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Catch Me If You Can – Fishing Competition

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Montville’s Lake Baroon is filling up fast and back in fishing action with Bass, Yellowbelly and Bream. Secrets on the Lake ‘Catch Me If You Can’ Fishing Competition is held over 2 months (Feb 4 to Mar 31 20). SEQwater Rules & Conditions Apply.

Awesome prizes for biggest fish and mystery length. Please come along and support this event hosted by Secrets on the Lake in conjunction Ewen Maddock Fish Stocking Association. All funds raised from registration fees go to restocking Lake Baroon’s fish populations.

  • Register for $15.
  • Contact Secrets (07) 5478 5888 or fill out the registration form here.
  • To enter your catch take a photo of the fish with a ruler or on your brag mat.
  • Remember to Include your registration card in the photo (this will be sent to you after registering). Send image to info@secretsonthelake.com.au.
  • Winners notified by phone or email on 1st April 2020. T&Cs Apply. Eligable fish must be caught within 04/02/20 and 31/03/20 at Lake Baroon. Judges decision final.

Partner don’t like fishing ?? Book a table at Dining on the Deck or stay at Secrets on the Lake while you try to ‘Catch Me If You Can’ and they can experience the magic of Secrets while you compete. Show us your registration card and we will give you 10% off your next meal at Dining on the Deck. Booking is recommended. Book to stay 2 nights midweek before Mar 31st 2020 in a luxury treehouse and get 10% off your stay. T&Cs Apply.

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

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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 top of our lungs and dance like no-one is watching. It is what makes us human… and nothing else truly matters. The size of our white picket fence, our partner’s good looks, the type of car we drive – all those things are insignificant when we bask in the glow of love’s shine.

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about flowers and chocolates… its really about celebrating love itself and reconnecting with the true meaning of this day. For the last 25 years, George and Aldy Johnston have built their Secrets dream to celebrate mystery, magic and romance… it’s all about love, created with love, especially for lovers.

Who said that there’s just one day to prove your love? There are 365 chances to let them know how much you appreciate and care. In fact, patrons familiar with our iconic Dining on the Deck daytime rainforest restaurant may remember George as the man who offers them a single rose as they leave our restaurant to explore the rest that the hinterland has to offer… any day of the year!

At Dining on the Deck, we have renamed February as ‘Love Month’ and Chef Mat has prepared a special menu full of mouth-watering meals designed to tantalize your tastebuds. Why not pop in and surprise your special someone with a romantic meal for two overlooking magnificent Lake Baroon? Perhaps book a table for 2 at our special Valentine’s Dinner event?

Wanting a little more privacy than a table at Dining on the Deck? We have created a sumptuous Lakeside Bohemian Picnic for two in the snug hut tucked away in gardens on the lake’s shores. Maybe you are wanting to surprise your lover with something more unique? Give us a call and let George wave his magic romance wand and let us help you make it happen.

There are so many simple things we can all do to bring more love into our lives, each and every day. The true meaning of Valentine’s Day is about creating memorable moments and meaningful celebrations. Here is George’s tip for spoiling your someone special…

One of the foundations of all successful and happy relationships is communication. Find the time to get away from distractions and really listen to one another’s wants, needs and dreams. Leave the kids with Nana or a family friend and book a romantic night away to reconnect. It doesn’t have to be on Friday 14th of February! In fact, love isn’t proven by the size of the number on your receipt… take advantage of our midweek specials and stay a couple of nights midweek in a world-class luxury treehouse. You won’t only just reconnect with each other, but with the ancient rainforest and magnificent Lake Baroon. Try your hand in our ‘Catch Me If You Can’ fishing competition and you could even win your loved one a getaway in one of our luxury treehouses!

For more information or to book please contact our friendly staff on 07 5478 5888 or email info@secretsonthelake.com.au or visit www.secretsonthelake.com.au

The Christmas Elves

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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 connection. And as the new year 2020 looms on the horizon, we wish you luck and every success in your endeavours and personal lives.

As a small family business, we know the importance of quality time with your loved ones, especially over Christmas. While our staff have had some much-needed days off, George and I felt a little like the Christmas Elves as we scurried around in the background preparing the amazing Christmas and Dessert platters for our guests. The aprons have been getting a workout as the aroma of baking shortbread, puddings and mince pies filled the reception with the familiar scent of Christmas. Can you imagine George in an Apron?! And the phones have been glued to our heads as people call for last minute Secrets Gift Vouchers. Thank you for sharing our Secrets with your loved ones, friends and family!

‘Elf on the Shelf’ George has been one-stop maintenance man making sure our grounds and tracks look their best for our visitors and guests. It seems like only yesterday that George and I first opened Secrets doors, and could handle most days business on our own with our families help. What seems like yesterday is actually over 20 years ago! We have an amazing team of staff who help us maintain, evolve and improve your experience at Secrets Dining on the Deck and in our world-class luxury treehouses. We appreciate and would like to thank these amazing people who help create the Secrets Magic for all our Diners and Guests.

But the thing I am most grateful for this Christmas… the best Christmas present ever… is that the Sunshine Coast got some desperately needed rain on Christmas Day as the skies opened up and drenched our sunburnt hills. And as I write this a few days after Christmas, the beautiful drizzle continues. The lush hinterland hills are looking green and healthy again. The magnificent Lake Baroon is beginning to quickly fill back up. And the relief in the smiles of Sunny coast local’s faces is something that we all share and rejoice in.

We have some treehouse vacancies still left in January for those of you needing some RnR to recover after Christmas, enjoy the rains impact on our green hills and lake, and perhaps to take advantage of our Secrets Summer Saver promotion giving you 10% off when you book 2n midweek in a luxury treehouse (to stay before Mar 31st 2020. Some T&Cs apply). We hope to see you at Secrets in 2020, and we look forward to the infinite possibilities of this new year.

To book or find out more please contact our friendly staff on 07 5478 5888 or email info@secretsonthelake.com.au or visit www.secretsonthelake.com.au

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The gift of hope…

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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 Sunny Coast at Christmas time. When I asked my friend how the flight was, she replied ‘confronting’. My first thoughts were of the standard elbows in the ribs, passenger body odour, and luggage issues. Not so! From the moment Emma took off in Melbourne to the moment she landed on the Sunny Coast, she flew above a blanket of horrific bushfires, smoke and haze. This was no isolated incident… this was the effect of prolonged drought and extreme heat. This was the whole country in flames!! And then, leaving the airport, we drove through the thick smoke of the latest Peregian Springs fire. Confronting indeed.

There is no doubt that the massive ongoing effort of our fire department and volunteers has saved hundreds of lives and properties. You are superheroes without a cape, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do to protect our community!

Whether or not you have been directly affected by fire or are just living like the rest of us under a state of hyper vigilance and ‘fight or flight’ readiness… we are all feeling this in many ways. The economic impact alone has challenged many communities, and local businesses are having a real struggle with the heat and smoke haze.

So, what can we do to help? Simple… support local business! People are already rejecting the notion of a highly commercialized Christmas. We are over the plastic problem. Statistics show that people are increasingly preferring gifts of sentimental significance, home-made gifts, gifts of an experience, or something personalized and thoughtful. These are things regional small businesses offer. And what these drought and fire ravaged communities really need this Christmas is the gift of hope. Now more than ever, your support of local small business is life changing.

Suncorp’s Head of Agribusiness, April Cavanagh, said “Every dollar a regional business or farmer receives, the surrounding town will profit a $1.32 through further spending in the region. Your support for one business owner will ultimately support the town as well.”

Tis the season to be grateful and giving. Spend your Christmas dollars thoughtfully and help our communities bounce. We invite you to come and enjoy the cool lake breezes and views while you have a meal at our Dining on the Deck daytime restaurant. Buy your loved one a gift voucher to escape the heat in our world-class luxury treehouses. Take a day trip away from the coast and cities with an adventure to our hinterland hills and support Montville’s boutique shops and small businesses. Help us give back to our community.

And from the Secrets on the Lake staff and family, we hope you have a fantastic Christmas and New Year 2020 with your loved ones!

To book or find out more please contact our friendly staff on 07 5478 5888 or email info@secretsonthelake.com.au or visit www.secretsonthelake.com.au

Making ‘Me’ Time…

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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 a minute to yourself, you seize it with both hands and savour every drop. The irony is that we are often the last on a very long list of people whom we need to look after… but when we prioritise looking after ourselves, the flow on effect can be felt by everyone around us.

I admit I was a little frazzled around the edges last week. It happens. As my kids often remind me… I am 75 years old now! But saying that, I have never let age get in the way of what I want to achieve in my days… age really is just a number! Last week was a doozey. Secrets Dining on the Deck kicked off the new Christmas package menu and pulled off a fundraising morning tea for 105 guests on the same day! The phone lines are busy, email accommodation and wedding bookings are flowing like Niagra, and the hot hazy days are laying us all out like lizards by the lake. My friend popped in and took one look at me and said… “I have a cancellation, and you need a massage. No arguments. Now!”

She was sooo right, I did need that massage… and I am still feeling its benefit a week later. Massage is one of our oldest healing traditions. There is no doubt that a massage can make you feel amazing, but modern science is now confirming what many of our ancient civilizations were convinced of thousands of years ago… the amazing therapeutic properties of massage can help:

  • Improve posture and relieve pain by relaxing locked up muscles, and helping release lactic acids after exercise
  • reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep by decreasing stress hormone cortisol by 31%
  • boost your immune system by increasing the production of disease-fighting white blood cells
  • improve your well-being by boosting the feel good hormones of serotonin and dopamine by up to 30%

None of this is a secret to our Secrets on the Lake treehouse guests. Our guests enjoy a couple’s massage as part of booking the Ultimate Romance Package. Many guests also take advantage of Marnie’s healing hands to book massages directly with Temple and make the most of their ‘me time’ to relax, rewind and reconnect with each other as they experience staying in our beautiful treehouses. We have sought out the very best therapists in our region and made prior arrangements with them to come direct to your room… so you don’t even have to get out of your bathrobe!

Marnie from Temple Wellness and Massage (0481 846 064) looks forward to helping you with your specific problems. All her therapists are able to do singles or couples massage and offer you different packages and treatments designed to pamper, re-energize, and work away the knots and stresses that plague us in our perpetually busy lives. How can you book? We ask that you book directly with Temple Massage to arrange a mutually suitable time. Their contact details are found on ‘Extras and Add On’ page under the ‘Stay’ heading on Secrets on the Lake website. More information about Temple Massage and their package options is available when you click on the learn more link. Please note, that our terms state that we only allow therapists from Temple Massage on Secrets Grounds, as we have vetted and made prior arrangements with them to come direct to your room.

For more information or to book, please contact our friendly staff on 07 5478 5888 or email inof@secretsonthelake.com.au or visit www.secretsonthelake.com.au

Kindness and Community…

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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 reflect on our last few months efforts to raise money for three local charities. I’d like to take this quiet moment to thank every person who purchased a ticket in our prize draw, donated a prize for the raffle, sold tickets on our behalf, or attended today for the morning tea event. In our eyes you are all rock stars… and with your help we have been able to raise over $10 000 for those that need it in our community!

We had over 100 guests grace Dining on the Deck’s tables for the morning tea extravaganza.  Chef Mat and his talented team cooked up a storm in preparation, and our smiling patrons plates were piled high with sweet and savoury treats. My daughter in law Sarah was MC for the event and had us all chuckling away with her antics and good humour. Representatives from Lily House, The Shack and Maleny Neighbourhood Centre also entertained and gave us the insider information on the amazing things their dedicated group of volunteers do for those in need in our community.

Our prize winners were…

1st Prize goes to Michelle, who has won a 2 night midweek stay in one of our luxury treehouses with champagne breakfast basket, welcome plate of scones with jam and cream, and hot croissants or muffins delivered each morning.

2nd Prize goes to Ross, who won a one night stay in one of our luxury treehouses with all the breakfast extras

3rd and 4th Prizes of $100 vouchers for our Dining on the Deck café went to Chelsea and to Judy. Congratulations!

Our main lucky door prize of another one night midweek stay in a luxury treehouse went to Irene, who excitedly informed us that it was also her birthday! The ‘Infamous’ Burlesque show also donated 4 passes to their production over the next few weeks, and 2 of our lucky attendees walked away looking forward to being entertained by this talented troupe.

We would like to thank a few people for their prize donations… Louise from Mane Hair and Beauty for her $100 voucher, Siggi Cairns for donating some of her popular Jewellery, and Dominique Lambert for donating a beautiful painting that raised an extra $200 for the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre.

As I mentioned today, the world goes around on kindness and community. We thank everyone for their support of our Helping Hands fundraiser… and feel very humbled and grateful to be able to do our small part to help out Lily house, The Shack and Maleny Neighbourhood Centre with some badly needed financial assistance. If you missed out on the raffle… its not too late to put hands in pockets or donate some of your talents and time to these worthy local charities!

What to get the man who has everything?

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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 family member who has been  selfless in their support of you this year?

Why not gift them a truly magical experience that they will remember for ever… a gift voucher for a stay in one of our world class treehouses at Secrets on the Lake? We can email the voucher directly to you for that last minute gift, and if its really urgent we can make sure you receive it the same day. In normal circumstances, please allow up to 24 hours to receive your voucher in PDF form attached to an email in your inbox. If you have got some time up your sleeve? For a $5 postage fee, we can also post the voucher certificate to you.

Our accommodation vouchers start from $200 towards a stay, through to full multiple night stays with all the luxury extras and meals to your treehouse. We can also organize gift vouchers for our iconic Dining on the Deck daytime licenced restaurant with magnificent views of Lake Baroon, starting from $50. If you know what you want, you can purchase directly through paypal on our website at www.secretsonthelake.com.au using the gift voucher button. If you need some advice, then call one of our friendly staff to talk you through the many options available.

Some conditions apply. We ask you to use your voucher within a 12 month period. 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). We recommend leaving booking the dates of stay up to the gift recipient, but if you know when they are able to stay we can lock off those days for you when you purchase the voucher. Please note there is a $50 transfer fee to change booking dates once we have confirmed a stay.

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 become everyone favourite Secrets Santa this year!

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The Magic of Art…

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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 many years I was an Art teacher at Maleny High School doing my bit to instill the magic of Art in our younger generations. Over the years I have found much joy in dabbling with pottery and painting and found a peaceful connection in honing my skills with pencil drawing local characters, ancestors and our lush landscapes in graphite and charcoal. My father was a published author, and Georges father an accomplished painter, so I guess it is no coincidence that our children also have this creative gene! I am proud of my daughter Cath who is a nationally recognised contemporary sculptor, and my son Rob who can manifest magic in his cedar wood works… and guests would be familiar with quite a few of their works adorning our gallery walls, walkways and treehouses here at Secrets on the Lake.

This celebration of Art in all its forms is something that George and I wanted to share with and create for our guests to enjoy while staying in our luxury treehouses. To this end, we have aimed to support the many amazing artists who have made the Sunshine Coast Hinterland their home. We are blessed to have such a creative hub up here in the hills! We wanted to put this blog up to thank these amazing artists for their contributions and friendships, and to let you know what to look out for when you are enjoying the magic of your treehouse on the shores of magnificent Lake Baroon.

Ralf Driessen’s creative wrought iron works are themed for each cabin and have been lovingly twisted into amazing bedheads and ballustrades. His delicate touch and creative eye make each feature striking and yet deceptively simple. Ralf moved to Victoria a number of years ago, but we keep in touch and you can find more out about him here www.facebook.com/pg/metalmorphosisau

Jack Wilm’s coffee tables, mirrors and cedar creations are stunning! A many time winner of the Maleny Wood Show and other contemporary carving competitions, we are blessed with our long standing friendship with Jack, and his many beautiful works that have been integral in developing our unique Secrets style. We feature his creations in Secrets Art Gallery and love the excuse to call him up when a lucky guest purchases a piece of his Secrets for their homes. Jack is contactable at www.cedarcreations.com.au

Lindsay Muir’s intricate ceramic friezes depict our rainforest plants and inhabitants with such personality and amazing detail that they are a joyful addition to each cabin, and a popular seller in Secrets Art Gallery. Lindsay is contactable at www.facebook.com/pages/category/Artist/Lindsay-Muir-Artist-362841960397166

Marion Uithol is one of the best leadlight artists I have encountered over my many years walking this planet. Her leadlights are positioned in the bedroom wall and are themed for each treehouse. There is a little glowlight you can turn on from your bedside table to create a magical night time glow through her creations… my favourite is Mr Lizard leaning back on a tree trunk with a bottle of plum wine in his hand! Recently her artworks have taken a different turn and I find her sculptures fascinating! You can check her out here www.facebook.com/pg/MarionJUithol

Marc Kalifa, a talented local Witta based glass maker, has made our amazing bedside lamps and oil lamps that rest in Ralf’s wrought iron bracketing by your treehouse’s sunken spa. We have a number of his glass pieces for sale in Secrets Art Gallery… perfect to brighten any room! He is contactable at www.artsconnectinc.com.au/profile/marc.kalifa

Last but not least is Cathy Lawley, whose Fried Mudd creations celebrate our native animals with whimsy and her own unique style. Her light shades add to the unique theme in each treehouse and her lamps adorn the elevated carved wooden boardwalks that lead you through the lush rainforest and ancient vines to your treehouse door. Her works are also popular items in Secrets Gallery, and a perfect size to take a momento of your stay in Secrets home with you. She is contactable at www.friedmudd.com

To visit our treehouse or Secrets Art Gallery and immerse yourself in this amazing art, and our amazing location, please contact our friendly staff on 07 5478 5888 or email info@secretsonthelake.com.au or visit www.secretsonthelake.com

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Mother Nature is Smiling…

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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 the greenest green, the lake is sparkling like a blue diamond, and the gardens are a thriving, glorious cacophony of vibrant colour and new life.

I hope Mother Nature will always do her thing… but this month our maintenance crews have been working overtime to lend her a hand. The boys are busy polishing and revarnishing our boardwalks, treehouse floors, tables, and sumptuous hand-carved wood features… thanks Rob, Dan and Bernie! Our garden gurus are weeding, tweaking, and ‘singing’ their green thumb magic to our lush gardens… thanks Phil and Angus! Our cleaning team is ticking off the major spring clean jobs in our treehouse cabins… thanks Tonnie and the girls! And, everything is looking amazing!

This is our commitment to giving you the most magical experience when you getaway to stay in our treehouses or have a meal at our iconic Dining on the Deck daytime restaurant. Each time you step into a treehouse it feels brand new, lovingly maintained, and picture perfect… and in perfect sync with our stunning rainforest location right on the shores of Lake Baroon.

Book your hinterland escape and enjoy the gift that is Springtime in the hills… Mother Nature is smiling, and so are we. Come and see why!

Contact our friendly team at Secrets on the Lake to book or find out more. Call (07) 5478 5888 or email info@secretsonthelake.com.au or visit www.secretsonthelake.com.au

Who Said Romance is Dead?…

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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 of subterfuge as we help our guests organize secret surprises and romantic gesture for their loved ones. What started out as a surprise cheese platter and champagne chilling in your room, or secret ‘I love you’ or ‘Will you marry me’ written in rose petals at your treehouse door or inside on your treehouse floor, has evolved to become one of the highlights of running this business for us. It’s all about sharing the love!

We have certain guest who come back each year and try to outdo each other in more and more involved secret romantic gestures and surprises. In fact, these lovebirds have even flown in by helicopter for a private romantic lunch for 2 on the Lakehouse deck! This year a gentleman came to us a few months before his anniversary getaway and asked us about organising a secret lakeside picnic for his wife. Our instructions were… make it candles and cushions, French champagne and fluffy rugs, decadent food platters, peace, and privacy. Oh… and can it be right on the edge of the lake where no one can see us?? Of course!!!  And it worked out so well we have decided to offer this option for any of our guest staying with us.

We would like to introduce our latest romantic creation… a Lakeside Luxury Interlude in the extra-specially made Snug Hut tucked away in private nook right on the shores of Lake Baroon. Are you thinking of ways to propose? Is it a special anniversary or birthday? Or do you just want to show your partner how much you love and appreciate all they are and all they do? Then read on….

When you book to stay at Secrets on the Lake, you have the option to book another secret! The Lakeside Luxury Interlude takes spoiling your loved one to a whole other level. Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience and book an intimate meal for two in the private Snug Hut. The Snug is set up with plush carpets, gorgeous rugs and soft cushions for your luxurious picnic comfort. Wooden tables, platters, and intricate candle pillars adorn this secluded space for two, creating a truly unique and special place for you to capture a memory with your loved one.

The Luxury Lakeside Interlude includes a beautiful cheese platter with selected local cheeses, antipasti, pate and fruits, accompanied by melba toast and crackers, and finished off with an icy bottle of Louis Perdriex (French Champagne) chilling in an ice bucket. And as always, if you want to add your own special touches then we are happy to help make the Luxury Lakeside Interlude even more perfect for you. Why not add a rose petal ‘I love you’ or ‘Will you marry me’ spelled out in white rocks near the specially designed Snug Hut. Want to fly in by helicopter… then we can connect you. Want to upgrade to a special wine or bottle of bubbles then just let us know and we can sort it out. Your secrets are our specialty, and we want this to be a moment you will remember forever.

It is our mission here at Secrets on the Lake to create your ultimate romantic escape, and it is this ethic that underlies everything we do, build, evolve and create. For those of you that have walked through our beautiful carved wooden doors for a meal at Dining on the Deck, a getaway in a world-class treehouse, or to say ‘I do’ in Secrets Gardens by the lake with your soul mate… then you carry a little bit of that romance and magic away with you when you leave.

To book or find out more please contact our friendly staff on 07 5478 5888 or email info@secretsonthelake.com.au or visit www.secretsonthelake.com.au

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