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Cedar Creek Lodges
4.0 of 5 Lodge   |   Corner Cedar Creek Falls Road & Tamborine Mountain Road | North Tamborine, Mount Tamborine, Queensland 4272, Australia   |  
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Inverell, Australia
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33 hotel reviews
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“A mixed bag”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2012

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.

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TamaraMoore, Guest Relations Manager at Cedar Creek Lodges, responded to this review, May 21, 2012
We would to thank this guest for taking the time to write a review. Firstly, it was great to read all the lovely and positive comments about our great staff, wonderful food and fabulous location and activities. Our Executive Chef does an amazing job in ensuring very high standards are maintained for our functions’ catering, fine dining in ‘Rainforest Restaurant’ and our pizzas, fresh from a wood fired pizza oven on the terrace. Mill Lodge is our only budget style of accommodation and it has a rate to match. Our web site states it is budget accommodation and we have now asked our reception staff to reiterate this to everyone who books it. For your family of 4 and 3 friends it would have cost you $32.72 per person per night. There are general renovations being performed to Mill Lodge whenever it is available (which isn’t often, as it enjoys an 86% occupancy as it is rare to find such a large house at such a low rate). All of your comments have been taken on board. Notwithstanding these comments, Mill Lodge has a consistently high guest return ratio.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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12 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Stayed for 2 nights in a Premium room recently. The room was your average size 3 star motel room in a rectangular block containing about 8 rooms.

The rooms were not as good as we had hoped for considering how much they cost, however the shower was great. The music coming from a function in the dining room one night was so loud in the bedroom it took a while to get to sleep.

A hearty breakfast was included (in the restaurant). Generally the staff were fairly good, although I had to request cutlery both mornings as they had run out.

I have read the other reviews and generally don't like to give a place a bad wrap, but honestly, If it wasn't for the other features here such as the great dining area and wildlife, and the ideal location, I won't be back soon.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TamaraMoore, Guest Relations Manager at Cedar Creek Lodges, responded to this review, May 21, 2012
It was pleasing to read that this reviewer enjoyed the breakfast and dinners whilst she was here along with our beautiful location. It is regrettable that the music from a wedding was the source of not being able to go to sleep immediately. Our wedding co-ordinator does specify to the DJ that the volume of the music must be turned down at 10pm and our functions never go beyond 11pm. Our General Manager and Head Housekeeper have both inspected each of the room types in question and can see no reason for the “Tired (Refurbished) Rooms” tag. There were a couple of rooms that had minor scuffing on the walls behind the suitcase rack; but otherwise everything was exactly as it was meant to be and as designed and fitted out by our professional designer. The scuffing on the walls (in two of the rooms) has since been rectified.
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

My husband and I bought a Scoopon recently for a 2 night stay at Cedar Creek Lodges and we have just got back to our home in Byron from our stay on the weekend and we had a ball. It was so nice to escape to the mountains, especially at this time of year.
The package that they put together was great, you were able to not only enjoy their resort but you were able to experience and explore the mountain on a Hop on and Hop off tour with Tastings at the wineries and breweries.
When we originally drove in we were blown away with how big the place was, its gorgeous! The reception staff were very helpful and so welcoming, very refreshing after the bad service we received on our anniversary weekend at a hotel on the Gold Coast. We then checked into our Superior room which was lovely and modern with a nice big bathroom and most importantly a comfy bed
As we were there for two nights the first night we got a lovely wood fired pizza and then on the Saturday night we treated ourselves to dining in their restaurant. The food was great and we have fantastic service.
All in all a great weekend!

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TamaraMoore, Guest Relations Manager at Cedar Creek Lodges, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your recent stay at our resort. We are always pleased to hear our guests have had a fabulous time. Our Scoopon Deal has been extremely successful and we are very appreciative of the chance to provide a wonderful experience to guests at a fraction of the price. We hope you had a very safe trip home and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Clean rooms, good friendly service - good to have 'bubblies' on arrival - bonus massage would just cap it off!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TamaraMoore, Guest Relations Manager at Cedar Creek Lodges, responded to this review, May 23, 2012
We would like to thank this reviewer for their feedback. We are pleased you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Brisbane, Australia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2012

Stayed for two nights with my two sisters and had a thoroughly enjoyable stay. Champagne and chocolate coated strawberries in our room on arrival. Our bedding configuration was not as requested, but this was rectified quickly – could not ask for more.

Breakfast was included as part of our package and Cedar Creek has a delightful dining area. The beautiful lorikeets were busily feeding during breakfast and we were also graced with an appearance from a cockatoo. The resident peacock ambled around the grounds as well.
Monday / Tuesday night stay, so the place was not too crowded, Breakfast was plentiful and lots of choices including the best pancakes and maple syrup I have ever tasted!! On our final morning we were a little late getting to Brekky, there was still plenty to choose from, no sooner had we sat down than we were greeted and asked if the Chef could cook our fried eggs for us and he also cooked us up some of those fantastic pancakes!

Reception staff, friendly and very helpful, I changed my booking dates and nothing was too much trouble.

Rooms were very clean and tidy and serviced daily.

You can choose to do as little or as much as you like, amble around the grounds or head up and check out the delights of the Gallery Walk; keep plenty of time for this as there are gorgeous shops to wander through, most shop owners are up for a chat and coffee shops to sit in and while away the time.

Tamborine Forest Skywalk is also a wonderful attraction, taking a walk amongst the treetops was just beautiful.

All in all, a wonderful stay for us!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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TamaraMoore, Guest Relations Manager at Cedar Creek Lodges, responded to this review, May 2, 2012
Thank you for your review Debra. It is so nice to hear you had a fabulous stay at Cedar Creek Lodges. I have passed your review around to all of our staff, who are extremely appreciative as it motivates them to continue offering a high standard of service to all guests that come through our doors. I was also pleased to hear you enjoyed the Rainforest Skywalk. They are our neighbour property and we are extremely lucky to be able to offer our guests the opportunity to either take a short drive or beautiful bush walk to get to Skywalk from our property. We hope you had a safe trip home and we look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Redcliffe QLD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2012

We relished the chance of a weekend away on our own, and were delighted with the service and the room. Staff at cedar creek were pleasant and helpful. Our room was clean and fresh, with a lovely comfortable bed. We had chocolate dipped strawberries with sparkling wine awaiting our arrival. Breakfast was superb, and we enjoyed seeing the peacock around the dining area. We Aldo had a wonderful meal at the Miners Lantern restaurant onsite, which we definitely recommend. We had no mobile service, but were able to contact home for a small charge. All in all we had a great time and would definitely return.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TamaraMoore, Guest Relations Manager at Cedar Creek Lodges, responded to this review, May 2, 2012
We would like to thank this reviewer for taking the time to share their experience. It is always lovely hearing feedback from guests as we strive to offer great mountain hospitality. We hope you had a safe trip home and we look forward to your next visit with us.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

As a family consisting of two adults and two young children, our Easter sojourn into Queensland was always geared around budget and practicality. Many of Tamborine's accommodation facilities were both exorbitantly expensive and completely impractical, so it was with great relief that we stumbled across Cedar Creek Lodges.

Situated in a pristine and picturesque rainforest setting, it was quickly apparent that Cedar Creek really does cater to both couples and families alike. Accommodation is tiered to suit one's budget, something which allowed us to book into a mid-range luxury spa room. (For the record, the site has everything from creekside villas to a spot for pitching your tent!)

Our room was worth every cent for the spa alone. It was huge and was happily exploited once the kids hit the hay. The room itself was both aesthetic and clean and, due to the fact that we did have the children, single beds were prepared for them in anticipation of our arrival.

We all slept soundly and started our first day by partaking in the on-site restaurant's buffet breakfast. A wonderful treat was the bird feeding display that took place while we ate; although a tad noisy the kids loved every minute!

During the day, we took full advantage of all the amenities and on-site recreation. This included a swim in the pool, a wander down to the thunder egg mine and a late afternoon game of putt-putt. All in all, a great day of activities without blowing the budget.

A short drive up the mountain is also recommended, as Tamborine itself is both stunning and inundated with shops, a cheese factory and a winery or two! A picnic lunch, sitting on the mountainside overlooking the entire valley, is something to behold.

In summation, Cedar Creek Lodges was everything we'd hoped for and more. Courtesy of the wonderful staff, clean and inviting accommodation, family-friendly attitude (a big plus!) and surrounded by both nature AND activities galore, we were nothing but impressed.

If you're keen on a great family adventure without the expense or hassle, then keep Cedar Creek Lodges in mind. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will definitely return for future holiday expeditions.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TamaraMoore, Guest Relations Manager at Cedar Creek Lodges, responded to this review, May 2, 2012
Thank you for providing such wonderful feedback about your stay at Cedar Creek Lodges. We are pleased you and your family had a fantastic experience and we hope to see you again in the near future.
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Additional Information about Cedar Creek Lodges

Address: Corner Cedar Creek Falls Road & Tamborine Mountain Road | North Tamborine, Mount Tamborine, Queensland 4272, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Scenic Rim > Mount Tamborine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty lodging in Mount Tamborine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Cedar Creek Lodges 4*
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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