There's something about staying in a wooden chalet in the middle of a rainforest - with the fireplace blazing and the sounds of the night wildlife cooing in your ears - that truly makes for a fairytale experience.
Located 25 minutes out of Nerang, Springbrook Mountain is one of many places on the Gold Coast that offers you great views of the Gold Coast hinterland and all its hills and plateaus. What sets Springbrook apart from all other mountains on the Gold Coast however, is its peacefulness. Unlike Mount Tamborine and Mount Warning, where thousands of tourists seem to flock to on a clear day, Springbrook is a one street town that has managed to stay relatively protected from large crowds. It has one general store, a dabbling of cafes, a fudge store, an observatory and a number of places to stay and a number of lookouts and bushwalks, but hardly anything more.
So if you're going to do the whole Springbrook experience right, I recommend you stay a few nights in a Springbrook Mountain Chalet, which is located on Springbrook Road just after Appletree Park, because there is honestly nothing better, than spending the day bushwalking and enjoying the natural sights in Springbrook, to then come home to a beautiful cabin in the midst of it all. The cabins are fit for couples, families or friends and I believe there is also a honeymooner's package on offer as well.
There are a couple of different types of Chalets that you can stay in and they range in luxury and price. There are three Spa Bath Chalets, a Spa Pool Cottage and a Deluxe Cottage. I personally stayed in a Spa Bath Chalet and enjoyed its cosiness and creature comforts. It had a fully self-contained kitchen, a fireplace (which we were even able to use in the heat of summer as it can get very chilly in Springbrook at night), a flatscreen television with a hard drive filled with over 400 movies and television shows, a comfy bed and a spa bath with adjoining window, so you can literally sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
When you first walk in to the chalets I can guarantee that you will instantly feel safe and at home. They are truly beautiful and reminiscent of old hunters or snow cabins with their wooden furnishings and fur decorations. You'll also be greeted by some champagne glasses and chocolates, which can then be enjoyed in the spa bath for the perfect start to your relaxing holiday.
The Chalets are positioned amidst protected rainforest and they are fully self-contained with no luxury of room service, so there are a few things you have to think about while you stay there. For example, each Chalet gets its water from its own rainwater tank, so you do have to watch your water usage and shouldn't take too many unnecessary baths and showers during your stay. You also are required to wash your own dishes, so I suggest waiting until you have a big enough pile and then doing a mass clean. The wildlife should be left alone and admired from afar, and rubbish should be safely stored in the given bins inside or outside.