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Eaglereach Wilderness Resort
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vacy
Certificate of Excellence
Adelaide, Australia
1 review
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“Our private cabin was a holiday dream amongst the wildlife!”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

Our three day stay at Eaglereach exceeded all expectations we could have set.

We stayed in the "Silkwood" lodge and it was completely private, set aback from the whole world. Our only view was of wildlife, sunsets and gorgeous valleys of the Hunter region.

The accommodation, facilities and abundance of adorable kangaroos gave us everything we could have hoped for in a vacation, and more.

A must for any couple wanting a romantic getaway!!

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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HunterCooee, General Manager at Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, April 29, 2014
Dear Candice E
On behalf of the Eaglereach team we are so proud you enjoyed your three day stay in our resort. Yes the wildlife and the sunsets are spectacular next time you are in this area we would be delighted to welcome you back.
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Toronto, Australia
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

My fiancé and I received a gift voucher for a two night spa getaway at Eaglereach as an engagement present. The resort has many privately located lodge/cabins spread out across the large property. We stayed in the Silkwood which featured views to the west, an outdoor spa, two bedrooms, bathroom and self-contained kitchen. On arrival we were treated to a glass of sparkling as well as an extra bottle and box of chocolates for later. The one hour massages were divine. We ate at the bistro both nights with the food being quite good and the chef very friendly. The hot buffet breakfast also hit the spot. There are plenty of bush tracks to be walked and an abundance of wildlife to be found.

Eaglereach was great for a romantic getaway but I imagine it would also be good for families wanting the bush holiday experience without the need to "rough it" camping in tents.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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HunterCooee, General Manager at Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, April 26, 2014
Hi Kate C
So delighted you and your fiance^ received a gift voucher to stay in our magic resort and it sounds like you took advantage of the many resort exclusives from the day spa to the bistro and starting with the sparkling white wine welcome yes Silkwood spa lodge is so private and that view across the valley is sensational especially from the spa under the stars. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back.
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

We stayed at the privately owned Bilyarra Lodge, set within the EagleReach Wilderness Resort. As a private lodge it wasn't booked through the resort, but we had use of all facilities.

The lodge was set in private grounds secluded from other cabins. It is 2 bedrooms (one Queen, one King), each en suite. Good hot water and pressure in the showers. The water is rain/spring, so a large dispenser of water is supplied.

The cabin does not have the views that the ones facing the Moonabung valley from Mount George have, but it is very peaceful and visited by wallabies and many native birds.

There is a Jacuzzi in a pagoda on the lawn and the whole cabin is well appointed, best suiting two couples. The owners leave a nice selection of sparkling wine, cheese, milk, bread, etc as a welcome pack. There is a fire with wood supplied and a small outdoor BBQ. We found the BBQ struggled to get to a high temperature and the draw on the fire wasn't great.

There are bathroom towels and beach towels for use in the Jacuzzi. There is also a washer and a dryer, with washing powder supplied.

We choose to bring our own supplies and eat in. We didn't find the welcome at the resort centre very welcoming (in fact the lady at reception was rude, dismissive and unhelpful) - it was not busy and seemed run down.

We were charged $3 for a map of the resort walking tracks - the walks are well worth doing - we did the Moonabung trail which is tricky in places but great views and superb grass tree forest. It took about 2 hours. We also did the rainforest walking trail which completely different and also good to do. Within the grounds there are other walking trails to various lakes/ponds, some very steep. There a 4WD tracks which we did in our Range Rover - it made it easily but we were rather terrified of getting stuck in places - not to be attempted in the wet or in anything other than a full 4WD with raised chasse. It was also worth driving to the look out for the views over the valley.

As well as the wallabies and wollaroos around our cabin we saw kangaroos, including one very very large and threatening male, and an echidna. We didn't see any possums. Lots of birds and soaring eagles. We were also very lucky to see a platypus in a creek near the resort (over a wooden bridge).

One afternoon we drove to the nearby Camyr Allyn winery and bought some nice wines and oils - about 30 mins each way from the resort.

These lodges are in the wild, so do arrive and leave in daylight.

Two days was a good break.

Room Tip: There about 30 cabins in Eagle Reach, some part of the resort, some private - some have large plots...
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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HunterCooee, General Manager at Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, April 20, 2014
Dear Gerbilsontour I am glad you enjoyed the nature walks and native animals yes you chose to stay in a private unhosted holiday home located here in the resort we built . The benefits guests receive when they stay in Eaglereach Wilderness Resort includes country breakfast daily, on site management and staff offering 24/7 service , a sparkling white wine welcome at our newly renovated reception centre and licensed bistro with the superb Observatory Deck with views to the Pacific East Coast ,Visitor information and booking service, DVD and paperback library, internet kiosk, even a free newspaper plus All sporting equipment from mountain bikes to kayaks. All the above is free. We look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you here next time you are in the country.
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Neuchatel, Switzerland
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Reviewed April 6, 2014 via mobile

Saw all the great reviews and was sold. Spent two nights in an idyllic cabin - Silkwood. Get there before nightfall because the resort is really in the middle of nowhere and crawling with kangaroos and wallabies that you can feed by hand - at least those that stick close to the main lodge. We would have liked our stay more had we not both been sick! Other than that, Eaglereach is a gem. Unfortunately, however, on the first evening, driving back to our cabin, we got lost because of the pea soup thick fog! Ended up on a log that ripped a piece of the chassis off our rental car! They really should put some lights along the road - it was hairy! Even reflectors would do! We were also dismayed there was no wifi! They really should give you the password. It's not expensive! Other than that, it's a great place to stay if you like wilderness resorts!

Stayed April 2014, traveled with friends
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HunterCooee, General Manager at Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, April 8, 2014
Dear Ateach52
Thank you for making the effort to write a review and so glad you enjoyed Silkwood spa lodge it certainly is set in a unique location. We know you were both ill on arrival and that is such a shame when you are on holidays it has happened to us too its a downer. Hope you are feeling better now. Yes there was a wild storm later in the night sorry you got caught up in it and we will certainly see if we can add more reflectors but as you would see in the day light there is a lot of reflectors on both sides of the entrance road. I am glad the Reception team showed you the free internet kiosk. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Australia.
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

We stayed for two nights in a three bedroom house looking back towards the coast. You could see the lights of Newcastle and Maitland at night. In the mornings the valley was covered in mist and cloud with green hiils framing the gray mist - quite beautiful.

The three bedroom was spacious and had all that was required including a spa which was clean but probably not at 32 degrees as shown, and a sauna (not working). Plenty of outdoor space to enjoy the views. .

There was an abundance of wildlife around the resort including kangaroos, wallabies, birds and lizards.. Ideal place to take overseas visitors to experience Australian Bush in a comfortable style.

We arrived at sunset due to heavy traffic in Sydney. and the drive from Vacy to the resort was difficult with the Sun glare hiding some twists and bends, so try to arrive earlier if its your first time driving there. The drive from Maitland to Vacy was enjoyable with really lush hills and bush..

The Bistro served a decent dinner given some guests were quite late and breakfast was cold and hot buffet and sufficient. .Dining is not five star but for the location, the food was quite reasonable and you wont go hungry..

We had a good bush walk from the Lagoon to the Rock Pools. The Lagoon is a very pretty and peaceful area..

Generally, I love the ocean and being on the coast but this was a nice visit inland and would be a very peaceful retreat.
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Room Tip: The larger three bedroom houses appear to be newer. Views are good on either side of the road.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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HunterCooee, General Manager at Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, April 1, 2014
Hi Globalneighbour
"Far from it all" indeed yes it is another world yet so close and we do love to see how guests be they domestic or international get so much enjoyment from the location and all the natural attractions including the native wildlife. Guests can choose lodges from one to six bedrooms to suit their needs and as you said the views are spectacular either to the pacific coast or to the Barrington Tops. Yes there is a wide range of self guided nature walks from mountain top to rain forest and all are well signed with information boards to make the experience more enjoyable. Glad you enjoyed the bistro both dinner and breakfast which is included in the tariff the chef receives constant compliments for the quality of the food made mainly from fresh local produce. Thank you for staying with us and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you back.
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed March 29, 2014

my wife and i spent a lazy weekend at this resort in the hotel rooms ,not the cabins .There 6 all together nestled amongst the trees with a pool table and spa , for more info look up the website .It was quite comfortable and had all you needed ,there is lots of bush walking if you so desire , and other things to do .
there is a bistro on site within walking distance and the menu is not large but suitable and is quite good .our room came with breakfast. Booking via their website was not easy so we booked through wotif and it was cheaper.
Did not see a lot of wildlife but then again did not go looking but what there is a lot of is wallabies(kangaroos) and you can purchase food to feed them ,if you have kids they would love it .There is feeding times available for other wildlife at the reception.It is located in a beautiful area of the hunter .

Room Tip: the rooms are quite close to each other and the only ones that have a view are east facing only two...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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HunterCooee, General Manager at Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, March 30, 2014
Hi Carribean59
Appreciate your review after your weekend stay yes it is a great location for a "lazy weekend" but plenty to do if you wished and so many locations to do so from mountaintop to rain forest everyone can do their own thing. Yes the resort room complex provides a great value accommodation option with the private Recreation centre where the pool table is located plus wide verandahs for the views and that huge turbo spa under stars. Breakfast is included for every Resort guest. Glad you enjoyed the bistro too great fresh ingredients and a chef who is a real foodie. Sorry about any delay with the online booking I have alerted our IT man. Look forward to welcoming you back.
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

I stayed here with my wife for a long weekend away. We arrived late in the dark of night after driving up after work from Sydney. The staff were great in arranging check-in and dinner for us, even complimentary champagne. Upon waking in the morning and we could finally see our view amazing straight up the valley and lots of kangaroos around our little lodge. The living area and balcony was huge and would be more than enough for a large family. We look forward to coming back and staying again.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HunterCooee, General Manager at Eaglereach Wilderness Resort, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Hi GRBurns
Thank you for choosing to stay with us over a long weekend and we are all so delighted you had such a great time commencing with the champagne welcome then dinner in our bistro with the happy team lead by chef John who as I said before loves creating his menu and enjoys so much seeing our guests appreciating the great fresh food. Yes waking up the spectacular views in the company of the ever curious native wildlife is a joy especially when you know a scrumptious country breakfast is waiting for you at the bistro either indoor at the Baringa room or on the Observatory Deck. We do look forward to welcoming you back.
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Property: Eaglereach Wilderness Resort
Address: Summer hill Rd, Vacy, New South Wales 2421, Australia
Location: Australia > New South Wales > Vacy
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Vacy
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Hotel Class:4 star — Eaglereach Wilderness Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Multi award-winning mountaintop paradise alive with native animals in their natural habitat. Accommodation in s/c lodges 1-6 bedrooms and resort rooms 4 to 4.5 star. Bistro and bar offering casual to a la carte dining, day spa and eco systems from mountaintop to rain forest, all non-motorized activities and equipment free including mountain bikes, self-guided nature walks, kayaks, internet kiosk, DVD library.New Corroboree Meeting Place for conferences functions and meetings. ... more   less 
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