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Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

We stayed at the ecolodge recently over the weekend and cannot fault it. We stayed in the orchard room, which has a queen size bed, small balcony and ensuite. The rooms were immaculate, the bed comfortable and the scenery great. Breakfast was great value at only $10 and served on the balcony with a restored railway carriage being the kitchen. The kitchen is also well set up with cooking facilties and fridge if you want to cook your own meals. Everything is so close by - the walks, national park and australia zoo, as well as not far from eumundie markets and other little villages. At only $110 per room per night this was such good value!! We will certainly come back here. Be warned - there is no TV and Wifi is possible but patchy but this is a bonus, as you really just want to relax...

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Thank Cathy D
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

I have to admit, I heard "Eco Lodge" and thought "Rustic". It is not at all. It is homey and beautiful, simple and yet feels luxurious. I wish we had spent more time here. The host, Keith, is amazing and friendly beyond words. The gardens are so unique and breathtaking. Breakfast is served out of a train box car (my son was in love) and must be seen to be believed. There is lots of hiking near by and it is about 7 minutes drive to the Amazing Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin). I wish we could have stayed at least four days. It is also about an hour drive from picturesque Noosa.

If you can, consider staying in their refurbished church or one of their train box cars; however, all of the rooms were lovely.

The shower water is solar heated and then recycled for gardening purposes. All water is treated on site and you will not find a plastic bottle anywhere. So many genius ideas to save the planet in one place.

Room Tip: consider staying in their refurbished church or one of their train box cars
  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Julie W
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We stayed a few days at the Eco Lodge as part of a holiday touring around Queensland. We had passed by the Glasshouse Mountains area on previous trips and liked the look of it, so decided to stay there this time and the Eco Lodge looked interesting - and so it was.
The area is fascinating, with plenty of hiking trails through the forests and up the beautiful mountains themselves. There are plenty of good places to eat and to buy food if you're self-catering.
The Eco Lodge is a set of unusual buildings (wooden cabins, railway cars and a former church) that have sleeping accommodation but share cooking facilities (housed in an old railway carriage), some outdoor (but covered) seating areas, and a library-cum-sitting room, the latter in another railway carriage. These buildings are set in extensive grounds that include an orchard producing a variety of fruit (which you can eat when available) and coffee beans (which you can buy); in addition, there's a rainforest garden around a pond, with a trail you can explore.
It is a very quiet place to stay, the only noise being the calls of frogs and of the huge variety and number of birds, which made for very good sleep. Our unit (Mt. Tibro suite, with 2 bedrooms and a central bathroom) was clean and nicely furnished with some interesting furniture. A heater was provided (one of the few places we've stayed in in Australia that acknowledge that winter nights can get cold) although we didn't use it as there was plenty of warm bedding. The Eco Lodge has its own water system (not connected to the mains), and this all worked fine in the bathroom.
The shared kitchen facilities were also fine, with a big gas barbecue, and a couple of restaurant-style gas hobs, plus big shared fridges to store your food. On our visit this all worked very well, and it was nice to use these hostel-style facilities and interact with the other guests; the setting in an old railway carriage was also very nice and atmospheric.
If you're planning a trip to the Eco Lodge, it's worth noting that there are no TVs anywhere (which was fine with us), and no laundry facilities. The latter is perhaps the only thing that I'd suggest changing - I wouldn't want a washing machine in the unit but some communal facilities would be good. This isn't a problem if you're a Brisbane dweller going for the weekend, but for those on longer touring trips, managing laundry can be a bit of a challenge.
The only other piece of advice that I'd give is to remember your insect repellent. The units are all fitted with good bug screens, but if you sit outside or wander around in the evening (both very tempting), you might find yourself on the menu for a few mosquitoes. We were there in the winter and all got a few bites, but we didn't use any repellent.
In summary, the Eco Lodge is a fascinating, unique place to stay in a beautiful area. The staff, including the owner, Keith, were very friendly and helpful, as well.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Phil H
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

Dear Keith and team
We are back in Singapore after our 9 day holiday break in Queensland.
Thank you for being a such a good host,especially the delicious breakfast pact for our family trip to Fraser Island on 12thaugust.
We had a wonderful time at Fraser's and a very enjoyable stay at Glass Mountain too.
Warmest regards
Soon Hong,Karen and Yee Ying

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Yeoshong
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

We stayed three nights here with our three children aged 2-9. We had the two bedroom apartment which was great for us. Plenty of character with lots of wood. A little odd having the bathroom right in the middle and having to walk through it to get to either bedroom but not really a problem. There was also heaters available for chillier nights which we did actually use one night. We liked the recycled feel to everything and the kids loved all the creatures dotted around the property made of recycled material. There was also a great little walk through the bush(with question and answer booklets) with information about the plants and wildlife, bird watching information,etc. The buildings - old church, railway carraiges, etc were beautiful.
It was a beautiful spot in the countryside with a view of one of the Glasshouse Mountains. It is definitely a place to stay more than one night and relax. I was surprised how many people seemed to just be passing through for a one night stay - they're missing so much by doing that!
We somehow accidently booked the breakfast but Keith was very kind to supply us with gluten free breakfast options to cater for some of us. It was nice to eat on the verandah in the communal area.
We didn't expect the rooms to be serviced at all. In fact we usually prefer they aren't. They were 'half serviced' while we were out - the rubbish bins were emptied and the doors were opened to air out the rooms. I understand the need for this in a humid climate but there are secure insect screens on the windows so we were just airing this way. When we came home about 7pm one evening, our door was open which we were a bit alarmed by(apparently the woofer had just forgotten to lock up) I know it's a safe area but we had left some valuables there thinking it was safer than carting them around. Apparently it is standard practise to air the rooms when guests are out - just something to be aware of if you have valuables.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Karen L
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