FAQs - The Bower

Frequently Asked Questions to help your stay

Each Bower has exactly the same double spa bath, a king size bed, reverse cycle air-conditioning and a slow combustion wood fire, along with a well equipped kitchen and gas BBQ on the deck.
The following Quick Comparison chart details the differences;

 

Premium Spa Bower

Ultimate Spa Bower

Shower

Double shower recess

Single shower recess

Flooring

Timber under floor with vinyl tiles

Polished concrete flooring

Bathroom flooring

Ceramic Tiles

Underfloor heated tiles

Deck

Square with full roof

Triangular with roof eave only

Floorplan

Open plan with wide doorway to living area

Open plan with blackout blinds on all windows & doors

The Premium Spa Bower is a passive solar design and offers a king size bed, deep double spa bath with under-floor heating in the bathroom plus a double ‘rainhead’ shower recess & piped music to the spa room, wood fireplace, fully equipped caesarstone benchtop kitchen and laundry, your own private BBQ deck as well as flat screen smart TV with broadband internet via free WiFi, reverse cycle air conditioning, roof over the deck.
 
The Ultimate Spa Bower is essentially the same standard of accommodation [including king bed, double spa, single shower recess, under-floor heating, piped music to the bath room, wood fireplace, full kitchen, granite benchtops and laundry] ,  smart TV with broadband internet via free WiFi but without the roof over the BBQ deck.

We have good reception for Telstra & Optus 4g communications plus a free WiFi network via an optic fibre network within the property. Unfortunately, we’re limited to a copper based NBN service from our property to the nearest NBN node.

For guests who #BookDirect, we make every effort to offer an early check-in and we’ll do our best to manage it. However, the check-in time will partially depend on the ACTUAL departure time of the prior guests, which is theoretically 10am, but we find many of our guests linger quite a bit longer, as you might imagine.
If you contact us at around 11:30am – 12 noon on the day of arrival, we should be able to give you an estimate of how soon we can have your Bower ready for you.
In the meantime, on request when you book, we’ll amend your ETA to 3pm at no extra cost. We will then ask our team to get your Bower ready as soon as possible on the day.
In any case, we’ll send you an SMS, if you have registered with us a working [Telstra or Optus] phone as soon as your accommodation is ready for you.
For direct online bookings, you’ll receive:
  • Our best possible rate for the accommodation level and nights you require.
  • Your choice of individual bower, [subject to availability] if specified at time of booking.
  • Breakfast Hamper, on arrival. [Local supplies whenever available].
  • Linen, bathrobes & slippers plus an extensive range of kitchen supplies.
  • Starting supply of firewood with fire already set ready to light. Extra firewood is also freely available at the wood heap.
T&C’s apply to the above
If you contact us at around 11:30am – 12 noon on the day of arrival, we should be able to give you an estimate of how soon we can have your Bower ready for you.
In the meantime, on request when you book, we’ll amend your ETA to 3pm at no extra cost. We will then ask our team to get your Bower ready as soon as possible on the day.
In any case, we’ll send you an SMS, if you have registered with us a working [Telstra or Optus] phone as soon as your accommodation is ready for you.
Please Note: Fires are not to be used on declared Total Fire ban days [if in doubt, please check with reception] and firewood will not be supplied prior to forecasted extreme fire danger].
For more info, Check the RFS website/apps below:

Fires Near Me
Fire Danger Ratings
Total Fire Bans

Unfortunately, due to a licensing issue, we cannot get Netflix at this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Yes, [in case you need it] we have Fibre to the node NBN and we’ve installed an optic fibre backbone within the property to transmit broadband to/from the Spa Bowers]
Full Disclosure: The WiFi is dependent on a fairly slow NBN connection and the signal to your accommodation is susceptible to faults in the Telstra/NBN copper line !
We DO however, have good mobile phone signal with both Optus & Telstra if you need to set up a hotspot.
If you have any difficulties, please contact us so we can assist with Plan B
Your Bower has free to air Smart TV [ABC, WIN, Prime, Ten & SBS] available and is internet connected with ability to download Youtube, I-View, SBS on demand, etc., but NOT Netflix, at this stage.
DVD  players are only available [to re-live that wedding video] by advance request. Please email us prior to your arrival so we can have it set up in your Bower for you.
We provide a generous healthy breakfast hamper, made up of locally sourced produce, where possible, on arrival for guests who #bookdirect.
This consists of fresh fruit, fruit juice, a selection of cereals, muesli, croissants, plus eggs, full cream milk, a selection of English and herbal teas, ‘Nespresso’ style pods & instant coffee and whole-meal bread.
This is provided on your arrival and is designed to get you started. Most people find it lasts a couple of mornings. However, if you need to supplement it, or have special dietary requirements, you can get extra cereal, etc. at either the;
These stores can also provide GF or vegetarian breakfast options, if required.
For breakfast and lunch, Single Fin Canteen check their opening hours [1.5km], The Mossy Cafe [1.9km],  Killibinbin [2.1km], South Brou Cafe [2.5km], The Rivermouth General Store [4km with great homemade pies and excellent coffee] and Smokey Dan’s Restaurant and Bar, [2.7km] at The Moorings and the Riverview Cafe at the Tomakin  club are all just a very short drive.  For a more complete details, check our recommended cafe’s page.
For dinner, Smokey Dan’s Restaurant and Bar, [2.7km] at The Moorings, the Left Bank Brasserie in the Tomakin Club and  Two Sisters on wheels [Lao Thai takeaway] are all possibilities nearby The Bower.
For other options at night, including some fine dining options, check our Where to eat near The Bower at night page.
Click here for Gluten Free options near The Bower.

Yes, you have exclusive use of a gas BBQ during your stay.

The Bower is close to Canberra and also a convenient stopping point for touring the Sydney Melbourne Coastal route. If you’re considering breaking up your coastal drive between Sydney and Melbourne, a stop at The Bower and a second stop at The Moorings at Metung might be worth considering.

Suburbs nearby are Tomakin, Mossy Point, Jeramadra, Guerilla Bay, Moruya and Rosedale.

You can walk or drive to the beach.
The North Broulee beach is just on 1 km [1/2 mile] from the entrance to The Bower. It’s a fairly easy and level walk but if you want to find the best surf on the day, you might prefer to drive so you can easily check the conditions on both of the Broulee beaches as well as the nearby Barlings, Mackenzies or Malua Bay beaches.

Also. one of our popular walking trails also takes you to the mouth of Candalagan Creek via our bush walking trail and a public reserve which follows the South bank of the creek all the way to the ocean. This walk is approximately 4.5kms round trip.

According to our local eco-guide, “Some of the nicest forest driving can be found not far from the Bower in an area called the Deua River National Park – the park consists of fire trails and creek crossings. I would suggest you check out Diamond Creek Falls and Donalds Creek Gorge, [both will show up on a google search].

The other place is the Tuross River Valley, head south from the Bower to the town of Bodalla and then turn right towards the town of Eurobodalla, here you will find a lovely valley with river crossings and a famous waterfall called Tuross Falls.

Yes.

The Bower is proud to announce the installation of a Tesla Destination charger on our property.

 

 

 

Our installation provides 1 x 3 phase Tesla Connector, up to 22kW.
Available for accommodation patrons (or other Tesla driver s, by appointment). Self park.

This charger provides a convenient overnight charge to Tesla vehicles and is available upon request (Subject to availability).

You can find further information about the power source on the Tesla site or PlugShare.com

No, your bathroom in the Bower has a hair dryer.

No we don’t have Pay TV in your Bower, but it is available at our local Tomakin Sports & Social club, if you wish to watch a special event or your favorite footy game.

What cooking facilities will I have in my Bower ?

Each Bower is designed to be completely self contained with its own private kitchen, equipped with refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and dishwasher plus a BBQ on the timber deck. Therefore you’re welcome to self cater, plus we can alsromantic-getaways-ultimate-private-bower-launch (37)-1400o order in a range of ‘ready to cook’ BBQ hampers, as an additional option.

We also offer a selection of romance packages and picnic hampers, should you prefer. The ‘bowers’ are designed with a full kitchen so guests can self cater … the hamper options are just an extra service that some people [who don’t want to or can’t cook] like to take advantage of.

If you’re pressed for time, there’s an excellent IGA with quality meat and local produce (plus easy parking etc.) about 2kms away from us at Tomakin.

  • “Great house, relaxing, excellent catering. Enjoyed the dishwasher !”  Angela & Richie
  • “Hi Guys, just wanted to say a HUGE thank you. We had a great time. Also wanted to say that I just LOVED the attention to detail (being an attention to detail girl myself !!) Loved the glasses, plates, cutlery, canisters, outdoor setting, lounge, vacuum cleaner hole ,outdoor shower, bathroom vanity, taps & basin, I could just go on & on. I won’t but … you get the idea. Well done!!! Can’t wait to visit again Hopefully real soon.” Kerrie & Wayne
  • “Just the kind of serenity, space and quietness we needed. Great taste in home design and facilities. Thank you for providing such a well self-contained and yet peaceful stay.” Dennis & Christine

cooking facilities, self catering, self contained

The Bower is designated a ‘wildlife refuge’ and our management plan specifies that we cannot accept guests pets on the property.

However, as animal lovers ourselves, we can recommend some excellent local pet boarding houses and even pet friendly accommodation that may be better suited to you and your best friend[s].

 

Yes, you can arrange mountain bike hire from our experience partners RegionX.

Explore the bike paths, bush tracks, headlands, coffee shops, lookouts and beautiful beaches surrounding The Bower on a Giant Comfort Mountain Bike.

At least 48 hours notice is required for booking and the hire includes maps, locks and and helmets etc. For bower guests if you hire for 24 hours or more, the bikes can be delivered to your ‘bower’ ready for you on arrival, for a bike drop off / pickup service of just $20.

Options:

Overnight bike hire means you can cycle where you want, when you want. Coffee, breakfast, lunch, beach, newspapers, even out to dinner along the…
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Hire bicycles from the Region X boatshed in Mossy Point. Explore the areas bike paths, bush tracks, headlands, coffee shops, lookouts and…
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Cycle a mix of concrete bike paths and bush single tracks as you discover the sea side hamlets and quiet back streets of the legendary holiday destination.
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Grocery supplies and liquor can be purchased at the IGA Tomakin Supermarket/Bottle Shop which is about 3kms North of The Bower. Already much appreciated by locals and our guests alike, the Moorings IGA makes your holiday experience that much easier and more convenient. The supermarket is open 7 days a week from 7.30 am to 7.30 pm, and stocks a great range of fresh fruit & vegetables, meat, groceries, deli items & liquor. For any information call +612 4471 5559.
Address is at 2158 George Bass Drive, Tomakin.

Also, the Broulee General Store, Bottle Shop and Post office agency [2.5kms] offers a good range of wines and liquor, fuel, fishing tackle, ice cream and confectionery and basic grocery supplies. 23-25 Grant Street, Broulee. Phone +612, 4471 6100.

Each Bower is designed to be completely self contained with its own private kitchen, equipped with refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and dishwasher plus a gas BBQ on the timber deck.

Therefore you’re welcome to self cater, plus we can also order in a range of ‘ready to cook’ BBQ hampers, as an additional option.

The kitchen cooking utensils include basic saucepans and a stovetop frying pan. If you want a large boiler or baking dish we would suggest you bring these along. Bowls, cutting boards etc. are supplied and all crockery, cutlery and glassware is provided.

There is salt and pepper, raw sugar, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar and olive oil in your Bower. A selection of T2 teas, instant coffee and nespresso pods for the coffee machine are included.

The Bower is designed for couples [to have a break from the kids] and therefore is not suitable for children.

Increasingly, over the years, our guests [and even those who have kids of their own] have said to us ‘The Bower is a place for us to escape from the kids, and everybody else’s kids !’.

We can however, recommend some excellent kid friendly alternative accommodation options. We can even recommend a local babysitter who can give you ‘child-free’ nights [at least] while you’re staying at The Bower.

In saying that, for those with infants, [in arms], we appreciate they’re a bit difficult to separate from their Mum’s so as long as you have their own portable cot/bassinet and other required equipment etc. we are quite happy to give Mums with a ‘babe in arms’ a break at The Bower.