Last week I took a much needed weekend break and have been THAT relaxed, that it has taken me all week to sit down to write this article to share my experience with you!
I had never been up to the Montville/Maleny area before, but had heard THAT much about it that when it came time to choosing a location for a get-a-way I thought I’d give it a go. A little google searching resulted in a whole heap of enticing options so I sent off some enquiries and waited to hear back. My logic is if a place is helpful from that initial enquiry they will be even better to deal with and guide you during your actual stay. So when I opened up the email from Danielle (we have the same name, so knew I was already onto a winner!) I knew straight away that The Tree Houses of Montville was the pick of the bunch.
The drive up was fabulous… only a short hour and a half from Brisbane and it’s like you have crossed over into another world… one that is greener, quieter and instantly calmer. Gorgeous.
We arrived at our accommodation and were greeted by the lovely Danielle. She explained the area, gave us a list of recommended restaurants, a bag of kindling for our own log fire and a game of scrabble… I was in heaven already!
Our first afternoon was perfection… the town is a short drive away, so we wandered the main street sampling gourmet chocolates, tasting wine, a spot of shoe shopping and stocked up on candles and bath bombs for the spa!
An afternoon of scrabble and red wine later (no this won’t turn into a saucy novel!) we ventured back into town for a spot of dinner. The Montville Bar and Grill came highly recommended and we were not disappointed. A few more red wines and a succulent steak later and the courtesy van dropped us right back to our door!
Waking up on day 2 was the ultimate. Rain on the tin roof, opening your eyes to a view of the rainforest through floor to ceiling glass walls… ohhhhhh take me back!
We thought it would be rude to be so close to the Kondalilla National Park without going for a bush walk so off we went. The park is named after the spectacular Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90 m into a rainforest valley. Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’. There are a number of walking tracks ranging from a quick 1.7kms up to a 10km circuit if you are a little more adventurous than me! We set out on the Kondalilla Falls circuit (4.7kms) which followed a track to a gorgeous rock pool and to a lookout over the spectacular Kondalilla Falls. It was a breathtaking moment and one that felt a VERY long way from any of the daily stresses of life.
While the whole town of Montville had plenty to offer, the order of the day was relaxation so we decided to spend our last night enjoying the log fire, the deck and a sneaky cheese platter.
The Tree Houses of Montville are a must-stay. And while they have plenty of optional extras like cheese platters, massages, facials, an on site gym and swimming pool (the list goes on) you can be as involved or hidden away as you please.
And if utter relaxation wasn’t enough their treetops are also a possum reserve, housing the local possum community as well as taking in sick and injured possums… earning the property major greenie-kudos!
It is no wonder that they won Trip Advisors Traveller’s Choice Award 2012.
And I will definitely be going back!
For more accommodation information and packages visit their website here.