Eco Escape

A green path to luxury – The Long Weekend eco-Retreat on the south coast

Escape to your own sustainable eco sanctuary for humans and nature alike.

The Long Weekend Retreat is a paradise for nature lovers of all kind. With green sustainable initiatives this eco-friendly getaway is designed to reduce our collective global footprint – while you relax and indulge in heavenly comfort in your own private wildlife sanctuary. Enjoy the bushland gardens of this eco-retreat, abundant with native birds and wildlife.

The Long Weekend Retreat is near self sufficient

  • Water is sourced from rainwater collected and stored on the property
  • Hot water is solar charge
  • An onsite waste water purification plant irrigates the orchard and gardens
  • Passive solar design of Retreat, with heat bank walls and sun capturing features optimises energy efficiency and creates a luxurious year round ambient temperature

Outdoor Hot Mineral Soak Bath

Water for the outdoor hot mineral soak bath is drawn from an underground spring fifteen meters beneath the tub! Enjoy the freedom, the kangaroos, the sun or the stars and the cleansing of the rejuvenating soak bath.

The Treehouse Studio

This venue for massage and wellbeing indulges at The Retreat was constructed with timber reclaimed from a wool store demolished in Homebush Bay to make way for the construction of Sydney Olympic Park for the 2000 Olympic Games. Hand hewn hardwood logs salvaged from The Retreat site after storms support The Treehouse.

Close to Mollymook, this luxury eco friendly retreat accommodation is located in an area of astonishing biological diversity. The Long Weekend Retreat is within Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, 600 hectares of diverse wildlife habitat conserved in environments ranging from more than four kilometers of pristine coastline backed by a dune system, woodland forests and the wetlands of Narrawallee Inlet. A network of walking tracks lead directly from The Retreat. From Buckley’s Point enjoy a panoramic view of coastline and explore the honeycombed rock platform. Morton National Park, Conjola National Park and the South Coast’s World Heritage Budawang Ranges are just moments away by car.

What good is a house, if you haven’t got a decent planet to put it on?
-Henry David Thoreau

Birding and wildlife from the luxury of The Long Weekend Retreat

Sightings at The Long Weekend Retreat to make a truly interesting bird journal!

The Long Weekend Retreat is a paradise for birders and nature lovers of all kinds. Located in an area of astonishing biological diversity and featuring wildlife at intimate range.

The Long Weekend Retreat is within Narrawallee Creek Nature Reserve, 600 hectares of diverse wildlife habitat conserved in environments ranging from more than four kilometers of pristine coastline backed by a dune system, woodland forests and the wetlands of Narrawallee Inlet. A network of walking tracks lead directly from The Retreat. From Buckley’s Point enjoy a panoramic view of coastline and explore the honeycombed rock platform.

Of special interest is a small colony of Little Tern (Strena albifronis) a delicate bird that feeds on shoals and tiny fish in the surf. The number of nesting sites in the state each year may only number six to ten. Nearby Pattimores Lagoon offers valuable feeding and breeding grounds for a variety of water birds.

The bushland gardens of The Long Weekend Retreat are abundant with native birds and wildlife. Here is a list of sightings just at The Retreat!

Birds

Rainbow Lorikeet, Crimson Rosella , Eastern Rosella, King Parrot, Satin Bower Bird, Eastern Whipbird, Southern Boobook Owl, Tawny Frogmouth Owl, Wedge Tailed Eagle, White Bellied Sea Eagle, Gang Gang Cockatoo, Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo, Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, Glossy Black Cockatoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Azure Kingfisher, Dollarbird (migratory from S.E. Asia), Australian Wood Duck, Rose Robin, Superb Fairy Wren, Southern Fairy Wren, Emu Wren, White Headed Pigeon, Wonga Pigeon, Bar Shouldered Dove, Common Koel, Barking Owl, White Throated Treecreeper, Eastern Bristlebird, Weebill, Yellow Throated Thornbill, Red Wattlebird, Noisy Friarbird (migratory from Asia in spring), Regent Honeyeater, White Eared Honeyeater, White Cheeked Honeyeater , Pacific Baza, Silvereye (Grey-backed), Eastern Yellow Robin, Grey Shrike-thrush, Grey Fantail, Magpie-lark, Olive-backed Oriole, Green Catbird, Pied Butcherbird, Pied Currawong, Red-browed Finch (Firetail), Magpie, Pelican, Long Billed Black Cockatoo (out of region), Horsfields Bronze Cuckoo, Golden Whitler, Brown Cuckoo Dove, Tawny Frogmouth Owl

Wildlife

Brown Striped Marsh Frog, Eastern Pobblebonk (frog), Goanna (Lace Monitor), Blue Tongue Lizard, Jacky Lizard, Eastern Water Dragon, Eastern Water Skink, Short Beaked Echidna, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, (common), Swamp Wallaby, Redneck Wallaby, Brush Tailed Possum, Feathertailed Glider, Sugar Glider, Long Nosed Bandicoot, Diamond Python, Small-eyed Snake, Red Bellied Black Snake, Dunnart, Golden Bellied Water Rat, Dusky Footed Rat, Grey Headed Flying Fox (feeding on Eucalyptus gummifera in late summer), Common Blossum Bat (microbat)

The Long Weekend Retreat library is stocked with field identification guides for flora and fauna, walking maps and binoculars.