Our family of four plus three friends stayed at Mill Lodge, part of the Cedar Creek Lodges in May 2012 for two nights for a wedding. It was a big house in a great location right on the creek where you could hear the water gurgling over the rocks as you drifted off to sleep. However, we were really disappointed with the accommodation. It was dirty on arrival, looking very old and our first impression was of a converted double garage full of junk in front of the house. The house looked very old and tired and would probably be best renovated before renting it out again. There were proposed renovations explained on a poster in the kitchen but these had not happened and a fair proportion of the kitchen cupboards was screwed closed. It was quite dingy and musty. Sliding doors and windows difficult to open.
The crockery and cutlery were all clean and in good condition and there was a little box of tea, coffee and biscuits on the counter, along with plenty of toilet paper in the bathroom and some dishwashing equipment in the kitchen. This was a welcome surprise as the website indicated that these items were available at extra cost. We provided our own linen but pillows and thin bedspread/doonas were supplied. No blankets. The fridge had broken door shelves and the wardrobes smelled of mould.
The place looked like it had not been stayed in, cleaned or maintained for some time. The carport and outdoor area was muddy and just looked neglected. There was an open fireplace with a milk crate of wood supplied, with more wood available at $15 per crate.
The rest of the complex looked in much better condition and if we returned we would choose one of the other accommodation options. The facilities of the complex were great and the staff were friendly and helpful with particular mention to a young man who served hors d’oeuvres in the bar and then poured wine at the wedding reception. Another great staff member was the lovely girl serving coffee at the ‘shack’ early on Monday morning. Pizzas from the shack were also excellent.
The ropes course in the adventure parc was great entertainment. The meal provided at the wedding was delicious and beautifully presented.
All in all we loved the complex but not our accommodation. It would be great to see the potential realized in this big old house.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cedar Creek Lodges offers a range of accommodation styles on Tamborine Mountain. It is ideal for family holidays, romantic escapes, conferences and picture perfect weddings. You can do as much or as little as you like – the choice is yours. Have a barbecue breakfast with the birds; enjoy lunch on the terrace at the Terrace Kiosk (pizza fresh from the wood fired oven is an irresistible treat) or dine in style in the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar on weekend nights. The lounge bar features a state of the art Nightlife virtual DJ with great video clips on a huge wall mounted screen, a delightful ambiance, stylish furnishings and gourmet food. Babysitters can be arranged and kids can join the Rainforest Rangers Club (minimum numbers apply and bookings required). Guests can explore the natural bushland along the walking tracks, swim in the resort pool or natural rock pools, play mini golf, volleyball or half court tennis. Pampering and body treatments are available and groups can take part in pre-booked yoga and tai chi sessions. Cedar Creek Lodges' guests also have available on tap all of the amazing Thunderbird Park adventure activities. Thunderbird Park is an amazing wildlife and geological rich oasis stretching over 112 hectares on Tamborine Mountain, Queensland, Australia. Translucent rock pools, inspiring landscapes, towering rainforest and star studded skies all add to the magic of Thunderbird Park. Thunderbird Park’s range of onsite activities adds to the fun. Fossick for gemstone-filled thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Find treasure and meet Rockodile, Thunderbird Park’s rock expert. Take excitement to the top at Adventure Parc, Australia’s longest and highest adventure ropes course. Climb cable ladders, balance on rope bridges, catch a flying fox, crawl through tunnels, manoeuvre on suspended trunks or jump from great heights. Go horse trail riding, bush walking or play laser skirmish in an outstanding rainforest battlefield, themed with an authentic Kokoda village. A hidden oasis just 40 minutes drive from the Gold Coast and less than an hour from Brisbane. Come for the day or stay and play - this magnificent mountain resort is ideal for day trips, longer holidays and everything in between. ... more less
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