to Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa
Uki (Mt Warning), NSW, Australia
In preparation for your visit, we thought we would share some insights and information to help you prepare for an enjoyable visit with us.
about the retreat centre
Here at GYMEA eco retreat & spa we are absolutely committed to providing the best sustainable and rejuvenative retreat experience for our guests and partners to enjoy.
Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa is positioned on 113 acres of secluded naturally undulating rainforest, with stunning views of majestic Mount Warning. It is an eco retreat that provides guests with the opportunity to relax and soak up the beauty of its natural surrounds whilst being close to Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.
All of the rooms are equipped with luxury eco inner sprung latex topped single or king beds. All bedding, manchester, bathroom and room accessories meet biodynamic, organic or oeko-tex certification standards. Each room includes a shower and toilet.
Guests may also take advantage of the Gymea Healing Spa while they are with us. The spa offers sauna, steam room, plunge pool and contemporary hydrotherapy ozone spa experience, as well as certified organic facial, body treatments and massage. The spa facilities and services are at an additional cost. For bookings for Spa treatments please check with your hosts for more details.
what to bring: the essentials
Water Bottle: A good idea to bring one as we don’t allow glassware in the Octagon (hall). We provide filtered & sterilized rainwater in all rooms.
Warm socks or inside shoes: It is likely that your group will be using the Octagon, and the floor can be cold, so warm socks or slippers will make you very comfortable. The Octagon is a sacred space and is a ‘no shoe’ zone.
Toiletries: BYO. we provide organic hand soap.
Feminine hygiene: BYO. Please note, we are on septic so please wrap & dispose of in bins provided.
Togs: for pool use or Healing Spa use.
Comfortable shoes or runners: We have gravel paths immediately around the retreat center and day spa, so comfortable, practical shoes will be helpful.
you may also like to bring:
Camera: The retreat is set in a very beautiful part of the world, and having a camera to capture the nature, birds and to remember your experience is highly recommended
Bird book & binoculars: If you enjoy bird watching (we do), then you should definitely bring your binoculars and bird book along.
Torch: Torches are really useful to get around the retreat at night as the lights are on timers. If you are considering climbing Mt Warning (Wollumbin) to see the dawn then a torch is mandatory
Books & a musical instrument: Good for any free time you may have
Decent walking boots or runners: We have some bush and rainforest walking tracks which you and your group can take advantage of. These walks can be self-guided.
In addition to your retreat, on your time off you may have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing massage, health treatment or Spa in our on-site Healing Spa; or perhaps simply enjoy the lush surroundings of our gardens and property; rest in one of our hammocks, take a walk or simply relax and swim in our beautiful resort style magnesium swimming pool, which has many health benefits.
Gymea Retreat is surrounded by World Heritage National Parks and Wollumbin (Mt Warning). A walk up to the top of Wollumbin takes about 90 – 120 minutes depending on fitness levels and enthusiasm – we tend to suggest to people to allow 4 – 5 hours for the whole trip…
For more information on walks in the area please see: http://www.tweedtourism.com.au/things-to-see-do/national-parks-bushwalking/p/107
You could have a Coastal Experience (at least 30 mins drive), or visit the Tweed River Regional Art Gallery (15 mins drive). Gymea retreat is four minutes from the village of Uki, 12 minutes from Murwillumbah and 45 minutes from Byron Bay and its beautiful beaches.
mobile phone coverage - there is Optus and Telstra mobile coverage at the retreat, and we are hearing that Vodafone is available too
WiFi - you are welcome to access the Wi-Fi in the Dining room for checking emails. Please do not download movies or music etc… ☹
water supply – We rely on rainfall for all of its water supplies, so please be aware of your consumption
drinking water – all water is rain water and is filtered and UV sterilized
septic - Gymea uses a septic system for the treatment of all retreat effluent. These systems cannot process foreign matter, so please wrap (in toilet paper) and place all feminine hygiene articles in the bags and bins provided, and PLEASE no rubbish down the toilet – If you didn’t eat or drink it then please don’t flush it.
smoke free zone - No smoking on the property please.
walks – We have been working on walking tracks at Gymea over the past few months, and there is now over an hour of walks and track through and around our and our neighbouring properties. Please be aware that our bush and rainforest walks require sturdy walking shoes, thongs can be used but are not recommended.
weather - Summer at Gymea sees daily top temperatures in the range of 26-30oC (hotter more recently) with the odd afternoon shower. Autumn & Spring at Gymea are beautiful, with temperatures ranging from 24-27oC during the days, and in Winter we normally enjoy dry crisp days with overnight lows of 10-12oC and highs in the 18-24oC range. However these are all just averages and you can’t predict what’s going to happen while you are here so we recommend you bring something cool & warm just in case of a warm or cool front.
getting to gymea
Directions to Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa 128 Bonnydoon Road, Uki NSW, 2484,
Tel: (02) 6679-5555.
We have recently updated our web site on how to get to Gymea, please checkout:
Taxi: If you wish to arrange a transfer from the airport, you can contact Ken at Murwillumbah Taxi on (02) 6672 1344 OR 1300 732 007
from Coolangatta Airport (Gold Coast)
Travel time: Allow 40 minutes (not rush hour)
Turn right out of the airport onto the main road at the traffic lights, this is the Gold Coast Hwy/National Route 1. Travel about 2km and follow the signs to the Pacific Motorway (M1) on ramp. You want to head South, and for the moment follow the signs to Ballina. Continue on Pacific Motorway (M1) for 12 km and take the Left-hand turn off for Tweed Valley Way (Tourist Drive 40) and head towards Murwillumbah. Keep following the signs to Murwillumbah, turn right at the roundabout and go over the bridge, and cross the Tweed River. Head through Murwillumbah shops and through 2 more roundabouts, then take the 2nd left into Riverview St. There is a big green sign to UKI. Follow this road (turns into Uki Road) for 10 km, you will pass the turn off to Mt Warning via Mt Warning Rd, keep going. On the left you will pass Glenock Rd, followed by Braeside Drive. You need to take the left turn into Braeside Drive. Once on Braeside, take the 2nd right to Bonnydoon Road. Go all the way to the end of Bonnydoon, and at the top of the cul-de-sac there is a driveway with a small sign that has Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa, 128 on it. Take the RIGHT fork of the driveway, the drive-way is quite steep, so take it slow and use low gear or first please. You will pass a dam on your left and then take a left into the marked “car park” area. Please park here and follow the signs to Reception and the Day Spa.
from Coolangatta Airport (Gold Coast) by bus
Exit the airport and look for the bus depot. Take bus 761 to Tweed Centro. These buses leave every half hour, but please double check http://jp.translink.com.au/travel-information/network-information/stop-to-stop/300008/300003
from here you catch the Surfside Bus 605 which takes you to the Sunnyside Shopping Centre in Murwillumbah. These leave every hour but please double check:
you will need to call us to organise someone to come and pick you up from Murwillumbah. Murwillumbah is 15 mins from Gymea.
Travel time: Allow 2 hours (not rush hour)
Take the Pacific Highway (M1) South for about 100km, past Gold Coast, entering into New South Wales. You are heading south towards Byron Bay & Ballina. After crossing into NSW, continue on (M1) for 12 km. Take the Left-hand turn off (M1) for Tweed Valley Way (Tourist Drive 40) and head towards Murwillumbah. Keep following the signs to Murwillumbah, turn right at the roundabout and go over the bridge, and cross the Tweed River. Head through Murwillumbah shops and through 2 more roundabouts, then take the 2nd left into Riverview St. There is a big green sign to UKI. Follow this road (turns into Uki Road) for 10 km, you will pass the turn off to Mt Warning via Mt Warning Rd, keep going. On the left you will pass Glenock Rd, followed by Braeside Drive. You need to take the left turn into Braeside Drive. Once on Braeside Drive, please take the 2nd right to Bonnydoon Road.
Go all the way to the END of Bonnydoon, and at the top of the cul-de-sac there is a driveway with a small sign that has Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa, 128 on it. Take the RIGHT fork of the driveway, the drive-way is quite steep, so take it slow and use low gear or first please. You will pass a dam on your left and then take a left into the marked “car park” area. Please park here and follow the signs to Reception and the Day Spa.
from South – Byron, Ballina or Sydney
Travel time: from Byron Bay 45 mins, else see Google maps ☺
Take the Pacific Highway (M1) North, once you pass the Ewingsdale Rd turn-off for Byron Bay you need to travel another 17km to the Tweed Valley Way/Tourist Drive 40 exit. Take the Tweed Valley Way/Tourist Drive 40 exit, from the freeway. Continue through the roundabout and then take a left hand turn at the T intersection to stay on Tweed Valley Way. You will now be heading north toward Murwillumbah. Drive for 12 km. After 12 km turn left onto Stokers Rd / Nolands Rd. You will see a large sign that says “Stokers Siding”. Continue onto Stokers Rd for 2 km till you get to the railway crossing on your left. Turn left onto Smiths Creek Rd. This is a twisty road, continue for 10 km till you get to the end (“T” intersection). Turn right onto Kyogle Rd (the T intersection) towards Murwillumbah. You need to take the Second right turn into Braeside Drive. Once on Braeside Drive, please take the 2nd right to Bonnydoon Road. Go all the way to the END of Bonnydoon, and at the top of the cul-de-sac there is a driveway with a small sign that has Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa, 128 on it. Take the RIGHT fork of the driveway, the drive-way is quite steep, so take it slow and use low gear or first please. You will pass a dam on your left and then take a left into the marked “car park” area. Please park here and follow the signs to Reception and the Day Spa.
You can drive to Reception to register and drop of you bags, but please don’t park there longer term.
Obviously if you have a GPS, then simply punch in the address & away you go.
Attached: Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa overview
Overview: Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa
Our mission is to create a highly influential sustainable, ecologically and socially responsible retreat that will achieve long-lasting impact on human sustainability through the delivery of world-class sustainable learning and ecotourism experiences. In short we aspire to provide an appropriate venue and environment that will assist and motivate others to co-create a sustainable world through engaging people in the realms of possibility.
Our retreat centre is set on 50A of secluded naturally undulating rainforest with stunning views of Mt. Warning. Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa provides our guests with a real opportunity to soak up the beauty, engage with one another in a quiet and relaxed environment, whilst being less than 40 minutes from Gold Coast Airport, 45 minutes from Byron and just 4 minutes from the village of Uki.
GYMEA values & aspirations:
Honesty, integrity and authenticity in everything that we say and do
Commitment to providing the best possible sustainable and rejuvenative retreat experience for our guests and partners to experience and enjoy
Commitment to providing a “vessel with integrity” so that our guests and partners find what they are searching for; and to achieve what they came to achieve
Commitment to regeneration and rejuvenation
Commitment to GYMEA working for all; GYMEA becoming “first choice” and therefore GYMEA works for:
Commitment to supporting ourselves and all that we engage with to achieve our collective hopes and dreams
Commitment to a peaceful, harmonious and regenerative world, through engaging in the realm of possibility.
Why the name GYMEA?
When we first arrived on this property we walked the grounds with some friends to discover some mature 6m high Gymea Lilies. Once we understood the significance of these incredible plants we knew that we had found our name sake. Please find below extracts from Australian Bush Flower Essences on the Gymea Lily (Doryanthes excelsa).
Gymea Lily allows a person to draw from its powerful energy and attain the strength to be who they are, and do what they have to do. It enables them to achieve and fulfil their highest destiny, to find what gives them passion, to do what really makes them sing. It is a remedy for those who are willing to lead an extraordinary life, flying high like an eagle, as opposed to living trapped in the numbing mediocrity and mindlessness of consensus reality.
If you are different from others in your views and beliefs or are very successful in your life, the Gymea Lily gives you strength to stay in that position and not be affected or pulled down by negative projections from those around you, or from those who may know of you. Gymea Lily helps you to stay strong and focused on what you know you have to do with such single-minded purposefulness that you are not worried about what other people think of you or how they are judging you.
It is said that the Gymea Lily is also beneficial for those working with other people and helps to promote an environment that is the opposite of what we in Australia call the ‘Tall Poppy Syndrome’. We believe that the Gymea Lily is beneficial in the creation of groves of Tall Poppies, where success is celebrated and enjoyed by all, and is nurtured, encourage and achieved by all.
Please check-out our website at: www.gymearetreat.com.au
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Gymea Eco Retreat & Spa 128 Bonny Doon Road, Uki NSW 2484 (02) 6679-5555