‘Wine safari’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? The press can’t stop talking about the newly opened Sanctuary by Sirromet glamping experience at Queensland’s renowned 500-acre Mount Cotton winery, Brisbane’s most-visited winery. This one-of-a-kind property allows you to not only connect with nature but also with one of the world’s favourite tipples.
Nature, wine and unique accommodation collide at this elegant property that allows you to completely disconnect and feel a million miles away from the world – while only being just 30 minutes from Brisbane CBD. With so much talk about how amazing Queensland’s first vineyard glamping experience is, we couldn’t help but take a cheeky look inside to see what all the fuss is about.
There’s no need to pitch a tent at this glamping hotel where you’ll stay in one of just 18 tented pavilions. Set amongst the tranquil bushland of the property, expect stylish furnishings inside and wild natural beauty outside these unique pavilions.
“The safari-style tents offer an option for people who want to be among nature, but with lots of comfort.” – Sirromet Wines owner Terry Morris.
Each pavilion features a cosy bed, elegant touches and a modern bathroom with shower. There’s also a picnic blanket and wine glasses for lovebirds and families looking to dine amongst the bushland.
It’s easy to spend hours relaxing and spotting wallabies from your pavilion’s balcony which is set higher than the ground to create the illusion that you’re in a treehouse high in the canopy.
It’s here on the balcony that you can enjoy your delicious breakfasts featuring a locally sourced hamper of items like salmon and cream cheese bagels, muesli pots and croissants.
Since 2000 Sirromet’s wines have collected almost 900 national and international awards, so expect to taste some of Queensland’s finest tipples during your stay. Roam around the vineyard on a guided tour or head to the cellar door to sample some delicious vino.
Queensland is known for many things with the state’s beaches, theme parks and Great Barrier Reef attracting an endless flow of visitors. But did you know that there are over 1,500 hectares of vines in the state? Queensland Wine describes the state’s wine industry as their ‘best-kept secret’ and Tourism & Events Queensland regularly shares their love of wineries and recently released a list of their top vineyards.
“Queensland is full of hidden gems when it comes to beer and wine and it’s no secret that we like to enjoy a bit of it too. Our love for a good drop must come from the variety that’s on offer here.” – Tourism & Events Queensland
Top Three Wineries in Queensland
1. Ballandean Estate Wines: Describing themselves as ‘the beating heart of Granite Belt wine country’, Ballandean Estate Wines is a family run vineyard that has been cultivating grapes for over 80 years. Sample their wine at the cellar door before heading to the BarrelRoom dining room for dishes created using the finest local produce and seafood, with the pork, tomatoes and garlic coming from within minutes of the restaurant.
2. Ocean View Estates: This elegant winery is a multi-award winning destination for wine lovers. Not only do they make their own wine, but the estate also brews their own beer, both of which you can sample in the cellar door. There’s also a restaurant headed up by chef Tony Tierney who creates hearty dishes with slight Japanese and French influences.
3. Bunjurgen Estate: Sitting on a 60-acre property, Bunjurgen Estate combines wine and social activities to create a homely atmosphere. Visit in October to sip wines under a purple haze of beautiful Jacaranda blooms or cosy up next to an open fireplace on cold winter days.
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