Hillview Cottages Kingaroy
297 Birt Road, Kingaroy
Phone: 41621727 or 0400 117 756
Cost: The Church and The Cottage are $160 per couple per night. The Dairy is $250 per night for four adults. Midweek rates and specials available for 3 or more nights.
“The Church” is one of three dwellings on the estate, which overlooks the beautiful Booie range just outside of Kingaroy.
Over a century old, it’s a warm, gorgeous getaway for couples, complete with roaring cast iron fireplace, full kitchen, jet spa bath and an indulgent four poster bed.
The bathroom and full kitchen are at the back of the church, where once priests might have prepared for mass. Now you can prepare for a relaxing spa, or pour a wine and slice up some cheese to enjoy in front of the fire or out on the porch overlooking the magical scenery.
There is a lounge suite and cabinet with a selection of board games and books if you’d prefer to stay inside. The bed sits on a raised platform, making it the feature of the whole room.
Other accommodation options include “The Dairy” and “The Cottage”. All are within a stone’s throw from each other, but remain private.
Owners Cathy and Steve provide ingredients for a continental breakfast – juice, tea, coffee, bread, spreads, cereal and fruit. They also leave a plastic container with carrots and apples inside for Connie, Hillview’s resident horse. A glossy white beauty, she stands at the property’s fenceline, eagerly awaiting visitors. Cathy says Connie is hard to resist – and it’s true. The equine gratefully gulps down your tasty treats, and with the fresh air blowing off the mountains and into your lungs, feeding her proves to be quite a calming morning activity.
Kingaroy is Australia’s Peanut and Navy Bean capital. The navy bean is more commonly known as the “baked bean”, but the town’s restaurants offer more than just that. Seek out a steak; the South Burnett’s cattle are noted for their quality.
If you want to sample a range of what the region has to offer, check out Taste South Burnett, housed in the old butter factory on William Street. Open 10am to 4pm daily, it’s the place to go for cheese, confectionery, smallgoods, wine, liqueurs, spreads, produce and yes, peanuts and peanut products.
The Bunya Mountains are all around you to explore via car or foot.
If it’s a clear night, take a 40-minute drive down the road to the Maidenwell Observatory. Run by boilermaker turned astronomer James Barclay, it’s been a feature of the region for almost ten years.
Light pollution around Brisbane means you never quite get that crystal clear picture of the night skies, whereas on a clear night out in the country, the creamy streak of the Milky Way galaxy is a vision. And the Maidenwell observatory’s retractable roof is itself something to see.
It’s a bit of a hidden secret, but the South Burnett is a rich wine-growing region, with a number of vineyards open to the public giving tours and selling locally made drops of red and white. Try Verdelho – one of the specialties of Crane Wines, not far from Hillview Cottages. Tuck into some verjuice and peanut dukkah while you pet their friendly spaniel Dylan and enjoy the views into the valleys below.
- Natalie Bochenski was a guest of Hillview Cottages Kingaroy.
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