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Venus Bay Eco Retreat

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Venus Bay Eco Retreat

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802 Lees Rd, Venus Bay, Victoria 3956 Australia
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6-Day Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Adventure Tour
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6-Day Eyre Peninsula & Flinders Ranges Adventure Tour

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Escape from it all on this back-to-nature 6-day camping trip from Adelaide and discover the beautiful beaches and wild forests of the Eyre Peninsula. Your action-packed itinerary includes the chance to try sandboarding at the Lake Newland dunes; spot kangaroos, wombats and emus on a nocturnal nature walk. Adrenaline junkies can even brave a shark cage dive (extra cost). This small-group tour has a maximum of 18 people and includes camping accommodation and all meals.
$681.92 per adult
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Spooky T wrote a review Oct 2018
Singapore, Singapore296 contributions68 helpful votes
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Venus Bay Eco Retreat is located in the midst of a Banksia forest in the Anderson Inlet. Getting there from Tarwin Lower is a therapeutic drive through rural natural landscape that marks a journey into nature. The signs urging drivers to watch out for Kangaroos, Wombats and Koalas (all 3 not just 1) crossing the road tell of the abundant wildlife that live in the environs. The challenge while driving is not getting distracted by the land and avian fauna. The cabin, a converted barn, is generously sized for couples and the highlight must certainly be the large single pane window in the dining area that provides a view of the watering hole frequented by wildlife. The lodging is comfortable with all the amenities needed for a self-catering nature retreat. There is an electric smart oven in the kitchen but any open fire cooking is done using the stove at the veranda. The latter makes sense so any smoke is dispersed outdoors. There is a television but the window in the dining area is far more compelling. We observed Kangaroos, Rosellas, Bellbirds, Superb Fairy Wrens and other birds using the watering hole in the evenings. At night, there is always the chance of seeing wombats, micro-bats and other nocturnal creatures. Mae is a warm and knowledgeable host who does an amazing job keeping the cabin and grounds suitably rustic while enabling the resident flora and fauna to thrive. She is a passionate advocate for the conservation of the region's natural habitat. Although Mae resides in the cottage next door, we hardly noticed her presence except when we asked to use her washer and when she gave us fresh vegetables from her garden. Note that there is no wifi, but the point of a retreat is to temporarily disconnected from the hyper-connected busyness of the urban world.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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johndbosworth wrote a review Mar 2018
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions2 helpful votes
We enjoyed a delightful 5 days at Venus Bay Eco Retreat hosted by Mae who made us most welcome. Set in banksia dominated bush, it is a wonderful place to sit and contemplate nature. Our particular interest was the birdlife with regular visits to the bird bath by Silvereyes, Grey Fantails, Yellow-faced, White-eared and White-naped Honeyeaters, Brown and Striated Thornbills and occasional visits by Brown-headed Honeyeaters, Golden Whistlers and Spotted Pardalotes. A very relaxing and peaceful place well equipped to be ‘far from the madding crowd’. Margaret & John
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Date of experience: March 2018
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Jennifer Y wrote a review Jan 2018
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Beautiful setting nestled amongst the banksia trees. The cottage is beautiful and has that luxurious touch that makes you feel a little spoilt. Close to the beach and the wildlife comes to visit and makes the whole experience very special. Mae is a fabulous host and talented artist. We will be back! The Youngs
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Date of experience: January 2018
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RedBeard501 wrote a review Jul 2017
Melbourne, Australia2 contributions3 helpful votes
The chirping of frogs in the marshes, the chittering of birds in the trees, the pattering of rain on the roof and rustling of leaves in the breeze at Venus Bay Eco Retreat all adds up to one of my favourite soundscapes. Comfortable lodgings, a deep bath to soak in and enjoy a bushland view, sitting on the porch with a cup of tea and watching a family of kangaroos in the 'backyard' are all huge reasons that contribute to my returned custom; as well as future returns. Mae, (a lovely host, I might add) has created a gorgeous little sanctuary that I can recommend to anyone; especially to people who hear 'eco' and assume there is no luxury to be had- if I had the choice between a 5 star hotel room in the city and Correa Cabin at VBER, I'd pick the latter every time.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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melj7263 wrote a review Apr 2017
Inverloch, Australia6 contributions2 helpful votes
This is our third visit to the Venus Bay Eco Retreat, and as always it was everything we hoped it would be. Beautiful, peaceful, calming environment. The kids were happy to sit and watch the wildlife, including the kangaroos that spent a lot of time only a few metres from the front verandah. The accomodation, as always, was sparkling clean and well organised making it very easy to prepare our own meals, which included some lovely things Mae picked for us fresh from her garden (delicious!). I especially enjoyed having a nice hot bath while looking at the birds hopping around in the trees. The queen bed is very comfortable, enabling a solid night's sleep, which always tops off a fantastic stay.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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