Lets face it, sometimes, life can get really busy. When it does, you know that it won’t be long before you need to take a break to relax and unwind. However, finding a spot that is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but close enough to not see you driving all day to get there can be hard. So as soon as we turned into the tree lined driveway of Tweeters Country Getaway and saw the house emerge in the clearing I immediately knew we had found the perfect spot to do just that.
Tweeters is located on the New England Highway just 14 kilometres north of the small town of Crows Nest. It is a comfortable two hour drive from Brisbane or two and a half hours from the Gold Coast. There are plenty of spots to stop along the way to enjoy the picturesque countryside.
TWEETERS COUNTRY GETAWAY
Tweeters Country Getaway is the result of Peter and Thuy Ferris’ vision for this stunning 72 acre block of land. Purchased just two years ago, it consisted of a small run down hut, lots of lantana (a prickly and invasive weed) and bush land. A minimal amount of bush land has been cleared to allow for the house to be built.
The house has been beautifully designed to blend in with it’s surroundings as well as to take advantage of the spectacular views of the gorge at the front of the property.
The house consists of six bedrooms in total. Of these, four are queen size rooms and the remaining two have two sets of bunk beds in them. Two of these queen rooms are inside the house with one of the bunk rooms in the middle. These three rooms open into the living area of the house. The remaining three rooms are accessed via the rear veranda.
The beauty of these rooms is that each group of three interconnect if you wish them to or the door can be locked in between them. This makes Tweeters an ideal spot for a large family group.
Each room has its own ensuite bathroom which is beautifully appointed and a walk-in robe.
Peter and Thuy have very thoughtfully included a fully equipped disabled bathroom in one of the queen rooms. With ramp access into the house, everyone in your family can come to stay.
Thuy has furnished the living room with a very generous sized sofa. Had the weather been a little cooler I could easily have seen myself curled up in front of the fire. With a glass of wine and a good book of course!
MEALS AT TWEETERS
If you wish, your meals can be catered for by Thuy. Thuy is an excellent cook and will tempt your taste buds with a range of Australian and Vietnamese dishes. Much of the fresh produce that she uses in her cooking comes straight from the farms veggie garden.
Tweeters is fully licenced so you don’t need to worry about bringing your own drinks with you. Most of the wines available are sourced from local Crow’s Nest winery, Holland’s. I can personally recommend the Shiraz as being highly drinkable.
Tweeters caters for all age groups, but unlike some other farm stays, Tweeters welcomes children. Although not a working farm, they do have a range of farm animals and the kids are welcome to help feed them. Tweeters is also pet friendly, so you don’t have to worry about leaving your ‘fur baby’ at home. Kennels are provided so you can be confident that your pet will be safe whilst you go exploring.
Native wild life abounds in the area and I was absolutely thrilled to see my first koala in it’s natural habitat. There are also a myriad of different birds at Tweeters. We ate breakfast with some beautiful king parrots who come and feed from the seed dishes provided. Tweeters also have a pair of resident peacocks,with the female currently sitting on a nest of eggs. There were also plenty of kookaburras, cockatoos and galahs around.
If you are feeling adventurous you can take a walk into the bottom of the gorge and then up the other side to a picnic table with a view.
Or if you just want to relax on the verandah or sit on the deck in the sun, you can do that too.
THE SURROUNDING AREA
There is so much to do in the local area around Tweeters. To the north of Tweeters you will find the Muntapa Railway Tunnel which has a colony of rare bentwinged bats living in it. Further north is the tiny village of Cooyar. Just a short distance out of Cooyar is The Palms National Park. Although only a tiny park it has an interesting array of rainforest vegetation, including rare Piccabeen Palms. It also has a huge population of bats which could be seen and heard in the canopy of the trees. Just on the outskirts of the village of Maidenwell you will find the Coomba Falls. Although not flowing at the time of our visit, the large rock pool was pretty spectacular.
To the south of Tweeters is the town of Crows Nest. Hollands Winery is located just on the outskirts, as is the Crows Nest National Park. Also nearby are Lake Perserverance and Lake Cressbrook, both of which supply water to Toowoomba and have great picnic areas.
If you fancy a spot of horse riding, why not pop into Cowboy Up Trail Riding and say hi to Jill and Peter. They are just a few minutes drive from Tweeters.
All in all we had a fantastic stay at Tweeters Country Getaway. It’s such a beautiful spot and we will definitely be back. If you would like to book your own getaway to Tweeters, you can head over to their website HERE.
*All Around Oz were guests of Tweeters Country Getaway, but as always, all opinions are our own.*