River Island Nature Retreat is surrounded by natural beauty, situated on the Wollondilly River in a secluded sheltered valley.
We have 4 kms of unspoilt river frontage with seberal sandy beaches. You are free to roam over 2000 acres of native Australia and view birds, kangaroos & Platypus in their natural habitat.
Onsite their is a host of activities and events to keep you and your family occupied during your stay. Go sailing, kayaking, 4wd or just go Skinny Dipping...
Places to Visit -
Your experienced, trained guides will lead you through ancient chambers lit to highlight the features of richly colored formations, while explaining the natural processes that formed these wonders. The caves are a 55 minute drive from River Island though some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in NSW. Open ever day - 8am to 5pm.
||Bowral Tulip Time (Late September to Early October)
The best known festival in the region is without doubt Bowral Tulip Time, an annual early Spring celebration which sees many thousands of tulips and other flowers blooming in Bowral. The festival takes places in late September, running over a week and two weekends, to finish on the Monday of the October long weekend.
||The Bradman Museum
Open everyday from 10 am to 5 pm (phone 02 4878 5258) Amber Park Emu & Ostrich Farm is the only tourist farm which has the four largest birds of the Ratite family living in the natural Australian environment. Ratite's are the family of flightless birds which include the Ostrich, Emu, Rhea, Cassowary and New Zealand Kiwi.
||Antique Shops and Art Galleries (Open daily)
Browse through the displays of antiques and fine art at the many antique shops and art galleries located throughout the many villages and towns of the Southern Highlands. Take home a piece of early Australiana, a rare book, a finely crafted antique or a painting produced by local artisans. All these and more can be found for those with an eye for something special.
Other Places of Interest:
Tugalong Outback Station - Horse Riding
Open 7 days by appointment (Phone 02 4878 9171)
Open 7 days from 10am to 4pm (Phone 02 4843 5976)
Braemar Model Railways
Open 7 days (Phone 02 4871 2966)
Berrima Lavender Farm
Open 7 days (Phone 02 4877 1329)
The Old Cheese Factory
Open from 9 am to 5 pm (Phone 02 4885 1133)
Berrima Court House Museum
Open 7 days from 10 am to 4 pm (Phone 02 4877 1505)
Eling Forest Vineyard & Winery
Open 7 days from 10 am to 5 pm (Phone 02 4878 9499)
Sturt Craft Centre
Open 7 days from 10 am to 5 pm (Phone 02 4871 1279)