Gorgeous surrounds, a tranquil atmosphere, excellent food and wine, and a relaxed place to stay – that's all you really need for a brilliant couples' getaway. Promising all this and more, Girraween Environmental Lodge in Queensland's Granite Belt region is ideal for a weekend away or short break. Ready to leave behind the stresses of everyday life? Pack your bags, we're going bush.
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Escape from the rest of the world
A three-hour scenic drive south-west of Brisbane takes you to Girraween National Park, a natural wonderland with incredible eucalyptus bushland, masses of wildflowers, tranquil waterfalls and unique granite boulders.
Blessed with breathtaking views of the park, the aptly named Girraween Environmental Lodge nestles into the spectacular landscape, offering couples a real 'escaped from it all' atmosphere. Though only a short drive from some of the Granite Belt's most-loved spots, this secluded hideaway feels as if it's in a world of its own; a world where only birdsong disturbs the silence. This is the place to go to reconnect – with Mother Nature, with yourself, with each other.
Retreat to a cosy chalet
Upping the romance, Girraween Environmental Lodge is home to just ten cosy self-contained chalets. Spread across the 400-acre property, each private retreat is surrounded by bushland and boasts all the essentials for an intimate getaway – think charming wood-fire heaters (perfect for the cooler months), two-person spa baths and spacious decks with picturesque views.
Making exploring the captivating region easy, an array of bushwalk tracks also lead from the chalets to kangaroo-populated fields, through woodlands and past tranquil gullies. Our advice? Spend your stay discovering the wonders right on your doorstep before returning to your own enchanting home-away-from-home for sundowners on the elevated deck – that's our kind of 'getting back to nature' experience.
Explore a nature-lover's haven
If you prefer to venture out, Girraween National Park really is a must-see. Only three kilometres from the lodge, this wonderful spot is known for its iconic granite formations (climb to the top for a postcard-ready outlook), plus amazing wildlife. Lace up your walking shoes and spot wombats, possums and kangaroos along your way.
There's a reason why this renowned spot translates to 'the place of flowers' in the Aboriginal language. In spring, Girraween National Park is blanketed with colourful native wildflowers, creating an utterly spellbinding sight for couples. Bottlebrushes, paperbarks and flannel-flowers appear in summer, while wattle bursts into bloom in winter. In other words, this marvellous spot is unbelievably beautiful all year round.
Discover the region's romantic side
From visiting the delightful nearby townships to sharing a picnic surrounded by nature, there are plenty of romantic experiences to be had at Girraween Environmental Lodge. Sure to be a hit with couples, the lodge features its own natural rock pool with a heated spa. The perfect place to unwind, it takes in humbling views of the stars at night – expect a dazzling galaxy above.
Want to keep things simple? A bottle of red and a crackling wood fire back at your chalet is a pretty hard combination to resist.
Treat yourselves to gourmet delights
Other than the impressive national park, Girraween and the larger Granite Belt region are cherished for their food and wine offerings. Gourmands, weave your way through the sensational landscape and stop at local treasures like the Jersey Girls cheese factory, Pyramid Road Wines, Heavenly Chocolate and Sutton's juice factory, cidery, distillery and shed cafe – be sure to try a slice of their old-fashioned apple pie.
For an unforgettable getaway, pick yourselves up some goodies for a picnic, sip something delicious in the lodge's rock pool or prepare a mouthwatering meal in your chalet's fully equipped kitchen. Or, treat yourselves to a fabulous winery tour and sample the produce of one of Australia's top wine regions. Cheers to a heavenly Queensland getaway!
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