To me, rainforests spell peace. A feeling that we all need to experience now and then. A much deserved escape from the rat race. Yes my stressful overworked friends – a feeling you rarely experience. Travelling through the beautifully tropical Australian state of Queensland, hubby and I took a day trip up Mount Tamborine to gaze at the views, get up close and personal with kookaburras, and rejuvenate our relationship with nature once again. A lush fauna of gardens, forests, and tranquility, we decided to explore all the beautiful places within the mountain and came across the most beautiful sanctuary which replenishes your energy and revitalizes your soul – The Songbirds Rainforest Retreat.

Why You Must Stay At Songbirds Rainforest Retreat in Queensland Australia
Why You Must Stay At Songbirds Rainforest Retreat in Queensland Australia

A little Background on this beautiful place:

The Songbirds Entrance
The Songbirds Entrance

I am not going to lie. I fell in love with this place upon arrival. I knew walking up the hill that I truly wanted to stay here for a touch of rejuvenation, a revisit to my balanced space, and to rekindle some magic in my relationship with nature; however most importantly, having hubby there was such a blessing, as coming here with the most important person in your world makes the experience go from incredible to simply divine.

Gorgeous Rainforest grounds
Gorgeous Rainforest grounds

 

Gorgeous Rainforest vegetation
Gorgeous Rainforest vegetation

 

One of many peaceful Buddha's on the property
One of many peaceful Buddha’s on the property.

 

Admiring the beautiful lush grounds
Admiring the beautiful lush grounds

With a luxurious 50+-acres of rainforest, outdoor peace, and loads of amenities, you are bound to feel relaxed and balanced upon checkout. On the property there are six beautifully furnished villas. Depending on how many are in your party, some sleep two while others sleep 4-6.

One of the Beautiful Villas
One of the Beautiful Villas

 

A Luxurious Villa within the rainforest
A Luxurious Villa within the rainforest

Each villa comes complete with all the comforts of home- a spacious sitting area to recline with a book or to catch up in your travel diary, an entertainment system to cuddle up to a film or listen to relaxing meditations, a plush king-size bed in which you will get some much-needed, uninterrupted beauty sleep, and a spa bathroom with a gorgeous separate shower and spa bath perfectly built for ultimate solace. We were completely blown away by the beauty and luxury of the villas. We slipped into the provided bathrobes, made a pot of tea, and just relaxed enjoying the natural sounds of croaking tree frogs and crickets. Heaven.

Spacious sitting area
Beautifully Spacious villas

 

Plush King-Size Bed!
Plush King-Size Bed!

Beautiful washroom
Beautiful washroom

 

A spa tub to die for!
A spa tub to die for!

Along with having lots of space to spread out inside, the villas all come with a beautiful balcony to enjoy the peaceful outdoors. Relax on the lounge or enjoy room service at the table. Your options are endless.

A beautiful Deck to enjoy the outside air
A beautiful Deck to enjoy the outside air.

 

Admiring the Balcony and view
Admiring the Balcony and view.

 

Lovely table and Chairs to eat outside perhaps!
Lovely table and Chairs to eat outside perhaps!

 

Admiring the Balcony and view
Admiring the Balcony and view.

Extra Amenities

I love when retreats and accommodations provide extra amenities. It takes some stress away in the event you forget to pack your shampoo or toothpaste. Here at Songbirds guests are spoilt with some lovely complimentary products to enhance their stay. Bath and hygiene products are supplied (L’Occitane to be exact!), tealight candles to create a romantic mood while you soak in the tub, a fully stocked mini-bar, place settings, microwave, and fridge, insect repellent, laundry supplies, complimentary tea and cookies, and the essential Nespresso machine with all the pods you will need. When you arrive at your villa you literally plunge into a gully of peaceful possibilities.

Robes provided for guests' comfort.
Robes provided for guests’ comfort.

 

The posh L'Occitane bath products!
The posh L’Occitane bath products!

 

The Stocked Bar and coffee station
The Stocked Bar and coffee station.

 

A delicious Nespresso to enjoy while lounging on the sofa
A delicious Nespresso to enjoy while lounging on the sofa

Staying at Songbirds I truly felt like royalty – a special guest, VIP. The retreat offers such a wealth of services and amenities to suit all guests’ needs including award-winning dining, room service options, therapeutic massages with registered therapists, organic produce grown on-site with consideration to many dietary requirements, spa treatments, a gift shop featuring the exclusive Bonz label, and yoga classes should you wish to work on your downward dog. No stone goes un-turned to ensure guests leave revitalized and happy.

Bonnie's Beautiful Clothing Line Bonz
Bonnie’s Beautiful Clothing Line Bonz

 

Browsing the Bonz products!
Browsing the Bonz products!

 

The beautiful public lounge
The beautiful public lounge

Keep in mind while you stay that the villas are meant for relaxation, relieving stress, and rekindling relationships with your partner, yourself, the universe, or otherwise. With this in mind, leave your electronic devices at home as there is no WIFI available, except in the lounge near the restaurant.

This may seem like the ultimate sacrifice to some, but to others this could be a release, could be liberating to become detached from technology for a short period of time, or could be an escape from the constant pace of everyday life. I enjoyed being unplugged for the duration of my stay (except for taking photographs) as it helped me truly appreciate my surroundings, swoon at the adorable wildlife, and enjoy my incredible company.

My wonderful company!
My wonderful company!

 

A toast in the beautiful rainforest
A toast in the beautiful rainforest.

 

The love kookaburra flew in for a visit
The lovely kookaburra flew in for a visit.

 

An adorable Wallaby dropped by to say hello!
An adorable Wallaby dropped by to say hello!

 

Yes, there are spiders. They just add to the rainforest's lush environment.
Yes, there are spiders. They just add to the rainforest’s lush environment.

The Incredible Organic Onsite Cuisine

A good meal is determined by so many factors – taste, colour, texture, etc. All these are important, however, one factor that to me is of utmost importance is the quality of produce, meat, grains, and other foods.

Here at Songbirds, almost everything is grown and produced on site. Organic fruits and vegetables, butter and spreads, even honey from their own bees. You know that everything is as fresh as possible and cooked from scratch with little to no preservatives. To me, this is of highest quality and taste. It is nice to eat at an establishment who takes its culinary offerings seriously and brings only the finest of meals to its guests.

Deliciously Fresh Continental Breakfast
Deliciously Fresh Continental Breakfast.

 

Homemade rolls, bread, and cinnamon buns
Homemade rolls, bread, and cinnamon buns.

 

homemade spreads and churned butter
homemade spreads and churned butter.

 

Fresh organic fruit
Fresh organic fruit.

 

Toast with homemade honey fresh from the organic beehives
Toast with homemade honey fresh from the organic beehives.

 

Freshly made latte
Freshly made latte

Songbirds already has a plentiful organic garden of a variety of fruits and vegetables; however, the award-winning chefs who double as the creative gardeners have some incredible expansion plans and ideas for additional produce offerings including additional avocado trees, mandarins, curry plants and more.  It was a real treat having the privilege to wander through the lush gardens and seeing for ourselves the incredible products used in the restaurant meals.

The lush Organic Garden
The lush Organic Garden

 

The lush Organic Garden
The lush Organic Garden

 

Organic Fruit Trees on site
Organic Fruit Trees on site.

 

Organic Cabbages
Organic Cabbages

 

Organic Lime Trees
Organic Lime Trees

 

Beautiful organic raspberries
Beautiful organic raspberries

 

Songbirds very own honeybees
Songbirds very own honeybees

The Award-Winning Restaurant

I was thrilled to bits about Songbirds‘ restaurant. I had read so much about their award-winning cuisine and talented chefs that to me, this lunch would be such a treat and huge highlight to our stay. Boy was I accurate on my prediction.

The gorgeous outdoor restaurant seating area
The gorgeous outdoor restaurant seating area.

 

The gorgeous outdoor restaurant seating area
The gorgeous outdoor restaurant seating area.

 

Loving the outdoor seating area!
Loving the outdoor seating area!

 

Eat surrounded by palms
Eat surrounded by palms.

The menu was a selection of dishes that spelled pure decadence. They truly demonstrated the talents and artistic flair of the culinary staff. I cannot stress enough how incredible this restaurant is and that their awards are fully deserved. The meal we enjoyed here is one of the best I have experienced in the world.

First Course: Shucked Oysters

Now, I have not eaten oysters for roughly 10 years. My last encounter with these pearly shellfish did not end pretty. I am happy to report that I decided to take a chance and try the oysters at Songbirds as I thought perhaps the ones I had eaten previously were just a bad batch. And I am so happy I did. These oysters were fresh, flavoured, and perfectly shucked resting on a bed of sea salt. I enjoyed this first course immensely and am pleased I can enjoy oysters again.

First course: Freshly shucked oysters
First course: Freshly shucked oysters

Second Course: Kingfish Salad with Limecello

I have never had anything like it! Such a fresh tasting dish with all the flavours coming through for a perfect marriage on the palate. Joel puts such heart into every dish and its impeccable presentation. It looks so inviting on the plate. The limecello, made in house, is the perfect spritz on top bringing out the subtle flavour of the kingfish. Just divine.

Second course: Delicious Kingfish with Limecello glaze!
Second course: Delicious Kingfish with Limecello glaze!

Third Course: Rabbit with Tarragon & Kassler 

The rabbit was delicious. I hadn’t had rabbit in a very long time and this dish was completely satisfying, The tarragon added that complementing flavour to make this course truly delightful. My husband had never had rabbit before and enjoyed it immensely!

Third course of delicious rabbit
Third course of delicious rabbit

 

Enjoying the third course of Rabbit
Enjoying the third course of Rabbit.

Fourth Course: Suckling Pig with Black Pudding & Plum

What a delectable fusion of flavour! I love suckling pig and found this dish ticked off so many boxes on my foodie bucket list. Combining plum with pork was indeed a brilliant pairing and I never would have thought to add black pudding to this flavour marriage. Black pudding usually is associated with an English breakfast, but here it went perfectly with this tasty course. And the plum? Besides being my favourite fruit, you cannot go wrong with such a juicy and sweet addition to an already incredible dish.

The fourth course of pork belly with black pudding and plum
The fourth course of suckling pig with black pudding and plum.

 

Delicious Suckling Pig
Delicious Suckling Pig

 

Joel the Sous-Chef Preparing one of our many courses!
Joel the Sous-Chef Preparing one of our many courses!

5th Course: Smoked Duck with Blackberries & Pickled Watermelon

Now I have loved the first four courses of my lunch here are Songbirds. But nothing compares to the smoked duck. I have never had a more succulent, juicy, flavourful, delicious serving of duck EVER. Combine this mouthwatering meat with an infusion of blackberries and pickled watermelon, and you have a dish that would make Gordon Ramsay speechless. Joel the Sous-Chef truly surpassed my expectations with this un-duplicated dish that screams perfection. I hope for all future guests that this course remains on the menu. It truly was a culinary game-changer for me. Every piece of duck I consume from now on will be compared to this utterly scrumptious course here at Songbirds.

The best Duck I have ever eaten - smoked with blackberry
The best Duck I have ever eaten – smoked with blackberry and pickled watermelon.

 

The unbelievable duck
The unbelievable duck

6th and Final Course: Artichoke Ice Cream, Figs & Pumpkin

You read that right – Artichoke ice cream. A flavour combination new to my palate, I was excited to try this freshly made dessert. And you know? I was pleasantly surprised. The figs were fresh and sweet, combined with the more potent pumpkin puree. A truly fresh and flavourful way to conclude such a satisfying repast.

Artichoke Ice Cream with fresh figs and pumpkin
Artichoke Ice Cream with fresh figs and pumpkin

In conclusion, I would not hesitate to recommend a stay at Songbirds Rainforest Retreat to anyone travelling through Queensland. Located just an hour away from Brisbane, this haven of luxurious accommodation and delicious cuisine is the perfect escape from your everyday routine. Book a weekend, grab your yoga mat, pack your bags, and head up the mountain. You will thank yourself over and over again for taking the time to unwind and treat yourself to an unbelievably memorable experience.

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Getting married or know a couple who is? Songbirds is the perfect backdrop to exchange your vows. Do inquire with the team for further information! A ceremony admidst the lush rainforest, combined with a reception of award-winning cuisine, would be experiencing heaven on earth with your best friend.

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*  Fill My Passport was a guest of Songbirds Rainforest Retreat. All views and opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

 

 

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