You can trust Mark & Sue Berry at The Bower at Broulee because they’ve spent almost 30 years steadily building this business since buying the land in 1992.
“After gaining approvals and finance, we began building our first 3 ‘Bowers’ in 1998, ready to open for guests in 1999.
Since then, we’ve worked very hard to build and consolidate The Bower as a strong brand with a loyal following of guests”. In 2006 we built another 2 Bowers to add capacity for our ever-expanding following of loyal guests. Following further consolidation through the GFC, The Bower was ahead of the curve in helping their guests reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The resort first installed a charging station back in 2015.
It is often assumed that in order to achieve optimum preservation and conservation of ecological systems and environments that development, and therefore human presence, should be restricted.
However, it is now widely recognised that in order for our ecological systems to function, grow and evolve they must be researched, understood, experienced, respected and maintained.
Selective and responsible development and occupation of sensitive and valued areas is one way to ensure the long-term preservation of our natural habitat.
Our approach reflects a strong desire to explore and promote innovative mechanisms that celebrate and respect our valued ecological communities.
Roberts Day Planning was engaged to prepare a Master Plan for the site ‘which provides for a broader range of accommodation types as well as additional eco-recreation opportunities in a manner that is respectful of the natural environment and aligned with the principles of ecotourism as set out by Eurobodalla Shire Council and Ecotourism Australia’.
“Tourism in a natural area that offers interesting ways to learn about the environment with an operator that uses resources wisely contributes to the conservation of the environment and helps local communities.”
Source: Ecotourism Australia
Cancellation & Postponement Policy:
The Bower is a small boutique operator with only 5 “Bowers” available to guests.
Therefore, each vacancy for a particular night has a marked impact on our occupancy rate, revenues and profitability.
Our full policy is set out in our Terms & Conditions for direct Bower Guests.
An alternate set of Terms & Conditions applies to guests who book thru 3rd party agencies.
The owners commissioned the original site analysis and design of the tourist facility in 1993 with the intention of an education-based facility comprising 12 family cabins, an office, a manager’s residence, a caretaker’s residence and recreation facilities.
At this time, when the term ‘sustainable development’ was not common in policy or business, the owners stressed the need to integrate the development into the National Parks and Wildlife Service objectives for the neighbouring Illawong Nature Reserve and wetlands. In this regard, the owners strived to not only promote conservation but also enhance the opportunity for the study and appreciation of the natural environment. The original vision included the ability for visitors to traverse on foot through a variety of habitat types and explore a variety of wetlands by canoe. It proposed new walking trails to the landlocked Illawong Nature Reserve.
Since its establishment, The Bower has committed to many initiatives. They include.
We look forward to introducing you to The Bower, and in the many cases of our loyal returning guests – to welcoming you back.
Sue & Mark Berry