A SLICE OF COUNTRY LIFE
Do you ever yearn for fresh air, clean sheets, slow walks down country roads and time to just sit with a good book? Maybe you long for the sound of chirping birds, a little peace and quiet, and the ability to look up at night and see the stars. It's something that's hard to find when you live in an urban environment. Sometimes all I want is for Ella to go outside and climb a tree, or run around on the grass, like I did as a kid.
A little while ago, we decided on a whim to book an Airbnb in the Scenic Rim, Queensland. I saw photos of a glorious old Queenslander surrounded by rolling countryside and moody mountains and thought, that's just what we need. And it turns out, the Scenic Rim Retreat really is a little slice of country heaven. Here's our review of our stay in this lovely corner of southeast Queensland. We'd love to hear about your country escapes too.
HEAD FOR THE HILLS
Stretching from Tamborine Mountain, through the Lost World Valley to Boonah and Kalbar, the Scenic Rim is a mountainous landscape straddling the border of southeast Queensland and north-east NSW. It's home to prehistoric volcanoes, rainforest and terrific food and wine.
SO TELL US ABOUT THE SCENIC RIM RETREAT
Set on two rolling acres, just under 30 minutes from Ipswich, Scenic Rim Retreat is a grand, century-old restored Queenslander with verandahs that invite you to while away your afternoon. There are two light-filled bedrooms, master with air conditioning and ensuite, another large bathroom, a fireplace, ceiling fans, a well-equipped kitchen with coffee machine and daybed. Set down a quiet dirt road, the property is surrounded by bushland, friendly Brahman cows, and with Mount Flinders as your backdrop.
WHAT CAN YOU DO THERE?
Here it's all about being in the moment: watching birds flit between trees, picking fresh oranges, enjoying a glass of wine on the latticed verandah, and enjoying the fresh country air. Take a stroll and spot wallabies bounding through the bush or pat the neighbouring cows. This year, the owners will run quarterly photographic retreats at the house (check with them when they're on). Ella's favourite thing to do was pick oranges from the numerous orange trees and feed the super friendly cows who came up to the fence whenever we called them. There was even a couple of cute calves.
Climb Mount French for views over Fassifern Valley, or explore the magnificent Queen's Park in Ipswich.
Couples or a small family wanting a country stay. At times, you may have to share the house with the owners however, have a chat with them as they can also arrange exclusive use at a time suitable for both parties.
From $80 a night for two; $25 a night for each extra guest.
192 Woolooman Road, Woolooman; 0416 265 836; Airbnb.com.au/rooms/19250963
We stayed at our own expense. All views my own.