Wongari Eco Retreat


Wongari Eco Retreat is secluded in the wilderness end of Lamington National Park near Brisbane in South East Queensland. The last five kilometers of Christmas Creek Road is gravel but all-weather and easily negotiated. Wongari is midway on the 'dirt track' and nestled between two mountains. Across Wongari's section of Christmas Creek, Buchanans Fort rises to nearly nine hundred meters and behind are the foothills of the McPherson Ranges and the NSW boarder.

There are two creeks running through Wongari and they meet at the site of the guest cabin, Serenity. Christmas Creek is the common thread in the valley but Waterfall Creek originates from the South and starts quite dramatically at Lamington Falls. The Falls are an amazing 300m drop over three stages and passes exclusively through Wongari. If you like your swims a little cool there are many possibilities on its very rocky course down.

Waterfall creek effectively joins the two national parks and it is a major focus for riparian repair so that  the creek can be properly restored as an environmental lifeline, a wildlife corridor.

Serenity, set within ten forested acres and boasting private creek frontage under a vast canopy of trees, adds up to an ideal way to relax and retreat from the hustle and hassel of everyday life. Fittingly, there is no mobile coverage once you get within 17 kilometers of Wongari Eco Retreat. You will not miss it for the silence, you may even enjoy it. And, while on this theme, there is no TV. Instead, there is a small but interesting and relevant library you will be sure to enjoy - especially if you are relaxing in front of our cosy fire. It comes complete with an wood-fired oven.

We invite you to take some time for yourself, soak in the natural surrounds, relax and revitalise.


As an extra, our local masseuse, Toni Nichol, provides a range of massages but  specialises in Bowen Therapy.

Charges:           $80 for Sixty Minutes


We are near Mt Barney, Mt Tamborine, Canungra, Boonah, Rathdowney, Killarney, The Border Ranges. There are many activities in all these nearby destination places.


Climb to the top of Buchanan's Fort, it's on the other side of the creek and another 700m straight up. Walk to Stinson's wreck or, while on the way, stop off at Westray's grave and maybe carry on to Larapinta Falls.
Rock climb our very own Waterfall Creek to Lamington Falls. A very challenging walk. then there is the famous Stretcher Track from which survivors of the Stinson wreck were taken and it passes within a breath of Neglected Mountain and its spectacular views to the north and Brisbane.

Meet the locals as you stroll along Christmas Creek Road  - they are a welcoming lot - and take in the many vistas of our small but unique valley.


It's a bird watchers paradise from the family of wedgetail eagles that dominate our skies to smallest robin. Habitat abounds and simply staying alert will reward you with a feast of colour, sound and flight.


Stroll the 4kms of dirt road that ends Christmas Creek Road and discover all the swimming holes.


Our Tourist Drive - visit website


Arts in the Olives - http://artsintheolives.com/

Lost World Crafts - Visit website

Rathdowney Heritage Festival - Visit website

Beaudesert Show - Visit website

Food Week - http://www.eatlocalweek.com.au/events/farm-gate-festival-in-the-lost-world/

For a complete and up-to-date listing visit this website and see the links to other activities and events in the Scenic Rim.


Scenic Rim Escapes - http://www.scenicrimescapes.com.au/

Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire - Visit website

Sustainable Scenic Rim - Visit website

Quarry Action Group - Visit website

Keep the Scenic Rim Scenic - Visit website

Lock the Gate - Visit website


Weekend Notes Says It Well

It’s nice to be understood and appreciated. That is why Kevin Liepins from Weekend Notes is in our good books. You can see why if you click on this link.  

Working With Nature

Every time I look at our Christmas Creek I can’t but help think about cyclone Dianne. It makes me think about the power there is nature, weather to wreck havoc or sow hope. At Lamington we saw both with cyclone …
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Humming Hydro

August last year (2016) my micro hydro turbine, a Powerspout PLT, catastrophically disintegrated. I blogged shortly after ‘When Things Go Wrong’ about mistakes I had made which ruined the hydro and gave us all here at Wongari Eco Retreat a …
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Lamington Lunch and Picnic

The Scenic Rim hosts the Popular Eat Local Week and kicks off with the popular FarmGate Festival. An choice venue would be a Lunch and Picnic at Stinsons Caravan Park in Lamington.   It makes for a great country drive, a …
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Progressing Rehabilitation on Christmas Creek

Christmas Creek is a beautiful creek. Not big, not small but part of a bigger picture. It is part of the catchment for the Logan river and is used (sometimes abused) for irrigation. It is pristine at our point but …
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The Festival of the Farm Gate

Keep Saturday June the 25th free because it is ‘Festival of the Farm Gate’ time again. Part of the Scenic Rim ‘Eat Local Week’ it is a great day for visitor and residents of the great South East. It is …
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Arts in the Olives

The Arts in the Olives is a festival celebrating the creative arts.  The festival is a collaboration between the residents of the Lost World Valley Tourist Collective and BADCAP-Beaudesert and District Community Arts Projects. On offer are a variety of workshops in …
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Introducing ‘the pad’

Now we are ready to go. Weather permitting. Just waiting on council approval to commence construction of Kumbartcho. You can see some of the Hoop Pines in the background. This is the Pad – or will be if you click …
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