Frequently Asked Questions to help your stay

Can we get an early check-in?

For guests who #BookDirect, we make every effort to offer an early checkin and we’ll do our best to manage it. However, the checkin 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 thgeb 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 a working [Telstra or Optus] phone as soon as your accommodation is ready for you.

Is there a BBQ available?

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

What communications do you have?

Yes, sorry about the WiFi, we’re still on ADSL and it’s PAINFULLY slow.

For those who desperately need to communicate with the outside world, we do have excellent service with Optus 4g and good 4g via Telstra … Vodafone is awful in this entire area.

Failing all of the above, we can lend you an Optus dongle to hotspot to, for those who really need it.

Where is The Bower located ?

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.

What is included if I book online from www.TheBower.com.au ?

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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. [Full breakfast [with bacon, eggs and sausages] supplies with all Bower accommodation. The Bambino includes supplies for a continental breakfast].
  • 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.

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

What are the differences between each type of Bower ?

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

We offer  two types [see below] of  “Bowers”  [plus our new Bambino American Airstream travel trailer] designed for couples. They offer similar levels of luxury accommodation, but details of each type  are as below:


Premium Spa Bower

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Premium Spa Bower

… is a passive solar design and offers a king size bed, deep double spa bath 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 TV, DVD player, reverse cycle air conditioning, roof over the deck.

 

 

 


Ultimate Spa Bower at Night
Ultimate Spa Bower at Night

Ultimate Spa Bower is essentially the same standard of accommodation [including king bed, double spa, single shower recess, full kitchen, granite benchtops and laundry and wood fire], with the addition of under-floor heating in the bathroom and toilet, but without the roof over the BBQ deck.

 


Bambino [Airstream travel trailer]

Bambino [Airstream travel trailer]
Bambino [Airstream travel trailer]
If a spa bath isn’t on your list of “must haves”, the Bambino also offers exceptional privacy and luxury in a smaller space, but with a great outdoor area for relaxing in the sun or under the stars at night.

 

 


 

 

Should you wish to confirm a reservation, simply click here to secure your booking with a deposit.  We’ll then process the deposit and send you a receipt, along with a map and directions to assist you to find us etc.

Are there many 4wd Tracks and Trails near The Bower ?

 


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 pla4wd Bowerce 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.

Can I charge my Tesla at The Bower ?

Yes, Click here for more details.

Do I need to bring my hairdryer ?

Do I need to bring my hairdryer ?

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

 

Do you have Pay TV ?

Do you have Pay TV ?

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.

Do you have Free WiFi access ?

Yes, [in case you need it] we have WiFi in the office [and we’ve installed an omni-directional WIFI aerial to transmit broadband to/from the Spa Bowers]

Full Disclosure: The WiFi is dependent on a slow ADSL connection and the signal to your accommodation is susceptible to the many trees surrounding each of our buildings.We do NOT want to cut down any trees to rectify this !

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.

 

Do you have TV & Videos ?

Your Bower has free to air TV [ABC, WIN, Prime, Ten & SBS] available [plus a DVD & CD player].

VHS video is also 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.

What cooking facilities will I have in my Bower ?

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

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Do you cater for guest’s pets ?

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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].

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Do you cater for children ?

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For those who want to spend some quality time together with a romantic escape for two.  The Bower is designed for couples [to have a break from the kids] and therefore is not suitable for children. Enjoy an escape that caters to all your wants and needs in a child-free environment – perfect for parents and non-parents alike.

Some of the feedback from guests has been;

  • “Dear Sue & Mark , Thanks for everything !!! Your Bower has made a special place in our memories. The birds, possums & frogs made the serenity even more special. The fireplace & seclusion was fantastic. This was the absolute best way to spend our 20th Wedding Anniversary. We missed the kids … but rediscovered us as a couple. Thanks again.” Robyn & Rob
  • “For couples looking to reconnect in an intimate and tranquil setting”.
  • “This is the perfect romantic sanctuary, an ideal setting to pamper the one you love and to be pampered. It’s like a dream that no-one would ever want to wake up from”. Kath & Neil
  • “An adults-only boutique resort offering the ultimate in romance and spellbinding sunset walks”
  • Both celebrating 60 years old and 39 years of marriage. The Black Bower has been sublime. Relaxing, enjoyable and passionate. The luxury, privacy, bush and birds. All made for an idyllic setting in which to re-kindle our romance. Thanks for all the nice touches”. Jan & Jeff

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.  We guarantee they’ll be no screaming babies or over-energetic toddlers to spoil your style – the Bower is for over-16s only.

However, for infants, [in arms], we appreciate it’s a bit difficult to separate them from their Mum’s so as long as they have their own portable cot/bassinette and other required equipment etc. we are quite happy to give Mums with a babe in arms a break at The Bower.

More feedback from guests has been;

  • “This haven of seclusion offers the ultimate in romance”.
  • “Intimate and stylish, this award-winning and owner-managed resort is a romantic hideaway”.

 

 

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Is mountain bike hire available ?

 

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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Where are the closest shops to pick up supplies and groceries ?

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.

 

What cooking utensils and supplies will I find 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 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.

Do you cater for guest’s pets ?

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

As animal lovers, however, we can recommend some excellent local pet boarding houses and/or pet friendly accommodation options.

Do you cater for children ?

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.

Is linen provided ?

Yes, we provide bed linen, bath towels, complimentary slippers. Bathrobes are also provided for guests use during your stay.

Is breakfast included ?

We provide a generous healthy breakfast hamper, on arrival.

This consists of fresh fruit, fruit juice, a selection of cereals, muesli, croissants, (plus sausages, bacon and eggs, in the Bowers, but not the Bambino) milk, a selection of English and herbal teas, ‘Nespresso’ style pods & instant coffee and wholemeal 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 you can get extra cereal, etc. at either the;

  • Broulee General store, or
  • Tomakin IGA ‘supermarket’ which are both only a couple of kms [1 mile] away from The Bower.

We can also provide GF or vegetarian breakfast options, on request when making your reservation.

Where are the closest eateries ?

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.