Glass House Mountains Ecolodge
Property Locality: Glass House Mountains, S.E Qld
Type of Property: Ecolodge
8 Rooms, 8 Rooms with Private Bathroom, 20 Guests
Children: suitable for children
Disabled Access: Access is available for guests with a
disability including a shower, toilet and ramps.
Conference Facilities: up to 25 participants
Price Range: from $112 a night - $185 a night,
with pricing to suit all budgets
Special Conditions: Two night minimum on weekends.
Rates are inclusive of GST and are subject to change without notice
Located just 90 minutes north of Brisbane in the heart of the National Heritage listed Glasshouse Mountains, the ecolodge offers unique accommodation for couples, families and groups. The perfect place to unwind and relax, the lodge is set near the extraordinary series of steep sided volcanic plugs over 25 million years old known as the Glass House Mountains.
Church with Loft Bedroom - For those who would like something really special. The loft bedroom with its own bathroom has a spectacular view of Mt. Tibrogargan. Relax in this beautifully restored 120 year old church with its own mini kitchen. Original timber floors and walls are part of a bygone era.
The Bungalow - A delightfully cool luxurious, self contained bungalow for couples. Set amongst palm trees with a tropical ambience and outside sitting area, the 2 room bungalow has timber shutters for privacy with lots of individual touches such as an ancient Balinese timber door leading into the bedroom. The second room of the Bungalow has its own fully equipped kitchen and sitting area.
Orchard Rooms - Each Orchard room has polished floors, a private en-suite and an outdoor deck with table and chairs and spectacular views of Mt. Tibrogargan. The rooms contain a queen size bed and one Orchard room has an additional single bed and is available as a triple.
Forest Family Rooms - These rooms have private en-suite, tiled floors and an outlook to the forest area. The rooms contain a queen size bed and two single bunk beds. Maximum of 4 people per room.
Mt Tibro Family Suite -Suitable for a family or two couples travelling together. Contains two separate rooms that have separate entrances to the bathroom. Queen room contains a queen size bed, polished floors, air-conditioning and a sofa. Second room contains two single beds (one in the loft above) and its own separate entrance. A fold out bed is available. This suite has a large covered area with deck furniture to sit, relax and enjoy the views.
Dining: The Ecolodge can provide a continental style breakfast which includes juice, fresh fruit, yogurt, cereal, egg, toast, tea, coffee and jams for $10.00 per person. Rather than go out for other meals, a number of guests prefer to cook their own meals at the Ecolodge in our lovingly restored Queensland railway carriage dining car that is fully equipped for cooking. The carriage has seating for 20 people and two large outdoor decks with large tables open air dining
- short self guided walks on the property and National Parks Walks of which two start just 400 metres from the entrance of the Ecolodge.
- Relax in the Rail Carriage Lounge and Library: After a long day out exploring why not relax in the Lounge car/library which has a range of novels, board games and chess. There is a series of guide books about environmental projects being undertaken at the Ecolodge.
- Bird Watching. The Ecolodge has identified over 80 species of birds on the property. Our Bird identification book allows you to record your sightings. Binoculars are provided. The library also carries a range of bird and local wildlife books.
- The Glasshouse Mountains Lookout (located only a few kilometres from the Ecolodge) is a popular spot for a picnic, BBQ or a sunset drink. Spectacular views of the volcanic plugs and surrounding plains to the sea inspire any one.
- solar hot water for all guest bathrooms.
- low energy lighting is used throughout the property including a series of movement sensitive lights installed in public areas eliminating the need for permanent lighting in car parks and walkways.
- low impact activities, such as bird watching and star gazing are encouraged, negating any need for television sets or air conditioning.
- water saving devices are installed in all bathrooms and in the kitchen rail carriage where an on demand gas system provides hot water for cooking.
- rainwater is harvested from 450m² of roof and store it in two 45,000 litre underground storage tanks. The tanks are supplemented by an onsite bore when required.
- all grey water is recycled via on site commercial grade waste sewerage system and reused on the Ecolodge coffee orchard.
- composting of all vegetable and green matter for later use in gardens and the orchard
- recycling of all glass, metal and paper into the Sunshine Coast Regional Council waste management system.
- reduction of office stationery needs by printing on both sides of the paper, re-using envelopes, recycling printer cartridges and using e-mail as our preferred method of communication.
- the Ecolodge uses eco-sensitive, non chemical cleaning agents in guest rooms and public areas.
- public transport to the Ecolodge is encouraged and a free courtesy pick-up from the Glasshouse Mountains train station is provided.
- the Ecolodge has its own community vegetable and herb garden and tropical orchard from which guests can help themselves when preparing a meal.
- the Ecolodge acknowledges the Gubbi Gubbi people as the traditional owners of this area and their stories and legends about these sixteen peaks that make up the Glasshouse Mountains area are explained with respect and sensitivity.
- the Ecolodge is an active member of the Glasshouse Mountains Advancement Network and a participant in their local environmental tree planting projects including the recent restoration of Coonowrin Creek.
- active in developing a wildlife corridor with adjacent property owners
- the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly is at risk of extinction. The Ecolodge has become part of a network of property owners actively planting the vines necessary for the ongoing survival of this beautiful butterfly.
- numerous books, reference guides and environmental posters are provided in the library for guest use. These include a bird monitoring guide, cane toad counting project and a bush tucker food guide/walk.
- the sustainability of the local creek system is protected by: not using chemical fertilisers on open space grassed areas, ensuring the sealed car park storm water run-off is spread over a large grassed area prior to entering the creek in preference to a piped system. This method assists in preventing erosion of creek banks and reducing vehicle sourced pollutants.
- creation of economic chains through partners in local businesses, ensuring the local community benefits with more job opportunities and the purchase of local goods and services.
- the Ecolodge shop sells locally grown honey, coffee, macadamia nuts and condiments. A tangible way of supporting local farmers and enterprises.
- the Ecolodge sells a range of local Aboriginal art, boomerangs and didgeridoos all crafted by Aboriginal people.
-the Ecolodge property is being developed as a wildlife sanctuary and is now the home for an increasing number of native birds and animals including kangaroos, possums, lace monitors, kookaburras and turtles.
- guests re invited to plant a tree on the property during their stay. Whilst respecting the philosophy of “leave only footprints — take only photos” the Ecolodge believes this is a very neutral approach. Ten thousand people visiting any natural area will always have some impact on the bio-diversity of that particular ecosystem.
Host: Keith Murray
Address: 198 Barrs Road
Glass House Mountains
Queensland Australia 4518
environmentally friendly accommodation, ecotourism, green travel