Activities

kangaroos_smallEnjoy the simplicity of a stroll through 2,000 acres of natural bush. The bushland surrounding Nundoobah Retreat was acquired from a local timber milling company progressively during the 1970’s and natural regrowth over 25 years has created a beautiful bushland setting. The original logging trails have been made into walking tracks with creek crossings, suitable for walking or mountain bike riding. Birdlife is abundant and koalas, ring-tail possums and other kangaroosnative fauna are occasionally sighted.

Activities available on the property include:

      • Bushwalking along the original logging trails. Walks range from 15 minutes to 2 ½ hours. Maps and markers are provided.
      • Mountain Biking – each cottage comes complete with two mountain bikes (and helmets) which can be used on the logging trails or to cycle to Taree or Wingham
      • Glide along the picturesque Dawson River by double-kayak, row boat or stand-up paddleboard.  This is a beautiful way to explore the river.
      • Tennis – make use of the synthetic grass court which has flood lights for night tennis (rackets and balls available on request)
      • Golf – the property has its own small practice putting green. When you’ve perfected your putting you may wish to visit one of the many nearby golf courses (see more).
      • Boating – Nundoobah Retreat has its own boat ramp. Bring your own boat and explore the beautiful Manning Valley waterways. The Dawson River meets the Manning River, Australia’s only double delta river system, with entrances at Harrington and Old Bar. (see more)
      • Pampering – You might like to indulge in a massage treatment in the privacy of your own cottage.  Please advise Maurie or De if you would like to book a massage when you reserve your cottage.

Cottages

indoor-spaMost Australians are attracted to the beauty of the Australian bush. Our aim has been to provide luxury accommodation in bushland surroundings. Stepping outside the door of your private cottage you will be serenaded by the local birdlife. Watch the gentle goings-on of the river from your own outdoor setting. Peace.

Nundoobah Retreat consists of 2 cottages facing north directly onto the Dawson River. Each cottage contains:

  • A spacious living area with a double lounge, dining table, log fire in winter, TV, video, DVD and CD-player
  • A fully self-contained granite kitchen equipped with oven, indoor spamicrowave, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer
  • A luxurious bathroom with double spa bath, double shower, candles and scented bath oils
  • One bedroom with a king size bed and an additional TV and DVD
  • An outdoor table and chairs setting overlooking the river
  • A user-friendly  outdoor barbeque
  • Books & games on request
  • City dwellers will appreciate the taste of the natural rain water.

History

Carving_riverThe land on which Nundoobah Retreat is built was originally inhabited by the Aboriginal tribe of the Biripi. For many years the Biripi people lived on seafood and the fruits of the magnificent rainforests that occupied the coastal plains of the Manning Valley. The name Taree is actually based on the Aboriginal word “Tareebit” meaning “fruit of the wild fig”. The name Nundoobah means “place of the grass tree”.
The significance of the Aboriginal heritage has not been lost. With the help of local Aboriginal artist Russell Saunders, Nundoobah Retreat is home to several magnificent carvings, reflecting different aspects of the Aboriginal culture and “The Dreaming”. The cottages have each been artistically decorated with Aboriginal sculptures, boomerangs, spears & paintings. Just wandering about the property you will experience a sense of awe at the magnificent history associated with this place.
Biripi artist Russell Saunders and his daughter Rachel operate out of “Deep Water Shark Gallery” in nearby Tinonee, where a wide range of works is displayed.