Need to know
23, including six suites.
11am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $260.31 (AU$345), excluding tax at 10 per cent.
Rates usually include à la carte breakfast (don’t miss the waffles with roasted banana and maple streaky bacon).
The hotel has a fleet of on-loan mountain bikes: go forth and adventure. You can also hop in a four-wheel drive with staff and go koala-spotting in the 12,000 acres.
A recent fire has damaged the homestead and restaurant; all other areas of the hotel remain open, and the restaurant will be relocated to the rustic barn.
At the hotel
Market garden, tennis and bocce courts, games room, animal nursery and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, minibar, kettle. (Some rooms also have a fireplace and cosy living area.)
Our favourite rooms
The Heritage Suites have barrels of rustic charm, thanks to their enticing bath tub, view-toting veranda and snug living area. Guests with OCD might want to book the recently refurbished Loft Suite, which is the most obviously primped-and-preened sleeping quarters (the claw-foot bath tub in each suite is another highlight).
There are two pools to choose from: a heated lap pool and an infinity pool outside Homage restaurant, with impressive views of the Lockyer Valley.
Set in a pretty cottage in the grounds, Spa Anise offers a range of rituals and beauty treatments, including aromatherapy massages and full-body treatments starring fragrant Waterlily products.
Bring clothes and shoes suitable for rambling around the 12,000 acres, plus something smart(ish) for dinner. Don’t forget your appetite…
Little Smiths are welcome, but Valley View Rooms are adults only. Babysitting is $30 an hour for up to three children (a minimum three-hour booking applies); an extra babysitter is arranged for four children or more (for an additional $30 an hour).