The Daily Telegraph, Tiana Templeman
"...despite the retreat's bush location, guests certainly don't come here to rough it... Wind rustles the native trees, filling the air with the scent of gumtree blossoms, jumping fish splash into the lake and a flock of pelicans fly in low over the water as the sun goes down. Kookaburras encourage us to rise early. Wallabies hop through the bush as we attempt to finish the berries, croissants, muesli and organic milk and yoghurt in our breakfast basket. We don't come close, despite being hungry after our morning bush walk.
Surrounded by Noosa's natural beauty, it feels as if this magical spot is ours alone.
Traveller - Weekend Getaways
"....you're in a part of Noosa which local would rather keep to themselves..........Welcome to the lesser known part of Noosa tucked away from canal front homes and bustling boutique shopping at Hastings Street. Promotional material for Eumarella says the accommodation is just minutes from the very best of Noosa. Some might argue the point - that Eumarella actually is the very best of Noosa that the rest is just minutes away......"
On a steel grey morning I pushed off from the mangrove shore of Weyba Creek on my stand up paddle board and let the incoming tide carry me across the shallows of the entrance to Lake Weyba.
There was not a breath of wind and the water was like a sheet of glass.I held my paddle parallel to it, and let the tide do the work, not wanting to disturb the tranquility of this beautiful place......
Phil Jarrett's article continues describing the colourful history of Lake Weyba, one of Noosa natural assets.
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Eumarella Shores Noosa Lake Retreat is only a 10 minute drive from the heart of Noosa but its untouched location on the shores of Lake Weyba is a world away from the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street. The retreat’s eight cottages and lakehouses are surrounded by 100 acres of native flora and accessed via a quiet suburban street ending at the edge of the lake. However, guests certainly don’t come to Eumarella Shores to rough it despite the retreat’s bush location.
My husband and I stayed in Gooloowaa, a luxe 3 bedroom lakehouse that had us wishing we were travelling with friends. The expansive deck had a row of bar stools overlooking the lake that alluded to the promise of good times shared, inside there were two huge dining tables, a gourmet kitchen and three bedrooms with the largest having a spa bath that practically screamed ‘romance’...............
We stayed at Gooloowaa for two nights but felt so relaxed by the end of our stay that it seemed like we had been away much longer. Next time we will have to share this wonderful ‘secret spot’ with a couple of friends.
Q Weekend, Frances Whiting
I lived a stone’s throw from Noosa’s Lake Weyba for almost a year without ever knowing its many moods and colours, how it can turn from a shimmer of silver to a deep, dusky pink in a matter of hours. I didn’t know it had its own song, that it could beat wildly against the rocks or whisper among the paperbarks, the way it could lie completely still, its silence broken only by the occasional splash of a fish jumping, I imagine, for joy......For me, breathing in the sights and sounds of Lake Weyba was the highlight, among many, of our stay... THE VERDICT - Lap up the luxury.
Short Breaks Sunday Mail Alison Cotes
I've been to Eumarella Shores before, but Gooloowaa is different from the normal one and two bedroom cottages that line the lake. It's the new five star luxury lodge that hovers over the waters of Lake Weyba with a huge deck for barbecues, adobe walls......and it has equipment that sent out group of six almost wild with excitement......Gooloowaa can be hired for a single couple but I really think's it's too big for just two, who would be better off in one of the smaller cottages, equally luxurious although with fittings not quite as elegant...
Herald Sun – Sue Gough Henly
“Nurtured naturally” Noosa is a haven from development. Noosa is well loved because it has not been loved to death....Staying – for a peaceful place to rest your head, it is hard to go past Eumarella Shores in the heart of flora and fauna reserve on the edge of Lake Weyba.
New Zealand Herald – Graham Reid
“Reflections” – The feeling of a special relaxing moment is the mood that embraces me at Eumarella Shores on the banks of Lake Weyba near Noosa, where I sit with owner Bill Tainsh whose cartoonist father, Doug, drew the famous “Cedric” series for over 50 years, limited edition prints of which adorn the lake-house walls.
We chat about the restful 100 acre family property where many trees are over 200 years old. The following morning the rumble of the ocean rolls across the still lake. Another special moment.
Noosa News - Gail Arnold
It was a grand opening with ballerinas performing to the sounds of a piano accordion and violin against the blue backdrop of Lake Weyba. But it was also a snapshot of Noosa style; an event which celebrated the land and the people who, from the 1970's personified the ethos of our local cultural and environmental spirit.
Q Weekend Courier Mail (Cathy Osmond)
The Great Escapes – Go for a weekend or stay for a week. They’re our favourite getaways – and they’re right on your doorstep....”
It’s hard to believe, surveying tranquil Lake Weyba from your deck, that Noosa is just a jabiru’s flight over there to the north east. This is pyjamas-or-togs-all-day territory, a private 20 ha lakeside wilderness, seven eco-friendly cottages tucked into the trees.”
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Q Weekend Escapes – (Cathy Osmond) – Courier Mail
Nature may provide the serenity but nurture adds sheer luxury to this lakeside haven near Noosa....We considered our options. To enjoy the serenity from our deck, or to hit the walking tracks? Go fishing, or take to the canoe in search of the jabiru? We sipped our plunger coffee in silence. There was no hurry: like the protected species all around us, it seemed we had all the time in the world.
Sunday Mail, Discover (Alison Cotes)
This was a 10/10 experience, I hope you’ll go and test for yourselves…..
Sunday Mail, Discover (Lou Robson)
Enter Eumarella Shores and the real world falls away....It’s beautiful. Eco-friendly buildings, 1950’s beach shacks with a twist....The coastal hideaway is different – a small and private lakeside community just minutes from the ocean.
Sunday Telegraph, UK (Yolanda Carslaw)
A wilderness haven conveniently close to civilisation....the interiors are beautiful; there’s activity and adventure aplenty – think kayaking among pelicans at sunrise, biking to the beach, fishing and bird watching. The scent of eucalyptus is heavenly and you can mellow out with a spa treatment or massage…