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The Bower Retreat is 15kms from Dungog on Main Creek Road. It is approximately 3 hours from Sydney and 1 1/2 hours from Newcastle.


The Bower Retreat is a very comfortable fully self contained four bedroom cottage which sleeps eight. Cottage backs onto rain forest creek with view of Balck Bulga Range to the front. Bower Retreat is just great for couples , families or groups who want to get away and enjoy some country life in a very beautiful and quiet spot. Cottage stands alone by its self on property so there so guests have their privacy. It is set on a 56 acre property which guests are free to explore. There are marked walking tracks along the creek and up and over the timbered hill. Plenty of open and flat area as well for children to play and ride bikes. The cottage now has an enclosed area at front suitable for containing small children making supervision of them a much easier task, whilst they enjoy the outdoors. This fenced area is also suitable for containing small to medium sized dogs. Bower Retreat is a pet friendly establishment.


Walks, waterfalls and spectacular scenery of the Barrington Tops just a short drive away or walk out from property. Explore the historical towns in the shire. Visit the vineyards in the Gresford area or have a meal at the various eating places around the shire. Experience a movie at Dungog's historical cinema. Golf courses in Dungog and Stroud.


4 bedrooom with 1 queen bed & single bed, 1 double and 4 single. (Fold out divan in loungeroom suitable for one person. (Sleeping capacity 10) All bedding and linen supplied including towels Well equipped kitchen including large fridge, hot plates and oven, microwave. Bath, shower, separate toilet, outside shower and toilet as well. Laundry with automatic washing machine Wood fire heater, reverse cycle airconditioning, BBQ, TV/video, cd/cassette/radio dvd player Car port, garage with table tennis table and equipment, Want to bring your own horse! Aproximately 3 acre paddock with water adjacent to the cottage suitable for horses. Plenty of very scenic nearby trails to ride out on or joiasn a ride from Topline Horse Riding just down the road.


Bush walking, birdwatching (up to 90 species recorded on property, see www.retreat2maincreek.com for bird list), swimming in pool, table tennis, horse riding nearby, bike riding. There are friendly cows to pat who love a hand out of bread and poultry to feed and eggs to collect. Walk the marked walking track along the rainforest creek, marvel at the ferns and mosses, then climb the timbered hill to a view of the property. Horse riding nearby is with Lisa at Topline. Lisa caters for beginners as well as more experienced riders. The Bower Retreat is conducting a number of art/craft retreats this year. There is a large well lit and air conditioned studio room on the property which is set up for the needs of the various activities. Workshop on offer include- Patchwork Quilting Patchwork & Quilting Course Packages for these courses include 2 nights shared accommodation, tutor and material (where stated), 2 course dinner on Saturday night,2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 morning and afternoon teas. ( All good country home cooking.) These retreats are a perfect getaway to learn a new craft and be able to relax in quiet and beautiful surroundings. You could organise your own group of friends or come along and meet some new ones. Please email or phone if you would like full course details sent to you.


Member of Barrington Tops Tourism - Dungog Shire

Superb location

Black Bulga Range

The Black Bulga Range is the spectacular outlook to the front of the cottage. Wonderful on those misty mornings with wisps of cloud and the dirfferent shades of green.

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Telgherry River

This secluded swimming hole is just 8kms from The Bower. Drive, walk or drive and walk as the road side scenery to the river is beautiful.

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Every comfort

Comfortable interior

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Ten metre inground pool with stunning views

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Horse Riding


Lisa Wiseman, proprietor of Topline Park is an experienced horsewoman and qualified horse riding coach: from teaching beginners to ride, to leading an adventurous all day trail ride.

Ideal for couples, families or groups who who are keen horse riders or for those who would like to give horse riding a go for the first time.

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Topline Park Riding is situated in the peaceful and scenic Main Creek Valley, not far from The Bower. Riders of all ages, ability and fitness levels are welcome!

All riders are accompanied by qualified and friendly local guides and horse riding coaching is provided to keep riders safe and comfortable. Topline Park's horses are obedient, fit and willing and range from 6hh to 17hh to suit most sizes and ages of riders!

Rides are planned individually to suit each group of riders and there are many miles of wonderful forest riding trails to experience. Topline Park and The Bower's Horse Riding Package offers TOP Horses, TOP Country and TOP Adventure!

Spectacular Scenery

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The Shower House

The Shower House

Our shower house offers a feeling of showering in the bush but with all the comforts of hot and cold running water. As you shower you look out to the leafy green surroundings of the rainforest creek, or experience the magic of showering out there on a clear, starry night.

Adjoining is the toilet with two walls of glass, so you can sit back and take in the view. Curtains are provided if you dont want the view.

Of course if you feel showering out side is not your thing or the weather is a bit frosty, there is a shower, bath and toilet inside the cottage.

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Some of our guests are lucky to be here when we have small chicks.If not there are usually eggs to collect which is a pretty exciting event for our young visitors.

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