Heart & Soul and beyond …
At Heart & Soul we are blessed in many ways, especially in terms of our location. Nestled into the mountains of the Royal National Park and bordered by a beautiful creek, our retreat space is built on 20 acres of gently rolling hills, gardens and bushland. Enjoy peaceful nature walks and meet a variety of wildlife such as parrots, kookaburras, kangaroos, deer, etc.. The relaxed and nurturing energy of the valley is the perfect place to unwind, heal and connect, and the beach is only 10 minutes away.
Royal National Park
Located just a 2 minute walk from our retreat centre, the breathtakingly beautiful Royal National Park satisfies your wildlife and nature cravings. Characterised by coastal cliffs, secluded beaches and eucalyptus rich bushland, the reserve is a perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts or for those looking to have some quiet time in the nature. The reserve is inhabited by kookaburras, lyre birds and echidnas.
Kellys Falls is a picnic area located within the Garawarra State Conservation Area, just 6 minutes from Heart & Soul. With a network of walking trails, cascading waterfalls and four stunning lookout points, this area offers amazing views of waterfalls and rainforest.
Figure 8 pools
The Figure 8 Pools are a natural wonder you have to see for yourself. Located on a rock ledge south of Burning Palms Beach in the Royal National Park, they are best to visit for a swim during low tide.
Wattamolla Picnic Area
This gem of a picnic area boasts a natural lagoon, waterfalls, rock pools, the sea and plenty of beach space for you to unwind.
Bald Hill Lookout
The steep 30-minute walk up to the Bald Hill Lookout is a great workout for your legs. Bald Hill is one of the Illawarra's most famous and popular lookouts. The area is known internationally as a major hang gliding point. Make sure to bring a photo camera as well as some water and a little picnic to make the most of the stunning sunrises and sunsets.
Sea Cliff Bridge
This 665 metre long bridge offers great views of the ocean and a spectacular viewing platform for whales heading north/south during the migrating season. The Sea Cliff Bridge is accessible via Coalcliff station, with only a 15 minute walk form the station to the bridge.
Glow Worm Tunnel
Use the Glow Worm Tunnel walking track as the fastest and easiest way to experience the wonder of this historic tunnel, lit by thousands of glow worms. It’s a favourite with visitors to Wollemi National Park, near Lithgow.
Nan Tien Buddhist Temple
Nan Tien literally translates to "Paradise of the South". The temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. Accessible every day except Mondays, the temple is open to visitors free of charge. Everyone is welcome to explore the expansive temple grounds, however the temple itself is best experienced and understood by joining a tour led by one of the highly trained guides.