As part of participating in the meditation weekend retreat, included in the cost is your overnight accommodation at the Pilgrim Lodge. The Lodge is situated right next to the temple, only a few minutes walk away. The Lodge overlooks the lotus pond and the beautiful gardens of the Temple. The Nan Tien Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere.
Rooms can accommodate from 1-5 people. Our room was a 4 bed standard room. Prices range from $88pn for a standard room with a double bed to $206 pn for a family room with air conditioning and a balcony.
Anyone can stay at the Pilgrim Lodge, you dont need to be attending the retreats to be able to stay here. Its a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of inner city accommodation.
Vegetarian meals are provided in the Temple Dining Room. Costs are $8.00 for breakfast, $9.00 for lunch and $10.00 for dinner. Please note that no smoking, no meat and no alcohol is permitted on the Temple grounds or in the Pilgrim Lodge.
Temple opening hours are Tuesday-Sunday 9am-5pm and open Mondays on public holidays. There is no fee for entrance into the Nan Tien Temple.
Special group packages can be arranged to include a guided tour, tai chi, meditation, tea ceremony and chinese craft - with a minimum of 10 persons required for bookings.
This place is simply "magical" and the real beauty about it is that you can do as much or as little as you want here. Solar Springs Health Retreat if situated on the escarpment in Morton National Park in the little village of Bundanoon in the Southern Highlands. It is about a 2 hour drive from Sydney along the Hume Highway. In a nutshell, Solar Springs is all about making lifestyle changes through diet, exercise and relaxtion - OR - if you just want to get away from the ratrace and do absolutely nothing, then that is acceptable too!
I think I have been here 5 times, each in the month of November, from 1996 until the year 2000. We always chose to go in the warmer months, but I am told this place is just as magical in the winter months, with open fires burning and sometimes even snow! My friend who was the organiser of our weekend escapes got sick of doing all the organising in 2000 and no-one else wanted to do it, so that is where they sadly ended. We used to get a big group of mums together, usually about 10-20 of us and escape from reality for 3 days up here, it is not very far away from Wollongong.
We would drop the kids off at School on Friday morning and then hit the road - arriving in time to settle in and have lunch! Our weekends started at 9am on Friday and ended at tea-time on Sunday when we reluctantly arrived back home to the age-old question "Whats for tea Mum?"
At Solar Springs, all your meals are included, being mainly vegetarian, but with white meat on Saturday night, by memory. The food is unreal, very sumptious and as much as you can eat. The food is very good for your digestive system - if you know what I mean!!!
At Solar Springs there is an aquatic centre, gym and fitness room, bushwalks, skin and body care, massage therapies, naturopathy, nutrition, fitness classes and life coaching. Basic activities are included in the cost, such as bushwalks, yoga, tai-chi, aquarobics etc. It is only the other treatments, such as massages, pedicures etc. that you pay extra for, and they are quite well priced. Most of us "Mums" had about one treatment a day, but there were some of us that chose to have none, therefore making the weekend even cheaper. When we were going, our whole weekend would cost anything from $300-$500. I have just checked out their website and the weekend package by itself (with no treatments but ALL meals) ranges from $480 (non-ensuited room) to $620 (ensuited valley-view room).
Heaven in the Highlands - relaxation - rejuvenation - pampering - no cooking or cleaning! - no kids or hubbies!
I stayed here for about a week while looking for more permanent accomodation in Wollongong back in 2003. From their website I read that they offer long term accomodation now, but short term rooms ara available aswell. It was a good and clean accomodation, relatively central and no problems. There is no restaurant at the motel, but the appartments have good kitchens. Also there are a SubWay restaurant and a 7-Eleven close by. 5 minutes walk to the Crown Street Mall and city centre with a lot of dining and shopping options.
We haven't actually stayed at this campsite, but it caught our eye as we were driving past it.
It is nestled between the mountains and the beach.
Has powered sites, a shower block, laundry, BBQs and seats. Suitable for caravans and tents.
Although the sites are fairly close to each other, everyone seemed to be friendly, relaxed and minding their own business.
Coledale Beach is a patrolled beach with flags.
There are shops within walking distance from the campsite, and a short drive to other beaches and attractions.
They accept credit cards.
Located right on the beach, so the views are fantastic.
You could pitch a tent in the caravan park for a budget accomodation option. I'm sure they have vans you could hire also. They have both powered and non powered sites, with an ammentities block for your perusual.
The best thing about the Corrimal caravan park, is the location. Just walk down the beach track and your on the beach. You can drive to Wollongong in under 10 minutes or if your without a car buses run regularly. Takes about 15 minutes, cost about $3.
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