River Island Nature Retreat is about 2.5 hours drive from the centre of Sydney in the Southern Highlands. It’s probably an odd choice of location for a clothing optional retreat as the Southern Highlands aren’t exactly very warm a lot of the time.
The area is home to some wild goats, and it’s at River Island that I finally got to see some of Australia’s native wildlife for the first time in the wild. The platypus and the echidna are very shy animals but along with kangaroos and wombats, they call River Island home.
I’ve been three times now, at the very end of last summer and very very early in this Spring and I’ve only seen a couple of other people camping.
There are cabins for hire up on the hill near the main complex but it’s too beautiful down on the banks of the river not to camp there.