If you haven’t yet heard of this place, well let me preface it as ‘heaven on earth’. It’s nestled alongside the trickelling Christmas Creek in the Lost World Valley (70 kilometres from our front door) and surrounded by World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park.
Firstly, cheers to Luke who surprised me with a sought-after overnight stay at Heidi and Steve’s 257 acre tranquil paradise at Nightfall (which is currently fully booked ’till March 2016). And you can now see why…
Five years ago this couple purchased their dream block with a vision to live and work on the land. Fast forward two years saw plans and approvals set in place; and a few more has now resulted in four handmade luxe glamping tents, of which one is home to onsite caretakers, chefs and owners Heidi and Steve.
The tents were installed with their own bare hands and the help of up to seven blokes to lift the heavy steel frame beams and drag them firstly up the sloping block. This is all while Heidi worked her magic on the commercial grade sewing machine – upholstering, zipping and velcroing the exterior facade.
The end result are these uber-sophisticated open plan tents with panoramic views, distressed recycled timber flooring and the tranquil creek sounds playing all day and night. Not to mention the perfectly styled interior complete with (my very favourite) Aesop and Thank You products plus the softest 100% organic cotton linen by Linum Sense.
The Wilderness Camp is an all inclusive holiday which includes French champas on arrival and hearty camp style home cooking. We’re greeted at the communal dining area from 7:30pm by this gorgeous stack of timber – showing off their raw and colourful grains. The corrugated iron shed is also home to a wood fire oven, large dining table with lounges and finished with sprigs of native blooms.
After meeting the other two couples over a glass of red and crackers – first and second timers from the Gold and Sunshine Coasts – we’re soon ushered down to the creek, which is now lined in kerosene lanterns and one flood light positioned onto the opposing cliff face to create the most amazing experiential dining experience of my life.
It’s impossible to not notice the many rock balancing sculptures dotted around the property and creek that catches your eye to say the very least.
How do they manage to stay upright?
Why don’t they blow over in the wind and rain?
Heidi explains, “It’s an art of discipline where you’ve really got to have no shit going on your head.” I walk away nodding and likening it to a form of meditation or yoga for those lucky enough to visit.
We checked out leisurely around 10am and thought it would be remise of us not to explore the neighbouring rainforest. We opted for half of the 3 hour (one way) journey into The Graves, which involved creek hopping, tree balancing and log ducking. This was all before exposing a small waterfall and crystal clear swimming hole – also affectionately loved by the resident leeches now crawling on our shoes.
Many thanks again to Luke and Nightfall for a memorable weekend in the Scenic Rim.
Tell us DIYer, do you have a dream to live and work at a location so picture perfect?