It has certainly been a long, tough 18 months. Things have been very quiet on the blog front, with no travel and Aussie House Swap staff juggling work from home, kids and pets. With restrictions easing in NSW, we thought now is a good time to get our blog mojo back.
The Aussie House Swap team was saddened to hear that the gorgeous Binna Burra lodge was destroyed in the recent bushfires. I was fortunate three years ago to explore this beautiful place with my family. We enjoyed one of the best holiday weekends ever, with many warm lasting memories.
Set in the ancient beauty of Lamington National Park, Binna Burra had a rustic charm that transported you back to another time. Its friendly reception staff and huge open fire welcomed all visitors wanting to escape the busyness of life with a bush escape.
We were just one example of these many visitors. With a 12 year old computer loving son, we decided to head to the bush for a technology free weekend. It was a scary concept, for him and for us! A whole weekend with limited wifi and only two parents to hang with. It ended up being one of the best times I’ve ever had with my son.
After morning bushwalks though the many walking tracks leading from near the lodges, we would enjoy afternoon tea of hot Milo and homemade chocolate chip biscuits. We’d then sit by the open fire in the main room and play games of chess.
At night we headed to the dining hall to a smorgasboard of delicious home-made dishes. It transported me back to my days at school camp as a child, lining up for hot stews and jelly and custard in a room full of friendly strangers.
Sadly, I didn’t take any photos of the Binna Burra lodges themselves, as I was taken in by the majestic forest surroundings. I’d always planned to return as it was such a magical weekend in such a beautiful place where it felt I had transported back in time to a simpler world.
Binna Burra being completely destroyed by fire is a huge loss. Our thoughts go out to the owners and employees who have worked so hard to preserve this historically important place. Hopefully like a phoenix from the flames they will rebuild.
For anyone wanting to contribute to the rebuild, please check out their website https://www.binnaburralodge.com.au