Paradise Bay Eco Escape
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Today we visited Indian Heads. The most eastern point of Fraser and also of Australia.
... moon coming up. Unfortunately I hadn't bought my iPad but it was truly magnificent rising, blood red, between the distant hills with cane fields in the foreground. A young couple in their late teens were also at the camp. They didn't have a car and were camping in this isolated spot without transport. Natalie the girl was very chatty and spent some time sitting with us. On Friday we drove 40k south west along the back roads to ...
... yes you could still stay there but it was far more restricted and nowhere near as nice as we remembered it to be.
The main attraction for Eungella National Park is the prospect of seeing a platypus in the wild. We stood at the platypus viewing area for a couple of hours, where we eventually got our platypus spotting fix.
The ambient temperature at Finch Hatton was a steady 36 degrees centigrade and at Eungella in amongst the rain forest was a steady ...
... the light faded! We also saw a water rat and lots of turtles from the viewing platform too! The next morning we chatted to some Ozzie girls who were really friendly while eating our pancake brekkie. We enjoyed a rainforest shower at the campsite which was a three walled cold shower looking out into the tropical rainforest which was awesome, I felt so refreshed afterwards! We soon headed down the steep inclines of Eungella onto our next ...
... should have stayed a couple of days with the gorges, walking tracks and bird life on offer. (And a road I would love to say I rode up!) But sadly it will only be an overnighter and all we really get to experience of the area is a walking track to a waterhole no one wants to get into and 2 failed ventures to see platypus. But these are not the experiences we will remember it for.
Explorers Haven has a self-check in system but there ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Paradise Bay Eco Escape Long Island
We recently spent 5 days at South Long Island with just 5 other guests.
We had a fabulous stay at Paradise Bay, a perfect honeymoon.
My wife and i arrived for our honeymoon and were greeted by Bec (our hostess) and Evan(our chef) Who were both amazing people who were both very passionate about what they do. We also had the pleasure of meeting David the owner. We enjoyed daily trips on the yaht with kyall our boat captain, who was very entertaining and knoledgable of the surronding areas. Then we would return to what would be a series of Stuning meals prepared by our chef Evan. Each meal was flawless! We also had the opportunity to dine with all the staff, Which started great with Bec's Lovely nature, David's amazing stories, and having the chance to be able to talk to the face behind our meals.
I was looking for a nature escape for five days as an add-on to a business trip to Australia. I was travelling alone and wanted a comfortable resort environment where I could have privacy but not feel socially isolated, especially when dining.
We were looking for somewhere away from the bright lights to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary - somewhere quiet, perhaps environmentally conscious and with plenty of relaxation pursuits. The staff made us feel good about our choice right from our first contact with them (I found the Lodge by googling 'Queensland Eco Lodges').We particularly liked the sound of being able to sail nearly every day if we chose, at no extra cost. Our first impression was fantastic - coming in by helicopter and seeing a secluded bay surrounded by 100s hectares of lush bush and with only 10 little cottages. Right from our warm and sincere welcome until we left, the staff were fabulous - always smiling, willing to do whatever they could to make the holiday perfect and always very relaxed and seeming to enjoy everything just as much as the guests. With the superb weather that we had, we did indeed sail nearly every day so spent most of our time with Kyle, the Boat master - he was an excellent entertainer, teller of tall tales,managed to inject plenty of humour into each day and also seemed to be an extremely capable boatman and sailor ! He even managed to find us plenty of whales, turtles, good snorkelling, dolphins, leaping sting-rays but unfortunately, no mermaids.
We have just returned from a very relaxing ten days at Paradise Bay (South Long Island) in the Whitsundays. It is an eco-friendly resort with many interesting birds and native animals which kept us amused. It caters for a small number of people only (no children), and if you enjoy peace and quiet, sailing the islands, snorkelling, bush walking and the company of a diversified group at meal times then it's the place to go. The catamaran, skippered by Kyall, goes out every day except Sundays to various attractions in the area, which is a lot of fun. Bec and Ian, who manage the resort, together with Jade and Jack do a terrific job looking after the guests. The table service is great and the chef does an excellent job. We feel now that seven days would probably be about right for most folk.
A terrific and relaxing experience
The setting, the amenities, the food and the people are all better than the web site described. I was prepared to really rough it but found very comfortable lodging, well prepared and tasty food and very accomodating hosts. You get personal service with all the privacy or not that you choose. Each day is a new adventure on the sail boat. The combination of private ocean front setting with rain forest on 3 sides makes for terrific animal and bird watching and listening. It was hard to leave this place.
We wanted a peaceful, relaxing few days without the need to make decissions! We got it. Met off the helicopter by the very friendly welcoming staff who, without being obtrusive, gave us all the service we could have hoped for.
My husband and I enjoyed six days at South Long Island Nature Lodge at the end of August. It was exactly what we had hoped for -- a terrific place to relax and unwind, hike and sail, snorkel and kayak. It is not about luxury or pampering -- it is about getting back to nature, relaxing in a hammock, good conversation around a campfire under the stars, tracking the tides and the wind, watching the kookaburras and wallabies, etc. The food was excellent and the staff (Rebecca, Evan, Ian, Bec, and Kyle) could not have been better. You could tell they really cared about their guests. From the moment we boarded the helicopter we knew the whole experience was going to be very special, and it was. Evan's meals were really something to look forward to. We liked many of the wines -- my favorite was the unwooded chardonnay. I don't understand some of the comments here from people who seemed surprised that bottles of wine were $40 -- this is clearly spelled out on the website, so you just need to budget for it. David has done a remarkable job of modeling an ecologically responsible boutique nature lodge. We highly recommend it.