GLASS ON GLASSHOUSE
One of the new breed of B&Bs, Glass on Glasshouse has a sleek, modernist edge. Accommodation consists of three purpose-built contemporary pavilions with two floor-to-ceiling glass walls, offering views of the Glasshouse Mountains just 6km away. Foregoing the rustic look entirely, the interiors are chic with a minimalist, Japanese twist. A two-sided fireplace warms the lounge room and bathroom, where there’s a freestanding double spa bath. There’s a fully equipped kitchenette complete with espresso machine, but unlike many self-catering stays, this one provides breakfast for you.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: Local wildlife comes to visit, including kangaroos, black cockatoos and kookaburras. The fact that you can sit inside, nice and snug in winter, and still watch the animals out of the massive windows, is wonderful.
HOW MUCH? $295 per room per night midweek; $395 per night on Fridays and Saturdays (minimum two-night stays).
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Take a ferry to Bribie Island; go shopping in Maleny or Noosa; visit the Irwins’ Australia Zoo.
CONTACT: Bill and Misao Rogers.
182 Glass House-Woodford Road, Glass House Mountains.
(07) 5496 9608; glassonglasshouse.com.au
THE SPOTTED CHOOK FERME AUBERGE
Possibly the cutest B&B on our list, the Spotted Chook is also in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. While the pairing of lime green and powder blue in the Snowpea Suite might be a bit too lairy for some, the suite known as Amelie’s Petite Maison is more classically decorated. Amelie’s is a French-inspired, freestanding cottage with a balcony spa bath that overlooks beautiful hilly pastures. Inside, predominantly white decor features chandeliers, a king-size bed, overstuffed sofa and fireplace for winter snuggling.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: The food! French-Australian fusion abounds here even at breakfast, with homemade croissants and granola, French toast and French waffles. Dinner is extra and must be booked in advance, but if you do stay it’s worth planning to dine in one night. The hosts basically find out what the guests do and don’t like, then plan a menu around that. A past dinner menu was homemade duck and fig tortellini with goat’s cheese and walnuts with burnt butter and sage sauce. Told you so.
HOW MUCH? Two nights midweek costs $575; $650 for two nights on a weekend. Amelie’s does not take one-night bookings. The Snow Pea room starts at $165 per night.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Explore Montville township’s shops and galleries; visit the region’s wineries.
CONTACT: Jane and Leeroy Hutton.
176 Western Ave, Montville.
(07) 5442 9242; www.spottedchook.com.au
WITCHES FALLS COTTAGES
Queensland’s oldest national park is right on the doorsteps of these cute gabled cottages in the Gold Coast hinterland, less than an hour from Brisbane. Each cottage is completely private, with a verandah, courtyard, fireplace and bathrobes. Breakfast is delivered to your room and barbecue hampers are available on request.
SOMETHING SPECIAL: Witches Falls Cottages won the Hosted Accommodation category at the 2010 Queensland Tourism Awards. Packages include the Seashell Massage package or a Visit Mt Tamborine tour, which includes pick-up from the Gold Coast or Helensvale train station.
HOW MUCH? Rates start at $238 per night per cottage, and there’s a minimum two-night stay over weekends.
WHILE YOU’RE HERE: Visit the glow-worm caves; go on a hot-air balloon ride over Lamington National Park; stroll along the Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk; visit the thunder-egg mine; trawl the village antiques shops.
CONTACT: Daniela Kuratli and David Kennedy.
Cnr Main Western Rd and Hartley Rd, North Tamborine. (07) 5545 4411;