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Walk the Bundanon landscape and discover stories of its biodiversity, conservation and regeneration.

Connect to a deeper sense of place with guided tours, an art-making workshop and awe-inspiring stargazing with a local astrophysicist. Throughout the weekend be treated to a culinary experience using the freshest ingredients sourced from the Shoalhaven

 

BOOKINGS

Dates: 13 – 14 July 2024

The Bridge

Enjoy an early check in and light lunch at Bundanon’s award-winning eco-friendly accommodation in The Bridge

The Bridge

Sensitively embracing the existing landscape and its ecology, the Bridge is a 160-metre-long by 9-metre-wide structure that spans the space of a gully. Designed to respond to current and future climatic conditions, Kerstin Thompson drew inspiration from rural Australia’s trestle flood bridges.

On select weekends throughout the year visitors to Bundanon have the opportunity to stay the night on the Bridge and experience Kerstin Thompson’s architecture for themselves.

Read more about the Bridge’s architecture here.

Guided Bushwalk

Join Michael Andrews, Natural Resources Manager, for a guided bushwalk along the waterfront of Bundanon’s Art Museum site.

 

Michael Andrews

Michael Andrews has a history of working in environmental management with Conservation Volunteers Australia, the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (now Local Land Services) and Bathurst Regional Council. He is a qualified in Environmental Science, Horticulture, Adult Education and Natural and Cultural Resource Management.

At Bundanon, Michael Andrews work has focused on Landcare initiatives to increase biodiversity, capture carbon and reconnect native habitat on the Shoalhaven River. This work, particularly unique for a cultural organisation, demonstrates the leadership role the arts can play in foregrounding the importance of protecting the environment for future generations.

Tour of the Art Museum

Spend the afternoon in the Art Museum, with a guided tour of the current exhibition

The Art Museum

subterranean Art Museum sits at the heart of the new Bundanon. Sensitively embracing the existing landscape and its ecology, the design responds to current and future climatic conditions.

On display in the Art Museum from the 6 July-13 October will be Early Light: Rethinking Australian landscapes, featuring Arthur Boyd’s 1984 commission for the Arts Centre Melbourne, in conversation with works by environmentally-engaged Australian artists from the same period.

Learn more about the exhibition.

Fine Dining

As twilight approaches, enjoy a drink with your fellow guests, followed by an indulgent three-course dinner by Executive Chef Douglas Innes-Will, complimented with local beverages

Executive Chef Douglas Innes-Will

Executive Chef Douglas Innes-Will oversees all catering at Bundanon and the Ramox Café, bringing his local eye and longstanding knowledge of South Coast produce.

Douglas works with local purveyors to source sustainable ingredients for signature dishes and to ensure quality produce is sourced from the surrounding Shoalhaven region.

Stargazing

After dinner, partake in awe-inspiring stargazing with local astrophysicist Dr Dimitri Douchin from Jervis Bay Stargazing

Dr Dimitri Douchin

Dimitri Douchin, PhD is an astrophysicist, cultural astronomer and TEDx speaker. He is also the co-founder of Blue Mountains Stargazing (Bronze Winner of 2023 NSW Tourism Awards in the Tour Operator category) with his fiancée Caroline. They are based in St Georges Basin in Jervis Bay.

Morning Yoga

In the morning join local instructor Anna Smallwood for Vinyasa class, designed to sustain concentration and build awareness in the body

Vinyasa yoga with Anna

Join local instructor Anna Smallwood for a morning Vinyasa Flow class. Designed to sustain concentration and build awareness in the body, this class welcomes all bodies and levels of ability.

Anna Smallwood completed a Bachelor of Dance at the Victorian College of The Arts and has always maintained a yoga practice while working as a dancer. Anna immediately fell in love with Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow practices, as they promote freedom through movement, yet unlike dance are driven by the breath.

Anna completed her yoga teacher training at Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India, in 2005. She has since returned to India many times to both teach at Brahmani Yoga and to deepen her own yoga practice. Anna is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT 500) and holds a Level 2 teacher certification with Yoga Australia. Her favourite pose is the cosmic egg.

Guided Artmaking

Conclude your stay with a guided artmaking workshop, that uses naturally derived inks and pigments gathered on-site, before a late check-out at 1pm

Drawing Workshop

Create a visual record of your time at Bundanon using experimental natural drawing materials and abstract mark-making. No art experience necessary.

Make your own paints using raw materials foraged from Bundanon’s rich landscape, with approval from First Nations Custodians, including products of extreme weather events (bushfire charcoal, riverbank silt, ochre clays collected from the roots of fallen trees after storms). Considering both personal and cultural associations between mood and colour, create your own visual ‘weather report’ to document your Bundanon experience.

THEMED STAY WEEKENDS

Riverscape is one of three themed stay weekends taking place across 2024. There are many stories to tell at Bundanon, themed weekends offer guests the chance to engage with one of these stories more deeply.

Please join the Stay Weekend Newsletter is you would like to be amoungst the first to learn about Bundanon’s newest stay opportunities.

ITINERARY OVERVIEW*

 

Day 1

Check in at 11am 
12pm: Light lunch  
1-3pm: A guided bushwalk with Michael Andrews, Natural Resources Manager of Bundanon, who will take guests along the waterfront at the Art Museum site
4-5pm: Art Museum exhibition tour
5.30-6pm: Pre-dinner drinks served with an amuse-bouche  
6-8pm: Three-course dinner (set menu), with drinks
From 9pm: Stargazing (optional)

 

Day 2

7am: Yoga (optional)
8-9am: Continental breakfast  
9.30am-12:30pm: ‘Prevailing Moods’ art-making workshop
Check out by 1pm

 

*Itinerary subject to change at any time. Final itinerary sent by email the week of your stay.

*Please note, sales close 10 days prior to each event.

WHAT TO PACK

Towels, bedding and body wash are provided in your room, but please bring anything else you might need including: 

  • Other toiletries: shampoo, conditioner and toothpaste 
  • Yoga mat 
  • All-weather clothing, including a hat and sunscreen 
  • Insect repellent
  • Bushwalking appropriate shoes and clothing
  • Water bottle 
  • For light-sensitive sleepers: some light does enter the room, so bring an eye mask 
  • Hair dryer/shower cap, if you need one 
  • A good book: there are no TVs at Bundanon, so bring things to do during any downtime 
PRICING

Two people: $1300 (king bed or twin singles)
One person: $900

Pricing includes GST.
Your stay at Bundanon enables two children from local primary schools to participate in a day learning program at Bundanon.

Please review terms and conditions for accommodation bookings.

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Bundanon acknowledges the people of the Dharawal and Dhurga language groups as the traditional owners of the land within our boundaries, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley.

This website contains names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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