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Banjos Bushland Retreat

Bedrooms 9
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Ultimate Escape in the stunning Hunter Valley!

Very family friendly with lots of activities for Banjos guests only.

Banjos consists of 3 luxury architect designed lodges:

* Swagman's Rest Lodge: 2 bedrooms (sleeps 6)

* Clancy's Lodge: 3 bedrooms (sleeps 8)

* Brumby's Run Lodge: 4 bedrooms (sleeps 10)

We can accommodate 24 guests in beds with the use of extra beds in each lodge.


All 9 bedrooms have en-suites, king-size beds (convert into singles), plus 2 extra beds in each lodge. Bedrooms have ceiling fans, reverse cycle air conditioning, and electric blankets.

Each lodge is extremely spacious with slow combustion wood fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens and laundries, large covered decks with BBQs and outdoor furniture and stunning bushland views from every room make you feel part of nature!

Exclusive Recreation Centre includes:

* Full-size tennis court

* 9-hole mini-golf course

* Indoor spa, (with stunning views)

* Sauna

* Table tennis,

* Billiards

* Children's Adventure Playground

* Swing set - undercover on deck of recreation building

* Giant chess set

ALL FACILITIES AT NO EXTRA COST (excluding the sauna which is coin operated)

Environmental Centre with extensive literature relating to the flora and fauna that surround Banjos.

* Abundance of wildlife will delight everyone.

* Access to Restaurant, salt-water swimming pool, lagoon for swimming & picnics

* Bushwalking trails

* Close vicinity to local wineries, golf courses, heritage township, arts & crafts centre, ballooning.

Banjos is small enough to be exclusive but offers the benefits of a large resort. Loads of activities for everyone!

We are also disabled friendly.

Banjos has won in excess of 28 Tourism Awards since 2002.

BANJOS is truly a unique retreat!

Banjos Bushland Retreat offers uniqueness to its guests by creating an unforgettable experience in a truly Australian environment. Not only does Banjos offer the "ultimate escape" by providing unhosted 4 1/2 star purpose built accommodation but its surrounds ensure an "up close and personal" encounter with many wonderful examples of the Australian flora and fauna - wallabies, kangaroos, kookaburras, king parrots, crimson rosellas, fairy wrens, firetails, possums and lizards will all delight you with their presence.

Nestled on the upper slopes of the Moonabung Ranges, only 2 hours from Sydney, Banjos Bushland Retreat offers luxury unhosted accommodation set within 20 acres of private unspoilt bushland. The three architecturally designed lodges and private recreation centre rest within a 1000 acre reserve with spectacular views across the Hunter Valley and Barrington Tops.

Full directions are given with confirmation of booking.


In 2004 Banjos Bushland Retreat received the highest award in the Unique Accommodation category at the New South Wales Tourism Awards. As a result of winning this category for 3 years, Banjos was inducted into the NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame. This is an achievement that only a few organisations have achieved and one that we are extremely proud of.


* NSW Tourism Hall of Fame 2004

* Hunter Region Tourism 2002,2004,2006,2007 & 2008

* Hunter Region Tourism Silver Award 2011 & 2013

* NSW Tourism 2002,2003,2004 & 2006

* NSW Tourism 2011 Bronze Award

* Australian Tourism Awards 2002,2003,2004 & 2006 Finalist

* Hunter Region Tourism 2003 Award of Distinction

* Hunter Business Excellence 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 2008 ,2011& 2013

* Hunter Business Excellence - Business of the Year 2006 & 2013

* HMAA NSW Unique Accommodation 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2011

* National Accommodation Industry Award of Excellence Gold 2011

* Tourism Industry Council - Accredited Tourism Business

* Eco Tourism Australia - Accredited Advanced Ecotourism

More Details


Vacy Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:30 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 2:30 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • 9 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 8 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 9 - 16 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Sauna
  • forests
  • winery tours


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average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

fantastic stay

  • 5 of 5

amazing environment, so many friendly animals around it is unbelievable.

can't wait for a return visit.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Roland, many thanks for your review, and so pleased that you and your family enjoyed Christmas stay at Banjos! We look forward to your return! with thanks, Jenny & Malcolm Patterson
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic facilities for large family and extended friends. Everything you need.. lots of animals about... lots to explore

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay at Banjos Bushland Retreat! We love happy guests!
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Great bushland getaway

  • 5 of 5

Great getaway for a family to relax and see some wildlife. Had breakfast outside on the wide decks with parrots and kookaburras while taking in the bush views. Enjoyed a bush-walk, some tennis and a game of pool. Relaxed around the fireplace on the large lounges in the evenings after a home cooked meal with the family.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

An amazing weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We booked out all three cabins for 15 adults and I can say that we had plenty of space. The cabins were immaculate and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The local wildlife were very friendly and a few of us had the courage to hand feed them. Highly recommend this retreat for families or group of friends wanting a quiet relaxing weekend away.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Classy, beatiful and HUGE

  • 5 of 5

Had a great stay with a large group of families and small kids. The lodges are huge. So much space its overwelming. All nicely decorated. Very classy romantic cabins with fire places and quality furnishings. The glass windows are all around giving amazing views of the valley. Kanagaroos and possums come right up to the door. The reck centre is great with tennis court, spa and play ground. The pool was a bit far away at the Eagle reach resort though. It is a bit of a difficult drive up the mountain so take all the food with you. The kitchens have everything you need and BBQs. Worth the drive. Great place.

  • Submitted: Nov 14, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: Stayz
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Top Spot

  • 5 of 5

Would recommend this relaxing superbly appointed place with great facilities and so close to nature.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2015
  • Stayed: June 2015
  • Source: Stayz
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Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018


Other Activities:

Native Bushland setting


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • For this property:
    ‘Weekend Night’ refers to Friday night and/or Saturday night (per night)
    The ‘Nightly’ rate refers to Sunday night through to Thursday night (per night average)
    The ‘Weekly’ rate is for a full 7 day week
    Rates listed based on 18 guests. Property has 24 beds and can sleep a maximum 24 guests

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