“Bilyara” was opened on the 6th of March, 1988. Bilyara is a Wiradjuri Aboriginal word meaning Eaglehawk. It was chosen because of the Eagle being the emblem for the Shire of Cowra.
There are sixty eight bed/sitting rooms, three lounge rooms, kitchen, dining room, laundry, chapel, library, hairdressing salon, massage room, training and clinic room.
The building has two courtyards, with many of the bed/sitting rooms opening onto them, giving a very pleasing aspect. The front verandah has magnificent views of the lovely Lachlan Valley.
Respite Care – Two rooms at Bilyara Hostel have been set aside for Respite Care. People from the community can stay with us for up to nine weeks in any one year, and then return to their families or homes.
Personal Care – We have trained Personal Care staff who assist residents with showering, dressing, medication etc., if this is needed.
Each Bilyara Hostel unit consists of: a single bed/sitting room; separate ensuite bathroom (shower, toilet and wash basin); also built-in wardrobes and a refrigerator. A bed, bedside cupboard and a TV aerial are also provided.
We encourage residents to furnish the room with their personal items and according to their own taste.
The hostel provides a clean change of linen each week, blankets and pillows for each room. Some residents prefer to bring their own “doonas”, bedspreads, pillows etc., and this is perfectly acceptable.