August 24, 2023

The Estate of the late, great, artist Arthur Boyd, Bundanon has some magical surprises for the EV day tripper.

Bundanon is a surprise to all the senses.  You find it driving the beautiful country back roads of Nowra, Shoalhaven, about 2.5 hours south of Sydney.  But no words prepare you for this architectural spectacle – The Bridge – centrepiece of Bundanon.

Bundanon, not to be confused with Bundanoon, is/was many things.

Firstly, it is Dharawal and Dhurga Country.  Bundanon means deep valley, as it sits on the shores of the meandering Shoal Haven River, surrounded by bush covered hills.  However long ago, let’s not forget they lived here, and I imagine they would have loved calling it home.

Others came much later, but this site was the Riversdale Cottages which the Boyd family purchased in 1974.  This place is away from and from the main Boyd residence, so keep some time and electricity for that extra drive, but it’s well worth it.  Riversdale was renovated by the Boyd Family and is now part of the Bundanon complex of Gallery, Artists residence, Arthur Boyd exhibition, the Ramox Cafe and Admin.

All this thanks to the generous donation of the Boyd Estate back to the Australia people, and the fine work by the Architects.  It was Boyd’s wish that others would also draw inspiration from this remarkable place.  Kerstin Thompson Architects drew inspiration from a rural Australian trestle flood bridge. 

The new Bridge, all angles and girders magnificently spans the gully, housing Ramox Cafe at one end and expanding out with artists residences at the other.  At the river end, the courtyard connects the cafe, the new Gallery and the Riversdale cottage, where you can see the cloud’s reflecting the stillness of the river.  At the other end, the expansive view into the bush and a step back into Australian time.

The Perfect EV Destination - with a few nice surprises

From Sydney, down the M1, it’s about 3 hours allowing for a coffee, cake and convenience in Berry.  Actually, only about 180km and needing about 50% of a tank of electricity, leaving with 90% in the Tesla Model Y, no stops scheduled by the Tesla computer we arrived with about 30%.

I’ll stop at the Berry Tesla Charger, actually at the Silo Estate Winery on the way home I thought.  Kill two birds with one stone I thought.  I needn’t have worried.  Bundanon has EV drivers covered.

EV drivers, ignore all the signs at the car park below the Bridge and head straight up the drive to the “Drop Off” point.  Formally and formerly, the domain of disabled parking, you’ll now find 4 FREE Tesla Charging points – free of charge – a wonderful surprise.

We plugged in about 11 am and left for the Boyd Homestead, approx. a 20km round trip through the bush on a dirt road – but on the perfect day we had – beautiful and a must do.  Just make sure you keep 10% up your sleeve for this extra trip.

The four hours of power, care of Bundanon, gave us 30% capacity and a non-stop trip directly back to Sydney -The perfect EV Day Trip.

More information, including more details about current exhibitions and the Boyd Homestead, check out the Bundanon website.

“Art doesn’t alter things. It points things out, but it doesn’t alter them. It can’t, no matter what a painter wants to do.”


Arthur Boyd, Artist