Gold Coast accommodation

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 http://www.cedarcreeklodges.com.au/tamborine-mountain-accommodation.php 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: http://www.cedarcreeklodges.com.au/files/pdf/Rainforest-Restaurant-Dinner-Menu.pdf  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. http://www.rainforestskywalk.com.au/ 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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Lazy Sunday Brunches

by Vashte on January 29, 2012

Lola’s on Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach, Gold Coast.

 

WOW. YUM. BOHO, CLEAN AND THEY ACTUALLY HAVE SERVICE!!!

That’s something unique for the Goldie!

I had been meaning to get to Lola’s for some time. The reputation precedes it somewhat, and yet I have been lax getting there. I am very sorry for that as it is clearly my loss and the local’s gain.. No longer!!!

Found you 😉

Lets backtrack just a smidge:

First and foremost we will start with a great place to stay just outside the centre of Broadbeach. Check out Maison Belle.An older style building with rooms spacious enough for you; the family AND the kitchen sink(s). Their premium 2 bedroom deluxe is larger than some people’s homes. Whether it was the time of year, the fact my friends had stayed here previously, or the set price..who knows but it went for a song this weekend.

Ensuites, tiled floors, formal and living areas, bar space, and million dollar views all round.

I’m liking it. Could easily move in.

Thick walls too; unlike the latest and greatest paper thin, shonky high-rises being slapped up all along the Gold Coast. …

Brunch at Lola’s:

I just have to comment. I’m kicking myself I haven’t been here sooner, but c’est la vie, let’s say it will now be a regular hangout.

Service with a smile and kids are welcomed. Crayons provided and baby chinos on hand. Ahh happy children :)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lola’s has beautiful thick wooden tables with cushions which makes a welcome change to the plastic fantastic tables along Broadbeach’s main strip!! Lola’s is situated on the corner with a roundabout right there. I wondered the reasoning of placing a great restaurant roadside- however, you pay no attention to the cars. Don’t ask me how they do it but they just keep your attention drawn inside with the friendly staff and food fit for a king or queen.

Make sure you book!! There was a queue when I drove past and then again as we walked straight in to our reserved table :)  Thank you!!

They have something for everyone from light breakies (bircher muesli /fruit salad) to fav’s (eggs any style/corn fritters to savoury baskets) to something a little different (hash stacks, rosti stacks, vanilla pancakes, French toast and ohhh so much more!!!).

I choseFarm FreshPoached eggs, grilled asparagus, grilled mushrooms, herb crusted tomato + a chilli, lime + coriander dressing served w gluten free or turkish bread. Ten points for guessing I opted for gluten free 😉 Talk about perfect food!! Next time I’m going for Trim Fresh– eggs with the works and fresh spinach (my fav!)

Lola’s is open for lunch and dinner and quite frankly I might just have to sample their entire menu!!! It is mouth wateringly good. Our eyes were almost popping out of our heads as the dishes were carried past….”Excuse me Miss.. what was THAT?? Ohhhh and what was  THAT!!!” …You would think we had never been to a restaurant before. Yes, we were hungry :)

They even have their own fish and chip/burger shop around the corner for takeaways. That good.

The one thing they could improve on is the bathrooms. Poor show there. This is a bone of contention for me on the Gold Coast. Why a good restaurant/coffee shop or any establishment wants to let themselves down in the hygiene department is beyond me. The back end is just as important, if not more important than the front end.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience until the bathroom visit. Definitely going back but sure do hope they clean up their act behind the scenes – Literally!!

They deserve their reputation as a fine restaurant food wise.  Extremely reasonably priced.

Nice.

 

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