Recharge Your Batteries And Embrace Nature With Gunnebah’s NDIS Respite Care

Give Yourself And Your Loved Ones A Break At Gunnebah’s Retreat.

Life can be exhausting, especially when you’re managing a disability or supporting someone who is. Without a break, the constant pressure can lead to burnout, affecting your happiness and health.

Imagine if you could press pause, step away from the daily grind, and unwind in a restorative retreat with all your needs fully catered to.

With our NDIS Respite Care you can recharge in a tranquil, homestead-style setting with professional care, fun activities, great food, friendly animals and all the comforts of home, without the stress of daily life.

Our dedicated NDIS registered team, beautiful location, and exceptional facilities give you everything you need to nurture both body and mind.

Why Visit Gunnebah?

What You’ll Experience At Our Facility

We provide around-the-clock supervision which can be increased as needed, allowing you to fully relax without having to worry.

Fun Activities

Activities and fun adventures like surf lessons, lawn games, golf, paddle boarding, ten pin bowling, pottery, archery and more.

Exercise

A wide range of active exercises like boxing and pilates, as well as restorative exercise like yoga and Tai Chi.

Amazing Facilities

Want to do your own thing? Enjoy our range of facilities that includes a gym, pool, sauna and organic garden.

Delicious Food

Enjoy delicious, local and wholesome food to nourish your body and mind, cooked fresh for you every day.

Private Accommodation

Private homestead-style accommodation in a beautiful rural setting, with room for personal carers if required.

Beautiful Location

A beautiful and tranquil retreat with some of Australia’s most scenic parks, beaches and wildlife.

Rated 4.9 by 100+ friends.​

“What a wonderful place. I had such a great time and will definitely be back.”

What Makes Us Different

A Natural Sanctuary

Our unique rural setting provides a peaceful backdrop for healing and personal growth, making every day of your stay a rejuvenating experience.

Expert Care

Our experienced staff are not just providers, they’re compassionate allies, walking alongside you every step of the way during your stay.

Empowerment

Beyond relaxation, our activities and programs are designed to empower you, foster independence and develop skills in a supportive environment.

We provide 24 hour support so you don’t need to worry about anything. If a change of scenery seems daunting, our team is here to help you transition and maintain the familiarity you need to feel secure.

Ready to find your new home away from home? Reach out to us to discuss a stay at Gunnebah.

Frequently Asked Questions

Respite typically refers to a short period of rest or relief, often used in the context of caregiving, where a temporary break or assistance is provided to caregivers looking after individuals with special needs or health issues. It allows caregivers to recharge, reducing stress and promoting overall well-being.
We provide respite care for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants who are plan-managed and self-managed. Currently we cannot provide respite care to all NDIS participants but we will strive to help wherever possible. If you are unsure, you can ask your NDIS representative directly or you can find information on the NDIS website.
This is dependent on the participants’ individualised plan. Most participants stay 7-14 days. We have a minimum stay period of seven (7) days.
Yes. If you’re also seeking assistance with addiction and mental health issues alongside your respite care, we have a comprehensive addiction and mental health program that we can customise for you that addresses your respite and recovery needs.
Due to Gunnebah’s rural setting, there are some accessibility challenges which we are actively addressing, however, please contact us to discuss your specific requirements so we can determine if our facilities can meet your needs.
Yes. We can make accommodations for a carer to be with you throughout your stay.
Unfortunately, no. Generally, it is more effective for teenagers to participate in programs specifically focused on teens, due to their unique life stage and their different learning and social needs.
No, participants cannot leave the property without direct staff supervision or without prior consultation with staff.
However, you do get the opportunity to participate in some weekly activities which are held off site from Gunnebah and are supervised by staff.
Participants must attend on a voluntary basis. This means that you understand what Gunnebah offers and have consulted with your support team and made the decision yourself to come.
Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate people with serious unmanaged mental illness or a significant history of perpetrating violence.
Yes and No. Whilst we are not a 12-step program, we recognise that the 12 steps are beneficial for many people, so we provide opportunities for guests to participate in 12-step meetings if they wish. At Gunnebah we are constantly striving for evidence-based, best practice so we try to adopt the best of all treatment philosophies including certain parts of the 12-step process.
Our approach is holistic, promoting mental, physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and supporting recovery from addiction and mental health issues.
Yes you can.
Please ensure that you only bring prescribed medications from a doctor to Gunnebah. Any unboxed or non-prescribed medications will be confiscated.
No. We already have a number of animals at Gunnebah.
Coffee is available onsite and on some offsite outings there is an opportunity to purchase coffee at a cafe. However, to ensure that you can relax and sleep well at night we recommend only decaf or herbal teas in the afternoon and evening.
We strongly discourage romantic relationships as you have enough to deal with in addiction recovery without having to negotiate a new relationship. Often seeking or starting a new relationship in rehab is a subconscious way of avoiding dealing with what you need to and therefore most ‘rehab relationships’ do not last.
Sexual activity between guests can be a reason for exclusion from the program.
Most relationships that begin in rehab do not last. In fact, starting a relationship can be a subconscious way of avoiding dealing with what you need to. Any sexual activity between guests can be a reason for exclusion from the program.
Yes, guests may bring their phone, laptop or tablet. We do not restrict access, other than during therapy, activities and meal times. However, if you wish to make the most of our program we encourage you to limit using these devices or to even give it to us for safe-keeping. Spending excessive time on your phone or devices can become an easy way to subconsciously avoid the important personal work involved with your recovery.
The best coverage is available with Telstra (or Telstra related providers such as Aldi Mobile and Belong) and Optus. Vodafone is either limited or does not work on our property. Other providers not listed may not have service, please be aware and prepared for potential reception problems.
We do not provide wifi to guests. However, there are a couple of computers available for guest use that are connected to the Internet. Due to the fact that we are on a satellite connection, data is limited and not suitable for video streaming.
The management of Gunnebah reserves the right to discharge any participant from our treatment program, and no refund will be given, for any of the following reasons:
  • A participant is found to be intoxicated (with alcohol or drugs) during their stay at our facility or is in possession of any alcohol or non-prescribed drugs. This includes refusal to take a drug test or alcohol test.
  • A participant causes disruption to the treatment program and/or disturbs the treatment of other clients during their stay. This includes, but is not limited to, inappropriate behaviour, theft, and the breaking of federal or state laws.
  • Refusal to comply with the treatment program. This includes but is not limited to, leaving the property without approval, leaving the group without approval when on an excursion, serious non-participation or active undermining of the program.
  • Undisclosed acute mental illness or criminal history.
  • A participant is found to be medically or psychologically unstable/ unfit to stay in the program. (In this situation, a refund will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
  • Any sexual activity between participants/guests.
  • Arrival after 2 pm on your scheduled day of admission. Our admission day is Tuesday (prior to 2 pm) and no admission will be accepted on other days or at later times.
    On arrival, if we find you have withheld important relevant information, you will not be admitted.
    If we assess your condition to be high risk, we will refer you to a medical detox facility or mental health facility, for your own safety.

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