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February 6, 2020 in Latest

“Love does not make the world go around – it simply makes the ride worthwhile”.

They say there are only two real emotions in this life… love and fear. At Secrets on the Lake we choose love. It is what makes us sing at the…
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December 27, 2019 in Latest

The Christmas Elves

George and I, and our amazing staff at Secrets on the Lake, hope that everyone has had a wonderful Christmas, full of the good things in life... kindness, love, and…
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December 19, 2019 in Latest

The gift of hope…

I picked up a good friend from Melbourne at the Sunshine Coast Airport yesterday, and I know that I am not alone in welcoming interstate friends and family to the…
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December 5, 2019 in Latest

Making ‘Me’ Time…

It’s a busy world… getting busier by the day. Often you need to divide yourself between so many people, places and commitments, that the moment you do manage to grab…
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November 29, 2019 in Latest

Kindness and Community…

As we wave goodbye to the last of the jubilant guests attending our Secrets Helping Hands Fundraiser Raffle Morning Tea, it’s time for me to take a deep breath and…
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November 26, 2019 in Latest

What to get the man who has everything?

Don’t know what to get the man who has everything? Your loyal employee who is always the first in the office and last to leave? Or your amazing friend or…
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November 12, 2019 in Latest

The Magic of Art…

I have always loved Art. I love how it helps us make sense of this crazy world, and how it connects with us all in different ways. In fact, for…
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November 8, 2019 in Latest

Mother Nature is Smiling…

Springtime is all about fresh starts and celebrating a new cycle of life. Springtime at Secrets on the Lake is no different. The skies are brilliant blue, the hills are…
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November 1, 2019 in Latest

Who Said Romance is Dead?…

Secrets on the Lake... I don’t think there has ever been a place more aptly named! Over the years, George, Aldy, and the staff at Secrets have become grand masters…
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October 25, 2019 in Latest

Click Your Heels Together Three Times….

George and Aldy would tell me as I was growing up in the Sunny Coast Hinterland, ‘there is no place like home’. But I was never one to believe point…
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October 16, 2019 in Latest

Take the stress out of planning for your wedding…

So if, like me, your special day is really not that very far away, and the time is looming for you to lock in some decisions about where, what, and…
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September 26, 2019 in Latest

Secrets ‘Helping Hands’ Fundraiser

We live in a beautiful part of this planet… blue skies, beaches and blessings everywhere you look. As we race from job to home, from school to shops, or from…
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August 28, 2019 in Latest

What is a perfect honeymoon?

Are you wondering where to go for your Sunshine Coast honeymoon? Our ideas of the perfect location to share some blissful days together after the flurry and adrenalin of the…
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August 23, 2019 in Latest

What does love mean to you?

We have based our business on creating a magic space where couples can reconnect with one another in our luxury treehouses nestled in a rainforest wonderland by the shores of…
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August 9, 2019 in Latest

The Cycle of Life…

This week we have had it all! In fact, this week as left us with a synchronicity of everything happening as it should We have covered the whole life cycle…
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August 7, 2019 in Latest

Hospitality Workers

We have been in the hospitality industry for the last 25 years. I guess we are now officially hospitality folk… and our days and nights are spent making sure all…
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July 30, 2019 in Blog, Featured

We sell gift vouchers!

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,…
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July 5, 2019 in Latest

Choose for you…

We have all seen those images of stressed out wedding couples tearing their hair out, trying to source and book celebrants, guest lists, photographers, florists, wedding cakes, honeymoon accommodation… and…
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June 14, 2019 in Latest

The one that got away…

We have all heard the story. The ‘Big Fish’ that was right there… and then got away. It was huge! Well at Secrets on the Lake, perched right on the…
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June 4, 2019 in Latest

Secrets Magic…

Secrets is a family owned and run world-class luxury treehouse accommodation retreat, with a stunning lakeside wedding garden venue, and AGFG award-wining daytime licenced restaurant… and looking at us now…
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May 28, 2019 in Latest

Our Aboriginal Heritage…

The Sunshine Coast, and in particular the Hinterland, has an astoundingly long, amazingly rich and largely undiscovered Aboriginal history. This area has always been a place of cultural, spiritual, social…
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May 22, 2019 in Blog

Why people love coming to the Hinterland in Winter

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…
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April 24, 2019 in Latest

Stay… just a little bit longer

A guest popped in to the office to thank me yesterday… and this thankyou was a little different to the beautiful smiles on the faces of all our lovely guests…
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April 17, 2019 in Latest

Happy Easter

Once more we are steadying ourselves for the Easter Break and preparing to welcome many holiday goers and diners through our oversized hand carved doors. Having been here a time…
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March 26, 2019 in Latest

A Beautiful Endeavour…

If you live in the Sunshine coast Hinterland then odds are that you are quite used to excited day-trippers slowing their cars down with faces pressed against the glass, as…
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March 12, 2019 in Latest

The Secret is out…

RACQ just voted the Hinterland drive the 2nd best road trip in Queensland. It was only bested by the Pacific Coast way, which ironically the Hinterland drive is also a…
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March 5, 2019 in Latest

All aboard the WhistleStop…

Recently we got a lovely review from a family who stayed in our beautiful WhistleStop cabin, situated on its own private grounds just metres from the entrance to the Sunshine…
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February 26, 2019 in Latest

Rain, Hail or Shine…

Recently the threat of Cyclone Oma’s imminent assault on South East Queensland sent locals and tourists into a whirlwind frenzy of anticipation, preparation and trepidation. Complicated tracking systems predicted up…
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February 15, 2019 in Latest

Your own slice of Secrets…

As a parent it is an amazing and sometimes nail-biting journey watching your child take their first steps… on the loungeroom floor, in the schoolground, in their career, and in…
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February 12, 2019 in Latest

Stop and smell the roses…

Secrets is a very special place… George and I think it is one of the most magical places in the world! Our treehouse guests and Dining on the Deck visitors…
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February 7, 2019 in Latest

A Secrets Surprise…

Planning a visit to Secrets on the Lake is an exciting and romantic thing to do for your partner. The feeling of love and connection that comes from being totally…
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January 31, 2019 in Latest

Australian Good Food Guide People Choice Winner 2019…

Over the years we have realized that awards in the hospitality industry are often based on who you know rather than what you know. A panel of ‘experts’ sit and…
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January 28, 2019 in Latest

What makes a perfect honeymoon?

Your honeymoon is the time you can finally relax and celebrate with each other after the whirlwind of planning and organisation preparing for the ‘I do’. Many couples spend thousands…
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January 21, 2019 in Blog, Latest

Making a difference…

Sometimes we all wonder if what we are doing makes a difference? It is so lovely when life gives you a situation where you are reminded of the impact we…
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December 6, 2018 in Blog, Featured

Take a break

George and I have just had a week away to our favourite bolt hole on the coast in NSW. We have totally (or almost very nearly) put business on the…
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November 19, 2018 in Blog

Keeping Secrets

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…
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October 22, 2018 in Blog

Why We Welcome Direct Bookings

They say change is inevitable… however sitting here with the wisdom of my seventy plus years, the rate of changes and the extent of them is often mind boggling! George…
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June 12, 2018 in Latest

The Secrets Wedding Club

Recently we have been fortunate to host some amazingly beautiful weddings... including our first official same sex wedding which was a particularly joyous and special day for some long time…
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February 25, 2018 in Blog, Stories

Update on Secrets

Secrets Bookings now made easier. For the best booking experience visit Secrets on the Lake’s newly updated website www.secretsonthelake.com.au Available on all devices.... iPhone, iPad, Laptop or Computer. Our website…
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January 28, 2018 in Blog

George the Gardener alias ‘Farmer Brown’

George has had a number of diverse careers in his life. First up he became an electrician and did his apprenticeship in Dalby. By the time I'd met up with…
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October 26, 2017 in Blog, Stories

Blessed Rain

In recent times, there has been  a drought particularly here in the catchment of Lake Baroon. Any serious rain has seemed to bypass us and due to SEQWater siphoning off…
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August 17, 2017 in Blog

Celebrate your special Occasions

Celebrate your special occasions at Secrets on The Lake. Beautiful celebrations are the spice of life and we love helping you have things to look forward to. We make it…
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June 22, 2017 in Blog, Stories

The Joy of Anticipation or Planning Your Annual Holiday

The Joy of Anticipation or Planning Your Annual Holiday Being in charge of a business often means you tend to neglect your own holiday needs. Over the years, the most…
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June 7, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Secrets Cafe, Stories

June is celebration month

It is the beginning of what is officially winter when we enjoy wearing our winter clothes at night but the days are glorious, warming up and wind free. George will…
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March 1, 2017 in Blog, Stories

Secrets is not just a place to stay ….It’s an experience of a lifetime.

A stay in one of our treehouses is like living in a work of art with all the elements of design. A conflagration of all the senses. Each artist craftsman…
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February 14, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Stories

Unique Proposals Heli Tours

Bruce Hume began making jewellery when he was 15 years old. Now he is the owner of Gold River Jewellers at North Lakes. Bruce is also a qualified helicopter pilot…
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January 31, 2017 in Blog, Featured, Stories

“parkrun” at Secrets on the Lake Montville Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

A much loved guest Maarten Kamp and his lovely wife Marie-Claire visit Secrets regularly at this time of year. Over the years, they have shown a lot of interest in…
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December 15, 2016 in Blog, Secrets Cafe

Unique Proposals

One never forgets the amazing emotions of the day and events when your loved one proposed. For some of us it was planned to the last detail, while for others…
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November 29, 2016 in Blog, Stories

Weddings at Secrets on the Lake Montville

What's a wedding About. It seems to me that choice of a wedding venue and style of wedding is terribly important. However, the meaning of the day is more important.…
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November 1, 2016 in Blog, Featured

Buy a Montville treat – A Gift Voucher for Secrets on the Lake

Certain times of the year are busy ones, where we create gift vouchers for our guests who want to share a little bit of Secrets with a loved one, a…
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September 20, 2016 in Blog, Stories

About Aldy’s Name

I was born on 9th June 1944. My Mother said that in the early hours of that morning my Dad raced her to the hospital in Dalby. It was freezing…
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September 15, 2016 in Blog, Featured, Stories

50 Shades of Pink

Secrets on the lake, here at Montville at the end of Narrows Road, is fundraising again this year. Our Sarah is very busy organising everyone so that it will be…
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September 13, 2016 in Blog, Featured, Stories

Thank You Deb!

Recently I packed my bags for a 3 week trip to a wellness centre in India. Aim was to lose weight, work out the aches and pains and come back…
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August 18, 2016 in Blog, Featured

Secrets Artisans

When George and I decided to build our cabins, we were having difficulty finding the plan that we could look at each other and says "This one! This one's the…
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July 2, 2016 in Blog

Sharing the “Secret” of our worldclass treehouse accommodation in Montville

One of the things George and Aldy have always done at Secrets on the Lake Treehouses is to ask for our guests’ feedback, good or bad, to show us what…
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May 29, 2016 in Blog

The Story About Slippers

Years ago, when talk about our environment began to surface, George and I took a good hard look at what we could do to improve our practices. We needed to…
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April 17, 2016 in Blog

Secrets Wishing Chair

Guests often relax in front of the fireplace in reception. The comfortable black leather lounge is very tempting, particularly in the middle of winter. Previously we had borrowed our son…
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April 5, 2016 in Blog, Secrets Cafe

Mathew Law Our New Head Chef

We are delighted with our new head chef! Mathew Law joined Secrets Team in June last year and now has stepped up as Head Chef.  He has brought not only…
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March 27, 2016 in Blog

Breakfast at Secrets

Yesterday we had a breakfast birthday party on our deck. Approximately 20 people gathered as a family and celebrated with great food, an amazing view and best of all warm…
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March 12, 2016 in Blog

Dining with Friends

George and I are very busy people, so much so after a huge day, I may suggest "How about taking me out to dinner?"  Invariably he will say "Scrambled eggs…
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March 7, 2016 in Blog

Acknowledging Wayne

Garden Weddings at Secrets on the Lake About 8 years ago we asked Wayne Colbran to help us create an Australian garden. Prior to this it was like Topsy, it…
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February 1, 2016 in Blog

What on earth has George been up to?

Customers and guests will have noted that George has been missing in action for a few months now. They might have smelled a rat when in late September a very…
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January 11, 2016 in Blog

The Best Place to Honeymoon?

The ideal place for a honeymoon getaway is one where you have loads of choices, but you are not obligated to do any of them. A beautiful space where you…
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November 26, 2015 in Blog

A Secret Place….

One thinks of a place to retreat, to rest, to share, to delight and renew. Secrets, however, is much more than this. It’s the best of all worlds. It’s the…
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November 2, 2015 in Blog, Latest

Weddings at Secrets on the Lake

The staff at Secrets on the Lake love a wedding, no matter how big or small. More recently we have had a number of tiny ones... in fact Elopements. (more…)
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August 25, 2015 in Blog

Ladies who lunch (at Secrets)

As I sit in the open air café perched in the treetops, all the shades of green wash over me as the sunshine streams down through the tree canopy and…
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August 20, 2015 in Blog

What’s in a name?

Years back when were in the planning stage, even before we had completed our plans for the design of our tree houses, George and I decided to create individually themed…
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July 24, 2015 in Gallery

Wedding Gallery

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July 14, 2015 in Featured, Latest

Video tour

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April 14, 2015 in Blog

Plan a Mid-week Retreat… to Paradise

Take some time out mid-week. Head out of the hustle and bustle of busy Brisbane, away from the office, the appointments, the crammed calendar… and head off for a mid-week…
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March 14, 2015 in Blog

Not So Secret Food Destination

To introduce Erik’s amazing talent to new visitors we decided to host our first ever Mid-Summer Degustation Lunch in the gorgeous Lake House in Secrets Garden. (more…)
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March 4, 2015 in Blog

In Search of the Perfect Piece of Apple Pie

Aldy learnt to cook as a toddler. She was fascinated by it. Guess it was because her mother also a school teacher by trade enjoyed teaching all of her 4…
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February 16, 2015 in Blog

One Of Our Old Friends

Ages ago when we first met Steve Weis the original owner of "Obiland" we also met Ralf Driessen a young, strong, blonde and rather gorgeous blacksmith from Germany. Steve had…
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November 2, 2014 in Blog

Pinktober – A Lovely Occasion

What a lovely occasion we had today! We turned the Cafe Pink in October to honour the estimated 15,270 women that will be diagnosed with breast cancer. (more…)
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October 9, 2014 in Blog

Romantic Surprises

Recently we have been asked for ideas about creating a romantic surprise for a loved one for a birthday or anniversary. We say "What about a petal endearment? Heart on…
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August 8, 2014 in Blog

Tasmanian Wooden Boats

Our first holiday together, once we had managed to achieve a semblance of order at what was then called "Treetops Cabins on the Lake" was a week in Tasmania. We…
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July 6, 2014 in Blog, Featured

The Perfect Proposal

George and I have had seventeen years of observing the lengths that nervous prospective bridegrooms will go to, to make those four words "Will you marry me?" special. (more…)
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