Wongari Eco Retreat


Wongari Eco Retreat is nestled in the foothills of the World Heritage Rainforests of the Boarder Ranges and Lamington National Park. The last six kilometers of our no-thru road is winding dirt, but all weather, and accessible to most vehicles. Wongari is midway and between two mountains. Across our part of Christmas Creek, Buchanans Fort rises to nearly eight hundred meters and behind us are the foothills of the McPherson Ranges.

There are two creeks on our property and they meet at the site of our guest cabin, Serenity. Bimbul, meaning Hoop Pine, is an invisible 150m past yet another creek crossing.

Christmas Creek is the common thread in our valley of about fourteen properties but Waterfall Creek originates behind us and starts quite dramatically from the Lamington Plateau in the form of Lamington Falls. It has an amazing 300m drop over three stages and passes exclusively thru Wongari. If you like your dips a little cool there are many swimming holes on its very rocky course down.

This creek effectively joins two national parks and it is our ambition is to restore the creek and establish it as a wildlife corridor. It is an ambition almost realised. Water from Waterfall Creek is also the source of our water that drives our hydro-electric turbine. The 'powerspout' meets all the power needs of our latest eco-cabin, Bimbul.

Serenity and Bimbul are set within ten forested acres and boasts a private creek frontage under a vast canopy of trees. It adds up to an ideal way to relax and  retreat from the hustle and hassel of a busy and busier life. We invite you to take some time, soak in the natural surrounds and revitalise.


As an extra, our local masseuse, Toni Nicholl, provides a range of massages but  specialises in Bowen Therapy and oncology protocols. You can view her own website if you wish to be enticed.

Charges:          $70 for Sixty Minutes


We are near Mt Barney, Mt Tamborine, Cunungra, Boonah, Rathdowney, Killarney, The Boarder 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, on the way, stop off at Westray's grave and, if you are feeling keen, Larapinta Falls - it's definitely worth the four hour return walk. You could then check out the views from Mount Neglect or Point Lookout while travelling some or all of the Stretcher Track (survivors of the Stinson plane crash in 1937 were brought out this way).
Or rock climb our very own Waterfall Creek to Lamington Falls. A very challenging walk but well worth the effort and much more accessible now we have cleared most of the creek of weeds.


Stroll the 6kms of dirt road that ends Christmas Creek Road and discover all the swimming holes as it winds its way to source in the beautiful and pristine Lamington National Park.

Bird Watching

We have an enormous variety of birds (and butterflys for that matter) and many a guest has taken advantage of our location to do photography, record sightings and learn the sounds of some even rare and endangered species like the glossy black red tail cockatoo.

Regional Events

There always seems to be something on somewhere in the Scenic Rim. Try some of the websites below to catch up on such events as Arts in the Olives, Farm Gate Festival, winery drives, Wyaralong Dam and Market Days among many others.


Great idea as a gift for newly weds, family members, the important other and birthdays.

We provide a voucher that has minimum details and a space for your thoughts.

For a two night weekend or a three night midweek:        $490

Alternatively, a contribution to a stay of whatever amount.



Lost World - visit website  Lost world is our umbrella collective in the two valleys, Christmas Creek and Kerry, and between us there are eleven properties from romantic cottages, glamping and farm stays to choose from.

Our Tourist Drive - visit website


Arts in the Olives - Visit website

Farm Gate Festival - visit website

Lost World Crafts - Visit website

Rathdowney Heritage Festival - Visit website

Beaudesert Show - Visit website

Eat Local Week  - Visit website


Scenic Rim Escapes - Visit website

Boonah Organisation for a sustainable shire - Visit website

Sustainable Scenic Rim - 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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