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Riverwood Downs Holdings Pty Ltd
ABN 73 049 974 064
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Privacy
Privacy Policy
Riverwood Downs is subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 that sets standard for the handling of personal information. Our property has a commitment to privacy and the safeguarding of guests, visitors and staff personal information.

There is a mandatory requirement under Australian Law to collect some of your personal information in order to process your registration at our resort. Any personal information provided by you to the property (eg. Name, address, car registration and contact details), will be protected. In addition the property requires certain information be maintained as a matter of guest safety in case of emergency and the need for evacuation.

The property does not usually disclose your personal information unless there is a legal requirement to do so. The property may disclose personal information to the relevant authorities if it reasonably believes that there is a threat to an individual's life, health or safety, or public health or safety. If the property has reason to suspect that unlawful activity has been, is being or may be engaged in, personal information may be used or disclosed as a necessary part of any investigation and reporting to relevant persons or authorities.

Your personal information may be used by the property for marketing purposes to improve our services and provide you with the latest information about those services and any new related service or promotion.

Any personal information held by Riverwood Downs will be destroyed or deleted as soon as it becomes irrelevant, requested by you and is legally possible.

If you do not wish to receive information about our latest promotions, the property on request will remove your name from mailing lists. You have the right to access any personal information that the property may hold about you, including a right of correction of your personal information.

Any further enquiries or information, please contact the manager.

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Riverwood Downs attempt to provide complete and accurate information where marketing, collateral or advertising are provided. However, we do not warrant the accuracy, timeliness, suitability or completeness of the information, graphics, text, links, or other material contained provided by Riverwood Downs our employees or agents and are not responsible for any errors or omissions in the content provided and shall, to the full extent permitted by law, have no liability for damages or loss of any kind (including, without limitation, economic loss, loss of profits or consequential loss) arising directly or indirectly out of information provided or reliance on the material on this site, howsoever caused whether in contract, not including negligence, statute or otherwise.

Further, we recommend that you make direct contact with our staff before acting upon material on this site, because such material (including without limitation the prices, features, dimensions and specifications) is subject to change without notice. All drawings, photos or images are conceptual renderings and we expressly reserve the right to make modifications. Maps not be to scale and are for relative location purposes only.

The information on this site is for information purposes only, and is not an offer or solicitation for purchase unless expressly stated otherwise.

Website
Riverwood Downs does not warrant that our website is free of viruses or other harmful components and to the full extent permitted by law, we exclude all liability for any damage (including without limitation loss of data, interruption to business and loss of profits) resulting from viruses or any other consequence of accessing this site.

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By linking to sites operated by third parties, we are not authorizing the reproduction of any material on such sites; as such material may be the subject of intellectual property rights.

We either own or license the use of the copyright in all marketing material. You may not reproduce, adapt, upload, link, frame, broadcast, distribute or in any way transmit the material without written consent, other than to the extent necessary to view the material or as permitted by law.

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The Riverwood Downs Story
The Hall family found this touch of paradise in 1980, and set about fulfilling their dream to create what has now become the tranquil and relaxing resort of Riverwood Downs.

Firstly, they constructed dams, an 11000 volt electricity supply, underground water systems and 5 km of roads. Their philosophy was to support the local community, hiring trades people and buying materials, tools and produce locally.

In 1982 Riverwood Downs began its life as a camping and caravan park, while remaining a working property with a large herd of primarily Hereford cattle. The property continued to develop, and in 2004 the next generation of the Hall family in partnership with the Howton family has taken the business to the next level.
Employment
Employment

Considering a Tree Change?
Riverwood Downs is a 4 star unique rural resort in the foothills of the Barrington Tops situated between the townships of Stroud, Gloucester and Dungog.

We currently have three hospitality positions vacant for the right people to join our dynamic team. If you are a "people person" then you will go a long way in this progressive Company.

We can also provide assistance in seeking accommodation in the area.

Please send your current resume to:

Amanda Howton
Managing Director
Fax: (02) 49947047
Email: Amanda@RiverwoodDowns.com.au

If you have any questions about the positions vacant, please phone
ph:(02) 49947112

Positions Vacant
Chef or Commercial Cook - full time
You will need to demonstrate a commitment to quality work standards and be up to date with all Food Hygiene and O H and S policies. The successful applicant will be well presented, a good communicator and able to work well within an established team. Great conditions and working environment.

Waitperson - part time
Whilst experience is preferred, if you have the right attitude and aptitude your application will be considered. A current R.S.A. certificate is preferred.

Housekeeper - part time
Experience preferred, but not essential. You must be well presented and have an eye for detail.
Booking_Conditions
Booking and Cancellation Conditions
Applies to all Accommodation Types

Bookings
A 50 percent deposit is required to confirm all bookings - we accept MasterCard and Visa, or alternatively direct deposit into our bank account. The balance of your holiday fees are payable upon arrival. A 1.5% surcharge will apply to all MasterCard and Visa credit card and debit card transactions.  A security deposit of $150 is required on check-in by credit card or cash to guarantee payment of any incidental charges.

Child Rates
Children 1 - 12 years old staying in Boutique Rooms, Rivercottage and Park Cabins cost $20 per night per child (a portable cot with linen supplied is available for $12 per stay).
Children 3 -12 years old camping with their families cost $8 per night, per child ($12 per night, per child in peak periods).
Adult accommodation rates apply for all children over 12 years old.
Childrens Menu is available at the Wilderness Cafe and Barrington Bar and Restaurant for children up to 12 years old.

Minimum Stay
A minimum two night stay applies for weekends, and full period over long weekends.

Special Packages
Bookings are limited, packages are subject to availability during peak periods and long weekends. Minimum stay applies as described in the published Package Offers.

There is no Check-in on Christmas Day.

Cancellations
Full refund less 10 percent administration fee will be made for cancellations in writing received more than 30 days prior to arrival. Refunds for cancellations received within 30 days of arrival, or during your stay, will only be made where a replacement booking of equal value is obtained. Rates - All are subject to change without notice.

Special Deals For Your Stay
FREE Dessert with every 2 course Dinner - The Free Dessert offer (with a 2 course dinner) is not redeemable when using the $50 Dinner Voucher.
20 percent off Shopping at the Jago Gift Shop - 20 percent off is valid for full price items only.
Mates Rates at the bar 4-6pm  - valid daily and applies to house wine and beer.
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE Devonshire Tea - includes a pot of tea, or standard coffee, cappucino, or latte with 2 scones.

80 Dollar Midweek Voucher RWD1202
A minimum of 2 consecutive Nights Stay and only valid for midweek stays (Sunday -Thursday). Only one $80 Accommodation Voucher per room/cabin per stay. Offer valid for all Cabins and Boutique Rooms (excludes campsites and bunkhouse). Not valid weekends (Friday and Saturday nights), peak periods, school holidays or long weekends. Not redeemable for cash and not valid with any other offer. Bookings subject to availability, full payment at time of booking and no room service included. This voucher is only valid for direct bookings with Riverwood Downs by phoning: 1800 809772. Offer Expires 24th December 2014.

$199 Deal
The $199 Special Offer is for 2 Nights Stay (consecutive nights) and valid only for midweek stays (Sunday -Thursday).  Price is based on 2 people. Offer valid for Queen Boutique Rooms with an upgrade to a Spa Boutique Room available for $50 per night.  Not valid long weekends. Not valid with any other offer.  Bookings subject to availability.  Full payment at time of booking and no room servicing included. The $50 Dinner voucher can be used for dinner on one evening only and is not redeemable for cash and not transferrable. There is one $50 Dinner Voucher per room, per stay. The Free Dessert offer (with a 2 course dinner) is not redeemable when using the $50 Dinner Voucher. Offer Expires 24th December 2014.

$299 Deal
This offer can also be purchased as a Gift Voucher (A Great Christmas Gift), to arrange this phone: 1800 809 772.  The Voucher is for 4 Nights Stay (consecutive nights) and valid only for midweek stays (Sunday -Thursday).  Price is based on 2 people. Offer valid for Queen Boutique Rooms with an upgrade to a Spa Boutique Room available for $50 per night.  Not valid peak periods, school holidays or long weekends. Not valid with any other offer.  Bookings subject to availability.  Full payment at time of booking and no room service included.  $30 Breakfast Voucher can be used for breakfast on one day only and is not redeemable for cash and not transferrable.  The $50 Dinner voucher can be used for dinner on one evening only and is not redeemable for cash and not transferrable. There is one $30 Breakfast Voucher and one $50 Dinner Voucher per room, per stay. The Free Dessert offer (with a 2 course dinner) is not redeemable when using the $50 Dinner Voucher. Offer Expires 24th December 2014.

Guest Satisfaction Guarantee*
100 Percent Guest Satisfaction Guarantee - we guarantee total guest satisfaction!
If you are not satisfied with your accommodation or our provided services, please inform our Reception staff or Management immediately, to provide a reasonable opportunity to correct the situation or problem.  If we cannot correct the situation to your
satisfaction, you may receive a credit of up to one nights room charge.
The Riverwood Downs Team is committed to the 100 Percent Satisfaction Guarantee Program.  Where a problem identified by a guest is due to a force majeure event (such as fire, flood, storm, explosion, lightning strike, unlawful act against public order or authority, strike, lock-out, area-wide power or gas outage,highway constructions, or any other event beyond the control of the Resort), this guarantee will not apply.

If you have any concerns regarding your stay at Riverwood Downs,  please contact Customer Relations.
 

Riverwood Downs Pet Policy
Policy - Riverwood Downs welcomes pets in its Camping Area, Platypus Lodge, Cabins, River Cottage, selected Resort Room accommodation and its special Pet Friendly Restaurant. Subject to it being under your control at all times, you are welcome to take it for walks anywhere on our 750 acre property. In the interests of the comfort and safety of other guests, owners must always pick up droppings after their pets, wrap them, and place them in the rubbish bins provided.

Conditions - Your pet must be under your control at all times - either on or off lead depending upon your pet's training and obedience. Pets must be inside or restrained at night. Pets must not be left unattended in the accommodation/facilities at any time.

Damage or Injury - It is an explicit condition of you bringing your pet to Riverwood Downs that you accept full responsibility for any and all damage or injury caused by or to your pet and that you agree to indemnify Riverwood Downs, its servants or agents, against all actions or claims against it howsoever arising from the actions of your pet whilst at Riverwood Downs.

Disclaimer - Pets are welcome at Riverwood Downs but only at the pet owners risk. Riverwood Downs, its servants or agents accept no responsibility or liability for death, illness, injury or accidents of any kind occurring to pets caused by or as a result of visiting Riverwood Downs.

Owners are fully responsible for the control and behaviour of their pets at all times whilst at Riverwood Downs.

Pets Welcome - Pet Friendly self contained Family Cabins, Riverside Spa Cabins, selected Resort Rooms and Camping are also available for Guests with Pets, extra charges apply.

Horseriding

Children aged from 10 to 14 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the trail ride.
All participants on the trail ride must wear long pants and closed in shoes.

Led Horse Rides

Each child on the led horse ride must have a parent/guardian to lead the horse. All participants on the led ride must wear long pants and closed in shoes.

Special Horseriding Deal
This discount is only available for trail rides and led rides paid in full prior to arrival. There is a cancellation fee of $20 per person per ride should you cancel or not show for a booked ride.

Free Conference Room Hire
This offer is for conferences staying for two nights or more in resort room or cabin accommodation, with Riverwood Downs providing all catering. Min 20 delegates required to be eligible for this offer.
 
Booking and Cancellation Conditions
Applies to all Accommodation Types

Bookings
A 50 percent deposit is required to confirm all bookings - we accept MasterCard and Visa, or alternatively direct deposit into our bank account. The balance of your holiday fees are payable upon arrival. A 1.5% surcharge will apply to all MasterCard and Visa credit card and debit card transactions.  A security deposit of $150 is required on check-in by credit card or cash to guarantee payment of any incidental charges.

Child Rates
Children 1 - 12 years old staying in Boutique Rooms, Rivercottage and Park Cabins cost $20 per night per child (a portable cot with linen supplied is available for $12 per stay).
Children 3 -12 years old camping with their families cost $8 per night, per child ($12 per night, per child in peak periods).
Adult accommodation rates apply for all children over 12 years old.
Childrens Menu is available at the Wilderness Cafe and Barrington Bar and Restaurant for children up to 12 years old.

Minimum Stay
A minimum two night stay applies for weekends, and full period over long weekends.

Special Packages
Bookings are limited, packages are subject to availability during peak periods and long weekends. Minimum stay applies as described in the published Package Offers.

There is no Check-in on Christmas Day.

Cancellations
Full refund less 10 percent administration fee will be made for cancellations in writing received more than 30 days prior to arrival. Refunds for cancellations received within 30 days of arrival, or during your stay, will only be made where a replacement booking of equal value is obtained. Rates - All are subject to change without notice.

Special Deals For Your Stay
FREE Dessert with every 2 course Dinner - The Free Dessert offer (with a 2 course dinner) is not redeemable when using the $50 Dinner Voucher.
20 percent off Shopping at the Jago Gift Shop - 20 percent off is valid for full price items only.
Mates Rates at the bar 4-6pm  - valid daily and applies to house wine and beer.
Buy 1, Get 1 FREE Devonshire Tea - includes a pot of tea, or standard coffee, cappucino, or latte with 2 scones.

80 Dollar Midweek Voucher RWD1202
A minimum of 2 consecutive Nights Stay and only valid for midweek stays (Sunday -Thursday). Only one $80 Accommodation Voucher per room/cabin per stay. Offer valid for all Cabins and Boutique Rooms (excludes campsites and bunkhouse). Not valid weekends (Friday and Saturday nights), peak periods, school holidays or long weekends. Not redeemable for cash and not valid with any other offer. Bookings subject to availability, full payment at time of booking and no room service included. This voucher is only valid for direct bookings with Riverwood Downs by phoning: 1800 809772. Offer Expires 24th December 2014.

$199 Deal
The $199 Special Offer is for 2 Nights Stay (consecutive nights) and valid only for midweek stays (Sunday -Thursday).  Price is based on 2 people. Offer valid for Queen Boutique Rooms with an upgrade to a Spa Boutique Room available for $50 per night.  Not valid long weekends. Not valid with any other offer.  Bookings subject to availability.  Full payment at time of booking and no room servicing included. The $50 Dinner voucher can be used for dinner on one evening only and is not redeemable for cash and not transferrable. There is one $50 Dinner Voucher per room, per stay. The Free Dessert offer (with a 2 course dinner) is not redeemable when using the $50 Dinner Voucher. Offer Expires 24th December 2014.

$299 Deal
This offer can also be purchased as a Gift Voucher (A Great Christmas Gift), to arrange this phone: 1800 809 772.  The Voucher is for 4 Nights Stay (consecutive nights) and valid only for midweek stays (Sunday -Thursday).  Price is based on 2 people. Offer valid for Queen Boutique Rooms with an upgrade to a Spa Boutique Room available for $50 per night.  Not valid peak periods, school holidays or long weekends. Not valid with any other offer.  Bookings subject to availability.  Full payment at time of booking and no room service included.  $30 Breakfast Voucher can be used for breakfast on one day only and is not redeemable for cash and not transferrable.  The $50 Dinner voucher can be used for dinner on one evening only and is not redeemable for cash and not transferrable. There is one $30 Breakfast Voucher and one $50 Dinner Voucher per room, per stay. The Free Dessert offer (with a 2 course dinner) is not redeemable when using the $50 Dinner Voucher. Offer Expires 24th December 2014.

Guest Satisfaction Guarantee*
100 Percent Guest Satisfaction Guarantee - we guarantee total guest satisfaction!
If you are not satisfied with your accommodation or our provided services, please inform our Reception staff or Management immediately, to provide a reasonable opportunity to correct the situation or problem.  If we cannot correct the situation to your
satisfaction, you may receive a credit of up to one nights room charge.
The Riverwood Downs Team is committed to the 100 Percent Satisfaction Guarantee Program.  Where a problem identified by a guest is due to a force majeure event (such as fire, flood, storm, explosion, lightning strike, unlawful act against public order or authority, strike, lock-out, area-wide power or gas outage,highway constructions, or any other event beyond the control of the Resort), this guarantee will not apply.

If you have any concerns regarding your stay at Riverwood Downs,  please contact Customer Relations.
 

Riverwood Downs Pet Policy
Policy - Riverwood Downs welcomes pets in its Camping Area, Platypus Lodge, Cabins, River Cottage, selected Resort Room accommodation and its special Pet Friendly Restaurant. Subject to it being under your control at all times, you are welcome to take it for walks anywhere on our 750 acre property. In the interests of the comfort and safety of other guests, owners must always pick up droppings after their pets, wrap them, and place them in the rubbish bins provided.

Conditions - Your pet must be under your control at all times - either on or off lead depending upon your pet's training and obedience. Pets must be inside or restrained at night. Pets must not be left unattended in the accommodation/facilities at any time.

Damage or Injury - It is an explicit condition of you bringing your pet to Riverwood Downs that you accept full responsibility for any and all damage or injury caused by or to your pet and that you agree to indemnify Riverwood Downs, its servants or agents, against all actions or claims against it howsoever arising from the actions of your pet whilst at Riverwood Downs.

Disclaimer - Pets are welcome at Riverwood Downs but only at the pet owners risk. Riverwood Downs, its servants or agents accept no responsibility or liability for death, illness, injury or accidents of any kind occurring to pets caused by or as a result of visiting Riverwood Downs.

Owners are fully responsible for the control and behaviour of their pets at all times whilst at Riverwood Downs.

Pets Welcome - Pet Friendly self contained Family Cabins, Riverside Spa Cabins, selected Resort Rooms and Camping are also available for Guests with Pets, extra charges apply.

Horseriding

Children aged from 10 to 14 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the trail ride.
All participants on the trail ride must wear long pants and closed in shoes.

Led Horse Rides

Each child on the led horse ride must have a parent/guardian to lead the horse. All participants on the led ride must wear long pants and closed in shoes.

Special Horseriding Deal
This discount is only available for trail rides and led rides paid in full prior to arrival. There is a cancellation fee of $20 per person per ride should you cancel or not show for a booked ride.

Free Conference Room Hire
This offer is for conferences staying for two nights or more in resort room or cabin accommodation, with Riverwood Downs providing all catering. Min 20 delegates required to be eligible for this offer.
 
A Gift For You!
Save $80 on Your midweek Accommodation:
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Are You Looking For Something Different To Give Your Family and Friends?

Riverwood Downs is offering YOU
10 Percent DISCOUNT
off all Gift Vouchers until 24th December 2013

Our Gift Vouchers can be used for up to 6 months, for all our styles of Accommodation as well as the Restaurant, Cafe and Horse Riding.

To Take Advantage of This Special Offer
PHONE: 1800 809 772

Gift Vouchers are emailed, for speedy Delivery!
Save $80 on Your midweek Accommodation:
click here
and we'll send Your Voucher!

















Experience The Barrington Tops Winter Package!
Includes:
  • 2 Nights Accommodation
  • Cheese Platter On Arrival
  • Barrington Tops Guide Book
  • A Daily $30 Breakfast Voucher For The Wilderness Cafe
  • $50 Dinner Voucher (on 1 night) Plus A Bottle Of Wine
Prices start from $199 per couple per night

Phone: 1800 809 772 to book your Barrington Tops Winter Experience!


FREE Upgrade to a Spa!
Complimentary upgrade to a 4 Star Deluxe Spa Room with Queen Bed and Corner Spa.*Breakfast is an optional extra.

Romance Package
Includes 3 course A la carte Dinner on one night, chilled Sparkling Wine and Chocolates on Arrival and full hot country Breakfast each morning. 4 star Deluxe Spa Room!*Min 2 night stay. 

Check Availability and Book Online

Spend some quality time together with just the sounds of the many local birds and the mountain stream. 
Romance Is Always In The Air In Barrington Tops!












 

  Save $80 on Your midweek Accommodation:
click here
and we'll send Your Voucher!




Resort Room - Kids FREE and $30 VOUCHER*

4 Star Family Rooms for up to 4 people!
Plus YOU RECEIVE a $30 Dinner Voucher each night! 

Check Availability or Book Online

*Minimum 2 night stay. Rate includes up to 4 people per room. One $30 dinner voucher per night per resort room. Voucher can only be used in the Barrington Bar and Restaurant after 6pm. Childrens dinner menu only applies for up to 12 years old. Breakfast is an optional extra.


Riverwood Downs is VERY "Pet Friendly" and our Pet Friendly Family Cabins, Riverside Spa Cabins, selected Resort Rooms and Camping are available for guests with pets.

Dogs Sleep FREE June, July and August, it's the perfect time of year to bring your dog on holidays!















Pets Give Riverwood Downs a 5 PAWS Rating!

Save $80 on Your midweek Accommodation:
click here and we'll send Your Voucher!


"Oh My DOG! Have you heard what they are all barking about - Dogs Tails are Wagging over the Pet Friendly Accommodation Options and they're Panting over the 3 course Pet Menu."

When Your Pet is Truly Welcome, You know You can Relax.

Check Pet Friendly Availability or
Book Online

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Camp K9 - A dog Lovers Weekend Retreat
Thursday 12th - Sunday 15th September 2013

Join us for a fun-filled dog-lovers weekend at Riverwood Downs.
Limited availability www.campK9.com.au




Looking for your next Conference Venue?

LOOK NO FURTHER, you have just found the ideal venue for your next Conference or Team Building Program, just 2.5 hours north of Sydney...

Riverwood Downs is located in the foothills of the Barrington Tops, on the banks of a beautiful mountain river. Set on 750 acres, Riverwood Downs offers you peaceful surrounds and tranquillity without compromising your standards.

A range of accommodation options, restaurant and bar, activities and facilities with true country hospitality awaits you.

As a Special Offer, book a midweek conference during the next 6 months and you will receive the conference room hire FREE of charge! Conditions apply.

Riverwood Downs is a unique conference venue for conferences of all sizes. With modern conference rooms and professional staff who realise your time schedules may need to be flexible, we provide you with an ideal and stress-free venue.

A major feature of Riverwood Downs is that the venue can be booked on a sole use basis if required for security, privacy or commercial secrecy considerations. Riverwood Downs has already been selected as a venue by many leading National and Multinational Companies and provides excellent Conference packages at very competitive prices.

Indoor Conference Facilities
The conference room has a lovely ambiance with plenty of natural light, air conditioning, and can be set up in formal or informal configuration to suit your needs. It is equipped with wireless broadband, electronic whiteboard, flipcharts, data projector, slide projector, flipcharts, DVD player and VHS video. The room is air conditioned in the summer and heated during winter. The large 300 square metre activities building adjacent to the conference room provides a weatherproof area for indoor group activities or challenges.

Outdoor Experiential Learning
Riverwood Downs encompasses 750 acres and takes in 5 kilometres of river frontage, rolling open country and steep hilly terrain. The property provides a variety of excellent natural sites for use as outdoor classrooms and experiential learning activities. These include both water and land based sites, which vary from manicured parkland and gardens to natural bushland settings. There are also excellent walking and riding trails criss crossing the property and an abundance of birds and wildlife.

Orienteering, canoes, river tubes, raft building, bushwalking, horseriding, survival exercises and more can all be structured into an experiential program. Life jackets are available for water activities. Assistance with the construction of physical challenges is available and any additional costs associated with this will be quoted to you prior to work being undertaken. Team building activities available on site include spiders web, canoe challenge, pole challenge, missionaries and cannibals and a boomerang challenge.

A nice diversion from a heavy conference work schedule is to incorporate into a lunch break a "River Horseride Picnic". Our kitchen staff make mouth watering picnic hampers of freshly baked baguette rolls with an assortment of delicious fillings, servings of cake, fresh fruit and juices. We saddle up at the stables and take a relaxing ½ hour trail ride led by our competent horse staff to the river where a campfire with the billy boiling greets you. A great experience and a great way to clear the mind! Non riders are transferred to the picnic site by 4WD.

Vineyards and Golf courses are nearby.

You will be surprised by the affordability of our packages on offer.

For a package tailored to your individual needs, please contact our Conference Coordinator:
Kathleen Woolley Ph:1800 809 772
Email:
Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au


Make YOURS the Wedding they will all remember........

Your Perfect Wedding Venue set in lovely gardens on the banks of a beautiful mountain river in the foothills of Barrington Tops "World Heritage Wilderness", only 1.5 hours north of Newcastle and just 2.5 hours north of Sydney. 

"Live Your Dream, on The Most Beautiful Day of Your Life."
  • Multi Award Winning Resort
  • Your Personal Wedding Coordinator
  • The flexibility to Create Your Unique Style
  • Renowned for Excellence in Food and Service
  • Catering from 20 to 150 Guests
  • Accommodation packages to suit all guests
  • Complimentary 4 Star Bridal Suite on Wedding Night

Let us work with you to create a unique weekend wedding experience - for you, your family and friends to enjoy and remember.

Barrington Tops Wedding at Riverwood Downs
You are unique - and your wedding should be unique too. Our helpful and experienced staff will work with you to create a traditional or a surprisingly unique wedding that your guests will remember for years to come. 

We can help you arrange all the wedding components you may need, hair and make up, floral arrangements, photographer, local historic churches or wedding celebrant, entertainment, even a horse and carriage or harpist by the river.

Enjoy lots of quality time with your family and friends, on this your very special occasion. Your guests will love your choice of venue - and no one has to drive home after enjoying the party. Fixed price wedding packages including wine, beers and soft drinks can ensure your budget is maintained.

Function Rooms
We can offer you two alternatives function rooms, depending upon the size of the wedding and the type of atmosphere you would like to create. Firstly there is our large "Woolshed" style function room, which will handle parties from 30 to 150 guests and can be decorated by us in a variety of styles from formal through to a real country atmosphere. This room has a large area for dancing and a stage as well.

The other option is our private function dining room which will comfortably accommodate up to 30 guests. This room has beautiful views, looking out over the grounds and gardens to the hills behind - with its own adjoining decking area for entertaining under the stars.

Menus
We have two Chefs and you will be delighted with the high standard of our catering. We always discuss the individual menu requirements with each Bride and Groom and design a menu to fit your tastes buds.

To arrange a Site Inspection or for a Wedding Pack, please contact our Wedding Coordinator: 
Kathleen Woolley
Email: Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au
Phone: 1800 809 772 for personal attention to your enquiry.
We Enjoy Having Coach Groups For DAY Trips And OVERNIGHT Stays! 

Riverwood Downs is a magnificent 4 star "Multi Award Winning" rural Resort just 2.5 hours north of Sydney and 1.5 hours north of Newcastle on the banks of a mountain river in the foothills of Barrington Tops "World Heritage Wilderness".

Overnight Stays - Special Pricing For Coach Groups 
4 Star Accommodation, includes a full hot Country Breakfast 

For Pricing and Further Details:
Phone: 1800 809 772 
Email:  
Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au 


Three GREAT Themed Packages For Your Coach Groups  

Package #1. POETRY IN THE BUSH
On Arrival  You will be greeted by Oven Baked Scones with
Jam and Cream, Coffee and Tea on the verandah, overlooking the beautiful gardens.
Then.... Enjoy a Guided Tour of the Resort and Gardens 
Menu
Country Chicken Pot Pie served with mashed potato and greens of the day
Apple Crumble with Custard and Ice Cream 
Sit back and be entertained by an AWARD WINNING POET. 


Package #2. THE GOOD OLD DAYS

On Arrival  You will be greeted by fresh crusty damper, golden syrup, Coffee and Billy Tea, around the campfire. 
Then.. Enjoy a Guided Tour of the Resort and Gardens 
Menu
Roast beef silverside, home made gravy served with baked potato, baked pumpkin, cauliflower, cheese sauce and fresh greens of the day.
Bread and Butter Pudding like Grandma used to bake!
Enjoy listening to a LOCAL HISTORIAN, as you are taken back in time, to the "GOOD OLD DAYS".


Package #3. WINTER CHRISTMAS IN THE BARRINGTON TOPS
Available June, July, August and December
Meet Santa in the Bar for Complimentary Christmas Nibbles. 
Menu
Roast pork and turkey accompanied by baked pumpkin and potato, steamed green vegetables, rich brown gravy, cranberry and apple sauces
Traditional Plum Pudding with Brandied Custard and Ice cream OR
Crunchy Apple and Cinnamon Crumble with Custard and Ice Cream 
Come and meet OUR SANTA - he's a real character! 



  • Multi Award Winning Property
  • Quality Meals and Accommodation
  • Beautiful Gardens
  • 750 Acres to Enjoy
  • 15 Acres of Parkland Grounds
  • 5 Kilometres of River Frontage
  • Warm and Friendly Country Hospitality

For a package tailored to your individual needs, please contact our Groups Coordinator: 
Kathleen Woolley Ph:1800 809 772
Email: Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au
For a package tailored to your Groups needs, please contact our Group Coordinator:
Kathleen Woolley Ph:1800 809 772
Email: Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au
You have just found the ideal School Camp Venue!

Riverwood Downs is located in a valley on a beautiful Mountain River, in the foothills of the Barrington Tops "World Heritage Wilderness", just 2.5 hours north of Sydney and only 1.5 hours north of Newcastle. 

The Property
Riverwood Downs is a 750 acre cattle breeding property with 15 acres of parkland and 5 kilometres of river frontage. The variety of land uses, topography and abundance of dams and river, create a wonderful natural habitat, making the property ideal for art, agriculture, geography and environmental studies. It also provides an extremely attractive environment for any type of camp program from peer support to music. 
Accommodation and Facilities
Platypus Lodge is a complex built especially for the school and youth market. As its centre piece it has a huge 500m2 activities building with a large stage at one end with a magnificent rural outlook. The lodge has 28 bunkrooms which have 4 bunks in each and sleeps total of 112 people. Twenty-one of the rooms open directly into the central hall which makes for easy supervision of students. The remaining 7 rooms and a staff/common room are attached to the main complex by a covered walkway which makes all facilities comfortable to use whatever the weather. There is a NEW separate teachers lounge room and ensuite available for exclusive teachers use. The rooms are also air conditioned and heated. 

Equipment
We provide you with a huge activities hall, flood lit camp fire area, walking trails, nature treasure hunt sheets and programmed access to canoes. Horse riding is available as an extra cost option. Currently the supervised 1.5 hr horse trail ride costs $58 per participant. Children under 10 years can ride in our arena for 30 minutes at the cost of $26 each. All riders must wear closed-in footwear, helmets are compulsory and are provided. 

Activities
Whilst the camp program and activities are conducted by your own staff, an activities suggestion sheet is also available. We have developed a wide range of activities for overseas visiting school groups from which you may draw, if required - just give us a call if you would like our assistance in this regard. 

Location
Riverwood Downs is in the foothills of the Barrington Tops between Stroud and Gloucester. Only 2.5 hrs travelling from north Sydney, and 1.5 hrs from the Central Coast, Newcastle, The Hunter Valley and North Coast. This helps to keep the overall cost of your excursion within affordable limits. Coming from the south, take the Pacific Highway north of Newcastle. 20 kms North of Raymond Terrace turn left onto the "Bucketts Way" towards Stroud and Gloucester. Go through Stroud and 17kms north of Stroud turn left at the sign to "Monkerai" and follow the signs 8 kms to "Riverwood Downs". If you are coming from any other direction please call us and we will email you directions. Riverwood Downs is accessible by coach all year round.

"Fully Refurbished Amenities and Kitchen Upgrade" 

Catering
Riverwood Downs is legendary for the quality of its meals!
We include three delicious and hearty meals a day in our tariff. Teachers' drinks included in the tariff are soft drinks, tea and coffee. We provide all plates, cutlery and crockery and do the washing up.

*** BONUS *** Teachers and supervisors eat separately with table service for all meals, whilst our staff look after the students at meal times. This gives teachers three "student free" breaks each day. 

BOOKINGS
For further information or bookings please contact our Schools Coordinator: Kathleen Woolley
Ph: 1800 809 772 
Email: Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au


Information for Educational and Recreational Group Organisers

We can provide you with a Risk Assessment for all Activities.

Swimming
Swimming areas in the river can be marked out and supervised.

Canoeing
Canoes are available. The park has 2kms of easy canoeing water. Canoeing is an optional extra, additional charges apply.

Bushwalking
Riverwood Downs covers 750 acres and has an abundance of interesting walking trails. Walks can take in open cattle country, riverbanks and large dams with their attendant water life or timbered country where flora and fauna abound.

Orienteering
Open, undulating country that is ideal for your orienteering course whether it is short or long.

Horse Riding
Horses are available for supervised trail rides or pony rides. Beginners to experienced riders catered for. Horse Riding is an optional extra, additional charges apply.

Team Games
The park has plenty of open well kept areas suitable for social cricket, football, softball etc.

Drama, Dance and Music
The huge stage in the Activities Building is ideal for the staging or practice of Drama, Dance or Music. 650 square meters of dance floor is perfect for your dance, aerobics, yoga or similar activities or workshop.

Camp Fires
There is plenty of firewood for you to collect on the farm. An evening by the camp fire to chat or sing along could be a highlight of your program.

Nature Studies
A wide variety of flora - from the delicate maidenhair fern to tall eucalypts and white cedars are all on site. Fauna also abounds with wallabies, possums and many other marsupials. Platypus live in the river and are seen nearly every day. The elusive Eastern Quoll is often seen at night and the birdlife along the river is truly magnificent. A forestry officer can be organised to provide conducted educational walks, by arrangement.

Ecology
The diversity of terrain and the harmonious mingling of different land uses, like the farm and the undisturbed bushland make Riverwood Downs an ideal subject for ecological studies of both land and water based eco-systems.

History
The historic village of Stroud, settled in 1826, is 25km away. It has many historic buildings, and convict built underground silos. An active historical society welcomes visitors and can arrange conducted tours of the village. The Monkerai Bridge over the Karuah River was built in 1877 and is the oldest wooden truss bridge in NSW and the only surviving one of its type. The bridge is within walking distance of the park.

Geography
Riverwood Downs nestles in the foothills of five State Forests with Barrington Tops National Park, Chichester Dam and several different river systems close by. A day coach trip can take in Forest, National Park, Chichester Dam and Mountain Rivers at a very reasonable cost.

Geology
Many land forms from river bed and flats to vertical rock cliffs are all situated on Riverwood Downs within walking distance of the Lodge. We also have some different soil types and interesting rock formations.

Agricultural Studies
The park is situated on a working cattle property and a talk and demonstration of some of the different facets of cattle husbandry can be arranged. Riverwood Downs is used by a premier NSW High School as its farm study base for the HSC.

For further information, please contact our Schools Coordinator:
Kathleen Woolley

Phone: 1800 809 772 
Email: Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au


We look forward to welcoming you to Riverwood Downs!

For a package tailored to your Groups needs, please contact our Group Coordinator:
Kathleen Woolley Ph:1800 809 772
Email: Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au

Would you like a FREE* Weekend Away?

Book 10 or more couples to celebrate Winter Christmas In June or August and You and Your partner receive Your Accommodation Plus 4 course Dinner for FREE* Phone 1800 809772
*Conditions apply call reception for further details

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Make YOURS the Wedding they will all remember........

Your Perfect Wedding Venue set in lovely gardens on the banks of a beautiful mountain river in the foothills of Barrington Tops "World Heritage Wilderness", only 1.5 hours north of Newcastle and just 2.5 hours north of Sydney. 

"Live Your Dream, on The Most Beautiful Day of Your Life."
  • Multi Award Winning Resort
  • Your Personal Wedding Coordinator
  • The flexibility to Create Your Unique Style
  • Renowned for Excellence in Food and Service
  • Catering from 20 to 150 Guests
  • Accommodation packages to suit all guests
  • Complimentary 4 Star Bridal Suite on Wedding Night
Let us work with you to create a unique weekend wedding experience - for you, your family and friends to enjoy and remember.

Riverside Spa Cabin
Riverside Spa Cabins are designed for couples and have a private verandah, overlooking the beautiful mountain river.  With an open plan bedroom/spa bathroom and queen bed, plus air conditioning and kitchenette/sitting room. Maximum occupancy is 2 people. 
 
Pet Friendly Riverside Spa Cabins are also available.

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Guest Satisfaction Guarantee*

Riverwood Downs is committed to making your stay enjoyable.  Please inform Reception or Management immediately if you are not satisfied with your accommodation or our services.  Allow us the opportunity to correct the situation.
*See the Booking Conditions section on this website for the full conditions.









Call our Reservations Team directly to discuss availability and accommodation options:

Phone: 1800 809 772  or   Phone: (02) 49947112

Email: Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au

We look forward to welcoming you to Riverwood Downs.

Riverside Camping and Caravanning at its Best!

Caravan Sites
Shady powered and unpowered, large, level camping sites available for vans adjacent to the river and close to amenities.

Camping Sites
We have a large number of unpowered riverside camping sites which are situated on beautifully manicured lawns, along our river flats on the headwaters of the Karuah River. Limited number of powered sites are available. 

There are hot showers in the amenities block and a coin-operated laundry facility. Wood BBQs are available and camp fires are allowed (weather permitting) on unpowered sites. 

The kiosk sells ice creams, takeaway food, Devonshire teas, cold drinks, bread, milk, gas and ice. We also carry a small selection of personal and basic provisions. 

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As your day unwinds enjoy sitting around the Camp Fire, toasting marshmallows, telling stories and listening to the beautiful mountain river flowing past.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT RIVERWOOD DOWNS

We have lots of exciting events this year!



WINTER CHRISTMAS IN JULY 

Are you looking for a Fun Weekend Away?
Come and Celebrate Winter Christmas In July
Saturday 5th July BOOK ONLINE NOW






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A4DE - Australian 4 Day Enduro Event



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A4DE  at Riverwood Downs 11th - 16th August 2014

If you want tonnes of riding through some of the best trails the 2014 A4DE is the event to enter.

The NSW Enduro Committee have teamed up with many of NSW biggest offroad/enduro clubs to put on the 2014 Australian Four Day Enduro.

The area boasts some of the best riding trails available throughout the Barrington Top Region.  2014 will be the 36th consecutive year of the A4DE. 

Many of winners of this event have gone on to win world championships using the A4DE as their starting platform.

The A4DE has hosted many world class riders from all around the world.  The event attracts around 300 riders of all capabilities and ages.

REGISTER HERE

If you're coming along to the A4DE the Barrington Bar and Restaurant will be serving up a value-packed two course buffet nightly from Mon 11th August until Friday 15th August. To view the menu or to secure your tickets at the Special Early Birds rates click here MENUandTICKETS

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CAMP K9  
11th - 14th September 

BOOK ONLINE NOW
You're Invited!  CAMP K9 "Weekend For Dog Lovers" is being held at Riverwood Downs from 11th - 14th September.  This is a popular event, so secure your accommodation now on Ph: 1800 809772
It's all about enjoying some quality time with your dog - from the excitement of agility to a gentle bush walk.  Make this your weekend away!



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CALLING ALL UKULELE PLAYERS   14 - 16 November
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Come along to the Ukulele Jamboree
Introducing the Ukulele JAMboree - a weekend of ukulele jamming at Riverwood Downs. There are no "acts", just a whole bunch of ukulele players from all over the world who want to play together. There is, however, a blackboard stage for those who want to get up and do their thing.  Come along and join in the fun!


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Subsonic 5th - 7th December
Dedicated to all things beats and bass, Subsonic brings together a unique line-up of international and local artists, in an immersive, multi-sensory environment with an unconventional edge.

Subsonic is camping with a luxurious twist - gorgeous campgrounds by the mountain river, hot showers, and a laidback bar. Subsonic is a lifestyle festival, far from the city and the herd mentality. 3 days of music, camping and good times at Riverwood Downs.

Award Winning Accommodation
Riverwood Downs offers a unique variety of Accommodation ranging from 4 Star Spa and Resort Rooms,

Riverside Spa Cabins, Timber Park Cabins, a Bunkhouse for Groups and Riverside Camping and Caravanning.  

Riverwood Downs has accommodation and facilities to suit everyones needs.

The Wilderness Cafe is open for Breakfast and Lunch for casual dining on the verandah, and enjoy dinner and drinks at the Barrington Bar and Restaurant.

Riverwood Downs offers You Peace, Tranquillity and Genuine Country Hospitality!

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Guest Satisfaction Guarantee*

Riverwood Downs is committed to making your stay enjoyable.  Please inform Reception or Management immediately if you are not satisfied with your accommodation or our services.  Allow us the opportunity to correct the situation.
*See the Booking Conditions section on this website for the full conditions.
The Resort offers Spa Rooms and Resort Rooms for Couples, also Family Rooms for Families.

Spa Rooms 
Spa Rooms are 4 star and air conditioned with 2 person corner spa, queen bed, bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, phone,TV and DVD. Tastefully decorated with designer fabrics, opening onto beautiful shady verandahs, overlooking gardens and lawns that run down to the river. Maximum occupancy is 2 people. 

Book a Romance Package 

Resort Rooms
Resort Rooms are 4 star and air conditioned with queen bed and shower ensuite. Resort Rooms have a bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, phone and TV. Tastefully decorated with designer fabrics, opening onto beautiful shady verandahs, overlooking gardens and lawns that run down to the river. Maximum occupancy is 2 people.
Book a Red HOT Deal

Family Rooms
Family Rooms are 4 star and air conditioned with queen bed and set of bunks and shower ensuite. Family Rooms have a bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, phone and TV. Tastefully decorated with designer fabrics, opening onto beautiful shady verandahs, overlooking gardens and lawns that run down to the river. Maximum occupancy is 2 Adults and 2 Kids.  
If you require Accommodation for a family of 5, book one of our Timber Park Cabins.
Book a Kids Stay Free with $30 Dinner Voucher

Spend some quality time together with just the sounds of the many local birds and the beautiful mountain stream.

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Christmas In July Special Offer
    Phone: 1800 809 772
Are you coming?  There will be a complimentary live Elvis Show (the famous Norm Bakker will be performing) on the 13th and 20th July!

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Barrington Bar and Restaurant
Finish your day with a memorable drink and dinner at the Barrington Bar and Restaurant "a highlight of Riverwood Downs".

Dinner Menu

Bread For Two
Seeded mustard and parmesan baguette                    
Turkish bread with melted herb and garlic dipping butters    
   
Entrees
Saganaki Prawn - pan-fried marinated prawns with a herbed tomato puree and Mozzarella cheese, served with crispy garlic and herb toast 

Marinated Char Chicken with a fresh Cos lettuce and fetta salad dressed with creamy tarragon mayonnaise                  

Sauteed squid and scallops lightly tossed with mango and plum served atop a cucumber and bell pepper salad      

Grilled Haloumi and mixed vegetable kebab served with toasted Turkish Bread and drizzled with tangy lemon and mustard dressing      

Mediterranean stuffed mushroom oven baked with caramelised balsamic and served resting on a bed of baby spinach               


Mains

Tender marinated chicken breast lightly coated in parsley flour before being oven roasted. Served with red lentil puree and couscous     

Jungle Cabbage tart with stir fried onion, coconut cream sweet potato, seasonal vegetables and roasted pine nuts    
                               
Moisture-infused pork cutlet with caramelised mustard glaze chat potatoes and Asian greens                              

250g Scotch fillet steak cooked to your liking, finished with red wine jus       
Add mushroom or creamy garlic prawn topper    

Riverwood Downs famous fish 'n' chips - lightly battered Barramundi fillet served with steak fries, garden salad and home-made tartare sauce       

Thai red curry accompanied by jasmine rice and condiments. Simmered with your choice of either Barramundi pieces or seasonal vegetables                            

Fresh fettuccine stirred with chicken Alfredo topping                

Desserts
Chocolate Hazelnut Semifreddo - Italian style of homemade    
ice cream set with hazelnuts and praline, drizzled with rich chocolate sauce
    
Rachaels Coconut Pie - A moist coconut delight served warm    
with rich caramel sauce and creamy vanilla ice cream    
       
Baked Blueberry Cheesecake - A velvety home-baked            
cheesecake served with creamy vanilla ice cream            
       
Fresh fruit with Dipping Chocolate - A decadent combination of        
white chocolate dipping sauce and fresh fruit with crisp Almond biscotti


Children's Menu Also Available
Self Contained Timber Park Cabins
Each of our 13 Timber Park Cabins (3.5 star), sleep up to 5 guests and are self contained, with a private covered verandah and outside table and chairs. 

The Park Cabins are situated on our river flats, just a short distance away from the beautiful Mountain River.  

Inside you have the main bedroom, with queen bed and wardrobes; there is also a set of bunks, and a shower ensuite. The kitchen/living area has a fold-out double sofa lounge, together with dining table and chairs. 

The Park Cabins are fully equipped with an iron and ironing board; reverse cycle air conditioner, TV, microwave, fridge, gas oven and stove. All linen is provided. Maximum Occupancy is 5. 

Pet Friendly Park Cabins are also available.  

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Guest Satisfaction Guarantee*

Riverwood Downs is committed to making your stay enjoyable.  Please inform Reception or Management immediately if you are not satisfied with your accommodation or our services.  Allow us the opportunity to correct the situation.
*See the Booking Conditions section on this website for the full conditions.

The River Cottage
The secluded two bedroom River Cottage has a beautiful large deck overlooking the River.

The cottage is designed for self catering, with a full kitchen.  The lounge room is air conditioned, and has a phone and TV.  There is a queen bed in the main bedroom and a second bedroom equipped with two single beds. Maximum occupancy is 4 people.


The River Cottage is very popular - to check availabilty or for futher information 
Phone: 1800 809 772

A perfect location for relaxing and enjoying nature.

Guest Satisfaction Guarantee*

Riverwood Downs is committed to making your stay enjoyable.  Please inform Reception or Management immediately if you are not satisfied with your accommodation or our services.  Allow us the opportunity to correct the situation.
*See the Booking Conditions section on this website for the full conditions.

The Kiosk
The kiosk sells ice creams, takeaway food, cold drinks, Devonshire teas, bread, milk, gas and ice. We also carry a small selection of personal and basic provisions.   
Riverwood Downs has a variety of dining options available throughout the day and night.

We have a Cake of the Day Special and Mates Rates at the Bar
Gift Shop
The Gift Shop "Jago" features beautiful paintings by Australian artists, unique pieces of hand made pottery, craft and articles of Australiana, clothing and accessories. The Gift Shop "Jago" provides you with the opportunity to take home a unique souvenir of your special holiday.

Massage
Our experienced massage therapist adds the benefits of traditional Chinese massage (acupressure), Bowen Therapy and Reiki to a basic groundwork of therapeutic and remedial massage.


For those of you who want to get out and about, at Riverwood Downs we have a large range of activities to keep you entertained:

Horse Riding and Led Horse Rides
Enjoy the spectacular views on a 1.5 hour fully supervised walking trail ride over 5 kilometres with one of the locals who really knows the Valley! Led Horse rides are available for children.
Enquire about our Horse Riding Special Offer!

Horse Riding

Children aged from 10 to 14 years must be accompanied by a parent/guardian on the trail ride.  All participants on the trail ride must wear long pants and closed in shoes.

Led Horse Ride
Each child on the led horse ride must have a parent/guardian to lead the horse.  All participants on the led horse ride must wear long pants and closed in shoes.

Canoeing
Large "Canadian" style canoes (life jackets available) on a slow flowing, very scenic 1 kilometre stretch of the mountain river. Platypus and bird life in this area of the river, can be watched at dawn and dusk each day.

Tyre Tubes 
For the daredevils - ride a Tyre Tube down the rapids.

Games Room 
The games room contains two three quarter size competition standard Snooker Tables. Snooker, Pool and Billiard balls available. A table tennis table is adjacent to the games room.

Tennis 
Half court Tennis is setup in the Woolshed.  Lots of fun for the whole family, day or night, fine or wet weather. Racquets and balls are supplied at the Bar.

Volleyball 
The Volleyball net is setup on the manicured lawns, a volleyball is also available from the bar.

Enquire about Movie Nights and Kids Holiday Activities:)

Bush Walking
Native wildlife and farm animals give you a truly unique experience. A lovely 5km walking trail on the property takes guests from elevated views along the mountain to a secluded swimming area in the river and back to the Resort in a pleasant 1.5 hours. Longer walks are available in the surrounding country side and nearby State Forests and National Parks. Maps and suggestions are available at Reception. 
Great country for mountain bike riding too.

Bird Watching
The Mountain River running through Riverwood Downs is a natural bird corridor. The combination of vegetation, topography and the adjacent mountains ensure a wide variety of birds, including eagles!

Night Wildlife Safari
View the star filled night sky while spotlighting for the local wildlife on this tour of the property. Wildlife regularly seen include wallabies, kangaroos, bandicoots, hares, owls, rabbits, possums and foxes.

Swimming
A beautiful Mountain River with 5kms of pristine river frontage, and numerous rock pools.  There is also an inground Pool located in the Resort Complex. 

Fishing
The river is a breeding ground for Golden Bass and experienced anglers catch some excellent fish in the quiet reaches of the river, particularly between November and March. Fresh water Cray Fish are also found in the river. The farm dams are stocked with Silver Perch which may be fished on a catch and release basis. You need your own equipment and an Inland Waterways Fishing License and bag limits do apply. 

Platypus Spotting
The rare and elusive platypus live and breed in the mountain river at Riverwood Downs. Dawn and dusk are the ideal times to watch these unique creatures feed and play in the river. Platypus watchers do not need to hide, but silence is a prerequisite. Because of the accessibility of the river and the vibrant population of platypus, Riverwood Downs has hosted television film crews from Sydney, Italy and USA who have all successfully filmed the platypus here. 

Picnic Area and BBQ's
Sit by the river under the willow trees with a soft breeze blowing, perfect for a leisurely picnic or collect some wood to cook your delicious meal on a wood fired Barbecue.
The many manicured areas along the river are perfect for resident guests or day visitors.
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Historic Local Towns

Visit Stroud
The pleasant town of Stroud is full of beautiful historic buildings and happens to be home to one of the largest displays of convict constructions in Australia. Stroud was established in 1826 when it was included in a land grant of almost a million acres to the Australian Agricultural Company.  Stroud was first established in 1826 and its main feature is the 'Silo-Hill', a hill with eight underground wheat silos.

What to do in Stroud: 
Stroud Heritage Walk
St John's Anglican Church
Booral Wharf Ruins
The Gables
Gundayn House
Quambi House
Silo Hill
Alderly House (convict house built by Cobb and Co.) 
Stroud House
Stroud Gate
International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Competition. - Every April


Visit Dungog
The township of Dungog is home to many lovely buildings, some with their magnificent wrought-iron lacework still intact-a monument to the artisans of yesteryear. Dungog is rich in natural assets. Mountain ranges, freshwater streams, clean air and magnificent rural vistas entice visitors to the area. The shire population of 8000 has for many years been dependent on the local agricultural industries including dairy, timber and beef cattle, but now includes a growing tourism industry offering visitors the opportunity to discover a small rural community within 3 hours easy drive from Sydney. Three significant rivers bisect the area offering many fertile valleys, magnificent country scenery and quite rural villages; while supplying drinking water for the population of the lower hunter region. Wind your way along scenic hillside drives, canoe and fish your way along quiet streams or walk your way up to the Corker; it's totally up to you.

First discovered by European settlers in the early 1800's it was seen as a valuable source of cedar timber as the river allowed for easy access from Paterson or Clarence Town, both of which were centres of river navigation. Agricultural pursuits attracted a large number of settlers into the area from 1824 after the first land grants were made and many small villages were established throughout the fertile valleys between the Paterson and Williams Rivers.

Now a quiet rural area, with a busy commercial centre; Dungog provides a home base for the surrounding areas with a movie theatre, cafes', restaurants, banks, a supermarket and a large variety of browsing opportunities. A gateway location for the surrounding area Dungog is a town that must be visited while enjoying a stay in the Barrington Tops.

What to do in and around Dungog:
Take a self guided tour of the fine historical buildings throughout town including the museum 
Spend a day walking in the Williams River areas of the Barrington Tops National Park.
Visit the Camelot Lavenderand Llama Farm - Wallarobba
Johnson's Farm Gate - Glen William
Gresford Wine and Olive Trail
St Mary's on Allyn Historic Church - Gresford
Tocal Historic Homestead
Museums at Clarence Town and Paterson
Local markets held regularly in Dungog, Gresford and Clarence Town

Visit Gloucester
Gloucester is a vibrant, large country town in a picturesque river valley at the junction of the Avon, Gloucester and Barrington Rivers, under a range of impressive monolithic hills called The Bucketts.
Gloucester Shire is a predominantly rural area. The Shire encompasses a total land area of about 2,900 square kilometres, of which a large proportion is National Park and State Forest. Most of the rural area is used for timber-getting, grazing, dairy farming and with several boutique farms producing herbs, award-winning goats cheeses and olive oils. The township of Gloucester is the main commercial, industrial and urban centre of the Shire.

What to do in Gloucester:
Dine at one of the many cafes
Visit the Folk Museum and St Clements Park to see the original schoolhouse and folk museum for tales from the gold-mining era.
Take the Bucketts Scenic Walk for panoramic valley views
Hire a canoe and explore the rivers.
Gloucester Gallery
Boomerang Walk in the beautiful local park 

Visit Barrington Tops
Barrington Tops is a unique World Heritage Listed wilderness destination, covering 120,000 hectares of lush sub-tropical rainforests and ancient beech forests, beautiful valleys, pristine rivers and breathtaking views. The impressive array of habitats found in the Barrington Tops nurtures half of the plant species found in Australia and over one-third of its mammals and birds.

Imagine a place where the mountain grandeur is so unspoilt that the air itself is almost blue. Where adjacent rainforest surrounds you with the quiet secret magic that makes the expectation of mythical characters seem quite rational. Or the streams and waterfalls so clear that the word crystal seems inadequate.

There are four main areas offering access to the diverse beauty of the forests of the Barrington Tops region. The experience of each is different and a single visit can grant only a glimpse of the depth and complexity of these natural wonderlands.

The unique quality of this region is reflected in its listing as a World Heritage Area - the closest such area to Newcastle, and one accessible even to those with limited mobility. Barrington Tops is the habitat of an enormous diversity of plant and animal life being at the northern extremity of the range for many southern Australian species as well as the southernmost extent for many more tropical species. More than 50 plants and animals of the Barringtons are listed as rare, threatened or endangered.

Barrington Tops is a 25 kilometre long plateau extending between a series of extinct volcanic peaks in the Mount Royal Ranges, an easterly offshoot of the Great Escarpment. 80 kilometres west of surf and sand, as the black cockatoo flies, 1.5 kilometre high mountains rise to swirling mists. On a plateau stretched between their summits, alpine meadows awash with fragile wildflowers in springtime spread out beneath snowgums' open boughs. Melted snow becomes lithe white water dancing down to the sea through ancient beech forests bathed in an ethereal green light. Pure clear water flows from sphagnum moss swamps that retain and slowly release great quantities of water from the plateau, fed by mists, melting snow and an annual rainfall exceeding fifteen hundred millimetres.

More than twenty valleys radiate from the hub of the plateau. Wild rivers become waterfalls plunging from great heights into fern-lined gorges. In the river valleys of the lowlands, weathered basalt washed down from the mountains forms rich alluvial soils. Rainforest in Barrington Tops National Park is the southernmost link in a chain of remnant rainforests in central Eastern Australia protected by World Heritage listing. Antarctic beech forests cloaking the slopes above the nine-hundred-metre mark are a living link with the supercontinent of Gondwanaland, where they evolved sixty-six million years ago. Pollen of the genus Nothofagus dates back to the Late Cretaceous period, when Australia was still part of Gondwanaland. It is believed the genus evolved after links between Africa and South America were severed. Today, it is found in the mountains of New Guinea, New Caledonia, New Zealand and southern South America and relic rainforest in Tasmania. Nothofagus is the southern hemisphere's representative of the European beech.

The first stage of the Barrington Tops National Park was dedicated in 1969 with additions being made in 1982. The park gained World Heritage Listing in 1986 and, more recently, much of the area has been declared Wilderness. The pure quality of their water and their special aesthetic beauty have enabled Boonabilla Creek and the Paterson, Williams, Chichester and Wangat rivers to be classified as Wild Rivers. Fantastic views of forested wilderness unfold from the highest peaks. On a clear day from Carey's Peak, at an elevation of 1545 metres, the white sands of Stockton Beach may be visible as a distant fine line above the rolling, agricultural, green valley of the Williams River, scooped out in a blue-green wilderness of forest. At Mount Barrington, at 1556 metres, a view to the western slopes of the Tops overlooks grazing land towards Scone in the Hunter River Valley.
While reaching up to meet enveloping mists, Antarctic Beech trees tower over an understory of treeferns.

At the Laurie Lookout in Gloucester Tops, it is possible to see distinct changes in forest types. Rising from the valley floor, warm-temperate rainforest species merge with wet eucalypt forest up the slopes. Where the slope retains little water, dry eucalypts thrive. Adjacent to the subalpine swamp communities and woodlands, grassy summits known as 'grassland balds' cap the summits.
The impressive array of habitats found in the Barrington Tops nurtures half of the plant species found in Australia and over one-third of its mammals and birds. A high concentration of gliders and owls, including the barking owl, which emits a blood-curdling human-like scream while hunting at night, nest in hollows in eucalypt forest that has never been logged, saved by the rugged nature of the terrain. The powerful, masked and sooty owls, however, join twenty-three other animals on the endangered list, including the tiger quoll, the red-legged pademelon, yellow-bellied glider, koala, broad-toothed rat and sphagnum frog. One of Australia's rarest birds, the tiny and elusive rufous scrub bird, may be heard singing a loud melodious song while foraging on the forest floor adjoining beech forest.

Barrington Tops is home to the magnificent iridescent blue-green paradise riflebird, which belongs to the birds of paradise family, often considered the most beautiful birds in the world. Sometimes this bird can be heard tearing rotten wood, in pursuit of insects, with his strong curved beak. The paradise riflebird decorates his cup-shaped nest with cast-off snakes' skins, the skins of diamond pythons and green tree snakes, reptiles which share his moist forest habitat in wet eucalypt and temperate rainforest.

Walks from the Allyn River
Several gentle day walks in Barrington Tops National Park and Chichester State Forest extend into subtropical riverine rainforest beside the classified Wild and scenic Allyn and Williams rivers, where they drop off sharply from the south easterly peaks of the Barrington Tops. The walks in the Barrington Tops National Park are near the Barrington Guest House, which has been a mecca for visitors discovering the scenic delights of forest and mountain for more than sixty years. The suspension bridges on the Twin Bridges Walk overlook the crystal waters of the Williams River rushing down the rocky riverbed through fern-lined banks. Platypuses are sometimes seen in pools beside the river bank. This walk links with the Rocky Crossing Walk.
At Chichester State Forest, the Allyn River can be investigated along the Allyn River Rainforest Trail. The subtropical rainforest here is well documented at twelve sites, where explanatory signs point out features of the forest which abounds with wildlife. Red cedars and strangler figs are common and the largest river oak recorded in New South Wales is here.

The difficult walk to Carey's Peak (1545 metres) begins at Lagoon Pinch. A magnificent view from The Corker rewards walkers who ascend 600 metres in only four kilometres. The summit at Carey's Peak is a further four-kilometre uphill climb.
The well documented Tops to Myalls Heritage Trail also begins at Lagoon Pinch and although the track ascends from here along The Carey's Peak Trail for approximately nine kilometres to the first campsite at Wombat Creek, the rest of the 220 kilometre walk is generally a downhill walk. The Tops to Myalls Heritage Trail is designed to be broken up into eleven day walks, many of which can be completed as single day walks. The whole walk encompasses a wide range of ecosystems, from the alpine woodlands, subalpine meadows and beech forests of the majestic mountains at the Tops through extensive wet and dry eucalypt forests managed in State Forests in the mountains falling to the Myall Lakes. At the coast, wildflower heathlands, wet palm forests and mangrove wetlands surround sparkling lakes, heralding the walk's end, where mobile dunes meet the sea.

Beech Forest
A dramatic change occurs at the edge of the beech forest. Every surface, apart from the dark scalloped trunks of the giant beech trees and the tan, round leaves carpeting the path, appears a shade of green. Bright, light-green, thick moss glows between the lacy tracery of tree fern fronds. An ethereal greenish light shines through long blue-green, old men's beards-a long lichen 'dripping' from almost every bough, twisting high into the deep dark canopy.
The forest becomes an enchanted timeless place where children can imagine fairies among the delicate ferns and mosses clothing the forest floor in intricate miniature shapes and luxuriant textures. In springtime, the fieldia, a fragile vine with a tiny scalloped leaf, glows when it showers its gorgeous cream bells where it creeps over moss-covered rocks. Terrestrial beech orchids cascade creamy-white sprays from beech boughs. All year round, opaque putty-white elephant's foot fungi-the scale of the animal's anatomy -stands out from everything green, where it is anchored between the bulbous base of the beech. Coppice growths, upright beech tree suckers, appear here, ready to flourish if the parent tree is damaged. The beech trees also disperse seeds and many saplings can be seen emerging from the forest floor. The ingenious yellow-throated scrub wren's nest dangles from frail twigs at the end of a branch. To deter predators, this tiny designer builder, which weighs only a few grams, weaves a delicate,hanging, dome-shaped nest from moss and lichen, complete with a side door opening away from the tree, over a swift-flowing mountain stream.
Riverwood Downs brings a whole NEW meaning to Pet Friendly Holidays!

Riverwood Downs has Pet Friendly Family Cabins, Riverside Spa Cabins, selected Resort Rooms and Camping are available for guests with pets.

"Oh My DOG! Have you heard what they are all barking about - Dogs Tails are Wagging over the Pet Friendly Accommodation Options and they're Panting over the 3 course Pet Menu." 

When Your Pet is Truly Welcome, You know You can Relax.  

On or off lead you have 750 acres to explore, swim and frolic through, with an abundance of manicured lawns to run and play.
 
The Hounds Breath Cafe menu is served at the Cafe throughout the day and on the verandah and in our Hounds Breath Pet Cafe at night.  We cater for their every needs - with choices from "Pup a Chinos" to our specialty "Tasty Trio of Treats". 

Pets give Riverwood Downs a 5 PAWS Rating!




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SPECIAL DEALS FOR COUPLES


FREE Upgrade to a Spa!
Complimentary upgrade to a 4 Star Deluxe Spa Room with Queen Bed and Corner Spa.*Breakfast is an optional extra.

Romance Package
Includes 3 course A la carte Dinner on one night, chilled Sparkling Wine and Chocolates on Arrival and full hot country Breakfast each morning. 4 star Deluxe Spa Room!*Min 2 night stay. 

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Spend some quality time together with just the sounds of the many local birds and the mountain stream. 
Romance Is Always In The Air In Barrington Tops!

Employment

Considering a Tree Change?
Riverwood Downs is a 4 star unique rural resort in the foothills of the Barrington Tops situated between the townships of Stroud, Gloucester and Dungog.

We currently have three hospitality positions vacant for the right people to join our dynamic team. If you are a "people person" then you will go a long way in this progressive Company.

We can also provide assistance in seeking accommodation in the area.

Please send your current resume to:

Amanda Howton
Managing Director
Fax: (02) 49947047
Email: Amanda@RiverwoodDowns.com.au

If you have any questions about the positions vacant, please phone
ph:(02) 49947112

Positions Vacant
Chef or Commercial Cook - full time
You will need to demonstrate a commitment to quality work standards and be up to date with all Food Hygiene and O H and S policies. The successful applicant will be well presented, a good communicator and able to work well within an established team. Great conditions and working environment.

Waitperson - part time
Whilst experience is preferred, if you have the right attitude and aptitude your application will be considered. A current R.S.A. certificate is preferred.

Housekeeper - part time
Experience preferred, but not essential. You must be well presented and have an eye for detail.
Riverwood Downs - bringing a whole new meaning to "Pet Friendly" holidays!
We truly understand the relationship that you have with your pets. On or off lead you have 750 acres to play, swim and frolic through, with an abundance of manicured lawns to play and explore or just lie in the sun  and relax.
 
Dining Out With Your Pet
The Barrington Bar and Restaurant, as well as the Wilderness Cafe have Garden View verandah tables for guests with pets. We even have our Hound's Breath Cafe menu that is served at the Cafe throughout the day and Restaurant at night, with choices from Pup a Chino's to our specialty a "Tasty Trio of Treats". We cater for their every needs! 
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint by improving and sustaining the character of Riverwood Downs and the beauty of its environment.

Riverwood Downs' commitment to environmental sustainability is further demonstrated by the following:

Conserving our natural resources by the responsible use of energy, water and materials, while maintaining the quality of service for our guests.
Minimising pollution by reducing the use of chemicals.
Offering a clean, healthy and safe environment for staff and guests.

We review our environmental policy regularly, and constantly look at methods to better manage our resources. During our staff meetings, we discuss ways to preserve and enhance our environmental performance.

Several current initiatives are listed below:
Maximising use of individual accommodation zones, to minimize lighting requirements.
Servicing guest rooms only on request.
Electrical entry tag switches have been installed in all Resort Rooms and Cabins - these ensure all non essential electrical appliances are switched on/off when entering/departing buildings.
Installed energy efficient light globes.
Use of motion detectors for public areas.
Reducing water use by fitting low flow water regulators in showers.
Reducing use of paper by: printing on both sides of pages, re-using paper for notes and sketches.
Reducing packaging materials by purchasing bulk food items and cleaning materials.
Signage is in guest accommodation, to encourage re-use of bath towels which can reduce energy, water and chemical usage.
Recycling waste paper/cardboard, glass, aluminium/steel, recyclable plastics, cooking oil and toner cartridges.
Plastic bags are no longer used for gallery purchases.
Reducing transport pollution by using local suppliers where possible.
Vegetable waste is collected and given to a neighbouring property for chicken feed and meat wastage is taken by staff to use as pet food.
Marketing Disclaimer
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Further, we recommend that you make direct contact with our staff before acting upon material on this site, because such material (including without limitation the prices, features, dimensions and specifications) is subject to change without notice. All drawings, photos or images are conceptual renderings and we expressly reserve the right to make modifications. Maps not be to scale and are for relative location purposes only.

The information on this site is for information purposes only, and is not an offer or solicitation for purchase unless expressly stated otherwise.

Website
Riverwood Downs does not warrant that our website is free of viruses or other harmful components and to the full extent permitted by law, we exclude all liability for any damage (including without limitation loss of data, interruption to business and loss of profits) resulting from viruses or any other consequence of accessing this site.

Website Links
Riverwood Downs's site may contain links to other websites operated by other entities. These links have been provided solely for you to obtain further information about other relevant products and entities in the market. We have no control over the information on these sites or the products or services on them, and therefore make no representations regarding the accuracy or suitability of the information, services, or products described on them. You are advised to make your own enquiries in relation to third parties described or linked on this site. Inclusion of a link to a third party site should not be construed as that party's endorsement of this site.

By linking to sites operated by third parties, we are not authorizing the reproduction of any material on such sites; as such material may be the subject of intellectual property rights.

We either own or license the use of the copyright in all marketing material. You may not reproduce, adapt, upload, link, frame, broadcast, distribute or in any way transmit the material without written consent, other than to the extent necessary to view the material or as permitted by law.

Privacy Policy
Riverwood Downs is subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act 1988 that sets standard for the handling of personal information. Our property has a commitment to privacy and the safeguarding of guests, visitors and staff personal information.

There is a mandatory requirement under Australian Law to collect some of your personal information in order to process your registration at our resort. Any personal information provided by you to the property (eg. Name, address, car registration and contact details), will be protected. In addition the property requires certain information be maintained as a matter of guest safety in case of emergency and the need for evacuation.

The property does not usually disclose your personal information unless there is a legal requirement to do so. The property may disclose personal information to the relevant authorities if it reasonably believes that there is a threat to an individual's life, health or safety, or public health or safety. If the property has reason to suspect that unlawful activity has been, is being or may be engaged in, personal information may be used or disclosed as a necessary part of any investigation and reporting to relevant persons or authorities.

Your personal information may be used by the property for marketing purposes to improve our services and provide you with the latest information about those services and any new related service or promotion.

Any personal information held by Riverwood Downs will be destroyed or deleted as soon as it becomes irrelevant, requested by you and is legally possible.

If you do not wish to receive information about our latest promotions, the property on request will remove your name from mailing lists. You have the right to access any personal information that the property may hold about you, including a right of correction of your personal information.

Any further enquiries or information, please contact the manager.

The Platypus Lodge Bunkhouse
Platypus Lodge Bunkhouse is a complex built especially for Groups.  As its centrepiece, it has a huge 500m2 activities building with a large stage at one end with a magnificent rural outlook. The bunkhouse lodge has 28 bunkrooms which have 4 bunks in each and sleeps total of 112 people.

The 21 rooms open directly onto the central hall - the remaining 7 rooms are attached to the main complex by a covered walkway which makes all facilities comfortable to use whatever the weather. The rooms are also air conditioned and heated. 

There is a ladies and gents toilet block, common room and kitchen with fridges, microwave, urn and toaster. Undercover BBQ area. All you need to bring is linen, blankets, plates, cutlery and any cooking needs.
Linen can be provided for an additional charge.

Families
Ideal for families who want to go "camping without a tent." For recreation you can bushwalk, swim in the fresh water river, ride the "mini rapids" on a rubber tyre tube and sit by the campfire in the evening. Large open spaces for outdoor games. Horseriding, canoe hire and restaurant services are also available.

Groups
Schools, church groups, sporting groups, linedancers, craft goups, birthday parties, family reunions, weddings or just a group of friends find the bunkhouse lodge ideal for their needs. The 28 rooms sleep up to 112 people and the huge central hall provides an all weather facility for activities. Groups can cater for themselves, but due to the high quality and reasonable prices, most prefer us to cater for them. We will be happy to give you menu options and a quote for your Group.

Schools
The most popular use of the Bunkhouse is for School Camps, fully catered with food the kids really like. We have a regular school clientele, many of whom book from year to year to secure their venue, but there are still plenty of dates available for new clients.

A great feature of Riverwood Downs school camps is that our staff look after the students at meal times and teachers are given table service in a separate
air-conditioned dining room, which gives teachers three "student free" breaks each day.

The facilities are suitable for all ages from primary to year 12 and we can provide work sheets and program aids suitable for children of all ages. TV and video player are available. Horseriding and canoe hire are also available for an additional charge.

The 28 air conditioned Bunkrooms sleep up to 112 people and access to Riverwood Downs is suitable for Coaches.

For Your Complimentary School Pack, 
contact Kath Ph: 1800 809 772  
Email: Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au

Riverwood Downs Bunkhouse has been used for almost every type of School Excursion including band camps / stream watch / peer support / geography / agricultural / environmental just to name a few.
If you have a special program, or need, we will be happy to work with you to achieve it. Ask for our School Pack.

The Bunkhouse Lodge has 28 air conditioned rooms and sleeps a total of 112 people - Maximum of 4 persons in a room.

Fully Catered Packages
Rates are available which include all meals and/or activities packages. As the needs and budget of each Group is unique, we will be happy to supply individual quotes to meet your Groups needs. For more information, please call Amanda on 1800 809 772 or email your requirements to Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au 

International Groups
Special accommodation, meals and activities packages are available for overseas student or youth groups. Groups from Japan, Europe, UK and USA regularly visit Riverwood Downs to enjoy its wonderful location, food, Australian activities and wildlife.
For QUOTES and ITINERARIES please email: Enquiry@RiverwoodDowns.com.au


Riverwood Downs is a Multi Award Winning Resort

Awards and Accreditations
2009 Winner - NSW Tourism Silver Award for Unique Accommodation
2009 Finalist- HMAA Awards
2008 Winner - NSW Tourism Bronze Award for Unique Accommodation
Five times State Winner of Tourism NSW Holidays Consumer Choice Award
Five Paws rating from Holidaying with Dogs
4 Star AAA Tourism Accredited Luxury Accommodation
The Riverwood Downs Story
The Hall family found this touch of paradise in 1980, and set about fulfilling their dream to create what has now become the tranquil and relaxing resort of Riverwood Downs.

Firstly, they constructed dams, an 11000 volt electricity supply, underground water systems and 5 km of roads. Their philosophy was to support the local community, hiring trades people and buying materials, tools and produce locally.

In 1982 Riverwood Downs began its life as a camping and caravan park, while remaining a working property with a large herd of primarily Hereford cattle. The property continued to develop, and in 2004 the next generation of the Hall family in partnership with the Howton family has taken the business to the next level.
Location 
Riverwood Downs is located in a valley on a beautiful Mountain River, in the foothills of the Barrington Tops "World Heritage Wilderness", just 2.5 hours north of Sydney and only 1.5 hours north of Newcastle.

Located in a beautiful rural area known as the Monkerai Valley between the towns of Stroud and Gloucester. Riverwood Downs is a Multi Award Winning Property on 5kms of River Frontage with 750 acres to enjoy.

Tall mountains, cool mountain pools, crackling log fires, fresh air and bright stars, abundant wildlife, friendly staff and relaxed country hospitality complete the peaceful setting.

We look forward to welcoming you to 
Riverwood Downs!

Directions to Riverwood Downs 

GPS Coordinates
32 degrees 16 min 59.58 sec South, 151 degrees 50 min 59.51 sec East


From Sydney or The South of NSW
Take the Sydney to Newcastle Expressway north and follow it right to its end. At the roundabout turn right and follow the Pacific Highway 1 signs to Hexham and then left over the Hunter River bridge. (CAUTION when you come to the Raymond Terrace Round about IGNORE the sign that says Dungog Barrington Tops.) Drive straight through the roundabout.  You will bypass Raymond Terrace, following the Taree signs. On the Pacific Highway 20 kms north of the Raymond Terrace By-pass Roundabout, turn left onto the Bucketts Way to Stroud (Gloucester and Barrington Tops). The turn off to Riverwood Downs is on your left, 17 kms beyond Stroud. Do watch for the turn off, as it comes up rather quickly if you are travelling at highway speed. Then just follow the signs 8kms of gravel road in to Riverwood Downs. (Note: there is no need to go through Newcastle to get to Riverwood Downs.)

From Newcastle 
Coming from Newcastle take the Pacific Hwy North. (CAUTION when you come to the Raymond Terrace Round about IGNORE the sign that says Dungog - Barrington Tops.) Drive straight through the roundabout following the sign to Barrington Tops via Gloucester. On the Pacific Highway 20 kms north of the Raymond Terrace By-pass Roundabout, turn left onto the Bucketts Way to Stroud (Gloucester and Barrington Tops). The turn off to "Riverwood Downs" is on your left, 17 kms beyond Stroud. Do watch for the turn off,as it comes up rather quickly if you are travelling at highway speed. Then just follow the signs 8kms of gravel road in to Riverwood Downs.

From Northern NSW
We are situated between Dungog and Gloucester. Coming from the North, it depends whether you intend to travel on the New England or Pacific Highways.  If you are on the New England Hwy, you turn off the Highway at Singleton and proceed through Gresford to Dungog and then on the road to Stroud.  You can turn left onto Monkerai Rd about 
5 kms further on from Dungog and follow Monkerai Rd to Riverwood Downs - There is about 17 kms of gravel road through the Monkerai Nature Reserve.
The other alternative is to continue on the road from Dungog to Stroud, turn left onto the Bucketts Way heading to Gloucester. The turn off to Riverwood Downs is on your left, approximately 15kms from where you make the turn onto the Bucketts Way. Do watch for the turnoff as it comes up pretty quickly if you are travelling at highway speed. Then just follow the signs approximately 8 kms of gravel road in to Riverwood Downs gateway.

If you are travelling on the Pacific Hwy, turn right at Nabiac to Krambach. At Krambach turn left onto the Bucketts Way to Gloucester. From Gloucester, head South for about 35 kms towards Newcastle. You will pass through the villages of Stratford, Craven and Wards River and will find the turn to Monkerai on your right about 5kms South of Wards River. Do watch for the turn off as it comes up rather quickly if you are travelling at highway speed. Then just follow the signs 8km of gravel road in to Riverwood Downs.

There is limited mobile phone reception at Riverwood Downs.

Wilderness Cafe
Relax and Enjoy this beautiful setting, on the verandah at the Wilderness Cafe.

Lunch Menu

Chicken Pesto Baguette
Freshly baked Baguete filled with pesto cream cheese, baby spinach, sliced chicken, semi dried tomatoes and spanish onion.

Lamb Burger 
Tasty Lamb Pattie topped with homemade tomato relish, lettuce and tomato.

Chicken Burger
 
Crumbed Thigh  fillet with lettuce, tomato and Mayo.

Caesar Salad
Traditional Caesar with smoked bacon, herbed croutons, parmesan cheese and topped with a boiled egg (add chicken as extra).
 
Spanish style Savoury Cheesecake   
With chorizo, semi dried tomato and Spanish onion and a side salad.

Fish and Chips
Tempura fillet of fish, with a serve of chips, tartare and salad.

Soup and Salad   
Soup of the day with a crusty roll and a side salad.

Seafood Combo 
Combination of Calamari and prawn twisters with sweet chilli dipping sauce, chips and a side saladWedges with Sour cream and sweet chilli.
 
Something Sweet 
Lemon and Lime tart   
Mixed Berry Sundae
Sticky Date
Portugese Tart