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WHY BOOK DIRECT AND TRUST THE BOWER AT BROULEE

Guests who book directly with The Bower at Broulee can enjoy special rates and inclusions, including the choice of individual Bower (subject to availability) and early check-in or late check-out options. Additionally, direct bookings may come with exclusive offers and better control over the reservation, along with improved customer service and support. 

These benefits make direct booking with The Bower at Broulee an attractive option for VIP guests, providing a more personalized and cost-effective experience.

WHY BOOK DIRECT AND TRUST THE BOWER AT BROULEE
The operators of the Bower, recognise their role as tourism providers, to market, promote and work with the local community to enable the local economy to grow and expand sustainably.
 
The Bower advertises and promotes a number of local businesses, attractions and tourism activities and aims to foster close working relationships with the following local groups:
 
The operators of The Bower are also planning to establish a deepening relationship with St Peters Anglican College and  Moruya TAFE Horticulture Dept.
 
In addition, there is a long-term agreement with St. Peters College to provide the Bower as a safe refuge as part of their tsunami evacuation plan and The Bower is an active participant in the RFS strategic fire mitigation and evacuation plan for Broulee village.
 
The Bower also contributes to the slow-food movement through their support, where possible, of local produce and restaurants that share the same philosophy.
The commitment to local and sustainable food production will continue with the proposed expansion of the resort by establishing an on-site restaurant which will source much of its produce from the permaculture garden and local farmers.

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.

WHY BOOK DIRECT AND TRUST THE BOWER AT BROULEE

Our Ethos:  

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 for our ecological systems to function, grow and evolve they must be researched, understood, experienced, r      espected 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

WHY BOOK DIRECT AND TRUST THE BOWER AT BROULEE

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.

Our Community:

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. 

  • dedicating 8ha of land as public reserve;
  • developing complimentary management plans with adjoining landowners;
  • establishing shared walking trails providing access to The Bower; and,
  • establishing self-guided interpretive walk literature based on ecological heritage studies to date.
The original development approved in the early 1990s for the Bower involved the selective clearing of some areas of significant vegetation. [At that time, the regulating authorities viewed the inclusion of recreational facilities as necessary in order to establish a ‘bona fides’ tourism resort]
More recent development on the site has been able to occur with only limited clearing and in total 33ha of natural bushland, has been retained, of the 40ha (100 acre) property.
 
The site contains a number of high-value ecological communities, including:
• The Endangered Ecological Community (EEC) of Bangalay Sand Forest;
• Threatened owls;
• Threatened micro-bats; and
• Threatened yellow-bellied gliders.
 
Visitors and invited guests to the Bower also have access to the adjoining Illawong Nature Reserve which also contains communities such as a broad range of native waterfowl.
 

We all deserve that special break with our loved one now and then –
so click here to book yourself a special treat.

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

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