Unlock the treasures of the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury region with curated experiences thoughtfully assembled by Bronwen. Choose from a variety of unique encounters designed to enrich your stay. Some of these experiences are complementary, allowing you to delve into the essence of the surroundings at no extra cost, while others involve a nominal fee for a more tailored and exclusive adventure. The options are diverse, ensuring there's something for every guest to enhance their journey at Tomah Retreat.
1. One-hour "Reiki Treatment": Immerse yourself in the healing energies of Reiki with Bronwen, a renowned author and teacher in this field. Conducted in her tranquil treatment room upstairs in the main house, this one-hour session is a profound journey into holistic well-being. Bookings are essential and can be arranged alongside your accommodation reservation. Price: $125 per person.
2. One-hour "Meditation" Class: Join Bronwen for a transformative meditation class, customizable for varying experience levels and ideal for a minimum of two participants. Whether on the main house balcony or in the refreshing ambiance of the treehouse, this session promises serenity and introspection. Secure your spot by booking alongside your accommodation reservation. Price: $60 per person (minimum 2 participants).
3. One-hour "Healing for Animals" Class: Walk alongside Bronwen as she shares the techniques that contribute to the long and joyful lives of her cherished animals. Bookings are essential for this enlightening class, designed for a minimum of two participants, and can be arranged concurrently with your accommodation reservation. Price: $60 per person (minimum 2 participants).
For those seeking a more in-depth exploration, consider enrolling in one of the weekend Reiki Classes offered by Reiki with Bronwen.
Before embarking on a meditative stroll through our Living Labyrinth, comprising 800 dwarf buxus plants, ask Bronwen to share insights about this contemplative tool that supports inner healing during your stay.
As an added treat, each couple or studio enjoys a complementary 45-minute session in our infrared sauna for each night of their stay. It's our way of enhancing your relaxation and well-being at Tomah Retreat.
Cider Cellar Doors
Bilpin, land of the apple, has 2 cider Cellar Doors for you to sample:
Visit the quaint Saturday Morning Markets at the Bilpin Hall. Locals come together to chat over a cuppa and sell a few nicknacks. There's fresh bread and veggies - but come early. A low key event typical of the laid back mountain vibe. 10am-12 noon.
Enjoy a Guided Walk at the Botanical Gardens, just 500 metres away. Other group activities can also be organised with the Botanical Gardens including walks with an indigenous local. Various fees apply.
There is also a Forest Bathing tour at the Botanical Gardens. Definitely worth experiencing the gardens from this perspective.
Kurrajong Village has lots of lovely cafes and quaint shops. 20 minutes back towards Sydney along Bells Line of Road.
Mt Wilson just 15 minutes away has some beautiful old established gardens that you can visit, especially lovely in Spring and Autumn.
Mt Victoria, 25 minutes away, has a quaint independent cinema called Mt Vic Flicks which shows an eclectic mix of quality films from Australia and abroad, arthouse to kids, new releases to classics.
Near Lithgow are the outdoor Japanese Baths called Sparadise.
Find out what fruits and nuts are seasonal and if there are any picking opportunities in the area. You pay for what you pick and this can include walnuts, apples, berries, cherries, peaches, nashies and more.
Look no further than Tomah Retreat's trusted chauffeur. Ensuring worry-free journeys anywhere to and from the Bilpin area, our dedicated driver, boasts a pristine driving record, ensuring your safety and peace of mind. Our driver is available 24/7 to cater to your schedule - no matter where you are staying in this mountain region - and can carry a maximum of 4 guests. We also have Mates Rates for Guests. But you will need to book. Find out more here.
Walls Lookout: (Bronwen's favourite) Turn off Bells Line of Road at the Pierces Pass Road 11km west of Mount Tomah (8 minutes). Park in picnic area and park in top carpark. This walk offers spectacular views of the Grose Valley from the cliff top. Caution: the cliff edge is overhanging and unfenced but is absolutely spectacular. Grade: Easy 3km return Hours: 1 hour return
Burralow Creek - Burralow Creek, a tributary of the Grose River, can be reached from two directions. From Kurrajong Heights on Bells Line of Road, turn left into Warks Hill Road then left into Burralow Road and follow the 4WD trail 7 km into the valley.
Burralow Rainforest Walk or Bulcamatta Falls Walk - On the western side of Burralow Creek camping area there is a sign-posted track. (To find this track stand with the camp toilet at your back and walk across the camping area, go past the side fence and look for sign near stepping stones across creek). Cross the creek and follow the trail past convict ruins to a small waterfall. Glow-worm grottos can be found in the rock face. Grade: Easy 3km return.
The Gorge Walking Track: Turn right on to Bells Line of Road towards Bilpin and in 5 minutes turn into Valley Ridges Road and proceed for 2km to the Waratah Native Garden Picnic Area. From the picnic area the track leads down to the cool mossy gully of a tributary of Hungerfords Creek. Koalas have been seen in the forks of eucalypt trees along the track, listen for the mimicking cry of a lyrebird. Grade: Moderate 2km return Hours: 1 hour return
Mt Banks and the Wall Track: Mount Banks picnic area is on the southern side of the Bells Line of Road, 6 km past Mount Tomah. The moderate 2.5km walk to the tree-covered summit of Mount Banks (1062 metres) takes about 1 hour return. The Wall Track leads to a lookout over the Grose River Gorge, the chasm of the Grand Canyon, Katoomba and Blackheath may be seen in the distance. Grade: Moderate 11km return Hours: 4 hours return
Pierces Pass: Turn off Bells Line of Road at the Pierces Pass Road 11km west of Mount Tomah. Travel along gravel road for 1 km to picnic area and park in top carpark. This walk starts off quite gently as you enter the Grose Valley, however, be prepared for steep descent with many steps. The tracks to Victoria Falls Lookout (4 hours) and the Blue Gum Forest (2 hours) should be undertaken with caution as they are unmarked and require a topographic map and navigation skills. Grade: Difficult 5km return Hours: 3 hours return
Rigby Hill: From Pierces Pass Picnic area follow the steep track to the top of Rigby Hill for spectacular views over the Grose Valley. Grade: Moderate 1.5km return Hours: 1 hour return
Experienced canyoners will be very excited to know that the Tomah Retreat is next door to the spectacular Claustral Canyon.