Get close and personal with nature

The Retreat is located within the Eaglereach Highland Park, a bush resort development that has a range of activities for rejuvenating weekend getaways and nature-oriented self-catering holidays.

For a day out, you can visit a local vineyard, take a walk in the resort’s rainforest, along bushwalks or fire trails, or just stay in and snuggle up by the fire with a book from the huge library and the stereo on. Do as much or as little as you wish. The choice is entirely yours.

 

Lodge activities

There is plenty to do in and about the lodge, as it is fully-equipped with loads of entertainment options:

  • A billiard room
  • Three TVs (one large flat screen HD TV in the lounge and one in each of the bedrooms). There are also two DVD players and two VCR players and over 100 movies for your enjoyment.
  • A stereo fitted with an iPod docking system, and also a range of CDs
  • A huge library of books, magazines and board games
  • Table tennis—to be played in the garage or outdoors if you wish
  • Children’s and adults' pushbikes
  • A cubby house just outside the lodge for younger children
  • Two kayaks for guests of The Retreat (located at the lagoon)
  • Plenty of push bikes in a range of sizes and plenty of helmets
  • Bat and ball games, including tennis raquets and balls for the resort's court

 

Eaglereach Wilderness Resort activities

The resort facilities include:

  • An 11 metre swimming pool for a refreshing dip on hot days. And if you fancy a more bracing swim, you can take a dip in the lagoon.
  • Established bushwalking trails—you can take a walk through the resort’s rainforest, along the Moonabung Trail with its stunning views, or through the bush to the lagoon for a BBQ lunch.
  • A first-class, all weather tennis court.
  • A yabby pond—a great activity for the kids, you tie some meat to a string, but be sure to follow our policy of catch and throw-back.
  • A licensed restaurant for a meal out. The bistro also provides take-away pizza, fish and chips and amazing hampers for weekend getaways without the hassle of cooking. But you will need to book.

 

 

 

Local region activities

 

Bushwalking and country drives

If you are here for a longer stay, and wish to explore the area, the World Heritage listed Barrington Tops National Park is great for a day’s outing. There are also some pleasant drives in the area—maybe for morning or afternoon tea at Barrington Tops Guest House and to the Lostock and Chichester Dams.

 

Visit the Hunter Valley vineyards

Camyr Allyn Wines is the local vineyard in Gresford with cellar door sales. For the wine connoisseurs who want a bit more variety, you can also visit the numerous main Hunter Valley vineyards. We suggest a visit to these vineyards on your way home, or schedule a whole day for it.

 

Golf

The Paterson country golf course is a basic bushland course ideally suited to beginners. You will need your own equipment and some cash for the “honour system” of payment. If you are a more serious golfer, there is an excellent golf course in Maitland, and another in West Maitland near Rutherford.

 

Arts, crafts, galleries, antiques and tours

The local towns of Paterson, Dungog, Morpeth and Maitland have lots to explore, and are good for a day out. We have made a brief list below of some of the attractions in these towns, or you can visit them and ask the locals. For a more comprehensive guide you can also view the Visit NSW holiday planner for local attractions.

 

Tocal Homestead

Tocal offers a few tours to some of Australia’s finest colonial farm buildings dating from the 1820s, as well as to Tocal College and its farms. The College has occasional farm shows and antique auctions. It is roughly a 30 minute drive from the resort.

 

The Paterson Museum 

The Paterson Museum is located in the former Court House in the village of Paterson and is open for a few hours most Sundays. It has a local collection for the historically inclined.

 

Morpeth

Morpeth is lined with historic building, craft and antique shops and also galleries and cafes (some overlooking the river). It is very popular place for tourists. There is also Morpeth Wine Cellars for wine and cheese tasting.

 

Maitland

Maitland also has a lot to offer with a Heritage and Produce Trail which explores galleries, fresh produce and wines. You can also visit the Maitland Gaol for a bit of colonial and recent history. Be sure to take the audio tour - it is very interesting (if you like this sort of thing).

 

Book your Hunter Valley Accommodation with The Retreat Bushland Lodge