Goanna

Goanna

Moments before taking this photo on our daily walk around our beautiful property, Sweetwater Lodge, a kookaburra tried to attack this big monster, without success! He remained in position unperturbed presumably targetting the poor bird’s eggs. It is survival of the fittest here in Nature’s paradise, Tropical North Queensland!  The goanna […]

Returning Guests

Returning Guests

So good to have our first ever international guests from 6 years ago return to Sweetwater Lodge, our luxury Tablelands accommodation.  Our lovely guests Roy and Jan from the UK came back last week to spend five days at Sweetwater as part of their trip through Queensland. It is so gratifying […]

Happy gardens, happy guests!!

Happy gardens, happy guests!!

Thanks to our hard-working Belgian backpackers Jenna and Jeremie we have just finished mulching our beautiful gardens surrounding the lodges in readiness for the wet season. What a difference it makes, not to mention the benefit to the soil and plants alike. Another testimonial from our recent guests: “Sweetwater Lodge, our […]

Private Bird-watching accommodation

Private Bird-watching accommodation

Very happy with this shot of the White-cheeked Honeyeater at the back of the house. They are so quick it is difficult to get a close-up that is not blurry. They come in their masses to feed on the callistemons and grevilleas which are currently covered in a profusion of flowers. […]

Chopping firewood for our private retreats

Chopping firewood for our private retreats

Cool winter nights in the mountains mean chopping firewood for our guests, especially our locals who are not used to cold weather and love the opportunity to cosy up in our private retreats by a log fire. There’s no shortage of chopped firewood as our youngest family helper has now learned […]

Carved Platypus

Carved Platypus

So here he is, our beautifully carved timber platypus taking pride of place down at the Platypus pond thanks to Matty G chainsaw artist. Carved from solid bluegum on site at Sweetwater Lodge. So if when you are visiting you miss out on seeing the real thing you can at least […]

Chainsaw Carving

Chainsaw Carving

It’s not every day that really inspiring people come into your lives. Following our exhibit at the Cairns Show we were fortunate enough to meet Matty G, a chainsaw artist from Meleny in southern Queensland. The Cairns Show had asked him to come along and show his talents with the chainsaw […]

Lesser Sooty Owl

Lesser Sooty Owl

Here’s a photo of the beautiful Lesser Sooty Owl, the one who has been frequenting our new fenceposts. He was spotted 4 times last week! Unfortunately we can’t lay claim to this photo but if he keeps his visits up we might just snap a good shot of him to share. […]

Fencing at Sweetwater

Fencing at Sweetwater

The boys have recently been busy fencing the front paddock when time allows, firstly putting in these large timber straining posts. Although the fencing has not been finished yet the posts are already proving useful to some of our feathered friends! Three times in the last week we have seen the […]

Cairns Show Exhibit

Cairns Show Exhibit

I really enjoyed spreading the word on Sweetwater Lodge at the Cairns Show last week, the hidden gem of Tableland Accommodation in Tropical North Queensland. It was lovely chatting to all the locals and people who have never heard of us or considered Julatten for their destination for weekends away. Underwood […]