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Update on Secrets

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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 has all of our information in an easily navigated format Visit us on a regular basis to check our special offers, now on the top of the home page, and to choose the extra add-on packages that we can offer.
You’d can read our latest blogs and choose to order one of our gift vouchers through our online option or send an enquiry.
Bear in mind booking through our website or alternatively giving us a call (07)54785888 will allow you to request one of our special offers or a particular treehouse. Secrets staff can assist with any of your booking needs down to tailoring your special occasion such as tips for your proposal, wedding, elopement, honeymoon, anniversary or long awaited holiday.

Tips to bear in mind.

A standard stay at Secrets on the Lake includes more than just a bare room tariff.

Enjoy our sumptuous breakfast basket with its complimentary bottle of wine given only on arrival. It is unexpected and delightful and included in most of our standard tariffs.

We offer to all accommodation bookings delivery of home baked croissants or breakfast muffins(select from our muffin menu)

We have treats such as our afternoon tea home baked scones with strawberry jam and cream served complimentary on arrival. For seconds order the Devonshire Plate with beautiful coffee at our cafe.

Secrets offers free canoeing, bushwalking, and the use of a massive billiard table

Our BBQ, picnic and meal options delivered upon request to your cabin means you don’t need to leave your treehouse and it is truly a holiday for everyone.

Blessed Rain

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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 large amounts of water South to other communities and to Brisbane, we had been left with a sorry excuse for a water supply dam. However, the recent rains have helped to improve the water level as well as give a thirst quenching drink to our rainforest and gardens. For the past 12 months George has been working to bring our gardens to a higher level and with the help of Phil and Jeremy our maintenance guys, he has got them to an awesome standard. To top it off our son Rob has rebuilt the jetty and we have been waiting for it to get its feet wet. It is a stunning job!

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The Joy of Anticipation or Planning Your Annual Holiday

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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 memorable breaks have been the ones we planned and looked forward to. A decision was made, months out, choosing a time slot in what for us was a quiet time of the year. Itineraries were developed, money set aside, flights booked and accommodation chosen. Then, we sat back and looked forward to the time we packed our bags and were on our way. From then on it didn’t matter what happened, how busy or tired we became, what problems arose, we were going to have a break and the feeling of happiness in the decision and certainty was there buoying us up, no matter what happened in the meantime.

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June is celebration month

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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 spend loads of time gardening and the maintenance guys will enjoy the outdoors and not need to seek shade. Guests will be noted trekking off to the Kondallila Falls or, wandering stick and picnic in hand, exploring the bush on the way to the Obi Obi Gorge and The Lake Baroon Lookouts.

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

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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 has been given the luxury of creation within a special theme. So for example Dragonfly has not only one example of a dragonfly but 29 physical examples…flying out of the carved wood… made in tiles like jets with fascinating jet streams… created lifelike in stained glass and …..the piece de resistance in ironwork behind the bed. And I can wax lyrical about everyone of our treehouses.

So not only do you stay with all the beauty and the comforts, you have a view from every window and not just any view but a stunning unique one including rainforest, but also, across exceptional gardens created on the edge of a lake.

To top it off sunset views, amazing elevated carved boardwalks to your romantic getaway, staff who care and special food available in our cafe/restaurant or to your cabin. In fact while shopping may beckon, Secrets is a place where many couples come to totally have a break away from traffic noise and just to focus on nature, beauty and themselves, where one night is just not enough….

Let us help you design your special stay be it…anniversary, honeymoon, proposal, wedding or just because. In fact you can book it yourselves. Click on Book Now Button on our website and you will find exactly the same tariffs as on the landing pages. So visit Our Booking Page

 

 

Unique Proposals Heli Tours

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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 so he merged his two passions and created ‘Unique Proposals’. He offers packages where he can make an engagement ring and then fly guests to a romantic location so they can pop the questions.

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

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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 bushwalking and running. More recently they have tackled the steep hill, known as The Narrows Road that is the access road to Secrets. Yesterday Maarten, who we understand is a member of  “parkrun”, ran the hill in 8.5 minutes. He tells us that the run to the telegraph pole opposite Montville Mist spring water factory is the warm up and from then on he is into the serious stuff, part of which is a category 4 incline run. Obviously, to complete the run you must cross the road to touch the direction signpost on Western Avenue! George and I were very impressed and have awarded him a Certificate of Achievement for breaking the record for this run.

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Weddings at Secrets on the Lake Montville

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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. I have often said I could be happy living or even working anywhere as long as it is with George and I knew my little family unit was safe and content. I have put this to the test. When I was teaching I worked in quite isolated places and when we have been travelling likewise. We lived and worked a small farm, under the lake now , with a very tight budget but an amazing lifestyle.

A wedding is not much different, I could get married anywhere as long as my family and friends were there and helping to witness the vows of marriage and helping to give the day the ceremony and celebration that I felt it was due.

So hugely expensive pomp and ceremony wouldn’t do It for me but a happy relaxed crew who were wholeheartedly there to witness what is a major milestone in our lives would. For me who cares about the formality of the reception layout or the $2000 wedding dress. Mine was made along with my bridesmaids dresses in the space of 5 days in the August school holidays a month before our wedding day.  Woe to go I drafted the patterns and sewed them train and all, hung them up in my wardrobe and went to visit George in the second half of the holidays. At this time on short notice ended up in hospital to have a benign galloping breast lump removed. I had only begun to stand up straight when I had to walk down the aisle and in the meantime my dress had become slightly too large. I was just so excited to be able to get married that day after all.

Most weddings that we have here at Secrets have something special happening from arriving in a horse drawn vehicle or vintage car, to letting off butterflies at the ceremony or having the ring arrive by Seron the eagle. To having pictures of the bride’s pets occupying the front row seats or beloved horses being the witnesses at the wedding ceremony. Obviously these are very meaningful to the bridal couple. Recently we had the bagpipes being played at the wedding ceremony of an couple from a Scottish family. This reminded me of George and I being piped into the church at our wedding. The piper was Joe McDiarmid who had put the thought into George’s head to invite me to The Highland Ball in Toowoomba 48 years ago. It was there that he proposed, so Joe was asked to attend and play at our wedding. The Scottish accents were thick on the day too.

Planning a wedding at Secrets involves looking at how to make the occasion memorable and part of that is to make it memorable for the guests too. They all want a piece of the couple’s time too. Some brides don’t want speeches, but, at some weddings, the speeches are what brings the house down. The funny stories, the attempts at speeches by the children as well. My happy memory is of my five year old grandson at his mother’s second wedding saying “My Mum and Dad got married today!”

Happy Planning! You are most welcome to visit Secrets on the Lake to check out our venue. Feel free to come anytime but sometimes a quick phone call will let you know the best time on the day to get the  most out of your inspection. Bear in mind the Hinterland Tourism Wedding Showcase happening on the second weekend of  January Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th January 2017.

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About Aldy’s Name

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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 and they were bundled up with blankets as there was no air con in those days not even a car heater. That came later. At one stage they considered the name Diana, but, in the end named me for a family friend Aldyth Butler and a gentleman Mr Lee who had been good to the family in the past. Pronounced “Al…dith”

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