BALD ROCK BUSH RETREAT
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.
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.