Low Isles

Situated 15 kilometres north-east of Port Douglas, the Low Isles comprise a four acre coral cay surrounded by 55 acres of reef. The reefs are very close to the island, which makes snorkelling an easy and enjoyable experience. The two small islands are separate but share the common reef.

The larger of the two, Woody Island, is uninhabited except for a large bird population. It is a vital habitat for many species.

The smaller of the Low Isles is a coral cay with a lighthouse that has been operating since 1878. Weather data has been gathered from the island since 1887, and scientific associations date back to 1928 when it was the base for a year-long scientific survey that examined the structure and ecology of the surrounding reef. This was the first scientific study of a coral reef anywhere in the world, and many current theories of coral reef ecology are based on the findings of this expedition.

There are 150 different species of hard corals in the waters surrounding Low Isles, although these are dominated by 15 species of soft corals. If you look closely, the feathery tentacles of soft corals can often be seen collecting tiny food particles from the water around them. Living amongst the corals is a large variety of fish, molluscs, sea cucumbers and other animals. Colourful blue, green and purple parrotfish are a common sight as well as angelfish, damselfish, anenomefish or clownfish, trevally, rabbitfish, sweetlip, moon wrasse and fusilleers, just to name a few! Plus, you might run into the resident turtles.

The lightstation (controlled by Queensland Parks and Wildlife) on the flat low lying western island, was completed and exhibited in 1878. The 18 metre tower was originally constructed on a timber frame with a galvanised sheath in the typical Queensland fashion, however Low Isles was the first to have porthole windows.

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Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages

Pinbarren, Noosa Area
From AU$121 - 300
Noosa Cottages is an Eco award winning Retreat and Sanctuary for your Queensland holidays in the beautiful Noosa Hinterland, fully self-contained holiday accommodation on 30 private treed acres. Sunshine coast accommodation with panoramic mountain views, offering great value for money.

Wittacork Dairy Cottages

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From AU$190 - 350
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From AU$190 - 725
Wattle Gully Retreat is a haven of 50 acres of native bush land and rainforest with a beautiful mountain creek winding through the property. Located in the picturesque Blackall Ranges with the Glasshouse Mountains as its neighbour, this private retreat boasts a beautiful waterfall, cascading rock pools, a bush haven for native animals with wallabies and koalas a regular sighting, and abundant birdlife for the avid birdwatcher.

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Montville, Sunshine Coast Area
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From AU$350 - 400
Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat is a boutique luxury resort comprising six fully self-contained secluded pavilions nestled in two hectares of pristine rainforest in the Blackall Range, near Lake Baroon, Montville.

Montville Grove

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From AU$270 - 340
Beautiful accommodation in Montville for a romantic escape, honeymoon or relaxing getaway in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Three secluded cottages with views, spa, fire, deck, barbecue, kitchen facilities, air-conditioning, queen size bed, and lake and rainforest views.

Amamoor Lodge

Amamoor, Gympie Area
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From AU$125 - 210
Nestled on 50 acres and between magnificent mountain ranges in Mary Valley Country, the property offers two styles of accommodation for singles, couples and small groups; traditional Bed and Breakfast in the Lodge or self-contained apartments with continental breakfast.

Whispering Valley Cottage Retreat

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$150 - 400
Tucked away in a lush valley outside Maleny you'll find one of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland's most secluded cottage retreats. Whispering Valley is about peace and privacy - A relaxed luxury escape for couples and small groups.

Lillypilly's Cottages and Day Spa

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$260 - 385
Lillypilly's Cottages and Day Spa is your perfect country retreat, situated in the magical Sunshine Coast Hinterland town of Maleny. Magnificent views overlook the sub-tropical countryside of Lake Baroon, and the luxuriously appointed cottages and superb food, make Lillypilly's truly unique.

Bendles Cottages

Maleny, Sunshine Coast Area
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Montville Ocean View Cottages

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Montville Ocean View Cottages are set on 60 acres of pristine parkland, rainforest and gardens, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Architect designed with modern contemporary wines, they are secluded and private.
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