Kookaburra Retreat is a community house, managed by the Shoalhaven Defence Families Association (SDFA).
One of the primary focus’ of the SDFA is for Kookaburra Retreat to be a safe, welcoming place for people to relax, form friendships, have fun and feel connected within the community. There is a strong emphasis on providing support to those facing the particular challenges associated with the defence way-of-life.
Kookaburra Retreat offers a wide range of programs, including weekly get togethers (with crèche facilities) and a playgroup. Monthly sessions include organised craft workshops and fitness training with BUF Shoalhaven. We also organise regular social dinners, ladies nights out or in, excursions and participation in community fundraising events.
Kookaburra Retreat is located on Canberra Drive, just outside the main entrance of HMAS Albatross – look for the brown brick building on the opposite side to the main gate. For a small annual membership fee of $30, members have access to the activities, training and events held at Kookaburra Retreat, along with use of the facilities for private hire. You are welcome to visit Kookaburra Retreat anytime we are open.
The SDFA has playgroup fortnightly on Tuesday morning, 10am-12pm at Kookaburra Retreat (check events calendar for dates). Families meet for fun, play, craft and good company. You can check us out and let your little ones burn some energy we’d love to see you. Parents can enjoy a cuppa whilst supervising their kids in the great playground with lots of outdoor toys and an indoor playroom for quieter moments.
Playgroup is open to the public.
Membership is $10 for the year (includes first session and free tea and coffee) and the cost per visit is $3 for each family.
You can advise the playgroup coordinator the ages of your children via the Facebook page so age appropriate activities can be organised, however, you are welcome to just turn up on the day.
The dates for term 1 are 12th Feb, 26th Feb, 12th Mar, 26th Mar and 9th Apr.
We have wonderful crèche facilities so that those with young children can participate in activities knowing their child is safe and well cared for.
The SDFA employ the South Coast Nannies agency to operate our crèche.
The crèche is open on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am to 12.20pm.
We keep the cost to members as low as possible. $15 for one child and $20 for two or more.
To book your child/ren into creche, please comment their name/s and age/s on the corresponding post on facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a few things parents can do to make the process go smoothly.
We ask that parents
We also ask that parents consider the time it takes to gather belongings, art work and chat with the nannies, when collecting children from the crèche. It would be appreciated if parents would make their way to collect their children at 12.20pm to allow nannies to clean up and be out the door by 12.30pm.
Kookaburra Retreat has a generous library of both fiction and nonfiction books. Members are asked to record details into the loan book when borrowing and be considerate of fellow members in relation time frames. Should you lose a book, please speak with the Coordinator.
Kookaburra Retreat has a small but fully equipped kitchen. Members are welcome to refreshments. There is a price list on the fridge.
We have a general ‘clean up after yourself policy’ and it is asked that everyone play a part in keeping the kitchen clean and tidy.
It is great for members who wish to hire ‘Kooka’ for an event such as a kids birthday party.
There is a computer available for members use while visiting Kookaburra Retreat. Should you wish to connect to the Wi-Fi, please ask the coordinator for the password.
Kookaburra Retreat aims to provide a friendly atmosphere for individuals to come and relax, meet new people, share ideas and create handmade crafts. You can learn a new craft by participating in one of the many organised activities and workshops that run throughout the year, or you can bring your own craft project, have a cuppa and a chat with our friendly members.
Keep an eye on the events for upcoming activities and classes.
We run classes on both the Thursday and Friday at least one week each month.
Should you choose not to participate, you are still very welcome at Kooka while the classes are on.
Feel free to share any ideas you may have. We are always open to suggestion.
If you would like to run a workshop, please speak with the coordinator.
Please visit our events page or click here for upcoming events.
The trainers from BUF Shoalhaven come to Kookaburra Retreat to conduct their fabulous fitness class on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month.
*** Everyone welcome
*** No fitness experience needed
*** Classes are flexible for all fitness levels
All our services and programs are designed to meet the needs of our members.
We are always open for suggestion and happy to consider and requests for courses that may be of interest to you.
Some courses we have run in the past include:
Triple P Parenting – This program aims to Enhance parents’ and carers’ knowledge, skills and confidence in raising their children. Help parents and carers develop effective strategies for promoting their children’s development and dealing with common behaviour and developmental problems.
Family Smart – Run by the DCO and held at Kookaburra Retreat, the program helps partners of ADF members identify and build on their strengths, learn techniques to cope with the stresses and challenges of the military lifestyle, and become more resilient, positive and self-reliant.
Decode: Encode – This program provides evidence based information to parents/caregivers/teachers about Dyslexia and other related Learning Difficulties.
Parentmedic Baby and Child First Aid – For first aid to work, it has to be relevant. There’s no point learning about snakebites when you’ve told us one of the scariest things is simply introducing solids! This interactive session covers all the essential baby & child information parents have told us they want to learn.
Committee Management Training – Given the level of responsibility that management committees have for the organisation, it is vital that committee members are provided with appropriate support and training to carry out their roles.
Please visit our events page or click here for upcoming events.
Kooka can be hired by members for private functions. The building offers a great environment for children’s birthday parties, meetings etc. For more information, please refer to Documents and Forms and be sure to read the Rules and Policy document before submitting a booking form.
Booking- Hire Rules and Policy document http://www.sdfa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Booking-Hire-Policy-and-Conditions-of-use-2017.docx
Kookaburra Retreat Booking and Hire Form http://www.sdfa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Booking-Request-to-Hire-Kooka-2017.docx
Kookaburra Retreat has a Strictly No Smoking policy