Mt Hyland Wilderness Retreat

Mt Hyland Wilderness Retreat is a magnificent 968 acre forested property situated in a unique, serene forested location 43km north-west of Dorrigo, New South Wales, Australia. It adjoins the World Heritage forests of Mt Hyland Nature Reserve and is surrounded by vast wilderness areas of State Forests and National Parks, offering spectacular scenery.

We have six types of rainforest communities and eight open forest communities surrounding our Lodge and the adjoining Mt Hyland Nature Reserve.  There are many species of plants and animals present here, all living in their native habitats, and some of them rare and endangered: over a 100 species of birds; koalas, wallabies, possums, gliders, kangaroos, bandicoots, quoll, 10 types of frogs, and a variety of reptiles, just to mention a few. 

We offer accommodation for individuals, couples, families as well as groups of up to 30 people.  Our facilities and our beautiful place here in the forest is also available for workshops and retreats for those wishing to connect deeply to the earth and within themselves. Our steadily growing range of courses and retreats will allow you, for example, to explore native skills and philosophies, wilderness and bush survival skills, plant identification, environmental studies, deep meditation practices, and alternative healing techniques, or simply to rest and regenerate.

"Through our relationship with the natural world
 we unfold the messages of life and meet with our own peace."


All facilities at Mt Hyland Wilderness Retreat are harmoniously nestled within the rich natural diversity of forest wilderness.  Environmentally friendly features include:

·         buildings from local stone and timbers

·         passive solar design

·         solar power and hot water

·         pristine spring water for drinking and bathing

Home-style Accommodation

At Mt Hyland Wilderness Retreat, we have a range of accommodation options to suit individual needs and preferences, and the requirements of particular courses and workshops. We offer accommodation for groups up to 30 people. Families, couples and individuals are also very welcome.

Forest Lodge

The main house offers warm country hospitality and comfortable shared accommodation for up to 15. The house is on one level, with good disabled access. The open fires reflect our welcoming atmosphere.

Lyrebird Lodge

If you prefer self-contained accommodation, with the option of self-catering, nearby is our new lodge with fully equipped kitchen, spacious comfortable living area with large slow combustion stove and BBQ facilities.  Comfortable beds for up to 12 people including 8 in the lofts, with its stunning views of the night sky, the surrounding bush and Mt Hyland

Bunk house

For larger groups we have a bunk house with beds for 10 people.

Workshop and retreat space


Seminar/workshop Space


 Only a couple of minutes walk away from Forest Lodge is Gaia Retreat, a beautiful seminar/workshop space with a stunning view of Mt Hyland and surrounded by beautiful, pristine rainforest. This building comfortably seats up to 50


Dining options    

Delicious, healthy country-style meals can be provided for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as morning and afternoon snacks. We serve fresh organic produce from our own extensive gardens and orchards whenever possible and always use the best local produce available. A wide range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are offered. If you prefer, you are welcome to self-cater in the nearby dining room. The kitchen is spacious and fully equipped to cater for individuals as well as medium to large groups.



·         Stroll along forest trails, right outside your doorstep and enjoy natural forest treasures close by the Lodge. 

·          Enjoy hiking deep into the adjoining World Heritage Mt Hyland Nature Reserve with its pristine forests. 

·         Explore surrounding National Parks and State Forests, there are 6 National Parks in our area (experienced local guides available by arrangement)

Workshops and Retreats (available periodically)

·         Learn about native flora and fauna

·         Nature/philosophy workshops

·         Deep ecology

·         Yoga

·         Meditation

Relax and regenerate

·         Alternative healing therapies, including massage (available by arrangement)

·         Simply sit and gaze at the views beyond the garden

·         Enjoy the open fires nestled in a comfortable lounge setting.

·         Browse our library, or bring a good book, listen to music or watch a movie.

·         Enjoy vast, star-filled night skies by the outdoor fire or in the outdoor spa.