Rustic charm of Greenlee Cottages. Breathe in the country air.

Not too far from the quaint country town of Canungra, is a more tranquil side, and I was determined to discover what lies beyond this popular destination.

Words by Bronwyn McDonald  |  Images courtesy of Katherine O’Brien and John Downs Photography

The rustic charm of Greenlee Cottages was calling us to breathe in the country air of Canungra Valley.  The views are breathtaking with wildlife on your doorstep as well as wineries and National Parks nearby.  Situated at the end of a winding dirt road, 32km west of the Gold Coast and 75km south of Brisbane. 

First impressions count and they certainly don’t disappoint. Check-in is a breeze with a coded box containing the key to our cottage, allowing myself and partner to check in at anytime. Enter the quaint Callistemon Cottage where a queen size bed with comfy pillows and fluffy towels opens to a private deck, allowing us to wake up to the amazing view without leaving the bed.  Next to the bedroom is an ensuite bathroom and self contained kitchenette as well as a reverse cycle air conditioner to warm (or cool) our day and night.

Planning to travel light? No worries. Macadamia farming hosts Robyn and Paul, provide a continental breakfast featuring locally sourced produce. Including muesli made from the farms very own macadamia farm.

As the afternoon passes. The changing colours and shadows dance across the valley and birds soar effortlessly with the breeze. Just enough time to enjoy a glass of wine before heading to the communal BBQ area for a campfire dinner.  After dinner, we return to Callistemon Cottage where the night life starts. An ideal time to sit back, relax and tune into the wildlife melody.

The next morning, we wake at sunrise to a heavenly view of wisps of mist cloaking the surrounding valley. It’s a fresh day to explore some of the local wineries and township nearby. 

Greenlee Cottages can also accommodate wedding guests traveling to the Scenic Rim, as seen on Scenic Rim Bride.