Topi Gums Bush Retreat...surrounded by nature.


Entire cottage hosted by Philip & Yolanda

  1. 8 guests
  2. 4 bedrooms
  3. 5 beds
  4. 3 baths
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Your own private retreat on 100 forested acres. This is a well-appointed rural retreat, 250 km north of Sydney CBD.

Come and experience a relaxing holiday with family, friends and house trained pets! Not far from beaches and lakes - there is plenty of fun to be had with many facilities provided.

The space
Topi Gums is a solar powered house 3 hours north of Sydney. Set on 100 acres, we offer a private and peaceful location for those who love nature, and it's close to the beaches and lakes for those who love water. Experience your own private retreat among the trees. Please look at our note on safety equipment below.

It's ideal as a getaway with family and friends, or time out from work and the busy-ness of life. It’s a place where you can escape to experience life at your own pace.

Topi Gums is a great destination for travellers who want to experience country and coast life.

Topi Gums accommodates 2-6 adults in 3 queen rooms plus a twin room for 2 children or people who prefer a single bed. Up to 2 well behaved adult pets are welcome. We provide 2 dog beds and covers for furniture but prefer your pets stay off bedding and lounges please.

This private retreat is perfectly located in an out-of-the-way place in the Great Lakes of NSW. It is close to Seal Rocks, Smiths Lake, Myall Lake, Wallis Lake and the Pacific Palms beaches, and National Parks, and a scenic and easy 45 minute drive to Forster. We're centred in the Great Lakes of NSW.

Every season has a feature. You will be delighted by the natural setting attracting grazing wallabies, birdlife, reptiles, frogs and other wildlife!

There's lots to enjoy at Topi Gums while you relax! A kayak on the dam, sipping drinks in the gazebo, a game of pool or table tennis, a barbecue on the deck, a nap in the hammocks or simply sitting somewhere to read or play a board game.

At Topi Gums, every moment surrounds you in the Australian landscape. The bush experience is refreshing and the air is clean.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY & ALLERGY FREE: Topi Gums has a low ecological footprint. You will be using power generated on site and water from the rain. Where, when possible, chemical-free products are used to maintain clean and toxic free accommodation.

SAFETY EQUIPMENT: In addition to a First Aid Kit we will soon install an AED with adult and infant pads and instructions.

You'll find Topi Gums is carefully prepared and maintained for you. Your bedrooms will be ready with fresh bed linen and bathrooms with fluffy towels, bathrobes, slippers and guest toiletries. The pantry has a selection of Twinings teas, Nespresso capsules or plunger coffee, condiments and other treats to welcome you.

Once you book Topi Gums, it is only for you and your guests. So, get comfortable - the living room has a large Smart TV, satellite channels, a DVD player and a DVD library. Free limited NBN wifi is available. Share a meal with the people you love, cook in the generously equipped kitchen or keep it simple with a barbecue. BYO food and drinks and your preferred toiletries.

There is space for revitalising 'me time'. Curl up with a book in the reading room or hammocks, or step into action for a game of pool or table tennis. The 2 queen bedrooms, each with ensuite and deck, give you your own personal space. A third queen bedroom and a twin room share a 3 way bathroom. Most rooms have ceiling fans for cooling. The family room in winter has a slow combustion stove ready to light and plenty of firewood is supplied. The reading room and main bedroom have a gas heater.

WIFI: Data is a precious commodity in rural, regional and remote Australia. Video streaming, HD videos and Gaming chew up data by the hour, consequently slowing down the service. The NBN wifi may not be available in severe weather conditions.

RULES ABOUT PETS: As good as your pets may be in their own home, we have found that some get anxious in a new environment when you are not there. So look after them at all times. If you must leave them on their own, eg. if you visit one of the national parks, you may wish to leave them in the table tennis room, where there is less to destroy. We have provided throw rugs for you to place on furniture and rugs, if your pets sit on furniture or rugs. We DO NOT PERMIT DOGS ON/IN BEDS. We DO NOT PERMIT DOGS TO scratch at screen doors. Screens are checked after each booking and any replacement of screens will be charged for.

RULES ABOUT NOISE & DISRUPTING THE ENVIRONMENT: Motorised trail bikes, weapons, hunting and noise are not permitted in this peaceful place. We will charge a security bond for damage caused by people or pets or if the house is left filthy or you don't notice or care about our house rules.

What this place offers

Garden view
Free driveway parking on premises – 3 spaces
Pets allowed
65" HDTV
EV charger
Free washing machine – In building
Free dryer – In building
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Bungwahl, New South Wales, Australia

The Great Lakes of NSW is a region defined by water and is a nature lover's paradise. This beautiful part of the coast has clean beaches, dazzling lakes, national parks and forests and historic rural hinterland. There are great places to visit, eat at and shop in.

Topi Gums is set in a peaceful rural location away from the crowds, but it is close to the beaches and lakes of the Great Lakes region.

Cafes and Restaurants: Fresh local produce and seafood are a specialty. You can also enjoy culinary delights at cafes and restaurants within a pleasant 20 minute drive of the property.

Shopping: Mini supermarkets are 15 minutes from the property. Forster’s mall on Breese Parade has major supermarkets, chain stores and over 75 specialty shops.

Arts & Crafts: There are shops with arts, crafts and beautiful things. One day each month on a set weekend a nearby township holds a craft, fresh produce and specialties market - well worth visiting.

The Great Lakes region holds activities all year round, such as diving, mountain biking, kayaking quiet lakes, trekking through ancient palm forests, whale watching, deep sea fishing, surfing, or just relaxing.
Every season has a feature.

Hosted by Philip & Yolanda

  1. Joined in December 2012
  • 35 Reviews
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We've been welcoming guests at Topi Gums Bush Retreat since 1994. Together with a small, dynamic team of local people, we ensure you have an amazing holiday house with unique touches. We're surrounded by bush and near the beaches. “We love the Australian bush and being surrounded by nature. The bird sounds, croaking frogs, the summer hum of cicadas, the scent of the bush and the starry nights. It is re-energising and liberating. We chose this place because it gives the 'away from it all' experience. It offers you your own space without a 'next door' neighbour while being near the coast and lakes of the Great Lakes. We love the trees and bush air, and love taking long beach walks along beaches and lakes. Topi Gums gives you the opportunity to explore different places. At the day's end we love returning home to retreat in our own bit of paradise, just in time to enjoy the late afternoon (Hidden by Airbnb) of tiny finches, wrens and wagtail bird. Being at Topi Gums makes us feel that nothing else matters. We’re enthusiastic about sharing these experiences with you. Nature, relaxation, good friends and pets are the essence of life and well being. So, we invite you to come and and relax at Topi Gums. It's an appealing and beautiful place. You'll have the space to yourself, and you'll still feel our warm welcome.” HISTORY: The name “Topi” comes from the Worimi people who occupied many areas of the Great Lakes and the Birrimbai tribe who occupied areas of Bungwahl. “Topi”, means to stay, and “Topi Topi” means to stay a little while longer. It is believed that the region of Topi Topi was not settled by any of the Worimi tribes, rather they travelled through and rested there. So, we invite you to come and relax, and stay a little while longer. Our 3pm checkouts mean that you too can stay a little bit longer.
We've been welcoming guests at Topi Gums Bush Retreat since 1994. Together with a small, dynamic team of local people, we ensure you have an amazing holiday house with unique touch…

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  • Languages: English, Italiano
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Checkout: 2:00 pm
Self check-in with key safe
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed

Health & safety

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Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
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Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Nearby lake, river, other body of water

Cancellation policy