Country Queensland isn’t always everybody’s first choice for a holiday destination, and Chinchilla is no exception. But if you’re willing to give it a go, this little town has a lot to offer; in particular, a secret gem perfect for the weary traveller. The Laurels of Chinchilla
offer boutique, creek-front accommodation, far away from the hustle and bustle of the normal tourist routes. From its home nestled along the banks of Charlie’s Creek, the Laurels have basic rooms within the main house and stunning, stand-alone cottages throughout the property; there’s something to suit any need or taste.
At first glance, you’ll find beauty, serenity, and privacy. And that’s more than enough to guarantee an amazing getaway.
But for those who look a little deeper, there is plenty under the surface. Owners Greg and Shara have poured their hearts and souls into this sanctuary. Everything from the decorative features, to the walls of the cottages themselves, have been hand-crafted by Greg. His use of recycled and found materials promises that each piece you look at is one of a kind, with its own story to tell. Shara, an interior designer by trade, has fashioned each of the rooms and cottages in individual styles, so each one has a life all its own.
If you can drag yourself away from your cabin, there is plenty more to see around the premises.
Perhaps the most adorable spot is the outdoor lounge. With its own little fireplace, it’s the perfect spot to curl up with a cuppa and a good book, or to sit and chat.
Of course, quite time isn’t everything. Kayaks, bikes and fishing gear are all available for guests to use. Fancy a night out for dinner? Jan’s Country Kitchen is just a leisurely stroll down the street for a fantastic wood fire pizza. During the day, you can also duck right next door to the Chinchilla Farmers Market for fresh fruit and veggies, or one of their brilliant smoothies and juices.
This little Eden is feels so far separated from the rest of the world that it’s easy to forget you’re only an easy 20 minute walk from the centre of Chinchilla.