Escape for One Night

by Vashte on March 19, 2012

No matter where you live, to escape for one night from the usual routine can be a complete God-Send. That is not to say we don’t appreciate our lives and the beauty we have in them but the cycle of everyday living can get the best of us down if we don’t drop the ball, at a specified time, and take off for a ‘refresh’ every once in a while. And that is precisely what a girl friend and I did just recently.

‘Unplanned’ in the sense she was supposed to be in another city for that weekend and I had my usual pile of ‘things to do’ for the weekend BUT events took a turn. It was her birthday weekend and suddenly she was no longer going away. What’s a friend to do when a girl friend has her birthday and things don’t work out the way they are supposed to?

Rescue! That’s what!!

Rescue in a sense; we considered heading into the city for the restaurants and clubs but something tugged on my heart to look further afield into ..the mountains. Tamborine Mountains as a matter of fact, slap bang between her; Brisbane based, and I; Gold Coast based. Perrfect.

We found just what we both needed – peace, nature and beauty. God’s beauty. Awesomeness.

You don’t absolutely need to leave at sparrow’s fart in the morning to escape for one night. We both proved that to be true – arriving at 6pm up in the mountains on the Saturday night. That was the earliest we could get there due to commitments but the sun was setting, birds still chirping and the instant you start driving up that mountain a sense of calmness sets in and there really is no rush. Not even when you drive straight up and over the mountain and down the other side as I did….right past our accommodation. Hahahaha

Head to Cedar Creek Lodges for a last minute getaway. Simple, clean and virtually insect free- one cockroach ventured forth into our abode which was not funny, but…it IS Australia and it really IS bush so what do we expect? Sigh, every rose has its thorn. We managed two queen sized beds in our room, with a shower that flooded (giggle) but it added to the ‘escapee’ feeling we had accomplished from our usual routine for the weekend. Exciting!!

We were incredibly impressed with the friendly service and then completely astounded by the quality of the restaurant food.  Hidden away we would never have even THOUGHT to assume anything of this calibre was nestled away in this place had the caretaker not convinced us to go. Here is their menu:  Unbelievable quality of food. You have GOT to try it.

Quiet murmuring voices from tables of two, reminiscent of a gentleman’s clubs with dimmed lighting and old classic leather lounges and comfortable chairs to dine in. In the winter it would be sooo romantic with the fireplace going… one factor is missing in that equation though- a man!!! However, who knows what the future holds so keep that one in the book for the right time!!! Service in the restaurant is ….abysmal – I almost died of thirst waiting for my spring water – I think they walked TO the spring each time to fill my little glass up BUT they are just so NICE and FRIENDLY it was really hard to get upset; and the fact the roof of my mouth was sticking to my tongue stopped me from speaking without thinking. ..Again, it was just so good for the two of us to escape, really, anything could have gone wrong and we would have been happy. The insect sitting on the arm of my chair was just so… apt. What can you do? You are in the mountains so suck it up princess. 😉

Free main meal for birthday girls as well. No complaints from our table! Join their birthday club thing they have going on there and they give you a free main meal for the birthday celebrant. Nice touch.

Breakfast is included in the price of the room so before eating again we ventured forth on a hunt for a swimming hole advised to us by the incredibly helpful and bubbly caretakers.  They had suggested we find their favourite swimming hole upstream: “just walk past the first pool and keep going till you find the second one, 15 minutes away- it’s easy to find” they said. So we decided that was a grand idea! And it was! Grand and freezing cold but oh so fresh!! What a way to start the day!!!

Breakfast was smorgasbord of heavenly delights, and after swimming in sub freezing temperatures we had worked up an appetite. Everything from providing a juicer to juice your own fresh juice, to freshly baked pastries, cereals, fruits, homemade yoghurts, pancakes, eggs, bacon, mushrooms- you name it they had it and if they didn’t have it, they would get it. We fell in love with them all over again! Breakfast is served in a covered outside area with kookaburras watching you eat ready to pounce on the remainders if left too long; gorgeous foliage and beautiful gardens.

There is a load to do on Tamborine so we had to pick and choose as we didn’t have all day up there. She had to head home to her darling little ones who couldn’t call as, when you are on Tamborine, you really are away from it all. No reception- so be prepared for that. We chose to head to the Sky Walk which was certainly well worth it. Walking above ground amongst the foliage on a metal (slightly) swinging bridge gives a completely different perspective from walking on the ground. Very cool. The staff here are also incredibly friendly and kind, from the man who greets you in the parking lot with a huge smile to the staff in the kiosk. Ten points guys and definitely recommended as something to do up there.

With only a small amount of time left we headed to the Cedar Creek Falls where people are crazy enough to jump from high altitudes into the natural spring pool below. Heads are cracked open here often enough for signs to be posted everywhere..but do they listen- NO. Whilst we were there two girls who actually COULD NOT swim decided to slide down the natural slide into the pool. Yes they had to be rescued which was no small feat considering the size of them. Why would you even consider doing that when you actually do not know how to swim? Bizarre. Such a beautiful place- go early in the morning- you might miss the morons. The locals swim further upstream and further downstream away from the idiot tourists. I recommend doing the same.

Tamborine is just magic. God Zone. You can get close to God and hear Him speak up there. And if you don’t then you can just get away from it all and escape for a moment. It takes a mere 40 minutes from the Gold Coast to drive there and about the same from Brisbane. Make a last minute booking and do yourself a favour; retreat for a moment in time. It can do you the world of good. It certainly did for us. Accommodation ranges from five star to camp sites so take your pick. You can make your escape as romantic, as adventurous, as wild or as peaceful as you like. It is quaint and it’s stunning up there. Drink straight from the streams- we did and we are still standing. It is very likely you have not tasted water as fresh and clean as that in …a very long time.

One life, live it well. Don’t count the days, make the days count.

xx Vashte xx




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