Secrets on the Lake is a very unique Hinterland experience for couples, a collection of individually designed artisan treehouses in the magnificent Mapleton rainforest. Built by craftsmen who have captured the spirit of the rainforest and its charming creatures, Secrets on the Lake has been created as the perfect romantic escape - a place that will enchant and delight - for each treehouse is a work of art with carved red cedar features, forged iron fittings, hand blown glass and customised ceramics that spring to life in timeless whimsical delight.
Located on 20 acres of rainforest on the edge of Lake Baroon, the treehouses are secluded in the forest, offering privacy and superb attention to detail in completely unique world class accommodation. Bespoke features are a testament to the wonderfully creative talents of the artists and artisans whose combined efforts have resulted in an utterly unique experience for couples. Each treehouse has its own theme. Enter through hand carved curiously shaped doors, marvel at the stunning hanging fireplaces, admire hand carved mirrors featuring forest creatures and savour gorgeous kitchens with carved shelving suspended from beautifully crafted iron fittings. Enjoy light filtering through riotous colour of stained glass stories of local species, encased in beautiful hand carved window frames. Sit on extraordinary hand made swing seats - love seats for two - an engineering masterpiece in a state of perpetual suspension. Sip champagne while immersed in bubbles in a sunken spa with spectacular views. Be inspired by sights and sounds - the beauty of the rainforest, mists on the lake, a frog symphony after dusk reverberating through the air, water splashing in the lake as fish chase ever elusive moths. Enjoy nocturnal calls of local wildlife, and maybe even a few visitors. Massages are available on request, and you can eat all meals in Secrets Cafe if you prefer. It just doesn't get any better than this.
Montville is an idyllic heritage town in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Popular for its village charm and local arts, you can wander through quirky shops with cuckoo clocks, fabrics and homemade sweets, and unique local boutiques. Visit one of the many galleries on the Arts and Crafts Trail, or take a drive up to Maleny on the other side of the lake. Or simply stay at Secrets on the Lake, located next to the National Park where you can take a short or long forest walk with a picnic hamper. Or maybe you would prefer to paddle a canoe on the lake, then drop into Secrets Cafe for lunch.
Secrets on the Lake is an absolutely stunning location for a wedding and caters for up to 80 guests. The Secrets Garden is nestled beneath mountainous rainforests next to a tranquil lake and is one of the most beautiful places to get married in Montville. With carved decks and ponds overlooked by the rainforest mountains, it features rock pools, love seat swings, beautiful carvings, expansive lawns and an antique style boat house called The Lake House. There are many gorgeous choices for a wedding ceremony from stunning garden decks to the romantic chapel-like Lake House, or the elegance of lush green lawns by the lake. Handcrafted platforms are surrounded by lily ponds and waterfalls, and the Lake House is a perfect wet weather option. Create stunning memories in beautiful surrounds, the Old Woodshed's rustic charm draws romantics and photographers, with unforgettable results. For receptions choose from canapes or a daytime reception in the gardens or on the Lake House deck. Or perhaps croquet on the lawn with High Tea, Barbeque or Luncheon. Or plan a night time reception on the Cafe deck overlooking Lake Baroon, arguably one of the best views from a restaurant in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Enjoy fabulous gourmet style food inspired by Secrets' chef Erik Van Elfan. A wedding planner is available to assist to ensure everything goes to plan for a truly wonderful day.
Secrets Cafe and Gallery
Secrets Cafe is a place where food itself is pure artistry, where flavours and colours and textures combine to excite palates and senses, a place of decadence where the lick of a tiny blowtorch coaxes caramel to life, or a soufflé rises silently, golden and as light as the breeze. Where perfectly roasted pumpkin transforms into a delicious roulade with spinach, feta and herbs fresh from a garden uniquely designed as a floral like emblem. Be tempted by a steamed duck egg with porcini and asparagus custard and truffle foam, or a slow braised beef lasagne. Canapés such as grilled scallops on Japanese wakamé seaweed salad, or a delicious sweet baby beetroot crostini with goat's cheese, are ideal for functions. Fully licensed with table service, it's not surprising that Secrets Cafe won the 2012 and 2014 Award for 'Best Cafe on the Range'. Situated in rainforest on Lake Baroon with panoramic vistas of calm water, majestic mountains and lush rainforest, the cafe has been crafted with exquisite carvings and attention to detail. A little wishing pond connects to the Tree of Dreams in the Art Gallery, while a restored antique buggy is parked on the cafe deck. Secrets on the Lake is full of beautiful art where you least expect it. Naturally.