Friday Creek Retreat is set on 100 acres in a beautiful valley at Upper Orara on the New South Wales Mid North Coast. Some say that Orara is derived from Urara, which is Aboriginal for ‘where Perch live.’ And Perch certainly do live in the Friday Creek Retreat Lake, where they’ve been dodging anglers for many years! If you’d like to try your luck though, we’ll provide the gear – but please remember, it’s always kiss and release.
Quite often, our guests will borrow our bicycles and go for a ride along Friday Creek Road. They ride past our vineyard; glossy well-fed cattle and horses; an organic egg farm and a few contented alpacas. Others prefer to explore the valley on foot to enjoy the various walks available.
The beautiful design creates a feeling of nature’s own rock pools – crystal clear, sparkling waters with all the smoothness and comfort of today’s pool technology. The landscaped pools gently follow the contours of the land; providing vantage points from where you can admire the panoramic expanses of Friday Creek’s rolling hills and plains.
Overlooking the pools is a rustic style, covered space that houses a very popular wood fired pizza oven, gas BBQ, refrigerator, Bluetooth speakers (bring your own music), tables and chairs and a very functional kitchenette. This has been home to many family gatherings, happy Pizza Parties and small gatherings of guests and their friends.
Over the years, many guests have discovered (some have rediscovered) the simple pleasures of rolling a heavy ball across manicured lawns to come as close as possible to a small ‘target ball’. We believe that the Italian version can become quite animated! But – it’s all good fun.
Although seemingly more sedate, the game of Croquet is pretty challenging. It requires some dexterous handling of a mallet to propel balls through hoops. And even if you get it all wrong, it’s still hilarious!
The full-size synthetic grass court has been positioned in another beautiful part of Friday Creek Retreat. It’s surrounded by magnificent old gum trees and beautiful lawns, with rustic seating for those who love spectator sports. Just bring some strawberries, cream and an ice bucket with your favourite tipple.
Even though the CSIRO has stated that the Coffs Harbour area has, ‘the best climate around’, Mother Nature can sometimes send clouds, showers and cool spells. At Friday Creek Retreat, you’ll find beauty in all weather – especially when you can curl up indoors (with or without roaring log fire) with a selection from our pretty comprehensive library of movies, books and music. They’re all free too.
The fully equipped laundry provides washing machine, dryers and detergent dispensers – all at no extra charge to you. Also, all games equipment is yours for the asking – free of charge.
We’ve found that most of our guests prefer to bring their own provisions for all meals (which means our kitchens are very popular!) But there are times when you might crave a pizza fresh from the pizza oven … so we suggest you bring your favourite toppings and allow us to provide you with freshly made pizza dough bases. Please give us some notice (about 3 hours or so) to prepare it freshly for you.
Each dough base makes several small pizzas (about 8 – all perfect for the paddle and the oven) and this quantity provides more than enough for 2 adults. We also provide a tomato sauce base and lots of fresh, aromatic herbs from our garden. Together with the toppings of your choice that you have brought along, this produces a delicious, satisfying pizza meal for $10.00. We deliver to the poolside kitchen area at a time that suits you and help you get the pizza oven fired up and give you some simple instructions on how to build a great pizza.
While most of our guests provide their own breakfast foods, there are times when some need our help. We do need lots of advance notice though as we believe fresh is best – so we don’t keep a stock of breakfast foods ‘just in case’. We can however bake you a fresh loaf of bread for breakfast and bring it to you at a time that suits you.
As we enter into the last couple of weeks of autumn, the weather is just beautiful here at Friday Creek. Crisp, clear sunny days and cool nights. Our guests are enjoying the open fires and toasting marshmallows. The electric blankets are back on the beds, and the warm winter gowns have replaced the summer gowns. Our swimming pool deck extension is nearing completion. We...
Well, February has been another very busy month so far at Friday Creek. On the Oz Tag Junior Cup weekend we had lots of families staying here and sweltering through some of the hottest days on record. It must have been tough on the kids having to play in such intense heat, and also very tough on the parents waiting around in the heat, many...