weekend getaway at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

As far as cute little getaways go, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat was pretty perfect actually. I had not been looking forward to my birthday this year, for some reason 24 had me a little on edge. An April baby as well, Marie and I decided to escape one weekend this Autumn for some anti-birthday celebrations. Our stipulations were simple, it would need to be a no hassles night away with wine, cheese and good food included.

After deciding on a night somewhere in the Gold Coast hinterland to enjoy the cool Autumn nights that had started setting in, we found our accommodation in O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat at Canungra. I highly recommend this spot to anyone who wants some R&R in a romantic and secluded setting. Although if you’re a bit of a yuppy then please note there are no televisions in the rooms at O’Reilly’s and reception is scarce. Although, who needs technology when you have great company and all of this at your fingertips…

We soon learned that the history of the area and the people who contributed to the land is clearly important as we settled into our two bedroom canopy affectionately named Vince (the other being Lona) for the couple who raised their children in this guest house years ago. Lighting the fire came first before getting ready to head up to the main dining hall for a three course meal that cost only $52 a head! The food was divine and plentiful. The rest of the night was spent relaxing by the fire, and taking in the spectacular starry sky. For a virtual sneak peak of Vince and the retreat surrounds, check out the photos below.

There are so many activities to enjoy at O’Reilly’s including relaxing at their Lost World Spa, rainforest and tree top walks, guided tours (including a Segway tour), birds of prey and wildlife encounter shows, wine tastings and so much more! Too much for us to enjoy in one night so we will definitely have to make a return trip.

After waking refreshed on the Sunday, we enjoyed a quick cuppa and took in the beautiful view once more before heading on the drive back down the windy mountain to Canungra Valley Vineyard where we had pre-organised picnic baskets to enjoy in the sunshine. For $55 a basket, we got the Homestead Picnic Basket which included “a wholesome country-style selection consisting of locally smoked chicken, local cured ham, smoked salmon, homemade potato salad, garden salad, antipasto vegetables, Swiss cheese and crackers and fresh bread with O’Reilly’s own homestead chutney”. Yum! If you are considering heading down this way, whether for a day trip or longer getaway, these picnic baskets are lovely. For all other options, check the website out here.

Marie and I have promised each other many more quality girl time getaways like this and with such a successful first experience, stay tuned for further tales of our adventures.


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