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The Oaks Ranch – Hotel Review

By Pippa Duffy

In a word: calm. After extensive renovations, completed just last year by architects and interior designers, Partridge Daniels, The Oaks Ranch has reopened with attention to every detail, and an instant sense of escape. From the impeccable grounds, to the private cabanas by the pool and exclusive fire pits lining the hillside, there’s a Desert Modernism aesthetic about the place as you travel down the 400-metre long tree-lined, dirt-gravel drive, spying cacti in multiple forms before reaching the arched entry of the main building. The only thing giving away the Australian location? Kangaroos lolling in paddocks by the dozen, the south coast at your doorstep and the warm welcome as the door is opened for you on arrival.

The Oaks Ranch Room

What’s near The Oaks Ranch? 

The remote(ish) location means you will need a car to head out from The Oaks Ranch, but the drive is worth it. Take a left at the end of the drive and wind your way through the homesteads of Broulee to The Mossy Cafe for brunch – the lemon meringue french toast is next level– before walking it off with a stroll around Broulee Point at low tide. Ten minutes north you’ll find the heritage township of Mogo with its artisan gift shops, homemade fudge and hidden treasures. Or if kids are in tow, Mogo Wildlife Park is open daily from 9am. 

Where is The Oaks Ranch? 

Originally a dairy farm before the current building was constructed and the property became an equestrian centre circa 1969, The Oaks Ranch is situated above the valley in Mossy Point and mere minutes from the coastline of the Pacific Ocean on the NSW South Coast. Spanning 120 hectares, The Oaks Ranch runs from the Tomaga River in Tomakin to Candlagan Creek on the northside. A four-and-half hour drive from Sydney or just over two hours from Canberra if you’re keen on a road trip. Otherwise it’s a quick 40-minute flight to Moruya airport (10 minutes away), from Sydney.