Nuttbush Retreat is just 40km west of Port Augusta, on the Eyre Highway. It is located on Pandurra Station which is one of the oldest pastoral leases in South Australia. The Nutt Family has owned Pandurra since 1895. The Pandurra woolshed and original shearer’s quarters were built around 1860 and are now part of Nuttbush Retreat’s authentic outback heritage accommodation and facilities.
In 1993 Bruce and Julie Nutt decided to refurbish the 1860’s shearers quarters and establish a caravan park as a diversification from pastoral activities, Nuttbush Retreat was created. The older rooms contain much of the original furniture, in a restored state. The location of Pandurra makes Nuttbush Retreat a convenient stop for travellers on the Eyre Highway. You can learn something of our heritage and how the once all important sheep and wool industry has come to terms with the modern world.
Nuttbush Retreat offer all levels of accommodation from camping and caravanning to luxuriously restored Shearers Quarters. Due to the amount of water now available to domestic livestock, there are also more native animals on the property. Kangaroos are so plentiful that mobs of 30 to 50 are commonly seen. Emus are also prominent as are many types of birds and reptiles. Stay a while in the friendly country atmosphere and explore the area. The accommodation is great for families and groups as guests can learn about the heritage and outback lifestyle whilst staying at Nuttbush Retreat. Families can feel secure at Nuttbush Retreat as there is a lot of space for the children to play. Nuttbush Retreat accepts dogs provided they are kept on a leash at all times. No pets are permitted in any buildings at any time. This is for the safety of our stock and courtesy for other campers.
Nuttbush Retreat is suitable for people with disabilities as we have a disabled shower and toilet situated in a large bathroom with custom built features for wheel chairs including handrails and lowered mirrors and hand dryers. The heritage accommodation has a ramp leading to the rooms, all other rooms have very small steps. The dining room and function centre has a ramp for the convenience of guests. Relax beside our swimming pool or treat yourself to our outdoor spa. Play eight ball, sit and relax in our recreation room and watch television by the open fire or air-conditioned comfort.
Sleep in comfort in our thoroughly renovated shearer’s quarters with beautiful antique furniture and traditional Australian settings. These Heritage Rooms are superb twin and double rooms within the original 1860 shearer’s quarters and boast history and charm. There are 3 double rooms and 2 twin rooms. There are also comfortable open Family Rooms, sleeping up to 6 people, as well as; Bunk Rooms which are ideal for groups, with 4 – 5 bunks per room or Single Rooms (20 single air conditioned rooms, available in backpacker style or with linen). All guests use the shared amenities in the centre of the complex.
Nuttbush Retreat also offers powered sites (lawn and gravel), unpowered sites (natural grassed area), Conference building, Historic Museum, swimming pool, spa, pool table. Group functions are catered for, small or large, in our historic Woolshed Dining Room which has a unique country charm.