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Escape the rat race at this rainforest retreat.
Tired of the city life? Yearning for some R&R? Then
you may want to consider a visit to the Sunshine Coast
hinterland and Narrows Escape. Run by Mark and Joanne
Skinner, Narrows Escape offers guests a unique holiday
experience in an idyllic setting. The couple, in the mood
for a seachange, rst stumbled upon the Narrows whilst
searching for new business opportunities. "We were
searching for a Sunshine Coast business that we could
both work in together," explains Mark, who was a travel
industry novice until his foray into Narrows Escape. "We
investigated quite a few properties in the area, but we fell
in love with The Narrows on our rst visit. We didn't even
know that such accommodation existed until then!"
'Such accommodation' includes a beautiful rainforest
setting... the perfect place for city slickers to unwind.
Mark agrees: "The rainforest setting provides a perfectly
tranquil and serene environment in which to totally escape
from the rest of the world. All of the indulgent luxuries are
here, yet guests feel totally private and secluded. We
provide an unobtrusive and very personal service, with
the warmth of a bed and breakfast, but the seclusion of
your own private cottage to retreat to."
In fact the Narrows Escape credo is "to ensure that
we exceed our guest's expectations in all aspects of their
stay." And according to Mark, visitors to the Narrows can
do as little or as much as they like. "We do provide movies,
games and books as well as meals and wines for guests
to share or spend time in their cottage with, but mostly
guests spend time together discovering themselves.
For the more adventurous, there are beautiful rainforest
walks and hikes to discover, or for the more sedate,
wineries, cafes, art galleries and markets can all be had
just minutes away."
For more info on Narrows Escape and to book
your luxury getaway visit narrowsescape.com.au
My aunt who lived next-door was also a cake
decorator which I found creatively fascinating
and would watch for hours as she made roses
and bells from hard icing to put on wedding
In fact it was this sense of the theatrical --
whether it be in cake decorating or the flour-
ishes that make up a fine meal that initially
drew Tony to the kitchen. "I was fascinated by
the theatrics of it all. I think that's what really
attracted me and I'm a night owl also."
Tony admits the decision to open a French
restaurant was simply because of a love for the
"French food when good is simple and tasty,
not tricked up. A duck is a duck and a steak is
a steak. Good produce and attention to your
produce can reward you with a tasty dish and
I believe the French are best at that and that's
what I and my customers like."
Over the years Tony has seen all manner of
changes in the food industry. "We have been
through all the fashions over the years from fu-
sic good old classics again. To me it's real food."
I couldn't agree more...
For more info on Vamps visit vampsbistro.com
holds, food, wine and people, I think it's fair to
say travellers today are more educated and look-
ing for a real cultural experience."
She nishes, "Don't forget though, as Erma
Bombeck said, 'When you look like your pass-
port photo, it's time to go home.'"
For more info visit alburykenttravel.com.au
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