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The Gunyah Restaurant


The Gunyah (aboriginal for meeting place, or place of shelter) is at the heart of the camp.


Designed by Sydney architects Nettleton Tribe , it is a unique space, built high off the ground to enjoy the sea breeze and a wonderful position amongst the tree tops.

In the warmer months the sliding doors open up for outdoor dining on the verandah, providing a bushy backdrop to candlelit meals and to observe the goings on of our resident possums, sugargliders and colourful birdlife. In winter an open fire with cosy lounges is the perfect place to curl up on after dinner with a nightcap, perhaps swap a few travelling tales with other guests, or enjoy a game of cards.

The Gunyah is our dining room, reception and communal lounge and is also where you go for free Wi-Fi, and guests are welcome to help themselves to tea or coffee during the day (or for some, the middle of the night!). It also makes for a beautifully romantic wedding venue and inspirational space for small meetings and corporate retreats.

The Gunyah is also open to non-resident guests and bookings are a must for both resident and non-resident guests. During peak periods and weekends we are regularly booked out and we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. Please phone 02-4441-7299 for reservations.

Children are welcome to dine at the Gunyah, however we do ask that they are well supervised due to the height of the building and proximity of water, as well as to ensure our resident guests are able to enjoy the quiet ambience. We do appreciate it if you advise at time of booking how many children will be dining with your party, and also any other specific dietary requirements.

Our Sundowner deck is the perfect place to meet for a late afternoon drink, enjoy some tasty bar snacks and watch the changing light of the bush. Non-resident guests are also welcome to enjoy a drink with us, please call in advance if you are a group of more than 4 so we can ensure there is a nice space for you on the verandah.

BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. PLEASE CALL 02-4441-7299 TO MAKE A DINNER RESERVATION. The Gunyah is fully licensed and does not allow BYO.

Note: For groups of 6 or more we require credit card details and a 50% per head non-refundable deposit for no-shows or same day cancellations. During quieter periods we are at times able to cater to specific celebrations, please call us to discuss your requirements further.

Lastly...we are closed annually for a couple of months in July and August. Sorry!

Thank you for a wonderful, relaxing and mouth watering stay. The food was exquisite, the tent divine. We loved the birds, the kangaroos and the penguins. All the best..

David Smith & Danuta Woronowicz, Edmonton, CANADA