Woodlands Rainforest Retreat Review

If you are looking for a bush retreat Victoria, Woodlands Rainforest Retreat might be what you are looking for to get away from it all from Melbourne.

You will find Woodlands Rainforest Retreat about halfway between Healesville and Marysville in the Yarra Valley.

Melbourne to Healsville is around 1 and 1/2 hours drive. The last 10 minutes or so of the drive winds through the picturesque setting amidst the Black Range Forest.

Only one of 3 places to stay in Narbethong, Woodlands Rainforest Retreat lives up to its name in every way it feels like you are miles from anywhere.

You are not though, with Healesville and Marysville only short drives away.

There are 4 cottages at Woodlands set amidst the woodlands and rainforest that engulf each cottage for complete privacy. You really do feel like you are living in the middle of nowhere with the only views out the large windows on to ancient trees and rainforest even from the spa bath.

Spa Room Woodlands

With its open fire, beautiful timber floors and glass wall spa room, Woodlands Rainforest Retreat has romance stamped all over it.

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Woodlands Rainforest Retreat

If it’s budget accommodation you are seeking Woodlands Cottages is not the accommodation for you. With its understated elegance, king bed, heated spa room floor, split level and architectural design it’s the perfect getaway for that special occasion. Or if you want to simply rest, relax and regenerate and escape from the busy world.

Woodlands Rainforest Retreat review

If you love roasting chestnuts in an open fire you can collect your own from the chestnut trees within the grounds of Woodlands.

open fire woodlands

Chestnut trees Woodlands

If that sounds like too much effort then you can pick some up at reception when you check-in.

Everything is done for you at Woodlands, the wood for the fire is chopped and there is also a well-equipt kitchen if you want to prepare a simple grazing plate or a 3-course meal.

If it’s relaxation, solitude and privacy you are seeking to get away from it all then we highly recommend Woodlands Rainforest Retreat, we loved it there!

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Woodlands Rainforest Retreat


137 Manby Road, Narbethong, Victoria, 3778. Australia

*Note: Google maps refers to Manby Road as Kings Road

Contact Details:

Phone: (03) 5963 7150

Web: http:/woodlandscottages.com.au 


Inside Cottage Woodlands

Inside Cottage Woodlands

There is one large room for the kitchen, dining and lounge/sitting areas. A few steps takes you to the area where the king size bed sits with the rainforest for a backdrop.

Beautifully appointed with timber floors, small kitchen including full size refrigerator, hot plates, convection microwave oven and dishwasher. If you really wanted to keep out the outside world you could bring your supplies with you, but who wants to cook for themselves when they are getting away from it all?

The spa/bathroom joins the bed area and is separated by a door for privacy should you need. The sunken spa is at floor level and don’t fret about cold tiles when you’ve finished soaking, as there is underfloor heating. A rain shower sits in one corner adjacent to the toilet and vanity area.

Rating: 4.5 of 5


If you are looking for things to “Do” such as surfing the net, golf, hitting the gym, a kids club or going for a jog, Woodlands is not the place for you, I suggest you keep looking. .

However, if you have already read this far, then you know Woodlands IS the place for romance, unwinding, is a couples retreat, privacy and seclusion, all contained within the cottages.

There is a TV and a selection of DVD’s and CD’s on offer to view or listen to.


Disappointing as we thought breakfast was included in the tariff. There was however, some muesli in the cupboard and milk in the fridge.

Dinner, gourmet packs and hampers are available at additional charges

Rating: 1 of 5


We only met Gary upon checking in and out.

Gary was helpful by calling us earlier than check in time to let us know that our cottage was ready and also when we arrived, calling the local hotel to see if the bar was showing a boxing match that apparently the whole world was waiting to see (who knew? What a shame it wasn’t…not!).

Kevin did mention to Gary upon checking out that we believed breakfast was included and was met with a bit of a defensive attitude. For the tariff paid it wasn’t a welcome attitude we expected.

Rating: 3.5 of 5


We enjoyed our stay at Woodlands Rainforest Retreat, the surroundings are beautiful, as are the cottages themselves.

The fixtures, fittings and attention to detail do not align with the tariffs for Woodlands, in comparison to other accommodation in the Healesville, Yarra Valley area we have experienced.

After some extremely stressful few weeks in our business we were so looking forward to a 3 night getaway. To our dismay we had mistakenly only booked a 2 night stay AND at the highest tariff, with no discount that would normally be applied if we were staying for 3 nights. This is no reflection on Woodlands Rainforest Retreat, however, for the tariff charged we would have at least expected breakfast to be included.

If it’s seclusion, privacy, romance and a getaway you are seeking, then you won’t be disappointed with Woodlands Rainforest Retreat.

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