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A Magical Retreat in the Hinterland
Retreat truly is a perfect description for Spicers Tamarind, hidden away in the high country we felt a million miles from anywhere - except we had all the luxury we could need, and then some.
After checking in, a basket of goodies was delivered, a Thai street style Bar-B-Que, perfectly prepared for grilling on our own private grill.
That's right, the one right next to our own private hot tub on the deck of our villa.
The feast featured marinated prawns, chicken, and cuttlefish, with potatoes and salads on the side.
We knew that prawns were shrimp, so our biggest challenge was the cuttlefish (we had to Google what it even was!), but Chef Jarrett's careful instructions guided us through successfully. In addition to advising newbie grill masters, part of his mission at Spicers Tamarind is to support sustainability in the Hinterland by incorporating locally raised ingredients whenever possible.
Hotel Spicers Tamarind Retreat
Cruise to Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Morning River City Cruise
We felt so good about the end result that we decided to embark on some fancy presentation action:
It doesn't get much better than chowing down on grilled prawns (we might say "shrimp" on the Barbie - but no Aussie would - they're prawns Down Under) on a deck in the Hinterland.
Rather than sit around and become fat -as we were inclined to do after such an amazing meal - we headed out into our "backyard" for a bush walk.
we headed out into our "backyard" for a bush walk
As the daylight left the sky, the forest came alive with sounds completely foreign to our ears, the crazy call of the kookaburra being the most otherworldly.
the crazy call of the kookaburra being the most otherworldly
Finally, when all the light was gone, the Southern Cross headed up a cast of thousands, make that millions, of stars that seemed to hang so close we could almost touch them.