Sights & Activities

There is plenty to do in our area. In each of our cottages there is an A3 precinct map with heaps of interpretative and To Do information on its rear. Possible activities include:-


The nearest beach to Bawley Bush Cottages is 3kms (5 mins) drive away at Bawley Point. There are many easily accessible beaches stretching to the north and south. The best one on any particular day depends on a combination of wind, sea and sun conditions but all are beautiful and uncrowded (but busiest over Xmas/New Year). Good fishing, diving, surfing and body-boarding conditions can almost always be found. Most beaches (excepting National Park ones) allow dogs on leashes (means under immediate control). There is only one beach where dogs can be legally off-leash, Cormorant.

Willinga Park Equestrian Centre

Bawley Point is now home to a brand new world class (Olympic standard) equestrian centre. It conducts varied and interesting competitive horse events that attract participants from all over Australia (camp drafting, show jumping, polo/polo-cross, dressage, eventing). You may not be a horsey person but this property contains truly remarkable visual wonderment, its worth a visit. It undertakes a remarkable annual sculpure event in the property's grounds and beautiful botanic gardens. It is open only for events. Go to Willinga Park to check out the facility and their events program. Entry is usually in the $10 to $15 range.

On-site bushwalking/kayaking

See the Bawley Bush Retreat site map under Extra Links below for on-property walking tracks.There are almost 2km of lakeside, forest and wetland bushwalks within and accessible from our property. When the adjacent coastal lake is at the deeper stages of its cycle it it is possible to paddle on it to the beach. In shallower cycles, just after opening, it is too shallow for navigation. Guests are welcome to borrow our double and/or single kayaks to paddle to the ocean or up beautiful, everglade-like creeks. Kayak use is free, not included in our tariff and use of kayaks is entirely at the risk of the user, no warranty as to suitability of the equipment we own and you borrow is provided. The kayaks are near the lake but the lifevests are at the Wattlebird shed. Not suitable for children under 13 or for anyone who cannot swim.

Hinterland drives and bushwalking

There are many coastal, National Park and hinterland bushwalking opportunities and  forest drives to choose from. We highly recommend a day drive to the isolated and magnificent Clyde River hinterland (pick blueberries in December/January) and/or a climb up the iconic 720m Pigeon House Mountain (great views, 2 hours return walk). Pigeon House was named by Captain Cook when he sailed past in 1770. Riverside picnics, birdwatching, river bass fishing and bushwalking to other National Park features (The Castle, Monolith Valley) are also popular hinterland attractions. 


There is a nearby cafe (Bawley Beach Cafe, 3km) that serves coffee, lunch and pizzas (7 days a week during peak season,Thurs-Mon at other times, closed August). The excellent new Saltwood (ph 4457-2944) licensed cafe opposite the Kioloa Camp ground on Murramarang Road, 8km, contains a beachy shop and has a more extensive menu. Open most of the time. There is a very good licensed restaurant 9km away at Merry Beach and many good BYO and excellent licensed restaurants 20-25 minutes or so away in Ulladulla/Milton/Mollymook and 30 minutes away in Batemans Bay.  At the shops 5km away there is an excellent IGA supermarket with butcher, also a newsagency, bakery, pharmacy and fishing store and a liquor shop. And don't forget to book the best massage money can buy with Renee Anderson at Bawley Massage and Beauty..

Things to do

South Coast Tourism

Bawley Bush Cottages is a member of the local Bawley Coast Tourism Group. Detailed tourist information for our area can be found at  .The group more

Pigeon House Mountain

Pigeon House Mountain Sunset

Pigeon House Mountain is very popular with Australian and overseas visitors alike. It is situated within the Morton National Park about 40 minutes from Bawley Bush Cottages along good gravel roads that lead to a carpark at the base of more

Clyde River Berry Farm

You pick blueberries

Take a short drive from Bawley Bush Retreat along the highway and then a 20min forest drive on well-made gravel roads into the hinterland. There visit & visit Allan and Sharon Dixon's Clyde River Blueberry Farm which is open over summer. more

Kangaroos at Pebbly Beach

Kangaroos at Pebbly Beach July 2011

Many of our visitors want to see kangaroos. They abound (!) everywhere with two species of wallaby (swamp and red-necked) and one of kangaroo (the eastern grey) frequently seen here at Bawley Bush Cottages. In mobs kangaroos can be seen on more

Mogo Zoo

Mogo Zoo

Mogo Zoo is a privately owned zoo situated 10km south of Batemans Bay just outside the picturesque and historic gold mining village of Mogo. It is about 40km drive from Bawley Bush Cottages. The zoo is a real zoo with lions, tigers, bears, more

Bawley Vale Estate Winery

Bawley Vale Estate Winery

Bawley Vale Estate winery is just a few hundred metres west of where our road,  Willinga Road, meets Bawley Point Road. Visit their stylish tasting room and sample their multi-award winning wines and have a yarn with the owners, Chris more

Lake Tabourie Museum

45 Princes Highway
Lake Tabourie NSW 2539,

13km from Bawley Bush Retreat

A collection of 19th and 20th Century Memorobilia. Jack Nicholson's collection of geological specimens, aboriginal artefacts and memorabilia is more