Enchanting, tranquil, magical, quirky, surreal, stunning and incredible. Just a few words used by recent guests to describe the cottage. Winter is coming, so it's the perfect time to book, to enjoy a cosy fire in the mountains at night.
The cottage is built of stone and timber with a unique ferro cement roof. Inside, the upper level is a kitchen and dining area, with a sunken open plan living area below, that includes the lounge at the northern end and bedroom at the southern end of the cottage. There is also a small loft, that can be used as a reading area, relaxation space or extra bedroom.
You can enjoy a breakfast or barbeque on the eastern verandah, while admiring the views into Numinbah Valley and across to Springbrook. The views also take in the Hinze Dam and northern end of the Gold Coast.
The western verandah is a lovely spot in the afternoon and evening. The eco friendly compost toilet and hot shower are in a separate building two steps across the verandah. The cottage is a simple, natural space that has been built to fit in with the surrounding landscape.
Perfect for observing the natural wildlife of the region, a quiet retreat, photography, meditation or just purely a getaway in a natural environment. Your stay includes all linen and towels, bathroom soap and shampoo and tea and coffee.
Binna Burra and Lamington National Park are just minutes away, where you can go on a bush walk that suits your interests or dine at Binna Burra Lodge or the Tea House.
There is strictly no smoking on the property and due to the fact that the building is on the edge of Lamington National Park, no pets are allowed.
Note. The driveway to the cottage is 200m long and is gravel with a steep hill at the end that has concrete strips. A 2wd car can easily manage the driveway, but if you arrive after dark please contact Dave, as you may need assistance.
Ridge Cottage Facilities
Queen Bed (pillows, linen and quilt provided)
4 seat dining table
Gas oven and 4 burner stove
Tea and coffee, plus basic cooking essentials – olive oil, salt and pepper.
2 seater lounge
3 seater lounge
Wood heated combustion stove
Bedside tables with lamps
2 tallboy closests
Shower (towels/soap provided)
Single mattress (spare bed in loft)
Outdoor dining settings
Dave Groom Studio Gallery.
All of the artwork in the Cottage is by local landscape artist, Dave Groom. Adjacent to Ridge Cottage is the Dave Groom Studio Gallery, which is open to the public. The Gallery is generally open between 10am – 4pm. There will be a sign on the wall at the end of the Gallery telling you whether it is open. Please feel free to visit during opening hours, or contact Dave on 0434036975 to arrange a time to visit.
Lamington National Park
The Ridge Cottage is surrounded by Lamington National Park, part of the Gondwana Rainforest World Heritage Area. The slopes of Lamington rise up to the rim of the Mt. Warning caldera and is one of Queensland’s oldest, best known and most loved National Parks.
Walking tracks in Lamington National Park are just 2km further up Binna Burra Rd. There are 145km of walking tracks in Lamington that offer a wealth of scenic beauty. There are dozens of waterfalls, subtropical rainforest, ancient Antarctic beech trees, open eucalypt forest and heath country with wildflowers in Spring. Views from mountain lookouts, wind eroded caves, 180 species of birds and shy bush animals. Visit the Information Centre at the entrance to the Park, for further details on walks and wildlife
The Ridge Cottage is in a natural setting that has many uneven surfaces. Please be aware when walking around the cottage and climbing into the loft. A basic first aid kit is provided under the kitchen bench for minor injuries.
Dave Groom Studio Gallery.
All of the artwork in the Cottage is by local landscape artist, Dave Groom. Just behind the carpark for the Ridge Cottage is Dave Groom s Studio Gallery, which is open to the public. The Gallery is generally open between 10am – 4pm. There will be a sign on the wall at the end of the Gallery telling you whether it is open. Please feel free to visit during opening hours.
Snakes and Lizards
There are several lizard species that live around the ridge, including some small lizards that occasionally appear inside the cottage, generally in warmer weather. They are completely harmless and are affective at catching flies! Please leave them alone and if you see any in the sink, they may need a gentle hand out. Larger lizards, including goannas frequent the surrounding forest.
If you see any snakes, observe them from a distance. Many snakes are harmless and even the venomous ones are of little concern as long as you don t disturb them. Do not attempt to catch them or scare them off, as that is when they may become aggressive. If a snake is near a door or on the path or verandahs, do not approach. Call Dave on his mobile 0434036975 and he can come and check on it for you.
Mammals, Marsupials and a Monotreme
The ridge cottage is a good location to spot certain mammals and marsupials that are rarely seen. Koalas live in the Grey Gums surrounding the cottage and wallabies and pademelons, a small marsupial, live in the native grassland. Possums and sugar gliders can be spotted in the trees at night. Echidnas can also be seen foraging around the forest floor. Please do not try and feed any native animals.
The Ridge Cottage is a perfect place for bird watching. The bird bath out the front attracts all sorts of birds, generally in the early mornings and late afternoon. Spotted Pardalot s, honeyeaters and wrens will come in from the forest surrounding the cottage for a drink and bath. Larger birds such as currawongs, parrots and the occasional bird of prey, including wedge-tailed eagles can be seen in amoungst the trees.