Bush Vacays off the beaten track


Allawah Retreat

Soak up peace and luxury in these private lodges surrounded by wilderness and wildlife. Allawah means sit, stay here, rest awhile and who could refuse.


Mt Molloy

Sweetwater Lodge (pictured) is set on 160 gorgeous acres (64ha) of prime country for birdwatching, walking or just doing nothing. With just four guests at a time, you’ll be treated like royalty  at this architecturally designed eco retreat.



Chillagoe Cabins will take you back in time to a miner’s hut, albeit an exceptionally well appointed one. Rustic on the outside, charming on the inside with all mod cons just a stone’s throw from Chillagoe’s attractions.



Ringers Rest means simple is best, a proper bush camp for self-contained travellers – well their vehicles at least. Love the singalong round the campfire at night, explore the surrounding landscape and enjoy this inexpensive oasis.



Tall Timbers Motel & Van Park

As its name suggests this Ravenshoe caravan park with motel accommodation is surrounded by trees in park like grounds. It’s affordable plus there’s an onsite restaurant. Try the pizza – it’s famous!


Wondecla / Herberton

Atherton Tablelands Birdwatchers Cabin

Not just for the birds, come for the tree kangaroos and orange thighed tree frogs (true!) as well. Just a single purpose built cabin in a wilderness surrounded by hundreds of bird species and other animals.  One guest called it cassowary central, another said birdwatching wasn’t supposed to be so easy.