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Friday Creek Retreat

267 Fridays Creek Rd, Upper Orara, New South Wales 2450 Australia
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Welcome to a small, exclusive retreat that nestles in one of Australia's most beautiful valleys. Here, just eight kilometres as the crow flies from the Pacific Ocean, nine secluded, individually styled, comfortable cottages put you in touch with the best of bush and beach. At Friday Creek Retreat you don't get just a room, you stay in a private,self contained cottage with a full kitchen, spa bath, open fireplace (winter months only) and air conditioning. In fact every comfort you'd expect from a top class resort...without the crowds. On its way to the Orara River, the crystal clear waters of Friday Creek ripple through the Retreat’s one hundred acres of gentle green pastures. The surrounding valley is said to be one of the most beautiful in the world and while it’s just 15 minutes or so to the coastal city of Coffs Harbour, it feels like you are a million miles away. Out here you will experience total tranquillity, clean fresh air and the soothing sounds of nature – and silence. Welcome to Friday Creek Retreat
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Pool
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Internet
Outdoor pool
Fence around pool
Complimentary tea
Hiking
Tennis court
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Highchairs available
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
Private check-in / check-out
Clothes dryer
Self-serve laundry
Washing machine
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Bathrobes
Air conditioning
Dining area
Fireplace
Kitchenette
Radio
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Clothes rack
Iron
Private bathrooms
Microwave
Oven
Refrigerator
Stovetop
Electric kettle
Kitchenware
Electric blanket
Whirlpool bathtub
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Non-smoking rooms
Smoking rooms available
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HOTEL STYLE
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Robert M wrote a review 2 Mar
Coffs Harbour, Australia7 contributions3 helpful votes
The resort cabins are set up beautifully to allow a peaceful, relaxing experience. The rustic look of the cabins is wonderful, the retro cabin with all the older day decor is fascinating. The cabins are very clean and have all the necessary facilities. The pool and surrounds are incredible and overlooking the beautiful view of the valley. The wonderful hosts facilitate a peaceful laid-back experience. We can’t wait to come back again !
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Date of stay: March 2024
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alisummers1 wrote a review May 2023
Casuarina, Australia132 contributions118 helpful votes
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I hesitate in writing this review as once more people know how great this place is it will be booked year round and we won't get a chance to come back... We recently spent a weekend there for our anniversary and there was only one choice of cabins - the Asian - and while we came with no expectations, we were delighted in what we found... a gorgeous bespoke cabin with everything we wanted for the weekend. An open fire, a spa bath, a view, and a cosy feel. This place oozes charm and all things cozy. The bed was very comfortable and had electric blankets as well as a warm comforter for the cooler nights - which we had. There is a fold out couch/bed in the living room and a TV and DVD player which we did not use. The kitchen is adequate and had everything we needed. If you are a foodie (which I am) but need ALL the things, then bring your own knives and gadgets that you can't live without. Dianne (the owner) offers an extras menu with food and other inclusions to make your stay even more magical - we opted for her homemade soup and pizza bread which was incredible... I would have loved to try her cake of the day - next time. In short, you can opt to have your stay catered. Town is 15 - 20 minutes away so you can duck away and grab anything you might forget but you won't want to. The retreat itself begins at the bottom of the hill with their small vineyard and a grass tennis court and travels up a gorgeous tree lined driveway flanked with grazing cattle. There is a common area with a beautiful pool and cooking area for all guests to enjoy. The trees here are spectacular as is the bird life. Just in front of our cabin were two nests - pigeon and butcher bird. There are numerous options for sitting under the trees and relaxing around the property and if you are looking for some exercise to burn off the treats you can walk up the road or up and down the driveway like I did ;) This place is fabulous and the owners friendly and helpful. I highly recommend it but shhhhhhhhh... lol
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Response from Dianne Bourke, Owner at Friday Creek Retreat
Responded 20 June 2023
Thank you so much Alison . We know our place is special and are so privileged to share so others can taste feel nurtured by this natural and fuss free place. Oh and we have bought a very good knife sharpener so thanks for the feedback
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Trip50688002189 wrote a review Oct 2023
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We love our Moroccan theme cottage. Designer’s pick interior design and great value for money! We will definitely stay there again! The location is superb! It’s only 25 mins from the centre but it feels like it’s ages away! We have everything we need to cook our own meal, ordering a bottle of wine from them was also quick as they delivered to our cottage and the bottle is not over priced either just like the other places we stayed before! I can’t wait to stay there again!
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Date of stay: October 2023
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Response from Dianne Bourke , Owner at Friday Creek Retreat
Responded 22 Oct 2023
Thank you for a lovely review. We are blessed to be a hop skip and jump from the CBD but a million miles from the craziness . We look forward to hosting you again . We often have deals for return guests and direct bookers.
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theleavers_03 wrote a review Sept 2023
Brisbane, Australia129 contributions87 helpful votes
Our family (including our dog) loved this little retreat. So peaceful but with plenty of activities and nearby sights to do. A great place to do nothing or be active. The 3 bedroom house is big and roomy.
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Date of stay: August 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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John G wrote a review Sept 2023
Gold Coast, Australia2 contributions1 helpful vote
This is the second time we have booked a cottage here and there will definitely be a third time. It is the best place to unwind, quiet and peaceful. Dianne and Paul are the perfect hosts, always available if you need anything. I think my photo from the verandah says it all...
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Sue H wrote a review Sept 2023
Port Macquarie, Australia81 contributions47 helpful votes
We had a wonderful and relaxing few days at Friday Creek Retreat. The cabin was very clean and comfortable and the view is to die for! Such a peaceful environment with magnificent view to the mountains. The pool was a delight to visit. I was lucky enough to get it all to myself both times I visited which was a very peaceful and relaxing experience. Would definitely recommend a visit to Friday Creek Retreat if you want to unwind and relax in a wonderful environment.
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Andrew P wrote a review Sept 2023
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My partner and I are regulars to Friday Creek and every time is as good as the last. Paul and Dianne are excellent hosts and always touch base to make sure everything is as it should be. I am always in awe at how relaxed and rejuvenated I feel after spending a weekend in this home away from home.
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Date of stay: September 2023
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Xiaoke C wrote a review July 2023
Assisi, Italy1 contribution
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Everything was so amazing and exactly the same as described and showed in the photos in the ad. We were so impressed with the natural beauty of the surrounding areas and enjoyed every moment of the peace and tranquility. We wished we could stay longer and hope we could come back in the future. Highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get away from busy city life!
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Room Tip: Just unpack and enjoy the surrounding beautiful nature.
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Response from Dianne Bourke, Owner at Friday Creek Retreat
Responded 23 July 2023
Thank you so much . We love it when people really get our place . Many of our guests return and its special to us whne they do . We look forward to hosting you again .
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Debra S wrote a review June 2023
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Host very friendly and accommodating, food was delicious, scenery just lovely and peaceful. Fire was so relaxing to sit around and chill. Had a lovely couple of days catching up with friends. Certainly stay again.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Response from Dianne Bourke, Owner at Friday Creek Retreat
Responded 20 June 2023
Thank you for the lovely feedback . Our food is becoming popular and makes for an easy stay . We think its the perfect friends space . See you soon .
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Andrew P wrote a review June 2023
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We love Friday Creek. For a romantic getaway I cannot recommend it enough. The peace and tranquility is exceptional and the winter bonus of an open fire gives it a truly snugly and romantic feeling. It is private with no-one else to worry about and Paul and Dianne (owners) respect this to the point that it makes you feel like you are the only people around having said this though they make it known that should you need their assistance they are only a short walk or phone call away. We have stayed at a few of the different decor themed cabins now and each one has been as good as the last. Cant wait for the next opportunity to try another one. Have had many truly memorable experiences at Friday Creek.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Response from Dianne Bourke, Owner at Friday Creek Retreat
Responded 20 June 2023
Thank you Andrew . What can we say ? We agree and so many of our guests return as regulars. Its an easy place to unplug from life.
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AU$279 - AU$300 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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AustraliaNew South WalesUpper Orara
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Friday Creek Retreat
Which popular attractions are close to Friday Creek Retreat?
Nearby attractions include Coffs Harbour Butterfly House (5.1 km), Boambee Creek Reserve (7.9 km), and Cunningham’s Big Bunch (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Friday Creek Retreat?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, free parking, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Friday Creek Retreat?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Friday Creek Retreat?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Friday Creek Retreat?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Friday Creek Retreat?
Conveniently located restaurants include Flooded Gums Restaurant, The Secret Garden Cafe, and Boambee Bay Resort Restaurant.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Friday Creek Retreat?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at Friday Creek Retreat?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Friday Creek Retreat have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.
Is Friday Creek Retreat accessible?
Yes, it offers reduced mobility rooms. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.