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O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa
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Reviewed September 19, 2012

We recently had 3 night girlie get together here. We booked a 3 bedroom villa and we each had our own King Single Bed (2 in each bedroom) with our own bathroom and toilet. "Perfect" for us. The villa was really beautiful and roomy for us all. The weather was foggy for the first 2 days but then the sun shone and we had terrific mountain views.
We all booked in for an hour massage and pampering.....how wonderful it was and were treated like royalty.
I must say the drive up the mountain with fog and rain was a bit scary as the road is quite narrow but fortunately on the way back down wasn't as bad. Canungra is a lovely little town as well for a visit.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our time away and would recommend if you are after this kind of vacation.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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OReillys_Retreat, Marketing Manager at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2012

Thank you for sharing you O’Reilly’s experience – it is pleasing to read you enjoyed your stay, in particular your experience at the Lost World Spa. We hope to see you and your girlfriends back again soon!

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

I visited with my partner and our two friends for a weekend, all of whom (except me) were going on the big walk to the Stinson wreck.

My partner and I stayed in one of the retreat rooms which I think was a Mountain View room - these are reasonably basic, but comfortable and close to the main building which houses the restaurant, library, bar, etc. I have previously stayed in the villas, which are larger and newer, and have things in the rooms that the retreat doesn't (e.g. TV, stereo, kitchen, hot tub, air-con) but I actually preferred the retreat room, as there was so much I wanted to do outdoors and the retreat is a lot closer to the action. There was a little bit of noise from people leaving and entering the main building but this wouldn't bother most people and I would just ask for a room further from the entry door next time.

I had such a lovely weekend and can't wait to go back. The setting is so pleasant - birds in every tree and pademelons wandering around, a stunning view, right on the national park with a host of walks to choose from (from very easy to very challenging). I loved seeing the bowerbirds on the morning bird walk and from the restaurant while eating my (delicious) breakfast. We ate all of our meals at the retreat, and all of the food we had was very good.

The staff were extremely friendly and helpful - down-to-earth but interested and engaged. Many of them clearly love working there.

I had one particularly good afternoon following a long bush walk - enjoying a massage at the spa (down the road at the villas) and then heading up to the rooftop bar to await my companions with a cocktail and a book by the fire (looking up only to watch the sunset). I even made some new friends at the bar. My partner and friends managed to brave the Stinson walk (guided by Tim O'Reilly) and they returned with tales to tell and a clear sense of achievement.

I definitely recommend this place.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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OReillys_Retreat, Marketing Manager at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2012

Thank you for your great review! Firstly, congratulations to your friends for completing the Stinson memorial walk – a tough walk, yet very rewarding!

Escape, experience and connect - it seems you ticked all the boxes during your recent stay! Bush walks, relaxation at the spa, sunset at the bar and even meeting the local wildlife! It is pleasing to read you enjoy your visit, we look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed September 17, 2012

Lots of activities
My husband and I stayed for two nights recently – Friday and Saturday. We were really pleased that we were able to check in up until 10pm, because we were driving up after work on Friday. It should be noted that the drive up is quite time consuming – from Canungra it’s slow going and bendy, taking us 45mins. It’s also much cooler up on the mountain, so make sure you take warm clothing (better to be safe than uncomfy). In our Mountain View room, we were a little disappointed to see that there were crumbs on the side table and also on the floor, but apart from that the room was fine. Personally, I would have liked a newer room, as the one we were in seemed quite old and the décor a bit dated (with lots of wood panelling!). A highlight was sitting on our personal balcony, sipping a coffee or wine, reading, watching the sunset, and having birds come up to sit right beside you on your coffee table - just lovely. I would skip the buffet breakfast at the Dining Room – at $32 a head, it’s very overpriced, and you can get yourself a brekkie burger at the Mountain Café (to feed and coffee both of us here the next morning, we paid $36). We were really happy with the range of activities on offer, both paid and free, and we did the bird feeding ($4 per tray, plus refundable $10 tray deposit), Treetop walk (free), Glow worm dell tour ($30 pp), 90 min Segway experience and tour to Moran’s Falls ($99 per person), and lots of free hiking and bushwalking. I would make sure you print out maps of the O’Reilly’s walks, because they aren’t covered by the free Lamington National Parks brochures, or alternatively you can purchase these on site. We were really happy with the Happy Hour at the bar, with great views of sunset, and had a fantastic three course dinner at the Dining Room. Staff are all really knowledgeable, and Matt in particular was excellent on the Glow worm tour. It would also be great to see more activities included in the room price, or discounted for O’Reillys guests, as it would be very easy to rack up a huge bill – we were very fortunate in that we purchased a packaged with most activities included, so if you can get one of these, we’d definitely advise you to do so! Overall, a good minibreak, and we learned a lot to prepare us for our next trip up.

Room Tip: Check out the website, as there is a wide range of rooms - some are very close to the hub of O'R...
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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OReillys_Retreat, Marketing Manager at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to share you O’Reilly’s experience – we value your feedback. It is pleasing to read you enjoyed your stay, in particular the range of activities we have on offer. Your comments on Matt have been very well received – thank you. Be sure to contact our reservations team for your next stay, we can tailor a package to suit! Thanks again – we look forward to seeing you back at O’Reilly’s soon.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

My wife and I and our group of eight stayed two nights. we had come primarily for the phenomenal bird-watching opportunities and immersion into the unspoiled natural surroundings.While the hotel needs an update and the furnishing are really showing a high degree of wear and tear, it was nevertheless an astonishingly wonderful time that would be difficult to rival. The mountain and forest views are breathtaking and relaxing. The rooms, previous comments noted are still very clean and comfortable.The restaurant has excellent food and the staff are helpful and friendly. There is also an excellent bar with a panoramic view and a comfortable public sitting/reading room. Both of these had cozy fires burning on the hearth.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with friends
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OReillys_Retreat, Communications at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2012

Thanks for taking the time to share your O’Reilly’s experience.

It is pleasing to read you enjoyed your recent visit to Lamington National Park during your travels to Australia and hope you sighted a few of the 250 bird species that brought you to our special part of the world! It is true that our rooms are in need of a slight update – we are working on that, but glad they were comfortable and clean to come back to after your days in the rainforest.

Thank you for your great feedback on your dining experiences and in particular the staff. Thanks once again for your feedback, we look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you back to O'Reilly's in the future.

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

Stayed 3 nights & 4 glorious days for my friends' wedding & I have to say, it was a truly fantastic long weekend! The 3-bedroom villa was impeccably clean, modern, comfortable, cozy with the fire going but still large enough for 6 adults to spread out & relax properly. The spa on the balcony was a Godsend & the views, oh those views, were spectacular! I loved sleeping with my blinds open so I'd wake up to the sight of those beautiful mountains :-) We only visited the restaurant twice, for dinner & breakfast (the great kitchen & BBQ is the villa meant we could cook at our own leisure) & both meals were fantastic. The staff we met along the way, especially at the wedding reception, were amazing & helped make our stay all the more special. Can't wait to go back! PS. Just a little tip re: getting there - some GPS's/maps will tell you the retreat is about 6 mins from Cunungra ... this is a slight miscalculation. It's more like 30/40 mins winding up the mountain. It's a gorgeous drive, just wanted to give everyone a heads up in case (like some of our friends) you almost miss a wedding because you don't leave yourself enough time ;-)

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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OReillys_Retreat, Communications at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2012

Thanks for your glowing review!
O’Reilly’s is an ideal wedding venue as you say, with mountainous backdrops and rainforest settings. It is pleasing to read you enjoyed your time in our beautiful part of the world (we agree, the views are a godsend!) Thank you for your feedback on the O’Reilly’s staff, your comments have been well received by our teams. Good advice on the GPS too – O’Reilly’s is located 35mins from Canungra, 90mins from Gold Coast and 2hrs from Brisbane.

We are looking forward to you coming back again soon!

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Reviewed August 27, 2012

Stayed last Saturday night in a Garden View room and had dinner at the restaurant.
We were very happy with our room - it was warm and comfortable, and we could watch Paddymelons and birds just outside. The walks are beautiful, and vary from short easy tracks to steeper etc. Take your pick. While service was a little erratic at dinner (it was quite busy), the staff were very polite and professional and kindly didn't charge us for our glasses of wine in the end. The eye fillet was amazing!
We really appreciated the fact there were no tvs or phones in the room (Telstra reception was fine if you get desperate). It was a very relaxing, beautiful nature get-away, and look forward to returning!

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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OReillys_Retreat, Communications at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to share your O’Reilly’s experience on TripAdvisor, your comments have been well received by our staff.

We look forward to welcoming you back to O’Reilly’s for your next holiday!

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Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed for 2 nights in the Retreat. The staff were all very helpful and friendly, the room was clean, the furniture looked a bit tired but you don't go to this place to see the furniture! The views, the wildlife, the clean fresh air and the amazing night sky were what we went to experience and we weren't disappointed. We treated ourselves to a couples massage the the Lost World Spa and it was fantastic and highly recommended. The breakfast buffet is huge and of a good quality.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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OReillys_Retreat, Communications at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa, responded to this reviewResponded August 23, 2012

Thank you for your great feedback, we are pleased you enjoyed your recent stay at O'Reilly's, in particular your treatments the Lost World Spa. Your comments have been passed on to the team. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Address: Lamington National Park Road, Canungra, Queensland 4275, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Scenic Rim > Canungra
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Canungra
Price Range: $105 - $343 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Mountain Villas and Lost World Spa 4*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Explore World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park from the best and only vantage point on Green Mountain - at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat - operated by passionate by third generation O’Reilly family members whose ancestors pioneered eco tourism in Australia in 1926. Choose to stay in a cosy Rainforest Retreat guest room with expansive views overlooking the western McPherson Range or one of 48 self-contained and architecturally designed modern Villas perched unobtrusively onto the sloping hillside. Get amongst the daily activities of guided bird walks, animal shows and the famed Tree Top Walk and treehouse climb to viewing platforms above. Plus, test your skills on an off road two-wheeled Segway tour through creek crossings to Morans Falls, or bliss out in the Lost World Day Spa. Dine in the casual treehouse bar on homemade pizzas or opt for the rustic dining room with a gourmet a la carte menu including matching wines from the Canungra Valley Vineyards down the road. Order a packed lunch or picnic hamper and set off to one of 500 waterfalls via 160 kilometres of nature trails. ... more   less 
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