Sunday, 11 August 2013

Choose Your Own Adventure: Babymoon Roadtrip..

Last weekend Ben and I set out on a very special roadtrip adventure, high into the Sunshine Coast hinterland for our babymoon.  With our little adventurer only weeks away from joining our family, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to savour some last minute rest, relaxation and time together in one of our favourite places.  What made this roadtrip even more special was our gorgeous ride, a Ford Focus Titanium that we are very lucky to be enjoying for the next six weeks thanks to Ford and Kidspot*.  

With all the essentials packed (including my very favourite maternity pillow), we set off on a blissful Sunday morning, making our way via breakfast at Peregian Beach to the picturesque town of Maleny.  We chose a roadtrip close to home just in case our little adventurer decided to make an early appearance.  How blessed we are to live so close to the beautiful hinterland enabling us to enjoy the delightful towns of Mapleton and Montville on our way to our babymoon retreat.    

If you take a trip down Policeman Spur Road, continue past the farmhouses and retired school bus until you find yourself out of phone reception and surrounded by lush rainforest, you might just stumble upon our tree house hideaway, Lyola Pavilions.  Nearly seven years ago, we first came to Lyola for our honeymoon and so it seemed only fitting that we return on this special occasion, to soak up the beautiful views, tranquility and lovely baked goodies delivered each morning. 

As much as we wanted to spend our whole getaway, curled up by the log fire, good books in hand (from our favourite Rosetta Books), we just couldn't resist the glorious weather and ventured out to some of the Sunshine Coast's iconic and quirky landmarks.  First stop, Mary Cairncross Park for a wander and to take the breathtaking Glasshouse Mountains.  And a 'proper' Queensland roadtrip would not be complete without a stop at The Big Pineapple.  

One of our favourite roadtrip finds was to a delightful little nook, tucked away in Palmwoods.  The Lane brings together some of our very favourite things, homegrown organic food, vintage treats and handmade treasures. The sweet scent of freshly brewed chai wafted through the charming laneway and we felt right at home.   

Our roadtrip was made complete with a final stop at Noosa Woods for an afternoon picnic and ocean swim.  Although only ten minutes from home, every visit to this divine beach feels as though we could be anywhere in the world.  

Though just a few days long, our babymoon roadtrip was the perfect chance to get away from the everyday, spend a little time just for us, to reminisce about our past ten years together and to embrace our exciting new adventure.   

Much Love

*Thanks to Ford and Kidspot I'm delighted to be taking part in the Voices of 2013 - Ford Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge. This is the first of three blog posts I'll be sharing about our pre baby adventures featuring the black Ford Focus Titanium.    


  1. Sounds like a gorgeous get away and that last shot sums it all up beautifully
    Its years since I've seen the big pineapple - so glad its still rocking it as a tourist destination :-)
    Hope the next few weeks are kind to you

  2. Such a lovely idea and getaway! :)

  3. It's such a beautiful idea dear Sophie, I hope you have been able to enjoy every little moment like you wanted too!

  4. A lovely part of the world, stunning photographs, perfect!

  5. Before I even read the words my eyes were drawn to your pics of LYOLA - we had our honeymoon here too 11 years ago this New Years Eve. Special place!

    And isnt the Lane and Renaes Pantry just lovely

  6. This looks truly delightful Sophie! Your accommodation looks so beautiful and I love those pineapples! You look radiant x

  7. I'm a Brissy girl myself and I havn't been out there in ages! Looks like you had a lovely time. Really makes me want to visit this part of Qld again! :)

    Rowdy Fairy

  8. I love Montville and Maleny such relaxing and beautiful places to visit.

  9. Just a perfect reminder to me of all the wonderful things in our neck of the woods. We've just come back from 6 weeks away and it's made me realize that I forget to explore more of my local area. If you are ever in Palmwoods in the evening you must check out Cafe d'Orient It's Thai and Vietnamese (the owner is Vietnamese) and he buys the fresh ingredients from the markets every couple of days himself. It's divine.

  10. This sounds perfect. Such a good idea - I will have to remember to suggest something similar to my husband in a few months time. X

  11. Sounds like an amazing adventure! I've always wanted to see the Big Pineapple for myself! :)

  12. What a magic time you must have had! And what a Beautiful way to share this adventure. Yay lovely lady!! Xx


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