Mount Cotton: Luxury On A Hilltop
Mount Cotton is not the first thing that comes to mind when Brisbane is mentioned. After all, it does not have the surf, suntan and bare feet that are synonymous with the Sunshine State.
What it does have however are picturesque country drives, posh retreats and a world-class winery. Located 40 minutes from Brisbane and in the middle of a koala conservation area, it is the perfect spot for a slice of serenity and to reconnect with nature.
The next time you head to Brisbane, plan a little day trip to one of these pockets of luxury up this unassuming but scenic hilltop.
For A Tipple
Hailed as a local institution in the Redlands, this family-owned, five-star winery is tucked in the bushy surroundings of Mount Cotton. With over 790 wine awards under its belt, Sirromet’s winemakers have reinvented the taste and reputation of Queensland wines.
Its Cellar Door serves up platters of cheese and antipasto, which are easily washed down by tastings of their famous wines. We hear that a glass from their Signature Range is an absolutely must.
For More Than Just A Bite
Elysium Lakeside (above)
Sitting on the Victoria Point Lakeside is one of Redlands’ favourite wine and tapas restaurants. Elysium Lakeside makes it unnecessary to drive all the way into the city for fresh Australian fare and a well-made cocktail.
It is modern Australian cuisine at its best at this five-star restaurant that is part of Sirromet. As you dine, cast your eyes across the landscape to Morton Bay and the sand ridges of Stradbroke Island. Its fine-dining menu features fresh Queensland produce with each dish expertly matched with an award-winning Sirromet wine.
For Breathing Space
Mount Cotton Retreat (above)
If it is quiet time you need, this is where you go. Once you have chosen a deliciously relaxing treatment from the Rejuvenation Menu, settle in to enjoy it in one of the Treetop Pavilions. Or perhaps you would prefer a yoga or tai chi class instead. Either way, cap off that lovely experience with a two-course lunch or deluxe high tea on the deck.
Located on 30 acres of natural bush land, this exclusive retreat offers an array of luxury treatments from facials and massages to hairstyling. Soak up the tranquility and treat yourself to a wonderfully relaxing spa experience.
For Some Action
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