The second in my little series of Postcards from Home
takes us a scenic half hour drive to the west of my little spot here in the valley -
up the steep and winding Gillies Range Road to the Far North Queensland tropical highlands gem of
Lake Barrine is actually the crater left by a volcanic eruption approximately 10,000 years ago
and is surrounded by pristine World Heritage rainforest not far from the pretty little village of Yungaburra.
Apart from the natural beauty of the lake and surrounding flora and fauna -the historic
Lake Barrine Teahouse is a popular attraction for locals and visitors.
The timber Tea House was originally built in the 1930's as a dance hall
and has since had many uses, including an aquatic centre, guest house, school and a convalescent home during World War II.
Today the Tea House (nestled right on the lake's edge) provides breakfasts, lunches, and their famous prize winning Devonshire teas and looks pretty much like it would have
back the 1930's.
The ornate metal verandah railings, timber floors and french doors offer a subtle glimpse
into a time gone by.
The old piano in the corner of the dining room is a wonderful link to its days as a dance hall.
Close your eyes and you can almost hear the sounds of
those old familiar dance tunes tinkling out across the lake.
What a romantic spot it must have been.
"Take your partners for a Quick Step......"
It is so easy to be transported back in time in this magical place.
Special little touches like home grown roses on each table
just add to the joy.
Our favourite place to go for breakfast on a Sunday morning.
Sitting on the verandah with the Sunday papers, scrambled eggs and a cappuccino -
the troubles of the world seem to disappear!
A wander around the beautiful gardens......
and admire the Tibouchina.
It truly is what I imagine heaven must be like!
(and.... can I let you in on a little secret)
Kendall and I reckon this would be the perfect spot for a wedding. Shhh....(don't we Kendall?)
So glad to have been able to show you this beautiful little corner of my world.
Please call back again next week for another little
"Postcard from Home"
Happy travels everyone!