This tiny town has some of the best hotels in Australia…

By Katherine Sparshatt,

top destinationWant to know where travellers are most satisfied with their hotel experience, or where you should spend your next staycation?

Well, we’ve pulled more than 140 million traveller ratings from trivago to reveal what the highest rated destination in the country is – and it’s Montville! This tiny town located on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland tops the charts for having the best rated hotels. And the best hotel in Montville? That would be Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat. The hotel had the highest online user-ratings out of all the hotels in Montville  – now that’s impressive.


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Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat

Nestled amongst the treetops of the rainforest, this accommodation is perfect for a romantic getaway, spa weekend or even just some ‘me-time.’ Narrows Escape focuses on the experience, with every detail taken care of – from integrating the surrounding nature, to leaving guests feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Lounge at Narrows Escape

Rooms

The rooms have been designed with couples in mind. There are six pavilions in total, all created to seamlessly combine nature with modern and comfortable amenities. Every pavilion is also fitted with additional luxuries, including a double spa bath, log fire and Nespresso coffee machine. A gourmet breakfast hamper is delivered to your door on arrival and fresh flowers, chocolates and a food platter await you in the fridge.Bedroom at Narrows Escape

Then there are the slightly more practical luxuries such as high speed internet, a fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, a barbeque, covered parking and free laundry facilities. It’s a home from home where you will want for nothing whilst being surrounded by all the comforts you’d find in your own house.

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What makes Narrows Escape so special?

The overwhelming consensus is that attention to detail is what makes Narrows Escape stand out from the crowd. From the welcome chocolates and cheese platters to the quality of the bedding and furnishings, nothing has been overlooked. Kevin and Jenny are the hosts and they are dedicated to being warm and welcoming to ensure your stay at Narrows Escape is as pleasant as possible.

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Narrows Escape

Montville

In case you can prise yourself away from your pavilion at Narrows Escape, the surrounding town of Montville is the top tourist destination in Australia for good reason. Montville is a cultural hub along the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with many galleries, cheese factories, wineries, craft stores, and quirky coffee shops.

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Montville | Photo by Walrus36 (CC BY 2.0)

The popular Australia Zoo is just a twenty minute drive away from Montville and to the north is the Kondalilla National Park. The park is known for its spectacular waterfalls and hiking trails through its leafy rainforest. The weather in Montville is subtropical; it is mostly sunny however cooler than the Sunshine Coast with temperatures in the summer being between 20 and 30 degrees.

What to do

Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Rainforest | Photo by Michael Lawton (CC BY-SA 2.0)

It would actually be easier to list what you can’t do as there are so many options in Montville. When you’re not staggering from vineyard to vineyard or instagramming pictures of incredible waterfalls, you can stroll along the Obi Obi boardwalk where, in the early morning, you can spot platypuses in the water.

Walking tours are available in the rainforest or the Glasshouse Mountains, where you can spot a heap of local wildlife and enjoy the tranquil rainforest. The hinterland is just 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast, with stunning beaches, water sports, unique coral reefs and plenty of restaurants and bars with seaviews.

Where to eat

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Glass of wine on the deck | Photo by PRObambe1964 (CC BY-ND 2.0)

If you are seeking out luxury and want to impress, then Flamehill Vineyard is the perfect place to sample delicious wines and try their gourmet meals made from farm-to-table ingredients. Dine on the terrace, the deck, or pre-order a picnic and simply take in the views of the Obi Obi Valley, Mount Coloom and the Sunshine Coast beyond.

For a more low-key dining option try Gypsy’s Table, an old-world restaurant tucked away in the heart of Montville. Be whisked away by its eclectic charm and variety of dishes from seafood and steaks to curries and game dishes. Every meal is accompanied by a selection of carefully chosen wines from around the world.


Montville’s position at the top of trivago’s Reputation Rankings is certainly well deserved – it is uniquely placed to enjoy some of the best that Australia has to offer. To complement this great location, Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat makes the most of its surroundings whilst offering a warm and luxurious stay.

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