A lover of Brisbane, particularly the Moreton Bay region at Wynnum Manly and the beautiful Scenic Rim and have live in the Queensland Outback. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and event in my own backyard.
Published May 24th 2017
Getaway to your Shangri-La
Tranquillity is sitting on the deck of the Wild Lime Cottage, watching the cows come home as dusk settles over the Lost World Valley of Lamington National Park.
It's an apt description of this picturesque part of the Scenic Rim, just 35 clicks south of Beaudesert and 60-90 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Worendo is a haven literally at the end of the road, as it disappears into Lamington National Park.
Worendo Cottages are a mix of accommodation from the Homestead that sleeps up to 12; the two bedroom Treehouse Cottages, or the very romantically positioned Wild Lime Cottage that has one main bedroom with a double sofa in the living area.
The stainless steel kitchen and large dining tables are perfect for gourmet cooks with all mod cons provided. It is where the popular Wild Lime Cooking School classes are held and the accompanying meals to be enjoyed.
Wild Lime Cottage kitchen - Image from website
The views are stunning looking over the ridges, valleys and peaks of Lamington National Park. The colours are ever changing from dark to light green and brilliant yellow as the sun sets and clouds cast their imprint over the landscape. A magical morning fog greeted my sleepy eyes during my stay.
Stoke the fire, light the BBQ and count the stars in uninterrupted darkness as you enjoy a tranquil evening at Worendo over a glass of local wine and perhaps some cheese picked up on the way. It's a peaceful spot if you want to relax and have a digital detox (no internet reception at the Wild Lime Cottage).
If you need to do more than kick back and read a good book then country type activities are on offer including sheep feeding and patting; fishing; a campfire experience or stargazing. Nearby Cedar Glen farmstay offers horse-riding with Tommerups Dairy Farm running farm tours and a wonderfully stocked Farm Larder. The Lost World website has all the information you need.
Worendo Cottages are a truly romantic Shangri-La harking back to a time before technology when all it took was a glass of wine, a cheese platter and a long fire with your significant other to share the present and contemplate the future.