here’s the A’s to your Qs


Right off the bat, you’re gonna love it. Second – us, the eucalypts and forest friends can’t wait to have you. And third, follow the trail to our secure online booking system. Chattin’ to a human more your style? Email us at or call us on 0432 341 744.

Rates are like dates. They vary. Ours mostly change depending on the day of the week and time of year. But to give you an idea, rates start at $309 per night for two guests. Check this fandangle calendar for accurate rates during your chosen getaway dates.

Oh, that’s easy. Credit card payment via our secure online booking system or direct bank deposit (email us for the deets at


Newcastle Airport (just 1 hour 15 minutes drive away).

Check out Newcastle Airport’s selection of car rentals to pick up after you land.

All three cabins are actually the same size. Though, The Treehouse is set out to accommodate larger groups of adventurers since it has two lounge rooms, a larger firepit area and The Bathhouse. Gum Leaf’s double rainfall shower and outdoor bath are located in a cabin the exact same size and more suited to smaller gangs. And The Cottage is perfect for extra space with the neighbouring Nook available for hire, sleeping 2 extra guests.

Email us to have a chat about your options. Booking all cabins is always an option too – imagine that!

All year ‘round has its perks. 

Sweet winter air by the fire, walks through crisp wilderness and cozy cuppas on the veranda… We can see why winter’s many guest’s favourite time to visit.

But we’re also suckers for autumn leaves dancing to the forest floor – biking, hiking and forest bathing. Then again, springtime baby chirps from the trees, blossoming Aussie flora and fauna and fishing from the jetty is a real time. But does anything beat cooling off in freshwater pools with an esky and a couple of breweries? There, it’s decided! We officially cannot choose! Impossiblé.

6 happy cabin guests in Gum Leaf

  • Gum Leaf Cabin’s 3 bedrooms are ready for you with 2 queen beds and 1 double

8 adventurers in The Treehouse

  • The Treehouse has a neat 2 bedrooms with 2 queen beds and 2 double sofas

6 worrylessers in The Cottage (an extra 2 in The Nook)

  • The Cottage has 2 bedrooms with a master king bed, 2 single sofas and a queen bed. The neighbouring Nook is also available for hire, sleeping 2 people.

BYO food and clothes, we’ve sorted the rest. 

Though here’s a few things you might choose to pack:

  • Closed in hiking shoes or boots
  • Small backpack for forest walks
  • Insect repellent
  • Fishing gear, mountain bikes
  • Your worry-free philosophy

Bloody beautiful… well mostly. Like any area, the weather can be a bit unpredictable at Carawirry. Our weather’s similar to Sydney and Newcastle, just a little cooler under the forest canopy. A magic winter hideaway for cooler months and perfect for swimming in natural pools in summer. We recommend checking the forecast before your visit (right here). 

Each cabin’s ready for whatever the weather brings (think ceiling fans, air conditioning and fireplaces inside and out), though we recommend packing a jumper or jacket. Same goes for bathers in the warmer months for a coupla dips under waterfalls (yes, really).

We’re strictly NO SMOKING inside, by doorways and windows. But smoking is permitted in the designated outside areas (you’ll see the signs). We also ask that you’re mindful of sparks and cigarette embers, especially during the dryer months. A single flame can start trouble easily here in the forest.

It feels like you’re worlds away, but the picturesque town of Dungog’s just a 20-minute drive.

That’s a big ol’ YES. Many little tackers consider it their adventuring wonderland. Helping you stoke the fire, playing board games, meeting friendly locals (AKA resident forest friends Kook, Skip and Poss – get to know ‘em here), splashing in natural pools and fishing off the jetty. We just ask that you keep a good eye on your little adventurers while they’re on the property.

Since Carawirry’s forest is brimming with wildlife, we don’t allow any pets. Think of it this way, Fido gets a holiday from you too! Just kidding, Fido loves you. But we can assure you, you’ll definitely get your furry friend fix from resident wallaby Skip.

This honey of a soundtrack.


Put our address in Google Maps and Bob’s ya Uncle – you’ll find us. 

73 Cabbage Tree Road, Main Creek, NSW 2420

Planning to digi detox? Here’s directions to save. 

Once you’ve arrived at Carawirry (our entry sign should give that away). We’ll send you more information about your exact cabin after you’ve booked. And we’re only a phone call away!

Where we’re near

  • 90km drive from Singleton
  • 95km drive from Newcastle
  • 75km drive from Bulahdelah
  • 80km drive from Maitland

You’ll self-check in and we won’t be at the property. You’ll know more about this easy-peasy process once you book. We’ll email you your own check in procedure ahead of time too. Oh, the anticipation!

We reckon one of the best things about staying at Carawirry is having a fully stocked cabin.

Each cabin features:

  • NEW Kitchen with all modern appliances and pantry staples
  • NEW Bathrooms with luxe Wallawa Indigenous Botanical toiletries 
  • All cutlery, crockery and essential feasting supplies
  • Spacious living and entertaining areas with LCD smart TV 
  • Dual wrap-around verandahs, complete with outdoor gas BBQ
  • BBQ utensils (we’ve got the tongs!)
  • Indoor fireplace, complete with firewood, kindling and matches
  • Air conditioning and heating 
  • Outdoor fire pit with firewood
  • Portable Bluetooth speaker
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • All linen, blankets, pillows and towels 

Depending on your service provider, we find that phone service is pretty patchy – but texts seem to come through almost always.

Your best bet is to connect to the WIFI for a connection more reliable than resident Kook’s morning song.

Yes, you’ll receive a complimentary 250MB of WiFi to use on our secure network. Settling in for a Netflix-binge? Purchase extra data when you log in, from your cabin. Here’s your price guide.

  • 1GB Data – $5
  • 5GB Data – $15
  • 10GB Data – $30
  • 20GB Data – $50

It’s pretty hard to resist the cuteness of our forest friends, or ‘friendly locals’ as we like to call our surrounding wildlife. So it’s no wonder so many of you wanna sneak ‘em a little snack. We provide a small selection of native animal food in your cabin for this very reason. This is the only food you should feed these furry and feathered friends – and maybe a cheeky apply core or bit of banana here or there.

Foodies unite. Yep neighbouring Dungog’s home to some seriously good restaurants, cafes, clubs and pubs. 

Some of our personal favourite local places to dine at are:

Tinshed BreweryMicrobrewery and affordable Australian pub meals, perfectly paired with a pint. The cheeseburger comes highly recommended!

Stella’s Bistro: After all the feels of a home cooked meal without actually dicing and slicing? Stella’s your answer. The perfect spot for a morning B&E roll or ham and cheese toastie – drop by for brekkie or lunch 8am – 4pm Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Or swing by for a bite 8am – 10pm Friday and Saturday. 

Settlers Arms: A you-beaut stop for tasty tapas using local produce and products from the Hunter Region. 

Long Room Café: Drop in to Long room for cafe-style eats, freshly made sandwiches, wraps and country fare. The perfect spot to hang out before hitting the road to head home.

Tell them John and Heather from Carawirry sent you and enjoy some local Dungog hospitality!

Lucky for you, Carawirry’s home to several kilometres of private nature trails. Follow the signs into the wilderness… they’ll show you the way. You’ll also receive a ripper lay of the land map on arrival for every trail. And if you’re feeling up for a challenge (we’re talking multi-hour treks) head to neighbouring Black Bulga State Forest’s thousands of hectares of hiking trails.

We’ve stocked Carawirry’s dam with Silver Perch and Bass to catch straight from your private jetty. Feel like exploring further? There’s plenty of popular fishing spots along the Williams River, running through the heart of the Dungog Shire. You little beauty.

Much of the cabins’ furniture is custom made by Johnny from local timbers sourced within the forest.

You betcha, cobber. Head out to off-road trails around Carawirry’s property, or venture out to mountain biking locales scattered around the surrounding area. The Dungog Common’s the most popular spot to ride. Remember to pack your bike!

Consider it done. Book extra(aaah)s here.

Call us Billy Bikelover and colour us wrapt. Yes, Carawirry’s the perfect locale to rest your head after a big day in the great outdoors and along local trails. Ride out straight from your Carawirry cabin into our forest trails or into thousands of hectares of state forest. Find our growing MTB community here. And check out all experiences on offer at Carawirry.

Check-in from 3 pm on your arrival date. And check-out at 10am on your final day. But, if we don’t have a same day changeover, we’re happy to extend your check-out time a little. Just ask us when you arrive and we’ll let you know, legend.


We’re watching and acting on the latest government advice as it happens. As usual, we’re keeping our high standards for your cabin escape with all three locations in spick and span condition. We’re consciously exceeding every recommended safety standard and for your peace of mind, also thoroughly disinfecting cabins between guest visits. On the hospital-grade disinfectants will do for our guests!  Same goes for linens and towels – all cleaned to the highest standard, using hospital-grade antibacterial detergents. 

As we always have, all surfaces and soft furnishings are cleaned and disinfected before and after every stay. We’ve always operated this way and will continue to do so throughout this pandemic and beyond. 

You’ll also receive an email refresher on any updates to this policy before you arrive at Carawirry.

Now, wouldn’t that be a dream? But no, we (Heather, John and our kiddos) live on another property around 20 minutes away. You’re one of just three cabins on the property. Talk about an epic hideaway.

Nope. Gum Leaf Cabin, The Cottage and The Treehouse are three separate cabins. And they’re about 200m apart, so both are super private from each other.

We’re suckers for reality shows. But this isn’t a Big Brother or Bachelor scenario. When you book your cabin, you book the whole cabin (no matter how many guests). So, you won’t be sharing with others – just your lover, family or mates.


Nope, we don’t charge extra for cleaning. We just kindly ask you to be a good person, follow the departure checklist you’ll find in the cabin and tidy up a bit for the cleaning team to do their thing.

Accidents happen, we get it. To keep us all in check, a $400 bond is taken at check-in for the duration of your stay. Any accidents happen? We’ll use the bond to cover replacement and repair costs. If the damage exceeds $400 we’ll be in touch.


We gotchu friend. We’re not going to leave you with a bad taste in your mouth.

Change of plans? It happens sometimes – the hustle gets in the way of the good stuff.

Here’s the low down;

Check-in: 3pm
Check-out: 10am
Contact-less, online check-in.
Key, access and arrival details will be provided 24hrs before arrival.

By booking your stay at Carawirry Forest Escape you accept the following Terms and Conditions:

50% Deposit of total cost is charged at Booking. Booking is not confirmed until deposit is received. Balance of booking is applied to your Credit Card seven (7) days prior to Check-in.

On Check-in an authorization hold of $400 per booking is applied to your Credit Card and released 48hrs after Check-out.

Full refund for ‘change of mind’ cancellations made within 24 hours of the booking being made.
If the check-in date is more than 14 days away you’ll receive a full refund minus an $85 cancellation fee.
Cancellations within 14 days of check in will not receive a refund, but may be eligible for a change of stay dates. Please contact us at in this instance to discuss options.

**If Carawirry Forest Escape needs to close due to health orders and has to cancel your stay you will be either issued an immediate full refund of your balance paid or given the option to postpone your stay to a date that suits you with your deposit paid as a credit toward this new stay.

We’re always happy to chat and work out a solution that meets your needs and keeps our business afloat in these interesting times ?

No problemo – as long as it’s more than 7 days before your arrival. That’s so fine. Just get in touch as soon as you know and we’ll help you find a more suitable date.


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