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 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

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