Treetops may be in wilderness, but we are surrounded by outstanding restaurants where you can celebrate a special occasion with a fantastic meal!
The Age Good Food Guide 2016 edition agrees. Hot off the press a week ago, it lists four places with prestigious hat ratings within an hour’s drive of Treetops.
The list includes the amazing Brae at Birregurra that has burst into the world’s top 100 restaurants after just a few years. Brae was also named the Regional Restaurant of the Year while owner Dan Hunter was named Chef of the Year.
We can help you make bookings at these places so just let us know.
This whale season many people have been enchanted by our whales moving along the Great Ocean Road coast to Warrnambool. Listening to people “ooh” and “ahh” there is no doubt many feel a deep connection.
We can help you download the whale app that shoes you when whales are passing our coast. Grab your binoculars and get ready.
Here’s a story that shows the human animal connection seems to be felt by the whales too.
Michael Fishbach, co-founder of The Great Whale Conservancy (GWC), saved a young humpback whale entangled in local fishing nets off the coast of California.
It took him and friends over an hour to get the net off but at the end the whale surprised and delighted them with a fantastic thank you show.
Go to 6 minutes into the video to see her finally freed and the spectacular thank you show she gives her saviours.
In winter at Treetops one of our favourite activities is making and drinking Glühwein, the famous mulled wine from Germany. Our German rellies make it all during the freezing Christmas season and when out and about at Christmas markets in the little towns they just grab some in a festive mug from the market stalls and get warm in a flash.
Wye River and the Great Ocean Road is still chilly but a few sips of your own Glühwein in front of the wood fire will bring a glow to anyone’s cheeks.
Here’s our very own recipe handed down from not, grandma, but grandpa, as it’s often the men that make it (watch out, they usually add far too much brandy!)
• 2 large lemons (peeled and juiced)
• 2 large oranges (peeled and juiced)
• 1 orange not peeled sliced into 5 slices
• 5 whole cloves / 2 whole star anise
• 5 green cardamom pods
• 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
• 3 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks (extra cinnamon sticks for each glass later)
• 2 bottles dry red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz (medium quality and price)
• 1/2 cup brandy
Carefully remove the skin from the lemons and oranges in pieces and pop into a large pot. Add the juice of the lemons and oranges to the pot. Add orange slices. Add cloves, star anise and cardamom.
Add the sugar, and cinnamon sticks, the red wine and brandy, stir to combine, and bring just to a simmer. Don’t let it boil. Simmer for about 15 mins. Remove all the floating spices with a slotted spoon or small sieve, remove from the heat. Pop a cinnamon stick into each glass and enjoy – PROSIT or SKOL!
Over the last four weeks we had many guests bringing their best four legged friends to our dog friendly Treetops. And it’s been a crisp winter so no surprises that one of the main activities liked by all is sleeping in front of the wood fire. But kudos to those that romped on the beach and even in the water.
A few days ago we saw our first whales for the season, just a kilometre past Wye River on the way to Apollo Bay. Eight cars parked by the side of the road and lots of excited people gave it away. We stood and watched in the freezing wind as the whale, about 200m off shore swam and tail kicked her way towards the next bluff.
Endangered Hooded Plovers getting protection along Wye River and Separation Creek beaches. Photo G. Ehmke, Shorebirds.
There’s a plucky little bird we’ve watched over the years on our Wye River and Separation Creek seashore. They nest on the beaches and we see them regularly defending their nests from people and dogs with shrieking and flapping of wings.
It’s the Hooded Plover which is extinct in NSW and in Queensland. Only 400 remain in Victoria, many along our wonderful part of the Great Ocean Road.
Protecting cute little endangered Hooded Plover chicks on Wye River and Separation Creek beaches. Photo GORCC.
We always encourage our guests at Treetops not to take their dogs to that part of the beach (immediately opposite the General Store Café) so that these endangered little guys have a chance to rear their chicks. Our dog visitors have plenty of other areas on the beach to have fun.
Great Ocean Road Coast Committee (GORCC)has just won an award for protecting these birds long the coast – well done folks. Committee teams fence off breeding areas and install signs along the coast informing visitors about these endangered birds. With this sort of care we hope the little birds have a good future here in our coastal villages.
Nov 2015. What a lovely retreat experience and surroundings. The guides to show us all the local wildlife were fabulous. We were smitten by practically everything! 2 nights were ridiculously too short a stay! Can't wait to be back at Treetops! Michael.
Oct 2015. Four days felt much longer. Had a fantastic stay with our big lab Teddy. Enjoyed feeding the birds out of our hands. We will be back. Tyler, Mel and Teddy.
Sept 2015. This place saved my sanity! Lovely, lovely Treetops. Ricky-Lee and Jono.
Aug 2015. Impossible to Fault.
Treetops is a a very special place and the owners have left nothing to chance in making your stay enjoyable and relaxing. The provision for all your likely needs has been considered and provided for including pantry items. The property is set in a beautiful environment with magnificent views from all windows.The procession of bird life arriving at the balcony provides endless entertainment and being able to bring our pooch made it a truly family weekend. Cannot wait for our next visit. Brian.
June 2015 . Previous holidays we always stayed in Lorne – but wow, NEVER again! This place was home away from home for our whole family. There was nothing we could fault, it was all perfect. It truly is a rainforest retreat with ocean views. A well equipped property with space, air, and magnificent views of the ocean. All the family loved that every bedroom has an ocean view so no arguments (lol). Thanks to the owners for helping us track wildlife and find the best koala spotting places. We’ll be back. Janine and Tom.
May 2015. Thanks for the amazing stay at the eyrie of Treetops in Wye River. Yes we enjoyed the birds, they made us laugh every morning as we had our breakfast on the balcony. One evening we saw George the koala climb up on the tree outside the top bedroom. Fantastic.
We loved every minute of our holiday and we had no idea we’d end up getting engaged on the beach! We won’t forget this holiday ever. What an amazing holiday. Aly and James.
March 2015. Beautiful house, amazing location. This is the second year running my partner and I have stayed at Treetops. It's a very beautiful and comfortable house in an incredible rainforest setting with views down to the Wye River beach. Amazing wildlife- the king parrots will perch on your arm eating birdseed (provided- thanks hosts!) from your hand. The cockies and kookaburras are great fun too!! The host posted my phone back to me free of charge when I accidentally left it behind. All round a great experience. I'll definitely be back. Luke.
Jan 2015. Treetops Wye River is a genuinely healing stay. I've always thought that a little place in the rainforest, by the beach, that allows dogs, existed....and it does! Exceeding all our expectations in it's incredible beauty, peaceful, soulful walls. This sanctuary has happiness at its essence with all the people before us loving it as much as we. And the kind thoughtful owners offering a genuinely healing stay. The sound of the ocean, the beautiful birds, the trees, the views, the artworks, the books, etc filled our spirits. Emma.
Come for a wildlife retreat Treetops Wye River on the spectacular Great Ocean Road
Cosy wood fire, ocean views and yes, you can bring your best four-legged friend. Treetops is pet friendly retreat at Wye River on the Great Ocean Road, 2 hours from Melbourne.
Winter on the Great Ocean Road -enjoy a Treetops Wye River getaway