Drinking wine in the spa at Clarendon Forest Retreat

Staying In Clarendon Forest Retreat

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Clarendon Forest Retreat is a wonderful getaway for couples! A hideaway among the Australian bush to forget all your worries. Be engulfed by relaxation, allow in the freshness, to your soul, that only nature can provide. Enjoy the quiet, the fresh air and the resident kangaroos. Need a break from the relaxation? Head out on a horse ride, bush walk or mountain bike trail!
Whatever it is that your body and mind needs, Clarendon Retreat, offers it!

Clarendon Forest Retreat NSW Australia. The Perfect Couples Getaway In New South Wales

Clarendon Forest Retreat NSW Australia


148 Coates Rd Possum Brush NSW 2430

Clarendon Forest Retreat is located inside Talawahl Nature Reserve near Taree, on the Barrington Coast of NSW Australia.

Time/Distance From Sydney & From Forster

Sydney: 3 hours 40 minutes / 299 kilometres
Forster: 36 minutes / 29 kilometres

Hideaway Cottage at Clarendon Forest Retreat

Type Of Accommodation

Complete, self-contained houses / cottages.


Clarendon Forest Retreat has absolutely everything on site to keep you entertained! There's a pool, tennis court, horse riding, pristine beaches 20 minutes away and kilometres of natural walking tracks and mountain biking trails! Each cottage also has its own outdoor Spa, with some having indoor spas.

Lots of activities at Clarendon Forest Retreat including horse riding, a pool and swing set

Restaurant / Dining

Clarendon Forest Retreat is quite secluded. This means you will definitely want to bring all you need along with you as there are no restaurants or shops close by. The closest towns to go out for lunch or dinner are Nabiac, Taree, Tuncurry and Forster. All being nice day trips, though you probably won't want to drive the dark dirt roads at night. If you do end up needing some emergency cheese and wine for an afternoon on your deck, you will find plenty of essentials at the front reception building.

Toiletries / Towels Supplied?

Yes, small toiletries and towels are supplied.

Biscuits, cheese and wine on a beautiful afternoon in Clarendon Forest Retreat

Wifi / Cell Service

There is full reception for Telstra and Optus networks.
There is no wifi.

Closest Supermarket To Clarendon Forest Retreat

I always check this detail when booking accommodation. Whether it be a hut on the beaches of Cambodia, a hostel in Manila or a camping ground in Croatia. We always need the odd essential while travelling. Plus snacks, drinks and smaller meals when eating out can become expensive.
For Clarendon Forest Retreat, the closest supermarket is in Nabiac (15 minutes away), Taree (25 minutes away) or Tuncurry (35 minutes away). So definitely pack everything you think you may need on your getaway.
Families, make sure you pack all the baby wipes, nappies, baby food and sudocrem you'll need for your time!

The Chapel Cottage at Clarendon Forest Retreat

Bed Quality (you're only there to sleep right?)

King-sized beds in the master bed, invite you in with their plush pillows! This bed was seriously comfy! Super thick doonas and plenty of extra blankets if we needed them.

Stand-Out Feature

The cabins themselves are made perfectly for a couples retreat or group getaway. Warm, private and luxurious. The fireplace and Spa have to be my favourite features of the cottage. There's heaps of space between all of the other cabins, making it feel extra private. I could've sat on the deck, in the sun, for days on end. I instantly felt relaxed as soon as we drove through the gates. 

Enjoying an afternoon in the spa

Best Time Of Year To Visit

Clarendon Forest Retreat is set up for all seasons. Though in my opinion, it's a true Winter hideaway.
During summer, if you want to cool off, you'll have to share the pool with the other guests staying.
Whilst in winter, you can hide away in your private cabin, with everything you need - fireplace, spa and private setting to enjoy the afternoon sun.
Bush walking, mountain bike trails and horse riding are great any time of year. With pristine beaches and coastal bush walking tracks close by for the warmer weather. So no matter which season you choose to visit the Barrington Coast, you'll find yourself perfectly refreshed.

Price Range For 2 People

There's a huge range of cabin types to choose from. Most hold around 6 adults, (with options from 2 couples to 4 couples) so prices are based on this. Prices are anywhere from $180/night - $650/night, depending on the cabin type, day of the week and time of year.

Wallaby Sanctuary is one of the many cottages you will find at Clarendon Forest Retreat

Negative Feature or Experience

As I was taking shots of the beautiful waterlily flowers in the lake, I slipped on the dirt path. Because I was holding my camera, I ended up putting all of my weight into my knees as I fell onto jagged rocks. This was incredibly painful and ego-bruising. As Curtis helped me up, choking back his gaggles of laughter, I cried as my knees started to bleed and swell. This lead to a not so fun walk around the site for afternoon 'golden hour' shots.

Oh and my camera broke 5 minutes later. So my injuries were pointless and I apologise greatly for the less than satisfactory quality of my photos on this post. I had to use my emergency backup SJCAM SJ5000.

Apart from that (which is obviously no ones fault), Clarendon Forest Retreat was an absolute delight! This incident could have happened anywhere and was not in any way a fault of the Retreat. We had a wonderful experience at Clarendon and I can literally not pass on a negative comment about the Cabins, Staff or Grounds. It was perfect!

Overall Experience

Clarendon was peaceful. It encompassed every sense of the word 'retreat'.

No worries, no outside noise, no distractions, no other people and nothing but the sounds of nature to keep us company.

Like I said, as soon as we drove into the gates, we were in relaxation mode. Our deck was so inviting, with sun pouring in, wine in hand and a good book in the other. Topping off the afternoon with a dip in the spa, we were in heaven!

With kangaroos jumping all around our cabin till dark, we watched the sunset over the gum trees. Curtis cooked dinner while I got the fire started. We were warm, cosy and happy, melting into the lounges continuing with our books. The T.V. worked, but didn't suit the tone, so we opted for chocolate and a good chat to top off the night.

The cabins were well-equipped with all utensils and necessities. We stayed in 'The Hideaway' with a natural sandstone fireplace. I would recommend this to any honeymooners or couples looking for a special weekend away. Again, It was perfect.

Autumn trees lining the driveway into Clarendon Forest Retreat

Best Day Trip Activities from Clarendon Forest Retreat

Clarendon Forest Retreat feels totally secluded, though don't be fooled in thinking you're not in one of the greatest regions of NSW. The entire Mid North Coast becomes a fantastic option for day trips! Black Head Beach is only 20 minutes drive away! From Forster, Taree, Gloucester, Nabiac, Seal Rocks, Pacific Palms, Bombah Point... there's so much to explore in the Barrington Coast region! Great wine, great food, pristine beaches, glorious whale watching and incredible coastal bush walks.... you're absolutely spoiled for choice!

Check out my Forster page for some great ideas

Autumn time in The Great Lakes

Booking & Contact Information

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Mikayla Jane Travels stayed as a guest of Clarendon Forest Retreat. All opinions and views expressed in this review are entirely my own. Affiliate links may appear in this article. If you see something that interests you, please use these links. As it helps support my continued free content at no extra cost to you.


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