Hampton Queensland – that is ! What a great spot in our world, only 2 hours and 45 minutes from the white sands of the gold Coast to the tropical fertile hideaway of Ravensbourne Escape

Fantastic performance by
the Hobsons @ the Hampton Festival

MAY 2019

RAVENSBOURNE ESCAPE + HAMPTON FESTIVAL
FRIDAY TO MONDAY

If you like the Ravensbourne Escape idea like we did, then give Rob a buzz  directly on
(Mob) +61427989570 or  (Work) +61746978092
Tell Rob or Annette that we referred you!

FRIDAY

GOLD COAST TO RAVENSBOURNE ESCAPE
SERENITY – LUXURY STUDIO

It’s not often these days that Claire and I get the opportunity for a long weekend getaway, as readjusting to a life with cancer has altered how and what we do, but the “treescape” getaway idea was compelling and just the tonic.

Ravensbourne Escape was the destination for a country relaxation and the highlight would be the annual Hampton Festival just 15 minutes further up the country road!

The photos below capture our stay but the experience we received far exceeded them and our expectations. Our hosts Rob and Annette gave us such a tranquil experience it was perfect.

If I had to pick one thing as the best part, then it was the red wine, the cheese board platter and the log fire that Rob had set up ready to go on our arrival. Watching the warming flames dance as the sun set was so calming and relaxing. The Ravensbourne bush clad sunset was absolutely magical.

FRIDAY EVENING

RAVENSBOURNE’S RESTAURANT CAFE
350 METRES FROM OUR HIDDEN RETREAT

Ed and his Woods Cafe team organised a country dining feast as part of the Hampton Festival theme. During the pre-drinks and nibbles we had the opportunity to mingle with local growers and a few other city bods like ourselves. The whole night was a great mix of local country food and wines, such a fun relaxing way to begin our stay.

SATURDAY

COUNTRY DRIVE TIKI TOURING AROUND
HAMPTON – CROWS NEST – HIGHFIELD
Magnificent growing country and so picturesque. tropical, farming and very fertile.
The highlight was the brunch at Emeraude Cafe, wow Amanda has put a lot of thought into a country dining experience. We also appreciated that Amanda took the time to tell us a little about the town of Hampton and where to go and what to see. Emeraude is a must do.

BRUNCHTIME @ EMERAUDE | REVIEW

SATURDAY

AFTERNOON COUNTRY DRIVE
HAMPTONS – CROWS NEST – HIGHFIELDS

COFFEE BREAK @ THE CHOCOLATE COTTAGE
POP UP VIDEO HIGHFIELDS (12 MINS FROM HAMPTON)
Out the back of the Chocolate Cottage is a really cute “Village Green” which is surrounded by cottage industry styled small businesses. We particularly liked the “Artist Collective” where we met Jean and viewed her unique “Inky Art”. I have included a popup video here a 30 second clip of Jean’s work at the Jondaryan Wool shed Luncheon.

SATURDAY NIGHT @ SERENITY

Lighting our own fire
was sooooo good

SUNDAY

The Hampton Festival is a quality experience, we had no idea that this existed let alone how good it is.
Everything was so easy and high quality, the stalls were so well presented and authentic. The stall hosts (main growers and wine makers) were bright and bubbly, totally switched on and passionate. The smiles the friendliness of this whole event said it all – loved the food, the wine and definitely the music – we will be back for sure!

PEOPLE AND STALLS WE LIKE 

GRANITE BELT CHRISTMAS FARM | FOUR BROTHERS | THE HOBSONS

MORE SHOTZ

The drive to Hampton didn’t let us down -highly recommend if you get the chance then do it.


PLACES IN THIS GETAWAY

HIGHFIELDS | CROWSNEST | HAMPTON |
RAVENSBOURNE |ESK | FERNVALE |
BRISBANE RAIL TRAIL |

FOUR BROTHERS | BEER VIDEO |
JEAN DWYER ART (HIGHFIELD) | EMERAUDE |
NASH GALLERY (ESK ) | RED DEER (ESK) |
FERNVALE OLD PIES

Life’s Lemons can produce great lemonade, the secret is in the sharing

In what seemed like a microsecond moment, I fell off that proverbial cliff free falling at a paralysing pace toward an unknown impact. I had suddenly morphed into a frightened patient and my wife Claire the unexpected & very unprepared caregiver.

I have been so very fortunate to have survived the diagnosis, the operations, the treatments and the very definite and terminal prognosis.

Claire and I now share our lemonade recipe of Knowledge, Experience and Wisdom with newly diagnosed patients, their family, friends and colleagues. We do this through our specifically tailored Cancer Tool Kits – simple sets of priorities and tasks that every patient and their supporter should know and do.

Tool Kits are gifts of Knowledge, Experience and Wisdoms from the many past and present patients to you.
The Patient Collective 

Cheers Steve
This my third turn at life – I intend to live life everyday until I die – in that order.
I am committed to contributing something remarkable and resourceful that really matters. I owe so much to so  many, not least of all to Claire and our kids for the stress that I have putt them through.