Our Environment

Our Environment

Port Stephens is the home of many great events. From the annual Triathlon to the Blue Water Country Music Festival, Tastes at the Bay, Sail Port Stephens and Whalefest.

When you are looking for a great place to stay that is close to the action but quiet, secluded and has everything that nature has to offer right on your doorstep you can’t go past Wanderers Retreat at One Mile Beach in Port Stephens.

Wanderers Retreat at Port Stephens is the perfect place to stay, try our one or two bedroom Eco cottages, 4 bedroom Beach Spa House or one that has been specifically designed for couples; a secluded spa Treehouse or our premier Bush Spa Cottage.

Enjoy all that Nelson Bay, Anna Bay and Salamander Bay have to offer from fine dining to outdoor activities all only 5-15 minutes from your lovely accommodation at Wanderers Retreat.

Eco Retreat

Your environmentally sustainable alternative for accommodation in Port Stephens is Wanderers Retreat. Our Eco Cottages and Treehouses are situated in the midst of the Tomaree Peninsula at One Mile Beach just 7km from the marina in Nelson Bay. For environmentally friendly accommodation in Port Stephens there is not a large selection – Wanderers Retreat is one of the pioneers in the area and are proud to have won multiple New South Wales Tourism Awards. These effectively say the winner is the best in the state. We have been finalists in the Australian Tourism Awards on two occasions.

At Wanderers Retreat we aim to be environmentally sustainable, and socially and culturally responsible. To this end Wanderers Retreat has been planted with over 1000 trees and shrubs, most of which are indigenous.

The accommodation at Wanderers Retreat has been purpose designed to be eco friendly.

During the construction and planning stages the old growth maleleuca trees were identified and preserved. With only 12 cottages on the 1.2 hectare site guests can experience not only a peaceful and secluded retreat they can appreciate the resulting minimal human impact on the site.

The Treehouses and cottages are situated amidst native plantings which provide cool shade during the summer months. Each dwelling is constructed with renewable quick growth timbers to further insulate against heat.  Most  also face a north easterly aspect to maximize the benefit of the sea breeze.

The bush land setting which makes Wanderers Retreat a unique facility offers a diverse and unique addition to the local ecology. It is a haven for local wildlife and makes the retreat carbon offset positive, giving back more to the environment than it takes away.

Throughout this bush land setting there are several naturally formed roads and paths, using minimal man made materials, further minimizing on the impact on the environment. Since the retreat was founded additional trees and shrubs have been planted which have been specifically selected to compliment the ecology of the site with the subsequent provision of habitat and food sources.

The cottages are fitted with instantaneous gas hot water which create low emissions, only heating the water actually used. They also feature dry composting toilet waste management, an odour free alternative which further minimizes the footprint of Wanderers Retreat.

All waste on the site is separated into recycling, waste and compost.  A worm farm is used to assist in providing additional nutrients to the plants on the site.

The vision of the team at Wanderers Retreat is to give back more to the land than they take away while providing guests with a choice of luxury Treehouse and Bush Spa accommodation or a high quality Beach House and Eco Cottage(with or without spa/hot tub) experience, inspiring them to embrace being eco friendly in their day to day lives.

Fauna and Flora

When you stay at Wanderers Retreat you may choose to do very little or a lot. The choice is yours.

You could stay in your cottage or Treehouse and enjoy the cool air, beautiful trees and the local wildlife. Wanderers Retreat has visits from Koala’s, possums and a kangaroo.

The birdlife is extensive with Kookaburra’s that sing the dawn chorus, water based birds and Corella’s, Lorikeets, Galahs, various Cockatoos (including Black Cockatoos) and Eastern Rosellas.

In building Wanderers Retreat the owners conducted extensive plantings with over 1000 additional native and exotic trees and shrubs. Mingled with the native fauna are gardens which feature beautiful exotic plants.

These trees not only enhance the bush experience but reduce the carbon footprint of Wanderers Retreat.

While the site could be developed to house many more cottages and Treehouses it is the vision of Wanderers Retreat to offer a private stay for our guests and as such each cottage is relatively remote in relation to the other accommodation on the site. Each cottage and Treehouse is sited for guests privacy.