Above image: Spicers Tamarind Retreat
Love is in the air, or at least it will be once you spend three glorious nights at a secluded resort in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. In between staring into your loved one’s eyes, you’ll be wine tasting, indulging in treatments at one of the region’s best day spas and getting cosy in your rainforest cabin.
On arrival to the Sunshine Coast, wind your way up and along the Blackall Range until you arrive at the tranquil and completely secluded Spicers Tamarind Retreat.
This, my friends, is where the romance begins. Check-in, unpack and marvel at the serenity, and when you’re feeling peckish there’ll be a table for two waiting for you at on-site restaurant, The Tamarind.
This award-winning restaurant offers up an ever-changing menu that will excite with Asian flavours and techniques combined with effortless style and innovation.
Fall asleep to the serene sounds of nature.
Above image: Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Wake up and smell the rainforest and meander hand-in-hand to The Tamarind for a slow breakfast. By now, you’ll probably realise you could easily spend the next three days without leaving this Spicers property, but we’re going to make you, because the wine is calling!
First stop, Flame Hill Vineyard for wine-tasting at the cellar door followed by lunch. The views here will take your breath away as you indulge in lunch. The menu here is all about good food – seasonal, fresh Sunshine Coast produce.
After the tasting, why not explore Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, breathing in the mountain air with the Glass House Mountains providing the perfect backdrop.
Above image: Spa Anise
Sleep in and head into town for a late breakfast at Monica’s Café on the main street of Maleny. You’re in no rush, so stroll around town, stopping by Pallet Life Markets and then into Rosetta’s Books for a new page-turner.
Next, you’ll be slipping straight into 1.5 hours of pure indulgence with a visit to Spa Anise for couples treatments. On cloud nine? Curl up with your book and a glass of wine, before getting dolled up for dinner at Wild Rocket @ Misty’s.
Above image: Kondalilla National Park
Make the most of your last morning in the Hinterland, and check out of your accommodation and cruise along the Blackall Range until you arrive at Kondalilla Falls.
Stunning views are always a rewarding part of hiking but views plus a refreshing swim under a cascading waterfall in a rock pool surrounded by rainforest is an even bigger incentive and that is what you will get in this National Park.
The Kondalilla Falls circuit is 4.7km and the round-trip will take between 2-3 hours to complete – plenty of together time with your significant other!
Lace up and hike down to the falls and rock pools, for a refreshing dip and your final round of loved up selfies before you head home.