Located at the gateway to Barrington Tops, the retreat is situated on 30 acres and offers some of the best views in the area. The perfect combination of an idyllic rural setting and all the mod cons of daily life – you will never want to leave!
The luxurious home offers 5 bedrooms – 1 king bed, 2 queen beds and 4 single beds – to sleep a total of 10 people. Each bedroom also comes with air conditioning and its own ensuite bathroom for maximum comfort.
Kia Ora Lookout Retreat is fully self-contained with an open plan kitchen/meals area, living/dining area (complete with a wood fire for those cold winter nights), second living area and a study. There is also a fenced swimming pool onsite for guests to enjoy during their stay.
The property might seem pretty rural, but it is connected to the NBN so you can still keep in touch with the outside world during your stay.
Please note that the farm and cabins are off limits to guests of the retreat. The horses can, however, be fed when they saunter up to the stables if you wish (which generally happens in mornings and evenings).
When staying at the retreat, we hope that you will also take some time to explore the surrounding area – Gloucester, Barrington, Taree, Stratford, Forster, Moonan Flat, Mares Run, Coolongolook, Stroud and more.
There is a wealth of attractions around the Kia Ora Lookout Retreat just waiting for you to discover them. We have outlined some of our favourite things to do in the list below for your perusal.
If you’re looking for the kind of holiday where you can get back to nature, this region is for you! There are a number of nearby parks and forests, including: Woko National Park, Gloucester Tops National Park, World Heritage Barrington Tops National Park and Copeland Tops State Conservation Area. Why not walk with the ghosts of dinosaurs or find one of the many missing aeroplanes in Barrington Tops? Pack a picnic and explore to your heart’s content!
For those who would prefer to immerse themselves more in the culture of the region, you will not be disappointed. Head to the Gloucester Arts Cultural Council Inc (GACCI), which brings a variety of events to the town (from live music to theatre). The Gloucester Gallery showcases numerous exhibitions each year – entry is free but a gold coin donation is appreciated. If you’re interested in the history of the region, the Gloucester Museum is a must.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to get their adrenalin pumping, there are plenty of sport and adventure activities for you to enjoy. Try canoeing or kayaking down one of the many rivers, give abseiling down a steep cliff face a go, or race around on your bike at The Steps Mountain Bike Park. Horse riding tours are also available if you want to take in the scenery on a more sedate level, and there’s also the Gloucester Bowling Club.
Did you know that Barrington Tops is the highest region in NSW outside of the Australian Alps? This means it gets a decent dusting of snow each winter, giving you ample opportunity to get outside and throw a snowball or build a snowman. Keep in mind that the roads can be dangerous, particularly when wet and/or icy, so they may be closed at times for your protection. The Gloucester Visitor Information Centre can provide more information.
Many people come to the region for some rest and relaxation. If you need a little help to get to this point, we have some ideas! Indulge in a full body massage at Ming Thai Remedial Massage or Brad Bowden Massage Therapist. Head to the Gloucester Hydrotherapy Pool, which is heated to 34oC year round. Or take a wander through the BooriBoori Stone Labyrinth, which has been created using sacred geometry that is usually reserved for sacred sites and power places.
If you really want to see the sights, a scenic drive through the surrounding area is for you. Taking the 115km Gloucester Tops route will take about 4 hours return at a leisurely pace with plenty of stopping along the way. Notable points include the Andrew Laurie lookout, Gloucester Falls and Faulkland. The 34km BuccanBuccan Circuit can easily be done in under an hour. Notable points include Rocky Crossing, Lions Scenic Walk and Barrington village.