Pam and Dal met while hot air ballooning over the Serengeti in Africa. They retired to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland about 12 years ago to live at Sweetwater Cottage, where their 5 children and 9 grandchildren love to visit them.
After building a new home at the top of the hill, it was decided to open Sweetwater Cottage to the public. The response has been sensational! Over the past five years hundreds of people have come to Sweetwater to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and attend weddings. Some simply come to relax, unwind and enjoy the peaceful serenity. And they still keep coming!
Pam and Dal are keen conservationists and continue to restore and regenerate the property. This past year Dal has spent many hours building tracks and walkways so that guests can enjoy a walk to the waterfall and experience the natural beauty of the property.
Everyone who visits comments on the driveway into the cottage. Although only 500 metres long its a magical experience.
Sweetwater is very special. It is memorable, romantic, mind-blowing and magical. It has a feeling of calm and peace. It’s not just one thing, it’s the feeling of being surrounded by the rainforest; the native birds that flit in and out of the private garden and come to feed; the wallabies you see grazing as you drive in; it’s the sounds at night and its an atmosphere that is precious.
We feel privileged to live in this beautiful part of the world.
We have been pleasantly surprised by requests to hold weddings in the grounds. However, due to the wear and tear on the property we need to limit the number of these events held each year. Only a limited few are lucky enough to hold a wedding at Sweetwater. It is magical to share in the excitement of wedding plans and preparations.
Sweetwater has become the place for groups to gather. Because of our unique accommodation set up, it lends itself to extended family groups to gather for celebrations and reunions. Some who have visited include – Class Reunions, Ladies Retreats, The Quilting Ladies Workshop; Art Retreats, a Choir, a birdwatching group, a group of songwriters, a writers retreat, Christmas in July, and the list keeps coming.
Young mothers have a retreat without the children for a weekend, old school friends meet once a year, pre wedding and hens weekends, and groups of work colleagues all come to Sweetwater. They find the cottage cozy, homely, quiet and peaceful with the added benefit of a beautiful walk to the waterfall. They leave relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated.