We made the most of the break and booked a couple of nights at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat in the Lamington National Park.
I need a rainforest fix from time to time. It's the best way I've found to re-charge the batteries.
Since Saturday was also our anniverary we decided to stop off on the way for lunch at the nearby winery.
The winery is at the base of the mountain in the Canungra Valley.
We had been there before for wine tasting and love their wines but had never had a meal there.
We chose a picnic basket of goodies including fresh baked bread and of course a bottle of local wine
and took it to a table down by the stream.
It was a beautiful day and hard to leave such an idyllic spot, but we had to move on.
As we drove up the mountain into the rainforest, it started to rain. Not much of a surprise really - that's why they're called rainforests. It was a wet weekend, but the rain didn't bother us.
In fact, rain makes the forest shimmer and sparkle.
The fungi were amazing.
We went on a few different short walks, but stayed clear of the 25 km ones.
The canopy walk is quite near the guesthouse.
It gives you a different view of the forest.
....instead of up.
We met a few of the locals as well. Just near our room, was a bird feeding area. The local parrots are so used to human contact they have no fear.
These guys are not camera shy at all.
Then, of an evening, you can warm up by sitting by the fireplace reading a book - or just sitting.
This place is about 2 hours drive from where we live.
No wonder I love living in Queensland.