Once upon a time, in Tamborine
Romantic fireplaces and fairytale cottages, it’s Queensland’s Narnia
SPIRALLING up tree-lined streets to the top of Tamborine Mountain, it’s easy to feel like you’re slowly entering an alternate universe.
This passageway to Queensland’s own Narnia transports you to the perfect little town to recharge your batteries and escape the real world.
Time on the mountain makes you feel like you could adjust to a simpler, slower, more wholesome life.
Tamborine is synonymous with romance, which is kind of strange considering it looks like your grandma was in charge of decorating everything.
There’s something about the nostalgic, old-timey buildings and all-pervading cosiness that makes you want to cuddle up with someone. I think as Aussies living in year-round sweltering temperatures we’re usually too sweaty to cuddle, so the crisp air and allure of a crackling fireplace casts a sweet spell over us.
Witches Falls Cottages has all the ingredients for the ultimate lovers’ weekend away, which is why I took one of my best friends who has been with her boyfriend for seven years.
It may be a small town, but mountaineers are still open- minded, with our live-in grounds manager Kelly not even batting an eye when we turned up together. It is 2018 after all, and something tells me Kelly and her husband Mark have seen sights far more scandalous than two girls rooming together.
I say that because as Kelly leads us down the mystical path to our cottage, she tells us most people don’t even notice her and Mark getting around, they’re too busy … you know. And despite being on a strictly platonic girls’ weekend, I can see why.
Our cottage looks like a fairy cabin in the woods, with a pointed roof and covering of creeping vines.
Inside is more like a fairy palace. All in one warmly lit room is a raised four-poster curtained bed, a soft, comfy couch, small kitchenette, two-seater table, outside patio and real fireplace. Mark had set it up so even a child could light it, but that didn’t stop us from feeling like Bear Grylls when we had it roaring later on.
The real jaw-dropper here though is the bathroom. In a separate room, it is one of the most Instagrammable bathrooms I’ve ever seen, with an extremely welcoming spa bath (for two people, of course) and a greenery wall.
The crisp white and vibrant green creates such a stunning effect it really is the type of bathroom you can just stand back and admire. Which we did. I’m sure a regular couple would already be filling the spa up and cracking the wine.
Instead we tuck into the cheese basket Kelly drops off, filled with local cheeses and accompanied by a bottle of wine of our choice. She warns us that Mark will be down to top up our wood basket and in the morning she will drop off our breakfast hamper, so just in case things heat up, please close the curtains.
In the morning, sure enough, a hamper arrives with freshly baked bread, eggs, tomato, bacon, Kransky sausages, mushrooms and more for us to cook on the barbecue outside surrounded by more lush vegetation.
I’m not usually a fan of doing things myself, but it’s actually a really nice touch, extending the uninterrupted alone time for couples. For us it means we can drink coffee and scoff breakfast in our bathrobes.
COSY RETREAT: Witches Falls Cottages at Tamborine Mountain promises a romantic staycay, even for friends.