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Elopement packages for a beautiful day

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It was a real pleasure to recently come across a stunning series of photography showing the different elopement packages we offer here at Secrets on the Lake. The blog post from Lou O’Brien was focused exclusively on the stunning grounds and location at Secrets on the Lake, and really showcased the natural beauty and romance that Secrets is renowned for.

Lou O’Brien really captured the essence of Secrets on the Lake with her kind words…

This beautiful boutique resort is like no other in Australia. When you enter the grounds you can feel a change in the air, it’s just magical.

The photography also shows the consumate skill and create passion that Lou O’Brien has as a wedding and elopement photographer. Lou focuses on capturing your special day in a stunning way and helping couples create a stress free wedding. Make sure you take a look at the full series of beautiful elopement photography here.

Secrets on the Lake really is one of the the Sunshine Coast’s and Australia’s most iconic elopement and wedding destinations, with a range of stunning choices for your ceremony locations. If you’re planning an elopement or wedding and looking for a venue, please browse our wedding gallery to see the stunning location, and make an enquiry with our wedding team to book a tour and learn more about how special your wedding or elopement can be at Secrets.

Canoe Fishing at Secrets on the Lake

Secrets Luxury Takeaway Picnics

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Try our new Secrets Take Away Picnic Choices to enjoy in your own slice of paradise by the magnificent waters of Lake Baroon in the SEQwater’s northern recreation area. Please call to pre-order (24h recommended).

Couples Picnic $50

Our chefs make you both a fresh bagette roll full of ham or chicken and fresh salad ingredients, Crudite and Dips,  Piece of seasonal fruit each (choice of banana, apple, orange or grapes), Piece of cake each (choice of Orange and Almond, Apple Berry Pie or Cheesecake), Choice of softdrink or Noah Juice.

Tuscany for Two Picnic (GFA) $60

A selection of Produce inspired by travels in the Tuscan Region. Panzanella Salad, Castagnaccio, Finocchiona, Lardo di Colonnata, Pecorino, Housemade Tuscan Bread, Mixed Olives, Anchovies and Pesto, Served with Whole Baked Prawns. Includes choice of softdrink or Noah Juice.

Secrets Family Picnic $90

You will get two filled bagette rolls and two mini wraps (Ham/Salad, Chicken/Salad, Salad), Crudite and Dips, Piece of seasonal fruit each(choice of banana, apple, orange or grapes), Piece of cake each (choice of Orange and Almond, Apple Berry Pie or Cheesecake), Choice of softdrink  or Noah’s fruit juice per person.

Ask us about Gluten Free options, or about our Lakeside Interlude ($150) and Bohemian Lakeside Picnic ($250) to enjoy in luxury on our grounds.

Call our friendly staff to book or for more information on 07 5478 5888 or email

We sell gift vouchers!

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We sell gift vouchers!

Our customers buy them for all sorts of reasons…..

A gift for a friend or loved one, to say thank you for a job well done, an extra special thank you for an employee. The list is endless.
They make a wonderful Christmas, birthday, anniversary, engagement or wedding present or just because.

People sometimes like to give a gift of a specific accommodation package for one of Secrets treehouses or they purchase a gift voucher to give an amount (minimum $200) towards a stay OR to eat in our daytime restaurant “Secrets Dining on the Deck” (minimum $50).

We ask you to use your voucher within a 12 month period. Conditions apply e.g. We will not sell a voucher for a single Saturday night as they are rarely available. They are available for every other night of the week and can be extended to be used for longer stays.

Know what you want? Purchase Directly. Use our gift voucher form and pay through PayPal. Allow 24 hours to receive your voucher in PDF form attached to an email in your inbox.

Like to know more about your options or have a special requirement? We would love to receive your call +617 5478 5888 between 8am and 6pm to help you. This is the best way particularly if you want something special. If it is urgently required, it will arrive that day.

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Why people love coming to the Hinterland in Winter

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What a surprise this week has been! We have had two different film crews through our doors, both of whom called us the morning they arrived saying that they had been highly recommended to come and film at our retreat as it ‘showcased the best the hinterland has to offer’! Can you see how big our smiles are!! Those of you who know us, know we are humble Australian folk who are modest about our dreams and achievements… but gee its fantastic that all our hard work has been acknowledged in this way on television not once, but twice this last week 🙂

Late last week we had a call from the BBC program ‘Wanted Down Under’. This UK show has been running for 14 years and features Brits planning to relocate to Australia. It takes them to their chosen location and finds them work experience within their field, then takes the couple around all the great places and things to do in that region. The call to us happened while they were filming the couple browsing around the Yandina Markets on a particularly wet Sunny Coast Day. Apparently, we had been the overwhelming consensus of the most atmospheric place to take the couple for a fantastic meal with a beautiful lakeside view, enchanting carved boardwalks through the rainforest, and truly embodying the best of the Hinterland experience. The crew were absolutely charming… and on seeing our magical Secrets Garden Wedding Venue with all its dreamy pond, bridges, and decking, the couple were angling to get the BBC to pay for their wedding here when they are able to immigrate. We would be very chuffed to have you tie the knot with us one day!

Yesterday we had a call from a young reporter for WIN News who wanted to do a feature about ‘why people are drawn to the Hinterland in winter’. As winter is traditionally our busiest time of the year, we have an idea or two, and were very happy to oblige… and the reporter was here 45minutes later! He spent 2 hours with my daughter in law Sarah and was shown our Dragonfly treehouse, the Secrets Garden, and then had a meal at Secrets Dining on the Deck restaurant. The smile couldn’t escape the young man’s face as he absorbed the magic of our special place, and he was snapping pics for his personal Instagram page as he openly planned taking his partner here in the not too distant future. You can see the WIN News feature segment attached to this this blog.

And why are people drawn here?… well, we are easily accessible by a scenic drive only half an hour away from the hustle and bustle of the ever-growing populations on the coast… and yet we are a world away with our lush rolling hills, pristine rainforest, amazing national parks, creeks and waterfalls. We have a thriving restaurant, and Art & Crafts scene, and are consistently a few degrees cooler than the coast so in winter than means snuggling with your loved one in front of our cozy log fires and soaking up the magic of our rainforest location on the shores of magnificent Lake Baroon. And if you can’t find the time or ready cash to stay in one of our beautiful world-class luxury treehouses, then booking a table at Dining on the Deck means you can still enjoy the toasty log fire, optional fleece knee rugs, amazing lakeside views, and fantastic menu choices as you soak in the magic of Secrets rainforest location and intricate woodcarvings.

Do you know that feeling when you finally lift your head up after a period of long focused hard yards working in so many different ways to accomplish your dream… and you take a moment to smell the roses. You see the smiles and affection coming back at you from all those your dream has touched. It is a truly special feeling… and my family here at Secrets on the Lake are all glowing with it this week. A big thankyou to everyone out there who has recommended us and supported our business. We hope to see you all again soon! For more information or to book please contact our friendly staff on (07) 5478 5888 or email or visit

The Veronicas Weddings in Maleny at Secrets on the Lake

Keeping Secrets

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Over the years we have had many, many guests propose, get married, honeymoon, or simply relax and rejuvenate in our luxury treehouse cabins nestled in the lush rainforest overlooking Lake Baroon on the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Some are just like you and me, and some are just like you and me… but famous. Respecting the privacy of every single one of our guests has always been very important at Secrets on the Lake. A recent example of this ethic is the gorgeous wedding of the Veronica’s Lisa Origliasso and Logan Huffman here at Montville’s Secrets on the Lake and featured in Vogue Magazine who had exclusive rights to cover their special day.

It was our absolute pleasure to be the ones to host their wedding reception a few weeks ago. The Veronicas are more than just another guest to us. In fact, we have welcomed Jess and Lisa nearly here at Secrets on the Lake for more than a decade… and it has always been a pleasure to welcome them through our hand-carved doors! The Veronica’s have not only been wonderful guests but have taken a personal interest in our staff and been very kind to their children and our grandchildren… over and beyond actually!

Logan has also been coming now for many years and has a keen interest in our gardens and horticulture, spending hours discussing the gardens with George. Secrets Garden venue has a stunning lake backdrop with magnificent bridges, decks, rockpools and waterfalls… perfect for mingling after a truly memorable ceremony. As nature junkies, our Secrets Garden wedding location was the perfect fit when it came time for this lovely young couple to tie the knot. After much discussion over many months, they created the vintage style wedding reception suited perfectly to them and it has been our privilege to be involved in their special day.

Its been very hard to keep such a special secret secret… being famous is both a blessing and a curse. But we would like to remind you that we are all just people… and when it comes to your special day, we treat everyone with the same love, care and respect to make sure that we do everything within our power to fulfil your unique requirements and create the perfect location for your special day. Our Wedding team help to design your dream wedding… from elopements to fully hosted weddings & receptions for up to 80 people. Secrets on the Lake allows you and your partner to make the choices. You choose the perfect time, the perfect season, the perfect cabin… with rustic, waterfront, and rainforest settings available you can be sure we also have the perfect location for your vows.

We invite you to visit or contact us to inspect our facilities. Why not make some Secrets of your own and arrange a lunchtime tour to sample our incredible food at Dining on the Deck our daytime licensed restaurant.

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