On a recent trip to Australia that was mostly spent on the beaches and islands we wanted something inland that was going to be truly Australian and a little different we booked a night at Secrets on the Lake (formerly Treetops Cabins on the Lake). We hired a car from Brisbane airport and travelled for 1.5 hours to Montville in the Sunshine Coast rainforest area. A lovely drive around the mountain tops with great views. When we arrived at Secrets on the Lake we were greeted by a very friendly host who got us our champagne breakfast baskets and showed us to our cabin. There were about 12 cabins of different sizes all connected by a high wooden walkway. As you walk over at night time you can hear nightlife animals scattering about in the underbush. All the cabins have a theme and have hand carved unusual wooden features throughout. The cabin we had (2 couples) was the Wait A While cabin that had a an elevated loft style second bedroom looking out over the lounge area and rainforest. Love the front door! There was also a spacious spa bath with gorgeous shutters that opened straight out onto the rainforest. The balcony has a breathtaking view over the lake and at night the resident a possum came onto our balcony and took fruit straight out of our hands. In the morning we were greeted by a very friendly baby magpie that we also hand fed. Although we didnt, you could take the canoes out on the lake. The reception also has books, cd's and a billiards table. A great place to stay with easy access to all the beaches of the Sunshine Coast and famous Eumundi markets. The only downside is that there is not really any nightlife and younger couples may find it a bit boring after a couple of nights. Local restuarants in Montville are nice. -----
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Perfect Romantic Escape.....IMAGINE the ultimate romantic escape flowers, chocolates, and definitely some champagne and fruit. Hide away in a beautiful hand-carved cabin while a log fire burns and favourite music playing in the background. Neck deep in bubble bath and lounging in the sunken spa, gaze out over the veranda to see mist rolling over the magnificent lake. Secrets on the Lake is nestled in the Sunshine Coast's lush hinterland on 45 acres of rainforest and right on the shores of Lake Baroon. There are ten tree houses Waterlilies, Two Frogs, Possums, The Bower, Lizards Lair Wait A While, Platypus, Dragonfly, The Nest & last but not least Secrets. Each cabin is only accessed by a hand carved elevated treetop walkway, lit at night by handmade pottery lamps. They are meticulously appointed and individually themed from a different element of nature and feature extensive ceramic, iron and woodwork. Our guests can indulge themselves with our special homemade touches - the complimentary Champagne Breakfast basket, the hearty BBQ Hamper and cheese platters, a range of massages or our specially catered for Packages be it an escape or a honeymoon. Sit back on the deck and enjoy coffee & cake at the cafe or wander through the art gallery where the "Tree of Dreams" lives. Come & visit this wondrous place & be captivated by the charm & beauty. ... more less
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