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Lost World sunrise at Worendo Cottages, Queensland. BELOW: Take in the view from the cottage porch. BOTTOM: All smiles and cuddles with the farm animals.

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Like Hosanna, a weekend at Queensland’s Worendo Cottages and Wild Lime Cooking School (worendo.com) is ideal for slowing down and reconnecting with nature and family. The setting for this farm holiday is idyllic: it’s in the Lost World region of the scenic rim overlooking the Rainforest Mountains of Queensland’s Lamington National Park, 90 minutes from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The property has three cottages on offer. We stayed in the four-bedroom Worendo Homestead, which sleeps 12 people and is a charming Queenslander-style cottage with the all the comforts of home, panoramic views, a fireplace for cosy winter nights and a fire pit outside where we roasted marshmallows under a blanket of stars. There is no mobile phone reception, so it’s a welcome chance to switch off and step away from the everyday. The property is home to some friendly sheep and baby lambs, which graze in the cottage’s backyard by a wooden tree swing. You can handfeed the sheep and cuddle the lambs at 4.30pm daily with Worendo’s hospitable owner

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Nathan Overell, who is on hand to answer questions and chat about the region. Nathan also organises farm tours and animal feeding with Dave and Kay Tommerup from neighbouring Tommerup’s Dairy Farm, which is a fun and worthwhile experience. The kids loved the dairy tour where they helped milk a cow and later bottle-fed the milk to some hungry calves named Neil Perry and Tobie Puttock. Guests are also invited to enjoy a picnic by a creek at the old stone hut, accessible via a rickety,

PHOTOGRAPHY WORENDO COTTAGES

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