Escaping to the country is one of life’s greatest joys. What with the fresh air, scent of eucalyptus and being surrounded by nature, the whole thing can get kind of addictive. It’s just so refreshing. We’ve found eight fun, adventure-filled reasons to check out the countryside this summer, and, exactly what to do when you’re there. But, we couldn’t do it alone, so we teamed up with Spicers Hidden Vale to find the best reasons to visit the country this weekend. Spicers Hidden Vale is the perfect combination of ultra-luxury combined with the warmth of country hospitality. Think gourmet fare and infinity pools.
#1 The Food Is Better
The food is better in the country. Don’t believe us? A trip to Homage at Hidden Vale will do the trick. Local emu, native pepper, fermented cucumber and cured yolk sound appetising? You bet it does! That’s because the menu at Homage is to die for (it’s hatted, too!) and features deliciousness such as Fiona May’s Saddle Back Pork, local pasture fed hen, Dave’s Murray Cod and more. Hungry? Best hot foot it to Homage, stat!
#2 The Views Are Breath Taking
Hidden Vale’s place in the Lockyer Valley means that not only is it a stone’s throw from Brisbane, it’s also ultra-secluded. The property sits on 12,000 acres of stunning Australian bush that’s just ripe for the exploring. How you explore is entirely up to you, too. You can sit back by the pool—champers in hand, of course—and soak up the views, or, you can get your sneakers on and head out into the bush via one of the site’s many hiking routes.
#3 Feel The Adrenalin Pumping
If you’re after a more, erm, exciting ways to soak up the scenery, you’ll be pleased to know that Spicers Hidden Vale is the perfect spot to go four-wheel driving. With various four-wheel drive tours on offer, how the day pans out is entirely up to you. Beware though, there are some tough calls to make: sunset drinks, or gourmet picnic lunch? If you want to see the sites from a different point of view, this is your time for a true adventure!
#4 Live Like A Princess
If all this talk of four-wheel driving and hikes is making you think ‘that’s a bit too much adventure for me,’ don’t fret, because Hidden Vale have got you covered with their onsite luxury spa, Spa Anise. Settle in for cocoa vanilla body bliss treatment, or try the basil mint sugar smoother. With everything from pedicures to full body treatments, we’re pretty sure just five minutes at Spa Anise will have you thinking, ‘beach? What Beach?’
#5 Kick Back By The Pool
With a pool as stunning as Hidden Vale’s it’s near criminal to neglect it. Snag your spot pool-side on a lounge with a champagne or cocktail, then soak up the seriously breathtaking views out across the Lockyer region. A few minutes by the pool will have you considering plans to move in, and we don’t blame you. The pool is stunningly beautiful.
#6 Explore The Market Garden
The entire Hidden Vale experience is local; from the food to the staff, it’s a real Grandchester affair. The perfect example of this is the Market Garden. It’s a gorgeously green encounter with nature: fresh herbs, crisp country air and the knowledge that you can chow down on the fresh produce at a hatted restaurant, too. It’s the ultimate country life!
#7 Mingle With Farm Animals
Hidden Vale is home to more than just mega-talented chefs and nimble masseuses. Yep, this place is home to all of the adorable farm animals, too. When we say adorable, know that we mean it in the purest sense of the word. There are ducks, chickens, kangaroos, parrots, and, more importantly, piglets! Squeeeaaallllll! How much cuteness is too much? The answer at Hidden Vale is a simple one: it’s never enough.
#8 Pack A Picnic
Gone are the days of a picnic including a soggy vegemite sandwich, some poppas and a crushed box of BBQ shapes, let the professionals at Spicers Hidden Vale whip up a mean picnic basket. Don’t believe us? Baguettes filled with smoked salmon, dill and capers, quiches with tomato and goats curd, antipasto vegetables with Mount Zero olives and a selection of local cheeses are packed in the picnic baskets in Homage’s kitchen, so you just know this won’t be your regular picnic platter. Simply order a picnic basket, head out to find somewhere beautiful and secluded to eat it and, boom, best day ever achieved!
Keen to get exploring? Check out Spicers Hidden Vale on the directory now.
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