Sitting on the deck outside, you would be forgiven for thinking that you were completely isolated from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world, as you listen to the beautiful sounds of the forest (and the odd moo of a cow on the farm nearby) only occasionally being pierced by the sound of a car in the distance. From the deck you can happily sit and watch birds, leaves flutter and sommersault to the forest floor, and trees dance in the wind. This is life at ecOasis resort, located near the small village of Uki, in the New South Wales Hinterland, a 2 hour drive from Brisbane.
Having stayed at ecOasis resort a year ago we decided to stay visit again recently to recharge our batteries prior to the busy Christmas period. The resort is set in 100 beautiful acres of sub-tropical rainforest with spectacular views of Mt Warning and offers 6 chalets, each so secluded you wouldn’t know that anyone was nearby.
Each chalet is split over 2 levels and built on top of steel posts minimising the impact on the bushland below. The top level consists of the main living area, offering a fully stocked kitchen, dining area and lounge area. Downstairs you find the bedroom and bathroom, and perhaps an additional sitting area, depending on the chalet. On this visit we chose to stay in the Spa Chalet, which is a 2 bedroom chalet, and with what I think might be the best views of Mt Warning, of all of the chalets. The Spa Chalet also offers a large deck area, complete with BBQ and outdoor dining table, allowing you to make the most of the beautiful surroundings.
While ecOasis is focused on ecological sustainability, that doesn’t mean your modern comforts go out the door. Each chalet is fully furnished and thoughtfully filled with scented soy candles, warm rugs should you get cold, ceiling fans and air conditioning. The kitchen is filled with all the cooking utensils and appliances you could need, bar a microwave, and stocked with all the pantry essentials, and more – a selection of coffee (beans, ground, freeze dried), olive oil, spices, a selection of teas, freshly laid eggs, vegemite, jams, honey, hot chocolate, milo and much more. In the fridge you will find a breakfast pack provided as part of your package, which consists of a selection of breads (white, wholemeal and fruit), croissants, butter, breakfast spreads and eggs, along with muesli, fruit and yoghurt. ecOasis also offers additional food packages, including a gourmet bbq platter (which they will happily alter to cater for vegetarians), a cheese platter and a seafood platter. Essentially all of this means you don’t have to leave the chalets for the duration of your stay.
Downstairs in the bathroom you will find a spa, and you will notice that the bathroom is filled with Mor Cosmetics products, which guests are invited to use during their stay. The shower is also thoughtfully stocked with Aveda Shampoo and Conditioner and a variety of Mor Cosmetics body washes. Should you decide you like any of the Mor Cosmetics products, or any of the scented candles sprinkled throughout the chalet they are all available for purchase at reception.
If you enjoy bushwalking, there is a 2.8km walking track that takes you around the property. Even if you don’t enjoy bushwalking, it’s well worth a walk around the gardens near reception for the beautiful flowers and view of Mt Warning nearby. There is also a pool a short stroll away. In addition there are plenty of places to sit and admire the view and your surroundings.
ecOasis is well worth a visit if you are looking for somewhere to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life giving you an opportunity to recharge your batteries. They also have a special offer, for bookings made before December 10 2010, with 10% off the cost of their 2 night package.
So, when you are looking for a weekend away do you choose the bush or the beach and why?
55 Tatyewan Ave
Smiths Creek, NSW 2484
Phone: 02 6679 5959