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The River Retreat

The River Retreat

10070 West Swan Road,
Henley Brook, Western Australia 6055

Contact Person: Cate & Phil Beach
Phone: 08 9296 1007

The River Retreat began 11 years ago as an accommodation provider in the beautiful Swan Valley with four fully self-contained 4-star cottages. Since then it has grown to six cottages and become far more than just a place to stay.

The Australian cultural activities and performances began with 'Ripping Yarns on the Riverbank' where guests could join the swagman for billy tea and very tall stories around the fire on the banks of the Swan River. Next to develop, five years ago, Cate and Phil Beach in conjunction with local Aboriginal people created Didge After Dark.
which provided a fantastic platform to present in-depth and largely unknown Aboriginal culture. During the program traditional dancing and didgeridoo playing accompanies delicious Australian bush food with a surprisingly modern twist.

Not long after the conception of Didge After Dark, Dale and Lyal Tilbrook bought Maalinup Aboriginal Art Gallery onsite to occupy the purpose-built gallery onsite at The River Retreat. Maalinup Gallery has been operating for 10+ years and was previously located in the old school buildings a short distance down the road.

The River Retreat specialises in encouraging people to experience Australia through all the senses. They may taste delicious Australian bushfood, see the upper reaches of the Swan River, feel the eerie atmosphere around the campfire, listen to  the local tall stories, and enjoy a relaxing breakfast on the verandah after a restful night's sleep in a 4-star self-contained cottage.

In conjunction with Maalinup Gallery many activities and products have been developed to enable visitors to experience Aboriginal culture first-hand. Visitors can make their own ochre hand print, taste bush herbs and spices, learn traditional toolmaking and mia mia (aboriginal house) building making The River Retreat a unique accommodation and experience provider.

Open: Office hours 9am - 5pm Monday-Friday, 9am - 3pm Saturday & Sunday
Didge After Dark performances Wednesday and Friday 6.30pm

DIRECTIONS: Travel east from Perth City along Great Eastern Highway then, in Guildford, turn onto West Swan Road and travel for 10 kilometres. The River Retreat is located on the right hand side.

GPS coordinates: -31.8109270000, 116.0027180000

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