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Published August 19th 2013
Relaxing Rainforest Retreat
One of the unique rural towns nestled on the Blackall Range, Montville is the cultural, artistically concentrated natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, in South East Queensland. Located approximately 100kms from Brisbane, Montville and its fellow neighbours on the Blackall Range; Maleny, Mapleton and Flaxton; attract a large influx of tourists, visitors and locals alike, with art galleries, exclusive shopping experiences, local and exotic gourmet and homemade foods, dairy farms, spectacular views, lush rainforest, nature walks and reserves, national parks and, of course, the multitude of experiences and getaway accommodation available.
The exclusive Picnic Creek - accommodation @ Tree Houses of Montville. Photo compliments of Tree Houses of Montville: www.treehouses.com.au
Tree Houses of Montville is a family owned and operated resort situated amongst 20 acres of natural rainforest, adjacent to both the iconic Kondalilla Falls and Kondalilla National Park. Tree Houses (as it is commonly referred to) is an environmentally-friendly rainforest retreat - embracing and promoting the abundance of wildlife, waterfalls and walking tracks located in its proximity. In fact, staff at Tree Houses, together with rangers from Kondalilla National Park, have banded together in order to protect remnants of rainforests and wet eucalypt forest all across the Blackall Range.
In the late 19th century, extensive logging on the Blackall Range resulted in huge losses of valuable rainforest and eucalypt timber; Bunya Pine, Red and White Cedar, White Beech and Blackbutt trees were logged excessively destroying the natural environment. Tree Houses and Kondalilla National Park are committed to regenerating any cleared land back to forest areas, providing and reinstating precious wildlife habitats. As Tree Houses borders the entrance to Kondalilla National Park, the retreat has its own bush decks, rock pools, waterfalls, short walks and varieties of roaming wildlife as well as relaxing indoor attractions such as spa baths and fireplaces.
The Tree Houses of Montville presents itself as a rejuvenating experience, offering accommodation for lovers of both life and nature. "Indulge your mind, body and spirit with the ultimate relaxation experience, then feel free to explore the great beauty and the many moods of the Blackall Range and the beautiful Sunshine Coast" (Tree Houses of Montville, www.treehouses.com.au). Tree Houses encompasses 24 cabins; of differing style, size and inclusions; with a range of prices to suit any budget.
Rustic Luxury Tree House Deck @ Tree Houses of Montville. Photo compliments of Tree Houses of Montville: www.treehouses.com.au
Tree Houses of Montville offers a range of excellent accommodation. Each style is fully equipped with the items listed below, and come with the chance to observe Australian wildlife in natural habitats.
Each dwelling at Tree Houses comes fully equipped with:
Glass Front Fireplace
Shampoo and Conditioner, Soaps, Spa Bath Gels
Kitchen Facilities which include; Microwave, Cooktop, Fridge, Electric Frypan, cooking utensils
Tea/Coffee making facilities
Adding to the list above, Luxury Tree Houses include TVs of a higher standard: projector screen TVs or LCD HD flat screen TVs. Bathrobes are also obtainable in all luxury lodges, including Picnic Creek; and all Tree Houses, Luxury Tree Houses and Picnic Creek have charming wooden decks.
Tree Houses also provides both one and two bedroom accommodation options.
Accommodation styles offered at Tree Houses of Montville:
Extras: Tree Houses of Montville offer extras on top of accommodation (such as breakfast, flowers and massages) look to the bottom of the page: HERE
Packages & Specials: Before you book your next getaway at Tree Houses of Montville, check out any current deals on the website HERE
There are honeymoon and special occasion packages available, and partnership deals with the nearby tourist magnet, Australia Zoo. Some of the packages listed include discounted stays, accommodation with cheese platters and wine, and midweek specials.
The outside of Luxury Tree House 'The Loveshack' at Tree Houses of Montville. My partner and I stayed in this gorgeous 'shack' for four nights whilst we took in the sights and experiences of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
My partner and I recently decided to head up to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for a few nights during our holidays. Despite living in Brisbane all of our lives, neither of us had ever explored the Sunshine Coast regions and I'd heard a lot of great things about the towns on the Blackall Range, especially Montville. We searched online for suitable accommodation in the area months in advance, wanting to find the perfect place for us to relax, reconnect and rejuvenate but it was also important for us to be within reasonable distance of popular tourist destinations such as Australia Zoo, which we'd already decided to visit.
Our search for accommodation kept circling back to the Tree Houses of Montville. It appealed to us for many reasons: the promise of peace and quiet in the secluded private lodgings, a location amongst lush rainforest right next to Kondalilla National Park, the proximity to Main Street, Montville, and the exclusive shopping experiences, the appealing images of the Tree Houses themselves viewed on the website, and the location in regards to neighbours on the Blackall Range (Mapleton, Flaxton and Maleny) and Australia Zoo. When we discovered the partnership deals existing between Tree Houses and Australia Zoo we took it as a sign, and began the booking process.
My partner and I chose to book the Luxury Tree House Midweek Honeymoon/Special Occasion Package: a three night midweek stay in a Luxury Tree House with 2 x 1 hour massages, cheese platter, aromatic bubbles (for the spa) & candle pack, plus wine. I made enquiries with staff at Tree Houses who were more than happy to help. Our package was booked and dates locked-in Tree Houses even booked our visit to Australia Zoo for us at discounted rates. Plus, when we decided we wanted to add an extra night onto the end of our stay the staff were more than accommodating; increasing our stay without a fuss and furthering our discount.
'The Loveshack' plaque from the front of the Luxury Tree House, at Tree Houses of Montville, that was our private retreat for four nights.
The drive to Tree Houses (from our home just north of Brisbane) was scenic, relaxing and hilly. On arrival we checked-in at reception and were given a map of the entire expanse of Tree Houses; complete with markers for each dwelling (many with local nature-driven names such as Blackbutt, Golden Wattle, Platypus, Bunya, Rosella, Tree Frog, etc.) and a highlighted path directing us to our little getaway. We were also provided with a list of local restaurants; their trading times and phone numbers (one of them even had a pick-up/drop-off service operating with Tree Houses). I was more than satisfied with the level of service (the staff are just amazingly friendly and helpful), and both the map and restaurant list came in handy. The staff even told us stories about some of the local possums that call Tree Houses home.
The beautiful spa bath in our Luxury Tree House, The Loveshack, at the Tree Houses of Montville.
On arrival at The Loveshack, the Luxury Tree House that was to be our home for the next four nights, my partner and I were over-the-moon. It was distanced enough from other dwellings to ensure privacy, but not so far as to make us think we were stranded 'out bush' and our 'shack' was just gorgeous. We'd opted for a Modern Luxury Tree House which meant that we'd be staying in one large split-level room with beautiful wooden floors, a queen-sized bed, LCD flat screen TV plus DVD and CD, expansive decks complete with views and a magnificent step-down spa. I have no qualms in admitting that the spa won me over at once. Spacious, spotless and striking; I just wanted to use it straight away. Needless to say, our spa got a workout every night of our stay; with the bubbles and candles of course.
The python who came visiting The Loveshack mere hours after my partner and I checked-in at the Tree Houses of Montville. Although I am quite a fan of snakes, and thought this one a beauty, my partner was less impressed.
My partner and I enjoyed every moment of our stay at the Tree Houses of Montville; exploring the Blackall Ranges and Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Tree Houses of Montville have amazingly friendly and helpful staff, provide clean, scenic, comfortable and private dwellings of different styles and budgets, have packages on offer, and are in the perfect charming location. Savour everything that Montville and neighbouring towns on the Blackall Range have to offer, plus more, from the Tree Houses of Montville. It's definitely worth it.
One of the many bush turkeys that wander the grounds at Tree Houses of Montville.
Tree Houses of Montville cater for couples, families and children with one night stays allowed. Tree Houses are also able to cater for small, intimate conferences and wedding receptions. Although there is a fully-licensed restaurant on-site at Tree Houses, it is currently closed; however other restaurants are in close proximity.