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It’s midyear. Marked by the start of the new financial year and a distinct lack of public holidays, things can start to feel a bit dull. So why not plan an escape? Just follow these simple steps for a delightful midyear getaway.

1. Book accommodation at Ravensbourne Escape

Located at Ravensbourne Mountain Retreat, Ravensbourne Escape is just ninety minutes away from Brisbane, and forty-five minutes from Toowoomba. Tucked away on the eastern escarpment of the Great Dividing Range and fringed by Ravensbourne National Park, our accommodation boasts breathtaking views. Feel free to wander the grounds and take in the natural beauty or indulge in some bird watching or photography.

Each of our homes and studios are unique, offering their own distinct charm. Whether you want to spend some time with your family or significant other, we have the accommodation for you. All our houses and lodges are fully self-contained. However, we also have an onsite restaurant (open Friday to Sunday) so you can take a break from cooking. At Ravensbourne Escape you can break away from the hustle and bustle of the city and simply relax. Book your midyear getaway now on 07 46978092 or visit our website http://ravensbourneescape.com.au/.

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2. Discover Lake Cressbrook

Ravensbourne Escape is just a stone’s throw away from Lake Cressbrook. Listed as a nature reserve, Lake Cressbrook is home to an array of wildlife including diverse birdlife, red deer and a large population of Eastern Grey kangaroos. Lake Cressbrook is a source of drinking water, so swimming is not allowed. However, activities such as boating, fishing and water sports are all permitted. Lake Cressbrook boasts impressive picnic and barbeque areas, a children’s playground, beach volleyball area and 5 km walking circuit.

3. Explore Ravensbourne National Park

 Ravensbourne Escape is only a short distance from Ravensbourne National Park. Renowned for its beautiful rainforest, the park is home to Sydney blue gums and over eighty bird species. These include: green catbirds, red-tailed black-cockatoos, paradise riflebirds and vulnerable black-breasted button-quails. Furthermore, there are five walking tracks in the park. The most popular, the Gus Beutel lookout, sports views of the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim. While there is no on-site camping, Ravensbourne National Park has two, day-use picnic and barbecue areas (BYO wood and drinking water).

Silverwood Lodge is the latest addition to Ravensbourne Escape’s luxury houses. This undeniably enchanting lodge boasts high ceilings, a unique multi-tiered living space and large viewing windows. Equally important is the lodge’s stunning glass walls that sport breath-taking views overlooking Ravensbourne National Park. This enchanting lodge is particularly alluring in the winter months and is simply perfect for group gatherings and weekend escapes.

Booking for a gathering of friends or family?

While many of our lodgings can accomodation large groups, Silverwood is particularly spacious. Due to its many rooms, Silverwood Lodge is built to accommodate. With three bedrooms and two optional rollaway beds, coupled with two bathrooms, the lodge can accommodate up to eight people. Silverwood is fully self-catered, with a fully equipped kitchen and a laundry with both a washer and dryer. In addition, the lodge has a large air-conditioned lounge/dining area, complete with an array of DVDs and books and an inbuilt entertainment system. Better yet, Silverwood also has a roofed entertainment deck with gas BBQ, which is perfect for evening drinks or dinner gatherings. In any event

Fancy a bit of romance?

If it’s a romantic getaway you’re looking for, then Silverwood Lodge has you covered. Silverwood is without a doubt one of our most romantic lodgings. The lodge has its very own cosy log fire, perfect for those chilly evenings, not to mention a luxurious Swedish sauna. Snuggle up together with a glass of wine and some nibbles, while basking in the delightful glow of a tranquil wood fire. Otherwise, escape to the sauna for a steamy de-stress session. Afterwards, to make your stay extra romantic, why not indulge in a relaxing massage or beauty treatment.

In summary, Silverwood Lodge is a luxurious retreat that accommodates to every preference and comfort. So whether you’re planning a getaway with friends, family or your significant other, you can’t go past Silverwood for a magical escape. Contact us today so that

During winter, the daily grind can be even more grinding. Chilly nights and icy mornings can be a drag, but luckily we have a solution. While winter brings frosty weather, it also provides the perfect atmosphere for a wintery weekend getaway. At this time of the year, Ravensbourne Escape, with its misty mountains and crisp country air, offers a unique and inspiring experience. Whether you’re looking to spend time with your family, or your significant other, Ravensbourne Escape has what you’re looking for.

Ramp up the romance

Winter really is one of the most intimate times of the year. There’s nothing like getting close in a cosy cottage or lodge, enjoying a nice warm spa or basking by the fireplace with a glass of wine. If you’re looking to escape with your paramour, we recommend Tree Tops Lodge. Perched off the ground and nestled among the trees, the charming wooden deck features an outdoor hot tub and sports beautiful views of Ravensbourne National Park and the mountains of New South Wales. Submerse yourselves in warm waters while watching the local birdlife or taking in the winter twilight.

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Have some family fun

Winter can be tough on the kids. Chilly weather can dampen their spirits and breed boredom. So why not escape with the family over the weekend? If you’re looking for a family getaway we recommend Windsong. This two-storey, three-bedroom house has two bathrooms, an open plan dining, kitchen and living area and decks overlooking the Brisbane Valley. The house also has a rustic wood fireplace and air-conditioning to keep you and the family toasty warm. Play some family board games next to a roaring fire or enjoy some family meals overlooking the misty mountains. The upstairs bedroom also offers some much-needed privacy for busy parents.

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Let us help you

At Ravensbourne Escape, we want to help you plan your perfect winter escape. Get in touch and let us know what kind of experience you’re looking for and we’ll recommend accommodation to meet your needs. To book your cosy winter getaway, go to our website http://ravensbourneescape.com.au/ or call us on 07 46978092.

Baby it’s cold outside! But don’t worry; the chill in the air has Ravensbourne Mountain Retreat gearing up for some festive cheer. Join us at our onsite restaurant, Tuskana’s, on Saturday 22nd or Saturday 29th July, for a special Christmas in July dinner.

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What can you expect?

The twilight dinner will include a range of delicious, entrees, mains and desserts. All meals will be sourced from hearty, local produce and prepared by Tuskana’s chef and proprietor, Eddie McGregor. Each guest will receive three mouth-watering meals per course and a complimentary glass of mulled wine, house wine, beer or soft drink on arrival.

The evening will commence at 5.00pm, where you can enjoy drinks on the restaurant veranda, overlooking Ravensbourne Mountain Retreat’s signature mountain views (which look particularly stunning in winter twilight). Prices are $60 per adult and $30 per child (5 to 12 years). Children under 5 years eat for free. For more information email us at info@ravensbourneescape.com.au.

Book your Christmas in July

We are limited to 50 guests per dinner, so get in quick to avoid missing out! Book your Christmas in July tickets here before they run out.

Additionally, you can book accommodation at one of Ravensbourne Escape’s wonderful holiday homes or luxury studios. Our cosy lodgings are simply perfect for a little winter getaway. Located just outside of Toowoomba, Ravensbourne Escape is close to quaint country towns, numerous walking trails and Lake Cressbrook. So if you’re looking to get more out of your weekend, book online at http://ravensbourneescape.com.au/ or call us on 07 46978092.

In celebration of the Hampton Food and Arts Festival, Ravensbourne Mountain Retreat, in partnership with in situ accommodation Ravensbourne Escape, hosted its very first Twilight Dinner at its onsite restaurant, Tuskana’s.

The aim of the evening was to celebrate locally sourced produce from the Toowoomba Region, while also showcasing Ravensbourne’s unique, natural beauty. The evening featured a 5-course degustation dinner prepared by guest Chef Andrew (Drew) Simpson of the Queensland College of Wine Tourism and Tuskana’s chef, Eddie McGregor. Each course was expertly paired with Banca Ridge wines courtesy of sommelier Peter Orr.

As a result, guests came from both inside and outside the Toowoomba region to attend this truly unique event. Many guests even booked onsite accommodation with Ravensbourne Escape, in chalets only a short walk from the restaurant, so they could spend more time exploring all that Ravensbourne has to offer.

Firstly, drinks and a medley of savoury starters were served on the balcony overlooking rugged mountain ranges. Picture this. Fairy lights strung along the balcony balustrade, twinkling in the low light. A backdrop of rolling mountains and setting clouds. Finally, a fading pastel horizon in pink, blue and yellow. Guests were welcomed to a glass of Banca Ridge viognier and a spectacular view. Perched on the eastern escarpment of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by Ravensbourne National Park, the verdant beauty of this place is overwhelming.

After balcony-side canapés, guests were seated inside the restaurant, decked out with classic country-chic décor. Sommelier Peter Orr acted as MC for the evening. He provided hearty laughs and specialist knowledge about wine vintages and varieties. Prior to each meal chef Drew Simpson walked us through his culinary methods and highlighted the local produce which inspired each of his dishes. Due to the rich volcanic soil and abundant annual rainfall, the Toowoomba region is home to some of Australia’s most productive farmland. The region is a well-established agricultural haven, which sustains a range of crops.

The atmosphere was warm and elated as people perused the menus, boasting the culinary delights still to come. First of all, was twice-cooked pork belly, served with jasmine rice, aromatic plum sauce, fried rice noodles and roasted peanuts, in addition to Banca Ridge chardonnay. After ample tableside chatter and generous top-ups of wine, the second course arrived. A red wine infused eye fillet served with potato terrine, baby broccolini and roasted truss tomatoes, in addition to with Banca Ridge petit verdot. All the while, our smiles grew with our waistbands.

Finally, after some trivia from Peter, we were treated to dessert. A raspberry panna cotta served with local blueberry compote, honey anglaise and toasted pistachio nuts, in addition to Banca Ridge sweet semillion. After a last word from Peter and Drew, the final course was served; homemade quince paste, blue cheese, and fresh toasted sourdough, in addition to Banca Ridge dolce. At the conclusion of the evening we were given the opportunity to purchase a variety of Banca Ridge wines.

What next?

The success of the evening was palpable and as a result, guests raved about the delicious food, welcoming atmosphere and raw beauty of the Ravensbourne area. Due to the evening’s success, Ravensbourne Mountain Retreat is proud to announce that the Twilight Dinner will become an ongoing annual event. Furthermore, Ravensbourne Mountain Retreat, in partnership with Ravensbourne Escape, will launch a monthly event calendar. This calendar will celebrate and explore local produce of the Toowoomba Region.