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Wallaby Ridge Retreat
Sydney
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Outdoor spa at sunset surrounded by wallabies. Aaaah!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2013

Just 25 mins from the Gold Coast. This retreat has 3-4 rooms attached to the owner's home but each one is self-contained so you can feel as private as you want (and you can cook).
This place is a real oasis with wallabies around every dawn and dusk and spectacular sunset views. It's off the beaten track about 15 mins from Cunungra, which is such a pretty little town, and very close Mt Tambourine which has a great art/cafe strip and lovely cheese. It's also a reasonably easy car ride to bush walks in Lamington and Springbrook Nat parks.
It's excellent value for money with a yummy breakfast including great home made jams and the best yoghurt I've had in my life! It's clean, better decorated than the photos on the website show and our bed was really comfy. Nothing was too much trouble for Robyn (the owner).
The outdoor spa with the sunset view was the real draw card for me. I wish I owned the place.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone (and I'm reasonably picky).

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Robyn F, Owner at Wallaby Ridge Retreat, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Thank you for your kind words.It can be difficult to be all things to all people as comments on Trip Advisor show, but its great we ticked all the boxes and you enjoyed your stay. I love the picture of "Ping" you have taken, her big sister Olly has a little baby now hopping about the house entertaining the guests with her antics! Our wildlife is very precious to us and we love sharing this experience with our guests. We hope to see you again some day.
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Brisbane, Australia
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31 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2013

A bit off the beaten path, I can see how this is recommended for couples as a romantic getaway. This place only offers a few rooms that are opposite where the owners live and you really feel like you're being welcomed into their home. The owners are fantastic, and you authentically feel like you could be at a good friend's place. At the same time, the room is private with plenty of solo time if you want it. Couldn't hear anything from the other occupied rooms. Each room is a suite, with full breakfast fixings provided.
Some negatives: the curtains are not black-out; the road to get to the B&B is a bit hard to travel on, be warned if you have a luxery or low-clearance vehicle; no internet. The bed was very not comfortable (too soft).
Definitely recommend this location if you're looking for a relaxing and home-y feeling. A nice break from the impersonal chain hotels.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Robyn F, Owner at Wallaby Ridge Retreat, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Thank you for your review Karen. Our boutique nature certainly gives us the luxury of getting to know our guests (if they so wish of course!). Being a rural property our drive is part of its charm and with that in mind:- enjoy the result - the view is superb. We do have wifi, but it is a user pay system, so I am not sure why you no access. Fortunately we dont face East so we havent felt compelled so far to put in total blockout curtains as there is no direct sun on the windows in the early hours, but, thank you for your feedback. We read it in the light of looking for improvement as well as helping other visitors making their decisions.
We hope you return again some day to finish off your exploring - so much to do in this beautiful part of the Scenic Rim.
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2013

I surprised my wife by taking her to to this retreat for her birthday. She keeps thanking me as everything was perfect. The accommodation is first class with wide verandas where you can sit never getting tired of the amazing view down the valley, looking at mountains in the horizon. The wallabies crossing the property avoid the fenced vineyard in front of the veranda. The self-contained bedroom and lounge offer plenty of room with well appointed colonial style furnishings. Your hosts Robyn and John are most gracious and if you ask them to join you in partaking of the wonderful meals they cook for the evening meal, you will find they have a lot to contribute to your knowledge of the area and beyond. Try John's "Poulet roti maison". . Ask anything you need, it's never a problem, you hosts are the most gracious people I have met in a long while.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank IRandJFM
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Robyn F, Owner at Wallaby Ridge Retreat, responded to this review, 27 August 2013
Jean-Paul, thanks so much for your lovely comments, its food for the soul when our guests enjoy themselves - especially for a "special event' such as a birthday. We hope to see you again soon.
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Jersey, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

My wife and I stayed here as it is 'just around the corner' from my sisters house (my sister's words, I found out she booked it on the internet even though she lives less than 1km away). However it must be 50% vertical, the track leading to it is challenging for a car! However it's worth it, the apartments are really nice, the breakfast provided is generous and the premises, garden, pool, hot tub and the views are excellent. And quiet. I'd buy the place if it was for sale.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Robyn F, Owner at Wallaby Ridge Retreat, responded to this review, 3 August 2013
We enjoy our overseas visitors company and comments, so happy you enjoyed your stay. We call our driveway the "stairway to heaven" it gives us our outlook and view, the incline is no worse than the inclines in the local shopping centre carpark (no 4wd required!) but because of the distance it certainly looks steeper, as you reach the top voila! The wallabies scatter or stand and stare - hence the name...thanks for your visit and comments here!
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Lake Macquarie
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69 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2012 via mobile

Robyn and John have a great AAA 4 star rated property on the west side of Tambourine Mountain. There are three suites, with private lounges and kitchenettes and these are beautifully appointed, oozing quality.
There are lots of Wallabies and wildlife in the surrounding garden and the long verandah looks out to the west and beautiful sunsets. Another feature is the great BBQ area and picking fresh vegetables and herbs from the garden. It's close to the hub of Tambourine, without the business of being in the thick of it!

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2012

Used wallaby ridge retreat as base camp for our daughter's wedding at a Canungra winery. Perfect location, just the right amount of friendly attention from our hosts, they even pin on flowers! , fantastic accommodation. Nothing was too much trouble, we even got to visit the chickens with our toddler granddaughter. Homemade pizza dinners, yummy breakfasts? This retreat help create a perfect wedding event, we could not have been happier. We asked to stay forever, but unfortunately they were booked. Thanks so much wallaby ridge.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Coolangatta, Australia
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63 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2012

Having read the previous reviews we thought we were onto a winner with our stay here. On the whole we had a very pleasant time. The room was clean, spacious and comfortable and the location is picturesque. However, the rooms are not as private as we'd hoped. In fact they are essentially upmarket motel style rooms [bedroom, large bathroom with generic pump toiletries - not luxury- , separate lounge and kitchenette] in a row in the front half of the owners' home. For somewhere billed as luxury we might have hoped for an outside seating area with some privacy from our immediate neighbours [ and maybe some of the homemade biscuits everyone raves about or even a breakfast a little different from the 2 fatty rashers, basic sausage etc. ] Basically you come out of the lounge onto a shared patio and you're sipping your glass of red a few metres away from complete strangers doing the same You can't have your room curtains open to see the view from your bedroom or look out from your lounge at night, say,as your fellow guests are walking right past your windows on the way to the pool or spa. Their conversations are clearly audible from your room; in fact we were treated to our neighbours' morning TV preferences at 6am on the Sunday of our romantic getaway.
If you're looking for a nice spot to say within striking distance of Albert River Winery [book ahead as they told us they're doing loads of Scoopons and get really busy at the weekends] and O'Reilly's, this is a real find. But it's not a romantic couples retreat. Just go for it with your eyes open and you'll have a lovely stay

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Wallaby Ridge Retreat
Address: 88 Bambling Rd | Wonglepong, Canungra, Queensland 4275, Australia
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Scenic Rim > Canungra
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Canungra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Wallaby Ridge Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Self-contained facilities and 4 Star AAA rated. Reception hours 8am - 8pm, EST, 7 days. Free WI-FI. Home-cooked meals / BBQ packs available with advance notice. ... more   less 
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