Be seduced by the romantic elegance of a by-gone era under the majestic and ever captivating presence of Mt Barney.

At Thistledown Country Retreat the Federation era theme spills out into a series of closed perfumed gardens around a secluded cottage and an elegant Queenslander homestead.

The word ‘paradise’ is said to come from ‘pairidaeza’, which was the name of closed scented gardens in ancient Persia.

Here you can ‘write your own romantic play’ to entertain all the senses with elements such as a sumptuous candlelit dinner, a generous picnic hamper, body massage, scented spa, local wine and olive tasting, inspiring country walks, and much more… or maybe just relaxing with a good book.

In this paradise, the stage is set for ‘your play’ to begin!

Cottage Facilities Include

  • Double bed, plus 2 single beds
  • Self-contained kitchen with fridge, oven, hotplates, microwave oven, dishwasher, all crockery, cutlery, pots & pans, complimentary condiments including salt, pepper, sauces & cooking oil.
  • Complimentary tea & coffee
  • Indoor spa bath/shower
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Bathroom linen supplied
  • Barbecue on verandah
  • Day bed on verandah
  • Indoor wood-fired heater
  • Firewood supplied
  • TV & DVD player (no TV reception)
  • CD Player
  • Boules court
  • Half-size croquet lawn

Check In: 2:00pm
Check Out: 10:00am

A 50% deposit is required to secure your booking. The balance is to be paid 7 days prior to arrival.

The standard costing listed below is based on a max of 2 guests, but we accommodate up to 4.

Weekends (Fri-Sun) minimum 2 night stay
$210 Per Night

Midweek (Mon-Thur)
$190 1 Night Only
$180 Per Night (2 nights or more)

In Thistledown Cottage there is a minimum 2 night stay on weekends, 3 nights on long weekends, Christmas and New Year and 4 nights at Easter.

Additional guests will be charged $35/guest/night

Dining: Wining and dining in style is a particular focus at Thistledown Country Retreat.

A unique aspect of Thistledown Country Retreat is the facility of dining in the Roseland Homestead in the sumptuous dining room, the secluded heritage style gardens or in the courtyard in the Homestead, which has a Provencal feel to it. This facility is also available to the guests in the cottage.


Terms and Conditions

Cancellation 14 days prior to arrival will result in the forfeiture of your deposit unless an alternative booking is received within a 3 month period.

Any breakages or damages to the cottage and its contents must be paid for prior to departure.

Cancellation during your stay that shortens your booking due to no fault of Thistledown Country Retreat; a refund of money or days in lieu is not applicable.

Payment Methods

Internet Banking: As we do not have credit card facilities, our preferred payment method is by direct deposit/bank transfer.

Account Details

Bank Name: NAB
Account Name:  John and Micheline Guy
BSB:  084536
Account No:  832124946

Please include your name in the description field during the transfer process.