Thank you for taking the time to share your experience of SummerHills Retreat Byron Bay accommodation, we enjoyed meeting you too. Our koala family is growing as we speak and we are proud to say that we currently have one mum, one dad, five joeys from the last five years and this year's little baby on mum's back that are all happily living here in this pristine environment. Koalas are nocturnal and we see our koala family at dusk when they change from one eucalyptus tree to another. As they live at the start of our 2 km walking trail, they are fairly easy to see most evenings. Of course we can't guarantee a koala sighting on any one evening but we are all very excited when we do. We are happy to hear that you spotted some koala bottoms during your stay!
We agree about having a car - we always advise guests that a car is the best form of transport in this area. For two reasons, public transport is not great around here. There are occasional buses but these are not as regular as we would like them to be. Also there are such incredibly beautiful scenic drives throughout the countryside that exploring the hinterland by car is exciting and picturesque, with delightful cafes and pottery studios dotted throughout the hills above Byron Bay, all showcasing our extraordinary artisans and excellent locally grown organic produce.
Car hire is easy to get at both Ballina/Byron airport (15 minutes) and Coolangatta airport (35 minutes). We are also only 2 hours from Brisbane airport and 90 minutes from the Brisbane CBD.
For guests who prefer not to drive, airport shuttle buses from each airport are also available. We recommend booking these in advance of your arrival. Once you are here at the retreat, taxis are also very easy to book. However this is obviously not as economical as having your own car.
Limousine chauffeur services are also available.
We are also happy to hear Kay that you enjoyed the privacy, comfort and spaciousness of your cabin and also our secluded location. We are indeed a handy 4 minutes to the village of Bangalow and only a 14 minute drive to Byron Bay. We are also conveniently close to Ballina (15 minutes), Lennox Head (15 minutes), Mullumbimby (15 minutes), Brunswick Heads (20 minutes), Lismore (20 minutes) and Nimbin (40 minutes).
For the benefit of the wider TripAdvisor community, we would like to clarify that all our cabins and villas are fitted with flyscreens and these work well when used correctly.
Dear Larry & Bronwyn,
It was lovely to meet with you both and we are very happy to hear that you loved your 4 day stay at our retreat. SummerHills Retreat is a beautiful and relaxing sanctuary, the perfect place to unplug from daily life. Our uninterrupted views of the NightCap Range mountains are indeed spectacular. We look forward to seeing you again next time you are heading to the Byron Bay Hinterland.