We had rolled this stay over a couple of times due to Covid, we are so happy we didn't give up, great place to spend some down time. Afternoon drinks outdoors with a great outlook birds and kangaroos, a spa,even a good view from your bed who could ask for more, the new manager was helpful and was happy to do some running repairs for us while we were out.
Stayed 3 nights in a two bedroom villa with the family. While the weather was crap, it was still a great place to be caught in a torrential downpour for hours. I could only imagine all the things we could have done if the weather was fine. Some of our group did visit the indoor pool on several occasions. And we fired up the BBQ on the balcony and cooked up a feast. The place is quiet, remote, but only 20 mins from Bairnsdale if you need supplies. It has a little jetty that would be great for fishing in good weather. We also walked down to the boat ramp about 1km down the gravel road. The villa we were in looked like new. Clean, tidy, everything you needed was there. No internet though but you could tether the laptop to your mobile phone if needed. There is a tennis court and other facilities…
We stayed 2 nights at Wattle Point Retreat. It is really a nice place to stay and to rest. Due to Covid we could not use the pool but the cottage was reall nice: - amazing view on the lake - kangaroos in the garden with provided food for them or for the birds - BBQ - everything you need in the house Very clean The sunset is incredible on the lake. We loved this place and we will try to come back !
We recently attended a wedding and stayed the night in a 10-bed unit with friends. The unit was roomy with couches and comfy beds, 2 bathrooms, laundry facilities a dining room and small kitchen is all one would need. No wifi so it really is a place to get away from it all. I like the fact you can use canoes, bikes and the spa for free as part of your nightly rate. The kangaroos are friendly and will happily take food out of your hand. Nice and easy waterfront access for swimming, fishing and more. Overall a great place to spend a night or two
We loved that all the amenities were free. We stayed in Dargo Lodge which had all the comforts of home. The kangaroos came up to our deck while we looked out on the water over breakfast. We were the only ones in the indoor pool. We loved getting out in the canoes
The property and staff were excellent....and the wildlife on the property was out of this world amazing. Waking up to kangaroos on your porch was such an experience. The fireplace at the lodge was also lovely and made the overall experience very cosy. Oh and did I mention the views were just incredible. Super stunning! However, the condition of the Steamer Lodge was a little run down with rusty taps in showers, dead insects all over the place (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and in wardrobe) and rusty cutlery. the bathrooms and bedding felt like a budget hotel, instead of a premium room which cost us $245 per night. And to top things off, I found dead bugs in the towels and in the bed (so it didn't feel very clean). The bed and pillows were very uncomfortable and we got no sleep while being there, which was a huge shame considering the price we paid. We would definitely come back if they did some minor works and upgrades to this particular Steamer lodge and the overall place as even the pool and spa all needed some TLC and upgrades (with rust and cracks etc). Overall it was a lovely place but it could be much better! I feel it was over priced for what we got, or perhaps we paid just for the view alone? Anyway, we made the most of everything (although we could have done without the dead bugs especially in our bed and towels).…
What an absolutely amazing place to stay. Quiet bushland setting. The accommodation was fantastic and clean with everything you need. This was our fifth visit over 20 years. Many memories when the kids were young and they loved going back to Wattle Point. Kangaroos, Kookaburras and Birds. The cottage was very modern, well maintained and luxurious. Wish we had longer holidays to stay and relax for another week. The heated indoor pool, kyaks and fishing a big plus in between playing board games and spending time as a family. Hope to go back again soon. Love what you have done to the place.
We just loved the kangaroos coming up to us for a pat. Bird and roo food was thoughtfully provided. The accomodation was a luxurious change from camping, while still being immersed in nature with a water view. Our teenagers enjoyed the bunk beds and their own bathroom. They liked going off to the tennis court and we all met up for an outdoor spa. The managers were very helpful.
I stayed here for a short break recently with my family and we loved it. It's quiet, peaceful and an abundance of wildlife is right at your doorstep. It felt very private, most likely due to the fact the retreat was almost empty at the time, but the lodges were well separated so even at capacity you should feel like there's some space around you. A highlight of the lodges is a private BBQ on your porch. Beds all had electric blankets, our lodge had a gas heater and wood fire, and also a washing machine. A toilet separate to the bathroom is always a winner for me too. All up, very comfortable accommodation. The location is pretty, with a path around the property for short walks. It's set amongst bushland providing lots of wildlife encounters. The jetty area was relaxing and quiet, and I'm sure there'd be some pretty sunsets from that location if you're an early bird. We didn't really use much of the equipment, but you can grab bikes or kayaks to explore the area. Although we did go in the off season, we did find the pool too cold, and the spa barely warm enough. They were having issues at the time with the heating, so it can't be helped. However, we would have liked to utilise these more had they been in full working order. The wildlife is what makes the property though. You will receive food for the kangaroos upon arrival, and can top up your container for a gold coin donation. Kangaroos seem to roam pretty freely, and are incredibly tame. We felt quite safe around them, and my teenaged son was able to lie next to them in the bushes without disturbing them. We even got to see joey's popping their heads out of pouches at close range. Possums also came for food late at night, and there were rosellas and kookaburras too. At the nearby picnic area (a short drive away) we saw dolphins too. While in the area we would also recommend the Banana Foster at "Waffle On In" at Paynesville, and taking a trip to Raymond Island (from Paynesville) to see the koalas. The ferry is free, and runs every 20 minutes. Follow the signs for the koala walk and you'll see kangaroos and koalas up close. We saw pelicans and a variety or waterbirds here too.…
We had a two night stay in the HUON unit. Very clean and open floor plan. Great gas log fireplace. Wonderful ambulance with lake view and native birds feeding with supplied bird seeds. Great family/group accomodation, with all self catering.