Nestled in the foothills of the Lamington National Park with a world heritage listed view, Worendo Cottages and the Wild Lime Cooking School enjoy a picture perfect location.
This luxury bed and breakfast farmstay offers three accommodation choices, catering for family get-togethers, romantic weekends away, or simply escaping with friends. Choose from Worendo Homestead (sleeping twelve and pet friendly), the Treehouse Cottage (sleeping five) or the sought after Wild Lime Cottage which is perfect for romantic couples escapes but can sleep six.
At Worendo Cottages the real world can be forgotten and stress just melts away as guests enjoy warm country hospitality, luxury accommodation and unbeatable country vistas. Everything needed for a relaxing and rejuvenating stay is provided and the only decision making required revolves around how to spend the time and what to eat and drink. Rapidly becoming a food and art mecca, the Scenic Rim offers a great variety of fresh regional produce, making it a real pleasure to cook up a storm in the self contained accommodation.For a small extra charge, delicious breakfast supplies can be provided to get the day off to a great start.
The 90 acre property ensures peace and privacy for guests. Choose to explore this beautiful region or simply soak up the serenity of Worendo. Help with the animal feeding, walk around the property or to the rainforest or hike to Lamington National Park. Worendo's dam is stocked with bass and silver perch, for those keen to enjoy the fun of catch and release fishing. Venture a little further afield and enjoy a picnic and swim at The Hut or at the end of the Lost World Valley. A scenic drive from Rathdowney to Kyogle via the Border Ranges is also an option, as is four wheel driving along Duck Creek Road to O'Reilly's. Neighbouring properties offer activities including horse riding, dairy tours, whip cracking, billy tea and damper, boomerang throwing and twilight mountain top tours - complete with champagne and orange juice.
To add to the attractions of this B&B, Worendo Cottages is also the home of the Wild Lime Cooking School. Each month, Kate Raymont of Hinterland Harvest Catering hosts a cooking class in the Wild Lime Cottage. A different cuisine is featured each month and during the four hour event participants create a range of dishes under the watchful eye of the very competent Kate. Unfazed by the amateurs in the kitchen, she guides the class with large doses of enthusiasm and her infectious love of both the region and its produce. Native ingredients feature in the recipes used (some familiar, some unheard of) - wild limes, strawberry guavas, warrigal greens, river mint, bush tomatoes and cinnamon myrtle, just to name a few.
Once the cooking is finished, the timber bi-fold doors of the Wild Lime Cottage are thrown open, a beautiful timber table is set on the deck and everyone sits down to enjoy the rewards of a morning in the kitchen. Matched with local wines, the food is shared around, conversation flows, tales are exchanged and a very pleasant time is had by all. Add to this the stunning backdrop of cows roaming on rolling hills, sheep grazing on the lawn and the mountains of Lamington National Park in the distance and nobody really wants to go home - and the good news is they don't have to. With a little forward planning, accommodation can be booked at Worendo and the experience can last a little longer.
Wild Lime Cottage is a beautiful cottage, perfect for two, and has it all. An industrial kitchen which opens onto a timber deck (with breathtaking views), combustion stove for those cool nights, four poster bed, lounge area which also enjoys the view, modern bathroom plus an outdoor shower for the warmer weather. Staying here is a real treat and it really is difficult to leave.
This region is a photographer's dream, so don't forget to pack your camera. Morning and afternoon light play on the mountains and rolling hills, working the kind of magic that is irresistible to shutter bugs. Local birdlife also abounds, making perfect subjects for those holiday snaps. Make sure you have a spare battery for your camera and perhaps a spare memory card.
Whether visitors are looking for an escape from the city or a first class cooking experience - or both - Worendo Cottages and the Wild Lime Cooking School are definitely worth adding to that "must do" list.
By Sandy Ludinski
Must Do Brisbane was a guest of Worendo Cottages & Wild Lime Cooking School