We stayed with our 2 girls aged 8 and 5 for 2 nights in Bower 23, which was one of the 2 bedroom villas overlooking the valley. The villa was spacious and modern in design, which was what we like (we are not one of those vintage B&B fans). It was well equipped with all the utilities you would expect. The only hitch was that the toaster did not work and we had to call for one, which they delivered fairly promptly.
We enjoyed our morning bird walk and the rain tree walk, both of which were free for guests. The guides were patient and well informed. We saw plenty of native birds like the Satin Bowerbird, Logrunner, Whipbird, Blue Fairy Wren, Lewin's Honeyeater, Scrub Wren, Currawong, Emperor parrots, Crimson Rosellas, Australian Brush Turkey and Woonga Pigeon. We were brought to see one of the Satin Bowerbird's mating spots which was littered with blue objects; apparently they had an obsession with collecting blue things, which was pretty amazing. We were surprised by how tame the birds were; they were obviously used to being fed by the staff, probably for the sake of the guests, hence we had lots of good photo ops. I am not sure if it is a good idea to domesticate them. We also saw about 10 pademelons, which are small wallabies, during the morning walk. There was a glow worm cave tour which we decided to skip because the kids had already seen some pretty impressive fireflies in Malaysia a few times and also the weather was wet and chilly. We were told there was another glow worm cave, a man made one, at Mount Tambourine near Cedar Creek, which was cheaper and required less walking.
We had all our meals cooked in the villa, which the kids always preferred. They are pretty homely and like to "chill" especially if it is a nice hotel/ resort. It was lovely cooking while watching the orange sunsets though the large glass doors casting shadows over the forests. If you are planning to do your own cooking, the nearest decent supermarket is at Canungra, which is where we picked up the groceries before driving to the resort.
There was no servicing of the villa, which we thought should have been included considering the price. It would have been nice to have some basic servicing like making of beds, replenishing of towels and emptying of the trash.
It was a fantastic valley view we had, so glad we did not take the mountain view villa or the standard rooms. It was not cheap though. In retrospect we could have done O'Reillys as a day trip from the Gold Coast to save on cost, but it would have been more tiring for the kids, and we would probably have done less walks. If you are considering staying at the O'Reillys, I'd say go for for the mountain view villa, even if for a night. It really is an experience.
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- Located in World Heritage Lamington National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa is the perfect nature escape. Discover a world of lush rainforest, extensive network of bushwalking trails, stunning waterfalls and abundance of unique Australian bird and wildlife. Choose from the traditional charm of O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat or the private luxury of the Mountain Villas. For true rejuvenation, O’Reilly’s Lost World Spa offers therapeutic treatments and unique vinotherapy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- o`Reilly`s Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas And Lost World Hotel Canungra
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