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Topi Gums Bush Retreat

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property


Come and relax at a unique holiday house on 100 acres. Take advantage of the February 30 percent discount if you stay 3 or more nights.

Topi Gums is perfect for a weekend getaway or a week away from work. It offers a private and peaceful location for those who love nature, and it's close to the beaches and lakes for those who love water.

You'll discover this treasure among the trees.

The house is appointed for relaxation and pleasure. The living room with comfortable lounge, big screen TV and DVDs will help you to feel right at home. Indoor/outdoor dining and a generously equipped kitchen and BBQ for preparing and sharing delicious meals. Whether you choose to curl up in the light-filled reading room or compete in the games rooms - you'll find something right for your enjoyment. When play time is over, two queen bedrooms each with ensuite and deck, and one queen room and 1 twin room sharing a 3-way bathroom give personal space...and...every window has a view!

Take in the natural surrounds attracting wallabies, birdlife, goannas, frogs and other wildlife...every season has a feature.

There's lots to do at Topi Gums! Play a game of pool or table tennis, a paddle in the dam, a barbecue on the deck, refreshments in the gazebo or a nap in the hammocks. Be dazzled by the stars, planets and galaxies. The dark sky is a canvas for astral viewing. Allow the fresh air and space of Topi Gums to unleash your creativity or just relax with a good book.

Topi Gums has a low ecological footprint. You'll be using onsite solar generated electricity and drinking rainwater. Overall, chemical-free products are used to maintain clean and toxic free accommodation.

We will have the beds ready for you with fresh linen, and the bathroom supplied with fluffy towels and guest toiletries. You will also find a selection of teas and coffee capsules and other special treats. During cooler months the fire box will be ready for you to light on your arrival, and you will have plenty of firewood on hand.

A note on pricing and facilities:

.The minimum price of $250 per night is to use 1-2 bedrooms (up to 4 people) during low season. It's more to use 3-4 bedrooms (6 adults and 2 children) and Christmas/Easter are full price.

. Refundable Bond: The property and furnishings must be left in a clean and tidy state. The manager reserves the right to take additional payment for damage, theft, extra cleaning fees, additional expenses due to more guests than stated, removal of excessive rubbish and cleaning of pet fur. We understand minor mishaps occur, therefore, the odd breakage will not be charged against the bond.

. Due to location and/or weather conditions, wifi may not be 100% reliable.


Located in the beautiful Great Lakes of NSW, Topi Gums is a short, scenic drive to beaches, lakes and national parks. Seal Rocks, Smiths Lake, Myall Lake, Wallis Lake and the Pacific Palms beaches, the National Parks of Myall Lake, Booti Booti and Wallingat and Forster are places to visit.

Go for a swim or a surf, or take a boat out for fishing. You can bushwalk or have a picnic or go bird or wildlife spotting. A golf course and tennis courts are also nearby.

The Great Lakes area has amazing viewing points to observe dolphins and the annual whale migration from mid May to late July, and again from mid September to late November. Book your seat on a Whale/Dolphin watching tour.

ABOUT US: Topi Gums Bush Retreat has been welcoming guests since 1994. Together with a dynamic team of local people, we ensure you will have an amazing holiday house in the bush.

"We love the Australian bush and being surrounded by nature - birds' springtime songs, croaking frogs, the summer hum of cicadas, fresh winter nights, the scent of the bush and the starry nights. Being at Topi Gums makes us feel like nothing else matters. It is re-energising and liberating. These experiences need sharing. We invite you to come, relax and recharge". Topi Gums is a beautiful place.

THE LAND: The Worimi people who occupied many areas of the Great Lakes and the Birrimbai tribe who occupied areas of Bungwahl, named it: Topi, meaning 'to stay', and Topi Topi meaning: 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. Therefore, we offer you an earlier check-in time and an extended check-out time, so that you too may stay a little longer.


ADVICE: Topi Gums is not recommended for children who are not risk aware, or people who may require fast medical assistance. Motorised trail bikes, weapons and noisy behaviour strictly prohibited.


This property is managed in Australia and we never request payments be made to overseas bank accounts.

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018


Bungwahl House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 3:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Family
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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Topi Gums Bush Retreat
average rating of 4.909091 based on 33 reviews

Great hideaway

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our visit. The setting was amazing, spacious, private, quiet, lots of birds to listen to when you eat our on the deck. There are lots of emergency supplies for all the things you might forget. Lots of things to do on site (board games, table tennis table, pool table, walks around the property, kayak on lake).

Bring your own food, or pick it up from Buladelah IGA (~10-15min away) or big supermarkets in Forster (~45min away). The beach is probably 30min away.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

How's the serenity

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful long wkend at Phillip and Yolanda's lovely property. It was a very accommodating home, fully equipped had a great aura and bushland setting that made us very relaxed.

Weather was perfect, sunny yet cool enough to enjoy the fire place :)

Would love to stay again in future.

Thank you

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thanks Jessica. We're happy that you found Topi Gums comfortable and you enjoyed the bush setting. It was a pleasure to host your beautiful family.
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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Lovely home in a spectacular setting

  • 5 of 5

We spent the June long weekend here along with our two dogs and didn't want to leave. Although it rained a lot over the weekend, we were more than comfortable spending time indoors and were lucky to do some long walks and spend some time sitting on the verandah soaking in the amazing view. The dogs loved the grounds and the chance to explore. Philip and Yolanda were great to deal with and we will definitely be coming back.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Stayz
Owner's Response: Thank you Leanne. Happy Topi Gums was pleasing and comfortable for all family members. Our pleasure to host such beautiful guests.
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A welcome getaway

  • 5 of 5

Place and surroundings were stunning. A few extras left by the owner made us feel very welcome. A great place to entertain with friends for a week especially those with babies

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Breathtaking property

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to get away from it all and exactly what we needed. Absolutely surrounded by beautiful bush, totally remote. You feel like you're the only people on the planet on this property! Never experienced anything quite like it. The peace, quiet, nature, birds, serenity was like magic. The property has a dark dam that mirrors the reflection of the bush which surrounds it, really idyllic! We enjoyed days of kayaking around the dam, just taking in the blissful surroundings and all the beautiful bird calls. The house itself is luxurious. Big, bright, open, with lots of space and everything you need for a comfortable stay. We loved the extra touches too, the hammocks and table tennis downstairs, the pool table, the library, equipped with board games, DVDs in the lounge. The bath bombs were a really nice touch so we could enjoy a relaxing bath while looking out at the dam and bush. The balcony/deck was amazing! Beautiful morning sun and birds chirping away, and was great to have a barbie on the deck in the afternoons. So much to say about this property, couldn't cover it all. I'm just sad we've only just found it! Will be back every chance we get, at least once a year. Our new favourite place in the world. Can't thank the owners enough!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: Stayz
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Amazing family escape

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 3 nights with our kids and with another couple and the house was perfect. Plenty of room for everyone and one of the best-equipped houses we have ever stayed in. The hosts do a great job of providing information and wee touches that make the stay special. We'd definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: Stayz
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Other Activities:

Beaches, lakes, national parks


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 4 guests. Property has 5 beds and can sleep a maximum 6 guests

    Mandatory Costs
    Bond Deposit: $200 per stay

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