We stayed at the Glass House Mountains Ecolodge on a recent trip to Australia Zoo.The Zoo is about 10 minutes from the ecolodge so it was very convenient for us to get up early and beat the morning rush.
The hotel is a little off Steve Irwin Way and nestled in the foot of the mountains so it feels like it's very much in the country which means lot's of local bugs and insects. Check-in in was simple and included a guided tour around the facility. We were offered pre-purchase tickets to the Zoo which were $59 each. We later found out that the tickets were loaded with a $5 pre-order fee which went to the owners of the ecolodge. I didn't mind this but it would have been nice to been told upfront about the extra cost.
The room was very basic - a bed, bathroom and not much else. This is an authentic rural "eco" experience so don't expect TV, phone, internet, constant hot water or even a clock in the room. The bed was comfortable enough but definitely not the best I've slept on.
We paid an extra $10 each for the breakfast which was terrible. It was a self-service affair with Vegemite on toast, stale weet-bix and yogurt well past it's expiration date. To top off the experience we were required to wash-up our own dishes. Which was a little worrying after we watched a dirty toothless woman washing up her dishes with no soap and not much water. I feel for the person that used them after that.
The scenery was wonderful and very much typical of the rural Australian experience but it was was a pseudo-backpackers hostel experience so don't expect much. Overall the price matched the accommodation so set your expectations accordingly.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of a National Heritage treasure, the Glasshouse Mountains Ecolodge offers a unique ecological experience of this fascinating area of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland in South East Queensland. It makes a fantastic base from which to explore the 26 million year old volcanic plugs that make up this incredible landscape, as well as the coastal beaches and hinterland villages. During your stay at the Ecolodge (set on 5 acres of orchard and forest beside a small creek) you can discover bush tucker, enjoy nocturnal frog spotting and bird watching (over 60 different types of birds have been seen). A great place to relax and unwind in this peaceful and quiet nature haven with its birds, butterflies, dragonflies, and even kangaroos. National park walks start 400 metres from the front entrance. Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo is just 10 minutes away and the Ecolodge is only an hour north of Brisbane. ... more less
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