A weekend in Beechmont, Canungra and Binna Burra

It was time for a getaway again, but we couldn’t go far because of work commitments. I did a bit of research on Airbnb and found a lovely place in Beechmont, just under an hour away from home.

We headed off on Friday afternoon, and instead of driving past Albert River Wines like we usually would, I pulled in and had a tasting for a very reasonable $5. I only tried the reds and a sweet white dessert wine. I ended up purchasing the sparkling red, which is a little on the sweeter side and really drinkable. Since we’d not had our afternoon coffee, we had some of that, sitting on the nice verandah and admiring the view:

Albert River Wines
Albert River Wines
Albert River Wines
Albert River Wines

Then we drove on to our accommodation in Beechmont. Terry, our host, met us at the garage and showed us around and up to our room. It’s a really nice place with a great view across the valley:

Our accommodation in Beechmont
Our accommodation in Beechmont
Our accommodation in Beechmont
Our accommodation in Beechmont

We could have cooked ourselves a dinner, but decided to eat out at Canungra Hotel. The drive down Beechmont Road is lovely. We had to stop so I could photograph the sunset, though:

Along Beechmont Road
Along Beechmont Road

Dinner was really delicious. I had the New Orleans pulled beef brisket on mashed potatoes – yum!!

Dinner at Carunga Hotel
Dinner at Carunga Hotel

The drive along that winding road, on a full stomach, was not so pleasant.

The view across the valley on Saturday morning was beautiful, with the mist settled there and the sun lighting it up:

Early morning at our accommodation in Beechmont
Early morning at our accommodation in Beechmont
Early morning at our accommodation in Beechmont
Early morning at our accommodation in Beechmont

After a light breakfast of avocado on toast and coffee, we headed off for a walk down the road to Denham Reserve and Back Creek Falls. The entrance to the reserve is only about 500m away from our accommodation and the walk to the view of the falls is quite pleasant and not too long:

Denham Reserve and Back Creek Falls
Denham Reserve and Back Creek Falls
Denham Reserve and Back Creek Falls
Denham Reserve and Back Creek Falls
Denham Reserve and Back Creek Falls
Denham Reserve and Back Creek Falls

We went back to our accommodation, picked up the car and then drove to Canungra for ‘elevenses’…OK, second breakfast:

Breakfast at the Coffee Hub, Carunga
Breakfast at the Coffee Hub, Carunga
Breakfast at the Coffee Hub, Carunga

We walked around Canungra for a little bit afterwards, and noticed that the hotel we’d had dinner at the previous day, is in fact a Tudor style building on the outside…

Carunga Hotel

The statue outside the shoe shop was well done:

Around Carunga
Around Carunga

After that, we headed back towards our accommodation, but stopped off at Batan Creek Bridge because I’d seen the old shed/house from the bridge and was reminded of those in the high country around Mt Kosciuszko and wanted a photo of it:

Near Batan Creek Bridge

We went back to the accommodation and had a bit of a rest and then headed to Binna Burra. We passed this little spot along the way:

At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra

And then explored around Binna Burra Lodge and then sat in the dining room/bar and had a Scotch while we watched the sun go down:

At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
At Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra
Sunset at Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra

As soon as it set, we headed back to our accommodation and had a shower and got changed and then drove the 30 minutes to Mt Tamborine for dinner at The Old Church. We had read fantastic reviews of the place, and it didn’t disappoint. It was not cheap though – we paid $70 each for an entree, main meal and half a dessert. The service was fantastic, though, as was the ambience. There was even a fire lit 🙂

The Old Church Restaurant
The Old Church Restaurant
The Old Church Restaurant
The Old Church Restaurant
The Old Church Restaurant
The Old Church Restaurant
The Old Church Restaurant
The Old Church Restaurant
The Old Church Restaurant

After another winding drive back to our airbnb, we decided that we had to light the fire there, too, since that was one of my criteria for accommodation. We enjoyed that for a little while and then headed up to bed.

Our accommodation in Beechmont

No lovely fog on our last morning, but oh well! Time to go home.

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