BEST OF THE GOLD COAST.

FROM FIRE­SIDE SNUGGLES TO HIN­TER­LAND HOT TUBS, CHAN­TAY LO­GAN HAS FOUND 10 HEAV­ENLY HIDEAWAYS ON OUR DOORSTEP

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - EYE CONTENTS - Main im­age: Tourism and Events Queens­land

PETHERS RAIN­FOR­EST RE­TREAT 28B Geiss­mann Street, Tam­borine Moun­tain

Drive half an hour from the Gold Coast and you could be cud­dled up in the canopy, toast­ing your toes by a fire and sip­ping the lo­cal vino. Hid­den in 12 acres of rain­for­est, Pethers Rain­for­est Re­treat’s 10 pri­vate tree­houses set a snug scene for ex­plor­ing Mt Tam­borine.

“Each of our tree­houses fea­tures a king bed, 100sq m of open-plan din­ing and living, and floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows open­ing on to your own deck sur­rounded by lush, pris­tine rain­for­est,” gen­eral man­ager Shona Philps says.

“The birds are calling as your spa bath fills with scented bub­bles and the glow of the fire­place warms the room as you snug­gle up and ab­sorb the sur­round­ings.”

While it may be hard to tear your­self away from the for­est fan­tasy, a misty win­ter won­der­land awaits.

“There is a mul­ti­tude of spec­tac­u­lar walks through un­touched an­cient rain­forests or you can get up close and per­sonal with glow worms at the Cedar Creek Es­tate Win­ery,” Shona says.

“For the more ad­ven­tur­ous, there is even a high ropes course at the Tree Top Chal­lenge in Thun­der Bird Park. Visit one of Tam­borine Moun­tain’s ex­cep­tional winer­ies, en­joy hand­crafted ar­ti­san cheeses and lo­cally brewed craft beers or book a mas­sage in front of the fire in your tree­house.”

Things are heat­ing up on the food front too. If ro­mance is on the menu, Pethers Rain­for­est Restau­rant de­liv­ers dreamy din­ners, with its mas­sive open-sided fire­place over­look­ing dra­mat­i­cally flood­lit rain­for­est.

Ven­ture fur­ther afield to find ev­ery­thing from beau­ti­ful break­fasts at Wild Plum Kitchen to slow-cooked, sticky-fin­ger spreads and cool cock­tails at Hick­ory.

Pethers has a mid­week mas­sage pack­age for $699 in­clud­ing two nights in a tree­house, a break­fast bas­ket de­liv­ered daily to your door, two 30-minute mas­sages in front of the fire and an an­tipasto plat­ter and bot­tle of wine on ar­rival.

“EN­JOY AR­TI­SAN CHEESES AND LO­CALLY BREWED CRAFT BEERS OR JUST A MAS­SAGE IN FRONT OF THE FIRE IN YOUR TREE­HOUSE . . .”

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