Imagine waking to mountain views, the tranquil sounds of rainforest birds and breathing in the fresh mountain air in the mornings. Thanks to Glamping Hub, we had exactly this experience during our recent stay at Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge.
Just as the name suggests, Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge is nestled in the Glasshouse Mountains area on the Sunshine Coast hinterland and is within walking distance to one of the mountains, with the stunning mountain view peeking over the trees.
But best of all about the Ecolodge is the opportunity to get back to nature and enjoy your surroundings!
GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS ECOLODGE
Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge is located in Glasshouse Mountains, on the Sunshine Coast, approximately 90 minutes from Brisbane or Ipswich, depending on traffic. The scenic location is near the base of Mt Tibrogargan.
They offer eco-friendly accommodation to suit all travellers budgets, and a location that is perfect for exploring the various mountains in the area.
There are several accommodation options on offer at Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge, giving you that glamping feel of being close to nature, but with all the amenities you need for your perfect holiday getaway.
There are family rooms available, which include a queen size bed and a bunk bed, which is in an alcove, plus a private bathroom. We stayed in one of the forest family rooms for our family travel experience.
There are also several rooms for 2.
But if you are looking for something a little more unique, Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge give you the option to stay inside a converted train carriage. There are two carriage rooms available at the ecolodge, each with a queen size bed, private bathroom and living area. One of the carriages also has a kitchenette for a self-contained getaway. They have both been restored with a rustic style decor and would be the perfect romantic getaway choice.
Or for those of you wishing for more space, there is the church with loft bedroom suite, inside the renovated church which was relocated from Esk in the 90s. The church room is for 2 and contains a mini kitchen, games table and lounge area.
Most of the rooms have air conditioning, and all are provided with linen, towels and soap.
The train theme is a big one throughout the Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge, with one carriage having been restored into a kitchen and dining area for guests at the lodge. The kitchen is available for use by all guests, with cook top, a unique microwave with features I have never seen by SmallMicrowave.co.uk, community fridge, and all the crockery and kitchen tools you may need to prepare meals. There is also a BBQ and seating out on the deck too, with views of either the rainforest or the lodge gardens.
Breakfast and other meals can be ordered through the ecolodge if you prefer not to prepare your own.
A second train carriage has been set up near the kitchen and dining carriage as a library. This is the perfect chill out space with couches, a chess board, books, board games and puzzles. Playing chess was the highlight of our 3 year old’s visit apparently! We also had a super fun family night in, introducing her to Monopoly while our youngest slept. She beat me…
What You Won’t Find…
At Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge, you won’t find a television in any of the rooms. This is for good reason, encouraging guests to instead get outdoors and enjoy the natural environment and each other’s company.
But for those of you who are freaking out about being out of touch with the outside world, there is free wifi throughout the lodge.
Things to Do
We already mentioned above some of the things to do, including board games and books available for guest use, but there are some amazing activities to do outside.
The Ecolodge have created several walking trails for guests, aimed at different interests and age groups, to encourage you to get outdoors and explore the local area and the property itself. The Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge is edged by rainforest, with an abundance of wildlife and plants right there.
Guide books have been put together for guests, for each of the different walking trails and they include educational details and information. Guests can borrow these books to guide them through the trails, such as the Garden of Eaten trail, which takes you through the fruit orchard to learn what each of the different fruit trees are, and if you are lucky enough, you can even sample some amazing in season fruit. We had the pleasure of tasting a freshly made starfruit juice with breakfast, picked straight from the garden.
There is a bush tucker walk, a flestering walk (the art of discarded objects) and a children’s seek and find, which is a lot of fun encouraging children to learn about the natural environment through a series of activities and discoveries to stimulate the 5 senses. There is also a wildlife and bird spotting trail, with a spot in the guidebooks to record your sightings.
There are a lot of educational opportunities for families, with a plant a tree program for guests to leave an eco footprint in the area and aid the future growth. There is also worm farms in use, which kids tend to find pretty exciting.
You also have the chance to learn about growing coffee and if you are lucky enough, Owner Keith may even have time to show you some of the steps involved in collecting the coffee beans. Even for a non coffee drinker like myself, this was a fascinating process to witness.
Things to Do Nearby
The Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge is within short distance to the Glasshouse Mountains National Park, and only a short drive to the main lookout and several walking tracks and adventure activities within the Glasshouse Mountains region. Be sure to pack your hiking boots and mosquito spray if you’re planning on going on some walks. It is well worth it for the views and of course, it’s a great feeling to get out there in the fresh air and get some exercise.
Although our walk up the smaller track at Mt Tibrogargan with 2 small children may have been ambitious. Thank goodness for the Ergo carrier. This 20 minute track is mostly up stairs, but with some nice views along the way. We were told the base walk around the mountain is mostly flat in comparison and a relatively easy walk that takes about 1.5 hours.
Other nearby attractions include:
- Eumundi Markets (Wednesday & Saturday)
- Underwater World
- Australia Zoo
- Day trips through the Sunshine Coast hinterland
You can find out more about nearby activities and things to do in Sunshine Coast Hinterland by visiting the reception at the Ecolodge. They have plenty of brochures and info on offer and can assist with bookings.
If you are keen for a meal, there are several options for food in the nearby area, within 5-20 minutes from the Ecolodge. During our visit we ate at the Beerwah Hotel Bistro for dinner one night, and the food was great. We also had afternoon tea at the Victory Tea House just before checking in, with the most amazing scones and lovely service.
But nothing beats a BBQ on the deck, so be sure to pick up some groceries at the nearby supermarket (around 7 minutes from the Ecolodge) and enjoy a ‘home cooked’ style meal of your own, with the sounds of the nightlife nearby. Again, don’t forget the mosquito spray.
The Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge is the perfect location for a back to nature getaway, giving you the natural surroundings in the middle of the Glasshouse Mountains and Sunshine Coast Hinterland, but without the absolute basics of camping. This is the ultimate glamping experience with an accommodation style to suit all tastes and budgets.
Being busy with work, kids and everything in between can mean we often forget to stop and take time to really enjoy our surroundings, which is exactly what makes Glamping such a perfect option. It reminds us to disconnect and make time to reconnect with our loved ones, making memories and simply having a good time.
The Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge is a great option for families, couples, friends or singles. Anyone really!
You can learn more about Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge and make bookings via Glamping Hub.