The day we thought we’d died and gone to heaven

Ok, I give you that the title might be a bit hyperbolic but I think you can safely assume we were pretty impressed with Alure boutique resort in Stanthorpe. We like camping and we like 5 star luxury and to be fair we’re not so keen on the bit inbetween. As a combination of the two, Alure could have been made for us. However, we were a little apprehensive as we’ve tried so called glamping before and been disappointed by damp tents with mediocre facilities. We needn’t have worried, Alure was everything we could have asked for and more.

The tent itself has a living room with a four poster bed, sofa, entertainment centre incorporating wide screen TV and an eco-fire. There is a separate fully equipped kitchen with adjacent laundry and a luxury bathroom with twin sinks and a super shower. The front deck overlooks amazing views across the property and the large back deck has a hot spa and barbeque. In addition to the fire, the tent has fully controllable heating and cooling.

The breakfast hamper was superb and included local bread and juice, muesli, granola, yogurt with fruit compote, biscotti, croissants and preserves. There was more than enough for our two day stay and we even had leftovers to take with us onto our next stop. We also ordered the deluxe BBQ hamper which was immense and included the following: Antipasto platter, Chilli & Kaffir lime marinated scallops, Garlic infused prawns
, Orange & cinnamon marinated chicken tenderloins, Fillet mignon with red wine jus, Chinese duck coleslaw, Chilli squid salad, Greek salad, Bread rolls, Sticky Date Brownies and a Cheese platter

We weren’t going to go hungry! Indeed we had enough for our two days and, once again, leftovers to take with us on our travels. The meals also came with easy to follow instructions for preparing on the impressive gas barbeque.

Alure back deck
Alure back deck

It was so relaxing at Alure, looking out at the paddock, watching kangaroos at dusk and feeling completely isolated. Even better was sitting in the spa and looking up at the stars without any light pollution to spoil the view. The service was also first class and we recommend Alure without hesitation to any couples visiting the Granite Belt. In all the places we’ve stayed across the world, this really was one of the most special.

View from Alure front deck at Dusk
View from Alure front deck at Dusk



  1. […] ‘Lion’s Roar’ does however have some relevance to the content of this post. We’ve visited Taronga zoo in Sydney a number of times. It has a magnificent location on Sydney harbour. There is nothing quite like looking at giraffes with Sydney Opera House in the background. Taronga’s sister zoo is in Dubbo in central New South Wales and we’ve thought we’d like to visit for some time. Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, to give it its full title, also gives you the opportunity to stay overnight. Consequently, this was going to be another of our luxury splurges. Funnily enough, they often seem to involve glamping. You can read about our other nights in tents that aren’t really tents in ‘Living it up at Longitude 131’ and ‘The Day we Thought We’d Died and Gone to Heaven’. […]

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