Can you imagine staying in a luxury cottage nestled on the side of a hilltop in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland in Queensland Australia? The only sounds that break the silence coming from the laughter of kookaburras, the bleating of lambs and rustling of the trees? With lovely views across the valley and a lake below the cottage home to native birds and fish?
Imagine no longer.
If you are searching for wonderful accommodation in Sunshine Coast Hinterland where you will (to quote their website) “lose yourself in the romance of nature” then a stay at Yabbaloumba Retreat is a must!
THE PERFECT RETREAT
Yabbaloumba Retreat can be found in the Mary Valley about 90 minutes drive north of Brisbane. The retreat borders the Conondale National Park and the Imbil State Forest and is nestled between two spring fed creeks. The two creeks – Little Yabba and Booloumba – create the name of the retreat. As a working property sheep, cattle, guinea fowl and geese can be seen in the grounds and the beautiful lake overlooked by the cottages is full of Australian Bass.
This is the perfect setting for a break away from the hustle and bustle of busy lives and the warm welcome from your hosts Lloyd and Barb Campbell will make you feel immediately at home.
When you arrive at the resort drive up to the main house, park there and walk up to the reception. We were met by a very welcoming and friendly Barb. Once checked in Barb took us on a short stroll to see the new lambs that have arrived on the farm over the past month and explained a little about the retreat.
LUXURY COTTAGE ACCOMMODATION
We drove back down to our cottage (literally 1 minute from the main house) and parked outside directly outside the front door.
Each of the luxury cottages are beautifully appointed including a kitchen with modern appliances, a comfortable leather lounge, a gas fireplace, king size bed, heated spa and spacious bathroom. In the bathroom you will find Pure essence toiletries and a monogrammed bathrobe each.
A home theatre system and access to an extensive DVD library are available to keep you entertained. (Borrow DVD’s from reception) The TV can also be repositioned and watched from the comfort of the spa!
The spa bath (big enough for two) offers fabulous views across the valley. After dark light the candles and relax in the spa and enjoy a glass or two of the complimentary wine and cheese platter.
The reverse cycle air-conditioning is guaranteed to keep you cool in summer. If visiting in winter light the gas fire and enjoy the ambiance created by its warm glow.
The cottage is stocked with everything you could possibly want or need and we loved the binoculars and bird book which were a very thoughtful inclusion.
Warm croissants are delivered to your door in the morning and all ingredients needed for breakfast can be found in the fridge. Bacon, mushrooms, tomato, muesli, milk, butter, yoghurt, a fruit, platter, jam etc are all provided for you to cook up/create a hearty breakfast.
Sit on your private balcony and enjoy breakfast with the kookaburras (who will fly down to join you) Just make sure you keep an eye on your food as they have been known to help themselves to unattended plates!
We loved that so many birds can be seen on the property and enjoyed listening to the sound of the kookaburras at sunset. Having them join us for breakfast was a great experience and one in particular seemed very keen to get to know us (and our breakfast) better!! A few scraps of raw bacon fat kept him happy and he even gave some to another smaller kookaburra (mate/offspring perhaps?)
As well as the 4 luxury cottages there is also a deluxe cottage with disability access available to book. This cottage is equipped with the latest disability aids in the bathroom to ensure anyone with specific needs can be accommodated.
WEDDINGS AT YABBALOUMBA
As well as the cottages Yabbaloumba also hosts weddings in their venue ‘The Shed.” I have bookmarked this for my daughter in the future! With fabulous views across the valley and the beautiful lake I can’t think of a more stunning setting for a wedding.
RELAX AND ENJOY THE PEACE AND QUIET
Wifi access is limited to non existent so unplug, unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet of your beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a stroll in the grounds or sit on your private balcony listening to the sounds of nature all around you.
We stayed at Yabbaloumba for only one night but we will definitely be returning for a longer stay very soon.
NEED TO KNOW
LOCATION – Yabbaloumba is situated approximately 90 minutes north of Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. From Brisbane take Exit 188 – Steve Irwin Way exit travel through Landsborough towards Maleny. Stay on Maleny-Kenilworth Road. Travel for 30km out of Maleny and turn left into Booloumba Creek Road. Yabbaloumba is approximately 1.18km on the right.
FURTHER INFORMATION FOR VISITING QUEENSLAND
I have lots of posts all about visiting Australia and a number of these are focussed on the beautiful state of Queensland. With an enviable climate, wonderful wildlife, stunning beaches if Queensland is your destination these posts will help you get the best of your visit! If you are seeking some inspiration these 15 photographs will have you booking the next flight!
- My ultimate guide to Australia has links to every post I have written about Australia and is great starting point when planning your visit.
- My post all about the top things to do in Queensland gives an idea of some of the amazing places to visit in the state.
- If you are interested in learning more about Queensland wildlife there are posts about kangaroos at Cape Hillsborough. platypus at Broken River and whales off the Brisbane coast. A more general post all about the amazing wildlife you can find in Queensland
- If you are traveling along the coast check out my posts about Mackay, Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays and Bowen.
- If you are visiting Brisbane you can find out more about what there is to do in and around the city including Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Mount Tamborine and the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
- Click here if you are interested in learning more about the 19 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Australia.
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