4.5 star luxurious bushland retreat, stunning views, wildlife
Jenny and Malcolm Patterson
About Jenny and Malcolm Patterson
We manage Banjos from our home in Sydney. Our family consists of Jenny, Malcolm and our daughter Alyssa, and our dog Cooper. Malcolm's background is construction, and engineering, and Jenny has a background of Administration and Office Management.
Jenny and Malcolm Patterson purchased this Lodge in 1996
Why Jenny and Malcolm Patterson chose Vacy
We built Banjos from scratch - purchased the 20 acres of land in May 1996, and began building in June 1996, and completing the first stage of our property in March 1998 - consisting of our 2 & 4 bedroom lodges plus the recreation building. Our 3 bedroom lodge was added by June 2005 - completing our retreat. Malcolm wanted a hobby that would keep him busy - Banjos really fits the bill, as there is always lots of ongoing maintenance to keep up with. Banjos is not just another holiday destination - it has been set-up to make guests feel welcome, comfortable and happy from the very moment they arrive! Banjos is not just another holiday destination - it has been set-up to make guests feel welcome, comfortable & happy from the very moment they arrive, and is our 'labour of love'!
What makes this Lodge unique
Banjos Bushland Retreat is rated 4.5 star, and is very private, luxurious, spacious, family friendly and disabled friendly. Large groups can book all 3 lodges and have the entire retreat in complete privacy. We have won in excess of 35 Tourism Awards since 2002. Banjos is our 'labour of love'!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Very relaxing and comfortable stay. Thank you Jenny and Malcolm.
amazing environment, so many friendly animals around it is unbelievable.
can't wait for a return visit.
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
Home away from home
Fantastic facilities for large family and extended friends. Everything you need.. lots of animals about... lots to explore
It is always a pleasure to hear that our guests have enjoyed their stay at Banjos Bushland Retreat! We love happy guests!
Great bushland getaway
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.
An amazing weekend!
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.
Classy, beatiful and HUGE
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.
Banjos Bushland Retreat is located on the Moonabung Mountain Range in the township of Vacy. Plenty of activities on site, plus many walking trails within the 1,000 acre reserve. Abundance of amazing wildlife to enjoy in their natural environment.
The area boast many additional activities:
* Three local golf courses: Paterson, Maitland & Dungog
* Historic town of Morpeth - historic buildings, craft shops, antiques, cafes and galleries.
* Famous Hunter Valley Wineries
* Ballooning over the Hunter Valley