We accept credit card payment via our secure online booking portal or direct bank deposit.
How many does each cabin sleep?
The Gum Leaf cabin has 3 bedrooms with 3 beds (2 x Queen, 1 x King Single) and sleeps up to five (5) guests. The Treehouse has 2 bedrooms with 4 beds (2 x Queen, 2 x Double Sofa) and sleeps up to eight (8) people.
Is Carawirry kid friendly?
It sure is! We’ve got three kids 7 years and under who see Carawirry as their personal wonderland. (But don’t worry, we don’t let them run wild when we’ve got guests staying!) We just ask that you keep a good eye on your little adventurers while they’re on the property.
Is Carawirry pet-friendly?
Sadly, no. We already have so many beautiful animals that call Carawirry home that we don’t have any space for new ones (even temporarily). We kindly ask all our guests to respect the local wildlife and the environment and send their family pet on a separate mini vacation.
Planning your visit
How do I get to Carawirry Forest Escape?
Carawirry is hidden at the foot of the Black Bulga Range on the Carawirry Creek, just north of Main Creek in New South Wales.
From the Wahroonga turn off, Carawirry is around 140km from Sydney. Once on the M1, you will cross only three sets of traffic lights.
90km drive from Singleton
95km drive from Newcastle
75km drive from Bulahdelah
80km drive from Maitland
We are located at 73 Cabbage Tree Road, Main Creek, NSW. Search our address in your chosen navigator/GPS and follow it all the way.
Once you have arrived at Carawirry (you’ll notice the large ‘Carawirry Forest Escape’ sign), continue down the road and turn in on the third driveway. We’re on the left.
What time can we check-in and check-out?
Check-in is from 3 pm on your day of arrival, with check-out by 11 am on departure. However, if we don’t have a same-day changeover, we’re happy to extend your check-out time until 1 pm. Just ask upon arrival, and we’ll let you know.
Do you live at Carawirry Forest Escape?
As much as we’d love to set up camp at Carawirry – and it feels like we practically live there! – we live on our other property, Wangat Hill, which is about 20 minutes away.
Are the cabins one joined building?
No, both cabins are separate (and super private).
Do I have to share the cabin with other guests?
Not unless you want to! No, it’s just you in there. (Although don’t be surprised if one of the local kookaburras stops in for a chat!)
What is included in the cabin?
Each cabin features:
New kitchen with all modern appliances and basic pantry items
Brand new bathrooms with all amenities and mod-cons.
Spacious living and entertaining areas with LCD smart television and Blu-Ray DVD player
Dual wrap-around verandahs, complete with outdoor gas BBQ
Indoor fireplace, complete with firewood, kindling and matches
Outdoor firepit with firewood
Portable Bluetooth speaker
Nespresso coffee machine
Wallawa Indigenous Botanical Skincare toiletries
All linen, blankets, pillows and towels provided
Is WIFI available?
Yes. Each booking receives a complimentary 1GB of WiFi for use on the secure Carawirry network. If you require more data, you can purchase any of the following packs from us upon check-in:
$55GB Data $15
20GB Data $50
What do I have to bring with me?
We have endeavoured to provide you with almost everything you could need to enjoy your stay at Carawirry. That being said, we recommend you bring the following:
Food and drinks
Clothing, including jumper or jacket, as well as swimsuits and a beach towel for swimming in the creek (all other linen is supplied)
Comfy and sturdy closed shoes/boots for walking/hiking
Small backpack for bushwalking
CDs/DVDs/USB with pre-loaded movies and music
Your favourite book (although we do have a small offering of books in each cabin)
Fishing gear, mountain bikes, or any other outdoor play/adventure equipment
Your sense of adventure
Your desire to unwind, disconnect and relax
What is the weather like?
Similar to Sydney and Newcastle, but a bit cooler in winter. The weather can be unpredictable at times, so we advise all our guests to check the weather forecast beforehand or to give us a call before arrival, and we’ll confirm current conditions.
Although each cabin has air conditioning, ceiling fans and both indoor and outdoor fires, we recommend bring a jumper or jacket, just in case, as well as your swimsuit if you’re feeling adventurous and want to jump into the creek during the hotter months!
Can I smoke on the property?
We are strictly NO SMOKING inside the cabins or near doorways and windows. Smoking is only permitted in the designated outside areas. We also ask that you be mindful of sparks and cigarette embers – especially during the dry months – and to dispose of your butts in the outdoor bins provided.
About the area
Where is the closest town?
The picturesque country town of Dungog is only a 20-minute drive away.
Are there local places to dine out?
There are restaurants, cafes, clubs & pubs in Dungog, a 20-minute drive from Carawirry. Some of our favourite local places to go for a nice meal are:
Settlers Arms: Delicious tapas and a lá carte meals with a focus on produce and products from the Hunter Region.
Tinshed Brewery: Microbrewery and reasonably priced Australian pub-grub menu to complement the craft beer brewed onsite. The cheeseburger comes highly recommended!
Flying Duck: Open for dinner from 6 pm and lunch on weekends, this trendy and modern spot offers tapas, an lá carte menu, Schnitzels and pizzas. You must try their famous honey mustard glazed duck breast – it’s drool-worthy!
Long Room Café: Simple but delicious and freshly-made sandwiches, wraps and country fare. A lovely spot for lunch or coffee and cake.
Tell them John and Heather from Carawirry sent you and enjoy some local Dungog hospitality!
Are there any walking trails nearby?
Carawirry is home to several kilometres of bushwalking trails, as well as thousands of hectares of neighbouring State Forest to explore. All trails are clearly marked and easy enough to follow.
Can we go fishing?
There are plenty of popular fishing spots along the Williams River, the main river running through the heart of Dungog Shire. We are also currently stocking the dams on Carawirry with Silver Perch and Bass, so you’ll be able to fish off our private jetties very shortly! Just ask us for an update when you book your stay.
Are there places to ride mountain bikes?
There are plenty of off-road trails around not only on our property but also in the local surrounding area. The Dungog Common is also a super popular mountain biking spot, so don’t forget to pack your bike!
Can we go Horse Riding?
Giddy up, cowboy! There is a horse riding facility about an hour and a half’s drive away from Carawirry. Mention it to us when booking or upon your arrival and we’ll be happy to give you the details.
I want to relax. Can we get a massage or spa treatments at Carawirry?
You sure can! Emma from Barrington Beauty will come out to your cabin and massage your worries away. Please note, all treatments must be booked at least two (2) weeks before your arrival and require a minimum spend/booking of two (2) massage treatments for Emma to come out.
Is there a cleaning surcharge?
No, we don’t charge an additional cleaning fee. We only ask that you tidy up a bit, as per our departure checklist, to ensure the property is left clean and tidy for the next guests to enjoy.
Do I have to pay for any damages to the property?
We understand accidents happen, but all breakages and damages must be paid for. A $500.00 bond will be taken at check-in for the duration of your stay, and we reserve the right to claim that bond if any damages occur.
What if I need to cancel my booking?
If you have to cancel your booking, please notify us immediately. We can fill your selected dates with another reservation, your 50% deposit will be forfeited. If we can fill your vacant booking, we’ll happily refund your deposit, minus a small administration fee.
Please note: Cancellations made with less than 48 hours of notice will forfeit the entire 50% deposit.
What if I want to change the dates of my booking?
Not a problem! Just get in touch with us immediately, and we’ll see if we can accommodate you on a more suitable date.