Nestled in the Blackall Mountain Range, Bellview, a 45 acre property is only over an hour's drive from Brisbane. It promises a serene rural-mountain retreat for couples getaway or a place to introduce your kids to the wonders nature has to offer - a good start would be with the cows on the property.
Bellview is almost 2000ft high in the mountains overlooking Moreton Bay with the magnificent peaks of the Glass House Mountains rising from the flat plains.
Wake up to spectacular sunrise views on a clear day, misty mountain fresh air on cool mornings, crisp morning walks on the wide tracts or enjoy a picnic breakfast amongst nature in the company of birds singing their morning songs.
Explore the rainforest and catch surprised glimpses of wildlife in peaceful surrounding, in particular, on misty mornings.
While away the days with a painted piece of memory on your easel or picnic by the dams.
Seeking Something Different To Do
For the more adventurous, explore the untouched bushland with rainforest, waterfalls and creeks in the Bellthorpe National Park and Bellthorpe State Forest in the vicinity. These are havens for bird and animals species, many of which are endangered. However, permits are required for mountain bike riding, four wheel driving and motorcycle touring in the National Park.
Cyclists are also a common sight challenging the winding, mountainous roads with beautiful views that make the rides both exhilarating and rewarding.
The world renowned Woodfolk Folk Festival held between 27 December to 1 January each year is located a short drive away from the foot of the mountain range. It is one of the biggest annual cultural events featuring a wide range of performance styles, musical genres and nationalities. The final evening of the festival culminates in a spectacular New Year's Day closing ceremony.
Laid Back Activities
A visit to the Australian Zoo, made famous by the late Mr Steve Irwin, is where you can cuddle a koala, hand-feed Asian Elephants, walk with a Sumatran Tiger and watch a crocodile launch from the waters edge.
Maleny, a short drive away, offers a bit of hustle and bustle for a change from the quiet rural farm-lifestyle in Bellthorpe. One can make a day trip visiting wineries, the cheese factory and farm tours featuring cow and goat milking. It also offers a variety of eateries that serve the usual Australian fare as well as Italian, Thai, Indian and Chinese food.
Along the road to Maleny is where you will find the Mary Cairncross Reserve with its rich history and a conservation park not to be missed.
Further on is the small town of Montville where it offers great shopping and dining. Another attraction to pass an afternoon.
However, if one is looking for absolute peace and quiet to escape from city living, then perhaps spending your days in Bellview savouring nature, reading a favourite book by the dam, dine under the stars or watch your favourite DVD movies might just be the best thing to do.