Australia’s Most Secluded Rainforest Retreats
For when busy resorts won't cut it, rainforest retreats offer a level of privacy and escape that soothes a city soul.
Australia’s jaw-dropping rainforests cover a staggering 3.6 million hectares of its land. And they’re home to some of the country’s most stunning scenery.
It makes sense then that a number of retreats aimed at helping guests unplug from their daily grind and reconnect with their surroundings can be found within them. From a wilderness retreat tucked alongside Tasmania’s iconic Cradle Mountain to a sprawling institution in the heart of Queensland’s rainforest, these are the best of the bunch.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat
This couples-only retreat in New South Wales Tweed Hinterlands prides itself on the extreme privacy it offers its guests. And that’s exactly what you’d want, considering the retreat’s glass cabin bungalows and luxury lodges feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows all along their open-plan lounge, bedroom and shower.
The feeling of seclusion is apparent even on the way in to Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat, as you drive along the single-lane, windy road leading to it, surrounded entirely by lush greenery and not another car in sight. Later, in your room, you’ll also notice it with your pre-ordered meals plastic-wrapped and already in the fridge, so as not to disturb you with room service.
201 Booka Rd, Upper Crystal Creek, New South Wales
Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat
Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat in Tasmania truly is a one-size-fits-all getaway destination. For nearly 30 years, the lodge has catered to individuals looking to pamper themselves, couples celebrating a romantic milestone, and families on an adventure holiday alike.
Spend the day here working up a sweat on a hike through Cradle Mountain, strolling to close by waterfalls Bridal Veil Falls or Champagne Falls, or riding along a bush trail on a mountain bike. At night, make use of the retreat’s facilities by catching a flick at the one-site ‘theatrette’, visiting the retreat’s art library or luxuriating in a spa suite.
770 Dolcoath Rd, Moina Tasmania
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Of this list, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, located around 90 minutes drive inland of the Gold Coast CBD, is the largest. Its lodgings range from basic ‘Hiker’s Hangout’ rooms, for those looking simply for comfort after a day spent exploring nearby Lamington National Park, to self-contained three-bedroom villas, big enough for extended families or groups of friends.
Between the daily tours showcasing some of the rainforest’s best, a full-service spa boasting an infinity pool and steam room, and nearby Canungra Valley Vineyards with its prime picnicking areas, you could spend a week at O’Reilly’s doing something new every day. And, with the retreat’s affordable nightly rates, that’s definitely an option.
3852 Lamington National Park Rd. via Canungra, Queensland
Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
You’ll find boutique couples retreat Woodlands Rainforest right before you hit the start of Victoria’s picturesque Yarra Valley, an hour and a half drive outside Melbourne’s CBD. Each cottage, hidden in its own small section of the rainforest, is equipped with everything you’d need for a romantic night in: an open fireplace, a sunken spa, and a DVD player with full surround system.
So, while there’s no reason to leave the retreat at all during your stay –you can pre-order meals or purchase a gourmet BBQ pack to cook your own – should you want to, there’s plenty to do around the area. You can wine taste in world-renowned Yarra Valley, walk or cross-country ski at Lake Mountain, or explore the quaint mountain village of Marysville.
137 Manby Rd, Narbethong, Victoria
Songbirds Rainforest Retreat
Forget travelling all the way to Bali when you can stay at Songbirds Rainforest Retreat without having to leave the country. The retreat, a 40-minute drive outside Gold Coast and set across 50 acres of the Hinterlands, will instantly make you feel like you’re on the Indonesian island.
If the numerous Buddha statues lining the pebbled walkway and the sheer amount of palm trees and bamboo don’t do the trick, you’ll definitely be aware of it once inside your villa. It’s not only in the décor, accented in reds and woods, but also in the bird noises, which can be heard from the veranda. Even the fruits and vegetables served at the restaurant’s multi-award winning restaurant could rival that of Bali’s with most of it grown on the property’s organic farm.
Lot 10 Tamborine Mountain Rd, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland
Published 11 October, 2017