By John Vriesekolk

We were welcomed by Helga. Together with hubby Buko they own and run the Bald Rock Bush Retreat About three and a half hours South of Brisbane, the bush retreat is ideally situated next to Bald Rock, Girraween and Boonoo Boonoo National parks as well as having wineries in the area. The Bush Retreat itself covers a big area (255 ha), has nice walking tracks and a beautiful situated lake.
The hacienda is the main feature which contains the owners living area, a restaurant and separate accommodations for guests. Apart from the bunkhouse which accommodates 8 people, there is a bush hut on the waters edge and imagine yourself relaxing on the veranda of a luxury Cabin build over the water. For petlovers, your four legged friend is very welcome.

The Lake with the Cabin

For this special occasion (my twentieth birthday, alright, a bit late), we booked the bunkhouse. With six adults and four dogs, there is ample room to sleep, eat and relax by the open fire.
A few onlookers (wallabies) were watching us taking possession of our house for the weekend. The rest of the party arrived and we baked pizza over the open fire.
After a brisk morning walk around the lake, we headed for Boonoo Boonoo National Park to admire the waterfall followed by a visit to Tenterfield. The railway museum is worth a visit and for us the vineyards and wineries were too big an attraction not to visit. We parked our vehicles at the Deetswood winery, sampled and bought some of the beautiful wines. They make their own wines and I asked if we could see how it’s done. Perry, the owner was happy to show us their little factory where he explained the secrets of making wine. After our return to the retreat we discovered that Helga not only is a very friendly host, but also very skilful in the kitchen. The restaurant with it’s open fire, breathes a nice atmosphere where you can enjoy the culinary wonders presented by our host Helga.
Another good night sleep and Bald Rock had to be climbed.

Bald Rock

It is a very steep climb but worth the effort when you can admire the views from the summit.
We had a great time at Bald Rock Retreat and next time we may take a canoe and fishing gear to even more enjoy our stay. Thanks for a great time Helga and Buko.

Visiting Bald Rock Bush Retreat is well worth the effort

I’ve lived about 60 year on this planet and always loved photography. Never more so than after I went digital. It is so good and so easy. With the push of a couple of buttons I can recall images with memories otherwise put in an album and only to be seen when searching for something else. Memories from walks and holidays I like to share. Please have a look at the images and stories and leave a comment if you like. It will be much appreciated by me.

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  • solo75
    solo75about 5 years ago

    Looks like a nice quiet retreat on the lake, John. There are quite a few cabin rentals in the province where I live. Nice to escape the city and relax in one.

  • Hi S. We sure had a relaxing time over there mate. I’ve heard about those nice log cabins, wouldn’t mind staying in one of them.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Suellen Cook
    Suellen Cookabout 5 years ago

    There’s nothing like a good relaxing holiday, glad you had a good one and got some marvellous shots to boot

  • We, indeed, had a wonderful time with the family together.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • S .
    S .about 5 years ago

    cool .. looks like a great place to relax

  • Thanks for visiting and commenting. Much appreciated.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Sharon House
    Sharon Houseabout 5 years ago

    What a wonderful and relaxing looking place John – I love the image taken by the lake – wonderful colour and light and amazingly beautiful reflections… A place that I would dearly love to visit just for the evident sense of serenity…perfect bliss.
    Bald Rock certainly stands up to its name and I can well imagine the vision of a beautiful vista looking downwards..
    I hope there is further stories to come from this trip – Oh! and Happy 20th Birthday – next year
    is the Big One…lOL :O))

  • Thanks so much Sharon. There are good walking tracks so we will be back. It’s great to have this birthday finally out of the way. About twenty years too late (or a bit more) I lost count LOL.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanabout 5 years ago

    Oh John … this is wonderful … what a beautiful place and so very well written that I feel I need to pack my bags and head out right now. Thank you for sharing, we pass through this spot so often but never stop to look around … definitely on my to do list now♥

  • Bev, meet Helga and Bucko. Wonderful warm people on a property you will love. Wallabies, horses and a donkey just walking around. It’s a great place to visit. Thanks for your wonderful comment my friend.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Paul Moore
    Paul Mooreabout 5 years ago

    Very nice piece John, I enjoyed reading it.

  • Hi Paul. your comment is much appreciated. glad you like it.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Sandy Keeton
    Sandy Keetonabout 5 years ago

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time and a belated Happy Birthday!!

  • We did have a great time thanks Sandy.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • gamaree L
    gamaree Labout 5 years ago

    Another great story, John. I’ve been away and think I have missed some. I love your photo “The Lake with the Cabin” what a beautiful place. I think I could stay there for weeks.

  • Hi Gaye. Glad to have you back. It sure would be nice to stay there a bit longer if time permits, who knows?lol

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 5 years ago

    ♥ Ahhhh makes me want to go on holidays right now…. wonderfully written John !!! :D ♥

  • I always have that feeling Evita lol. Thanks for your comment. much appreciated. Thanks for adding this to your fav’s too. So glad you like it.

    – John Vriesekolk

  • Leanne Nelson
    Leanne Nelsonalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work has been featured in the Australian Travel Photography and Writing group 11 May 2010.

    Sounds perfect, John

  • Thanks so much Leanne.

    – John Vriesekolk

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