Cedar Creek Lodges is a rainforest haven on Tamborine Mountain. It is hard to believe it is less than an hour from the Gold Coast to reach this tranquil location.

Lush, green rainforest, a babbling brook and birdsong set the scene for a relaxing break. Add a little pampering for the ultimate experience. Spend a night or two on this 112-hectare rainforest property and return to the real world relaxed and refreshed.

Take in fresh mountain air, listen to the birds, take a stroll though the rainforest and enjoy the soft winter sun as you relax in gently swaying hammocks overlooking Cedar Creek’s natural rock pools.

Meet Australian native wildlife in their natural habitat, see rare plants and butterflies. The rainforest around Cedar Creek Lodges is a haven for colourful birds and fortunate guests may catch a glimpse of a rare platypus in the creek.

Accommodation ranges from contemporary rooms, some with giant spa baths, to stylish 2-bedroom Creek Lodges with wood fireplaces situated in front of Cedar Creek. For families, there are larger accommodation options including the ever-popular 4-bedroom Mill Lodge. A hearty, country-style hot and cold scrumptious buffet breakfast is served daily.

For coffee lovers, a barista made coffee from the Terrace Kiosk or even a delicious hot chocolate – always a winter favourite – will hit the right spot.

Come early and enjoy a signature cocktail and a game of pool before dining in the Rainforest Restaurant and Lounge Bar. Open from 5:30pm every Friday and Saturday and extended nights in peak periods. Menus make the most of farm fresh local produce enhanced by herbs grown in the kitchen garden. The wine and beverage list offers a selection of locally produced wine and beers, some fine Australian labels and imported products.

Cedar Creek Lodges shares the rainforest property with Thunderbird Park, an outdoor adventure playground. Visitors can take a horse trail ride through the rainforest, fossick for thundereggs formed when dinosaurs roamed the earth and play mini-golf on the new Adventure Course.

Adventurous holidaymakers can take the TreeTop Challenge high ropes course or fly across Cedar Creek on the Canyon Flyer Guided Zipline Tour.

Tamborine Mountain is a hidden gem with lots of local attractions. Stroll along Gallery Walk and shop for gifts, homewares and jewellery and visit the weekend markets on the second and last Sundays of the month. Take a tour of the wineries and see Australia’s smallest operating distillery.

Walk through beautiful rainforest at The Knoll National Park and see hang gliders and para-gliders leap from the Rotary lookout on Sunday mornings.

Visit www.cedarcreeklodges.com.au and www.thunderbirdpark.com