We'd seen a travel show segment on Lilyponds, which looked great, but were not sure of our travel plans so kept it in mind if we were in the area. We contacted them at short notice while we were on the road and booked a cabin. Very friendly and helpful reception on the phone and it turned out that Anna was just as friendly when we turned up a couple of hours later.
The park is in the quiet village of Mapleton on the Blackall Range and is set amongst semi-rainforest with cabins, caravans and tents scattered throughout the park. Another reviewer has commented on the musty smell in the cabin. As the park is in a high humidity rainforest area (it rained the 2 days we were there), this is to be expected so it didn't bother us, nor was it a problem at all.
The cabin was immaculately clean and perfect for the 2 of us although it could accommodate 4 people. We were initially a bit concerned there was no air conditioning (for environmental reasons which is fine) as it was hot and humid. But once we found the fans in the cupboard we were fine.
The cabins have plenty of room and all the facilities you'd expect to find in a well appointed motel room. But the gentle sound of rain on the roof and the sounds and smells of the rainforest made it special. My son and I had the best sleep of the whole trip.
Although there are laundry facilities in the park, we needed a laundromat where they did the wash and fold. Anna kindly phoned around the local area to find a full service laundromat for us... very helpful and appreciated.
The excellent service didn't stop there though. Our "check the cabin before we leave" system broke down and after checking out and on the road a few hundred kilometres away we received a call from Andrew that we'd left some clothes in the wardrobe. Very kindly they posted the clothes home and it all seemed to be no trouble although I know it was. Thanks Anna and Andrew.
By the way, Montville down the road gets all the tourists and has the over-priced eateries but there are a couple of excellent restaurants and cafes in Mapleton. The Italian pizza one is particularly good.
If you want a relaxing, quiet and different park with owners who go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant one... Lilyponds is the place.
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