Australia’s first luxury glamping wine experience has opened the canvas shutters on the southern fringes of Brisbane.
Sanctuary by Sirromet, is a mere 30-minute drive south from Brisbane city, in the suburb of Redland, a community of coastal islands, beaches and country living.
The new accommodation allows you to come and stay and play in up-market glamping tents.
Resident wallabies leisurely grazing, the young, always curious to visitors to their home, will be one of your native welcoming companions when visiting this brand-new retreat.
Each ‘tent’ faces a natural lagoon with its surface dotted with pretty lily pads, which I am told will flower purple. Birds and butterflies visit the newly planted native shrubs while the wallabies continue enjoying the fresh, green lawn.
Sirromet has long been known for its first-class wines. Chief winemaker Adam Chapman pours his heart and soul into producing a fine drop or two and since joining the team they boast winning over 800 medals both nationally and internationally.
The family-owned property covers almost 227 hectares and annually hosts one of Brisbane’s premier music events – A Day on the Green, and it is well-known as a wedding retreat. One thing that has been lacking is accommodation, and that’s now solved with the addition of the ‘tents’.
Within your tranquil abode, there is no television however, Wi-Fi is complimentary. Dedicated to the environment, there is a gigantic emphasis on being green and clean. All your personal supplies are enviro-friendly with the hand-made goat milk soap and body lotion divine. The commitment goes much deeper than beauty products. Water is recycled, plastic, power, food is grown and almost everything sourced within a 50-kilometre radius of the farm. Even the compendium is made by a local leather worker. Each page is recycled paper dotted with seeds that when needs to be replaced the paper simply decomposes and the seeds sprout a new generation of Australian flora.
We use this word loosely as they are far above just an ordinary tent. Mod-cons are not left wanting within your tent of which choices vary in size from couples to families and a secluded honeymoon tent. The tents feature silk-lined ceilings, polished floors, reverse cycle-air-conditioning along with luxury linen on comfortable king size beds. And then there is the food.
During our two-night stay, we dine at Lurleen’s restaurant and savour a Sirromet food and wine safari. The safari is a hit with all ages. Riding in the trailer behind the farm tractor we are lead around the property to station after station of fine food and wine. Joined by Adam and Matt Fulford head chef, we discover more about Sirromet philosophy and making of fine wine and food. We learn about the herbs served with seafood are sea herbs brought especially in by chef accompanying chef Simon from his home of Russel Island, just across the bay.
The safari finishes with our last course in the Barrel Hall, after a tour past the towering vats gently fermenting away. Afterwards, a short, easy walk takes us back to our tent, the stars and the bush. A simply splendid, short escape, from Brisbane.
Photography by Sirromet and Danielle Lancaster