.
Mob: 0459 947 547

Merry Street Bar and Restauarant

JC or John
Merry Street Restaurant and Bar, owned by Chef, John, and Heather Estival is our closest licensed restaurant and caterer. John, friendly and experienced, was once Chef at Hopewood Retreat (Wallacia) so is a vegetarian and retreat specialist. He aims for "flavoursome, authentic & sophisticated food, delivered consistently & professionally, at affordable prices". Recommended.
Ph: 4457 2020

Kell's Cake Place

Kelly Noonan
Kelly, a specialist wedding cake creator, has supplied wedding cakes to brides at Bawley Bush Retreat to acclaim.
Ph: 0244556998

Elegant Eats by Ellie

Cake supplier and decorator. Ellie has supplied a Bawley Bush Retreat wedding to acclaim Check out her website.
Mob: 0415 221 099

A Class catering

Martin Pressman or Stephen Hayes
Confirming their excellence, A Class won the 2016 Brides choice awards for Best Caterer on the Illawarra and South Coast. Based near Shellharbour NSW Martin and Steve have catered for and delighted many wedding parties at Bawley Bush Retreat, their favourite wedding venue.
Ph: 0402158155 S
Mob: 0411 114 912 M

Rabbit & Co

Rabbit & Co is a Nowra based caterer created by highly respected chef Gordon MacDonald. This business has catered weddings at Bawley Bush Retreat on numerous occasions to the most enthusiastic bridal party applause possible. Rabbit & Co are in the business of producing "memories of meals that will last a lifetime". A recent BBR bride: " The food was amazing and plentiful".
Mob: 0400 479 657

Coastal Indulgence

Adam Queally
Coastal Indulgence is a cafe at 107-109 Princes Highway Milton (est 2010) that offers external catering. Experienced at Bawley Bush Cottages. Contact Adam whether your needs are for canapes, a full service meal or to provide full meal services for weekday seminars.
Ph: 02 4454 0640

South Ulladulla Meat Market

This butcher, located on the east side of the highway in Ulladulla, hires out a spit roaster for your own use or can fully cater an event using their commercial slow roaster. Naturally, they deliver.
Ph: 4455 2913

Fine Spun Catering

Gregory Spain
Fine Spun is another word for delicate, it's the word this firm uses to describe their product. Not strictly "Local", FS is a Wollongong-based catering firm which has catered at least 2 weddings at BBC to acclaim by those wedding parties as to quality and price.
Mob: 0410 493 055

Handcut Food Co Catering

Mat, Clayton or staff
Matt and Clayton own and operate the excellent Tallwood Restaurant in Mollymook and also the best pub food dining room in the area( Commercial Hotel Milton). Their Handcut Catering arm is a full-service catering business that is available for functions and workshops. They have catered many functions at BBRetreat.
Ph: 02 4455 5192

Citrus Catering

Jonny Staples
Popular and high quality Ulladulla-based caterers with own prep kitchen. Citrus has extensive wedding and full-service seminar experience at Bawley Bush Cottages. Willing to quote for weekday seminar meals. Website link below.
Mob: 0411 223 655

Tellys Lebanese Catering

Telly Saad
Telly prepares budget, mainly middle-eastern, fare at his Kings Point (near Ulladulla) premises which he brings to BBC to serve. He has catered weddings previously at BBC to the full satisfaction of the wedding parties.
Mob: 0449 174 250

Morag Effield

Morag makes traditional and modern wedding cakes of up to 3 tiers and decorated as negotiated. She has made cakes for several weddings at Bawley Bush Cottages.
Ph: 02 4455 3771

Hayden's Pies

Hayden Bridger
Hayden's Pies of Ulladulla has supplied pies to a cocktail-style wedding for more than 100 at BBCottages. They have a large range of pies to choose from and will discount large orders. Can also supply electric pie warmers.
Ph: 4455 7798

Hacketts Catering

Gary Hackett
Long established, reputable Ulladulla-based caterers with own prep kitchen. Very well-experienced and appreciated provider of catering to many weddings and functions held at Bawley Bush Cottages. Hacketts can also supply decorations and linen hire. Available also to cater for seminars requiring full breakfast/lunch/dinner service.
Ph: 4455 4412
Mob: 0409 229 134

Albatross Coolroom Hire

Depending on your event structure we may have inadequate food refrigeration for a party of 60 or more. Albatross hires out and delivers trailer-coolrooms that have frequently been used here by our guests. Their trailer can be conveniently parked outside the Cafe Cottage kitchen.
Mob: 0418272998


Sonia Collins

Sonia Collins
Sonia, from nearby Batemans Bay, offers "beautiful personalised ceremonies" specialising in weddings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, baby namings and funerals. She has conducted a wedding at Bawley Bush Cottages.
Mob: 0402 615 330

Vivienne Benson-Hodge

Vivienne has conducted marriages at Bawley Bush Cottages. She believes that every couple in love has a different vision about what makes the perfect wedding ceremony and dedicates herself to helping couples create the ceremony that is perfect for them. She also conducts commitment, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies as well as funeral services.
Ph: 02 44544603
Mob: 0407 264 665

Memorable Life Ceremonies

It is Merylin's intention to deliver professional and dignified ceremonies that are individually crafted to your needs. Her aim is to ensure that your Special Day will be all you could wish for. She will work with you both to plan a unique wedding, filled with everlasting memories in a relaxed, fun-filled and joyous environment. Everything is possible and nothing is too much trouble.
Mob: 0439199696

Maria McCarthy

Maria offers a wide range of celebrant services from her homes in Bawley Point and Melbourne. She ran her own business for many years ... public speaking in Australia and overseas about her experiences after a serious, life changing car accident. Maria has recently completed a BA majoring in Art History and Linguistics and will begin studying for her Masters in Speech Pathology in 2017.
Mob: 0419 521 643

Donna Payten-Wood

Donna is not just a personality-packed celebrant who has officiated at our venue several times previously but is also a local hairstylist. For more details visit her website.
Ph: 4455 3992
Mob: 0427 953 992

Ebony Millard

Ebony is a fresh, young Celebrant and talented musician who’s objective is for you to enjoy a meaningful and memorable wedding ceremony. She enjoys helping to create traditional, contemporary or alternative ceremonies that reflect your unique relationship and personalities.
Mob: 0427 527 203

Darren Clear

Darren is based at nearby Tabourie Lake and has been performing south coast weddings (including at Bawley Bush Cottages) since 2010. His weddings are uniquely tailored to the wishes of the couple and performs ceremonies in a relaxed and personal manner.
Ph: 02 4457 3591
Mob: 0410 027 887


Flowers From the Branch

Luci Somers
Luci, our local Bawley Point florist, has a decade of flower arranging experience. She draws from what’s local, what’s in season and she uses the natural shape and movement of blooms and foliages to create unique arrangements for your special event. Instagram - @the_branch_
Mob: 0411 826 704

Willow and Fleur, florists

Saxon Gyorgy
Willow & Fleur is situated at Mollymook shopping cnt, Shop 13 Tallwood Ave, Mollymook Beach. With years of experience in floral styling, Saxon and her team will help create your dream setting of flowers for your big day. From intimate to large scale events, Willow and Fleur will find the perfect design for you.
Mob: 0499 032 717

All Occasions Hire

Ann and Allan McDonald
This is an Ulladulla-based company that hires out a large range of function and party-hire supplies: chair covers, sashes, backdrops, centre-pieces, lights & drapes, balloon decor, costume hire, crockery, cutlery & glassware, tablecloths, archways, Bali flags, much else.
Ph: 02 4454 0413
Mob: 0414 476 806

Make-up Artist

Divine Makeup Artistry

Ally is a freelance makeup artist providing mobile, professional wedding makeup to clients throughout the South Coast. Ally has a style of flawless, luminous natural makeup; using high quality luxury makeup that is long-lasting and highlights your beautiful features. Ally provides each client with a look that works for them.
Mob: 0409 068 973

Gina Last Make-up Artist and Hair Stylist

Gina Last
To their great satisfaction Gina has previously assisted brides here to get ready for their big day. Trained at London School of Fashion, Gina developed her make-up and hairstyling skills over 16 years in the UK television industry. There she developed a reputation for creative, imaginative and precise artistry. Her passion is to achieve for her clients a look that is contemporary yet timeless.
Ph: 02 4472 6149
Mob: 0438 473 069

Teneille's Beauty and Makeup

Teneille Basile
After 5 years training and experience in a salon, Teneille has branched out on her own. Passionate about her work, Teneiile can help you come up with the exact look you want for yourself and/or your bridal party for your special day: nails, tan, facials, waxing, tinting, make-up (and masssage).
Mob: 0408 795 329


Love the Skin You're In

Renee Anderson Dip RM
Renee offers massage for men and women as well as beauty treatments from her studio in Bawley Point. We are lucky to have such an expert masseuse in our area and, from personal experience and that of our guests, we doubt any could be better at relieving aching joints and locked-up muscles. Renee's services are the perfect preparation for a wedding or for after-event recovery.
Ph: 02 4457 2627


South Coast Bathroom Hire

Kiri Kinsky
AT BBR we allow guests to hire extra facilities provided black waste water generated therein is disposed of off-site. This Nowra based firm has all the gear necessary to achieve this.
Mob: 0409 711 197


Jolly Rogers

Leone Rogers
A band made to measure for your function. Local experienced musicians covering jazz, easy listening, dance and rock so you can relax or get down on the dance floor. 3 to 6 musicians available.
Mob: 0415 860 519


Michael Lizak
The perfect band for a wedding. Santoza is locally based and plays everything: cocktail groove, quiet dinner music and then will get you on the dance floor to show off your favourite disco moves. Visit the website for a music sample and to view current song list.
Mob: 0423 894 226

Pigeon House Jazz Band

John Dallimore
A local, much-applauded 6-piece (full Dixie line-up) jazz band offering a mix of traditional, Dixieland and evergreen music. Experienced at Bawley Bush Cottages.
Ph: 02 4454 1453

Nick and Ebony Millard

Ebony (also popular wedding celebrant) and Nick are a guitar and vocals duo who play covers from a wide range of genres including Rock, Pop, Indie, Top 40, Alternative and Folk.
Mob: 0427 527 203

David Swarts

David is an accomplished solo accoustic guitarist/music-teacher who plays evocative, smooth, instrumentals with a latin/jazz/spanish/blues flavour. Available to play at your won't be disappointed.
Mob: 0438 812 631

Richard & The Lionhearts

Richard and Rachel Barry
Richard & The Lionhearts perform a 50/50 mix of original and roots and blues cover songs; influences such as John Mayer, Eric Clapton and The Band. Richard & The Lionhearts have developed their own glorious blues, rock, soul and funk sounds. Click on the website link below to sample their music. If you prefer acoustic music or a duo then just call to ask.
Mob: 0423 001 665

The Swaggers

This is the most popular wedding and party band on the south coast. It can deliver in solo, duo, trio, quartet of septet combos. They also offer a 2 piece horn section. Check out their page, you can't go wrong with this band.


Petal Photography

Rose Punch
Rose is our closest Wedding Photographer and her work has featured in many Wedding Magazines and Blogs. Her style is delicate and natural, where images are captured candidly in the most beautifully honest way. Mention this listing and Rose will do a special deal.
Mob: 0404 366 076

Heart and the Sea

Jade or Nath
Our Approach We are primarily story tellers! We like to document scenes evolving naturally and spontaneously. We love to capture true and authentic emotion that is joyful, fun, quirky, loving, soft, quiet and above all honest to who you are. We are not about stiff awkward poses, we like to keep things REAL and make it MEANINGFUL.

InSight Fotographics

Bob Milo
InSight (Bob Milo) is a highly respected local photographer who specialises in weddings and portraits. He has photographed weddings and rooms at Bawley Bush Cottages. See his excellent work through his website link below.
Ph: 02 4455 1572
Mob: 0419 336 127

Cloudface Photography

Dean Dampney
Dean Dampney, trading as Cloudface Photography, is acclaimed as one of Australia's finest photographers. Luckily for us he lives locally and has photographed several weddings at Bawley Bush Cottages to the delight of his clients. Cloudface is photo-journalistically orientated finding the beauty and spirit of people candidly captured and artistically framed.
Ph: 02 4457 3836
Mob: 0419 686 940

John Benavante

Specializes in documenting weddings in a candid, unobtrusive and uncontrived manner. A love story is eternal, John lives to capture the moment, close up and candidly so that the heart and soul are present in every photograph. He wants his work to feel like a human eye observing your day as it happens.
Mob: 0414 596 644

Vehicle Hire

Paradise Mini Bus Hire

Neil Gaven
Larger groups needing off-site accommodation for some of their party have used hired transport as an alternative to using private cars with a designated sober driver. Paradise Mini Bus is the closest and most friendly and economical hired-driver mini-bus service available.
Ph: 02 4454 3365

Avis Rental Cars

Avis offer a Tarago 7-seat vehicle for around $162pd (incl extra insurance) should you need to hire a vehicle to move people. Though Avis is in Nowra the Ulladulla agent is Matthews Auto Centre in Ulladulla and their contact details are those below, advance notice req.
Ph: 4455 1645
Fax: 4454 0235

Kellam Bus Lines Pty Ltd

If you need a 19, 21 or 28 seater bus (with driver) to move members of your party then this Ulladulla based company can assist you. We have a turning area for large buses.
Ph: 4455 4444
Fax: 4454 1499

South Coast Min Bus Tours

Jitana Lyall
Jitana has serviced weddings at BBR to the satisfaction of previous bridal parties. She offers a friendly 12-seat minibus service to shuttle guests from ceremony and/or accommodation to our venue and return ...all at times to suit you..
Ph: 0421 543 725
Mob: 0434 450 565

M & K Bus Tours

M&K have a Milton-based 35 seater bus for hire with driver to take you to and from your event. Ask for quote.
Mob: 0402 602 464

Visage Silver Service

Sidney or Merylin
Visage Silver Service provides to the South Coast, not just a means of transport, but a special memory for clients on each occasion of using their services. They will spoil you with life's extra pleasures in exceeding your expectations and offering a high standard of service and a unique experience..
Ph: 0417194090
Mob: 0439199 696

Waiter with RSA

Wendy Edwards

Wendy is a sparkling nearby resident with extensive city and local waiting and hospitality experience. She knows BBRetreat well. If she is personally unavailable for your event she can organise other experienced local staff to satisfy any likely catering support you might need.
Ph: 02 4457 2870

Wedding Planner

South Coast Wedding Planners and events

Clare Foreman
Clare can help plan and organise any sized wedding, corporate or social event. Very experienced, she combines clients’ needs with her knowledge of the South Coast and its suppliers to create perfect and memorable events. Specialising in beach wedding setups her firm has a large selection of outdoor and indoor decorations for hire.
Mob: 0438 838 005

As A Whisper

Jen Wilmott
Wedding planner, flowers, decorations, function co-ordinator. Refer to website below for details.
Ph: 02 4443 7729
Mob: 0421 107 021

The Wedding and Event Creators

Vanessa Bragg, Zoe, Narelle
"You were the most professional, organized and best vendors to work with EVER! .From the first emails with Vanessa ... it would have not been the same without you! Zoe just has such a great personality and was highly organized at the same time. You really listened to what was important to us. It simply was more than we could have hoped for! Thank you!!!! Liv & Dave xx"
Ph: 0421 968 362
Mob: 0421 968 362