A BRIEF STORY OF US
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 Creekoriginates 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 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 the 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 re-engage with life.
3191 Christmas Creek Road, Lamington, 4285 for Serenity
3205 Christmas Creek Road, Lamington, 4285 for Bimbul
From Beaudesert follow the signs to Rathdowney as you continue south along the Mt Lindsay highway for another 14 kilometers to Laravale. At Laravale you veer left onto Christmas Creek Road. If you continue another 31.91 kilometers you will find Serenity's entrance (number: 3191) on your left. Another 140m to Bimbul's entrance (3205). The last three kilometers of road is unsurfaced (keep going!) but all-weather, scenic and very passable. If you require any further assistance in locating us we can be contacted on:
07 5544 8031.
Unfortunately or otherwise, you are likely to lose mobile coverage half way along Christmas Creek Road so if you need to contact us on the day please be sure this is done before you lose your connectivity. The trip will take approximately one hour and forty minutes by car from Brisbane. If you could please call us ( 07 5544 8031) when you are leaving Beaudesert we will know you are approximately 40 minutes away and we can make the necessary arrangements to welcome you. We hope you enjoy your travelling time.
Wongari is in the midst of a cauldron of places and events that are growing in number all the time.
Our Eco-Retreat is in the Scenic Rim and boasts beautiful towns like Boonah, Cunungra, Mt Tamborine, Kalbar among others.
There are wine trails, micro-brewries, horse studs, Wyralong and Moogerah dams, horse-riding and markets.
But if you just want to maximise your relaxation in the short time that you have, but may want to stretch your legs occassionaly, then below is a list that may help.