A Romantic Getaway – Queensland, Australia
The poet, William Henry Davies, wrote, “What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare” and it is often true that we do not take the time to contemplate our surroundings. However, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is one place where poetry and reality merge, and you will find the time, and the motivation to stand and stare.
Just two hours out of Brisbane, near Murwillumba and adjoining three National Parks, this beautiful retreat is a perfect haven to experience the calming effect of nature and have some time out. Set in old-growth rainforest you will find yourself amongst four hundred year old trees, strangler figs curling and winding their way to the top canopy, groves of ferns and mosses and a proliferation of wildlife and birdlife.
There are four rainforest trails to explore on the property and one takes you to a couple of hammocks strung across the enchantingly named Crystal Creek, the perfect place to relax.
Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat lies at the end of a quiet valley. A lovely hidden gem tucked away in the forest. It is a luxury romantic retreat, which is exclusively for couples (or singles) allowing for total privacy as you stay in a “private residence” secluded in the rainforest.
An escape into nature is always good for the soul, but rarely do you find the combination of the three elements, privacy, comfort and luxury. Set on two hundred and fifty acres, it’s all yours. There is plenty to do or nothing to do; the choice is yours.
Your hosts, Mark and Bronny’s evident attention to detail really defines this retreat. Discovering on arrival a romantic table setting with an array of tea candles is a delight. Your double spa bath scented with lemon myrtle adds to an atmosphere of relaxation and bliss to create the perfect ambience, while the i-pod docking station gives you the freedom to indulge in the pleasures of music and soaking.
The dining experience comes complete with gourmet meals, cooked fresh for you on the day which is quietly placed in your fridge in the afternoon, allowing you to choose when you want to eat, requiring just a five minute reheat.
As dusk falls into evening, subtle outdoor spotlit lighting comes on magically, making the forest come alive. The stunning floor to ceiling windows allow nature to enter your living space, creating an extended view of the natural environment surrounding you.
You will find the time to sit and stare, because this very unique rainforest retreat with it’s ancient rainforest wisdom lends itself to doing just this, and hardly gives you the choice.
Story by Stephanie Brookes
Photos by David Metcalf
Fast facts Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat – NSW, Australia
Couples only, luxury romantic getaway on the far north coast of NSW, between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast hinterland. Private luxury bungalow & lodge accommodation.
* 10 Luxury Rainforest cabins, bungalows and lodges. Fully self contained.
* One couple only per bungalow. Sorry no children accommodated.
* Full gourmet menu on offer.
* Private dining in your bungalow at your leisure.
* Gourmet picnic baskets available.
* Romantic packages and extras available.
* In-house massage available.
* 2 hours from Brisbane, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast, Queensland and 55 minutes from Byron Bay, NSW, Australia.