There’s something special about escaping life’s hustle and bustle to enjoy the serenity that comes with the bush. Outdoor weddings, but in particular, eco-friendly weddings reflect both the beauty in the environment and in you as a couple. Embracing your natural surrounds and celebrating getting back to the basics is what makes an eco-escape so enticing, and enjoyable.

We were delighted to stumble upon a local gem that celebrates this growing area and passionate owner, Heather Kolb has filled us in on what makes Qii HouseEco Retreat so special, alongside her top tips for your own eco-friendly wedding experience.

QII HOUSE

Qii House is the pristine harmonious space to set the tone of your tranquil green wedding. This hidden organic architectural gem is set in the heart of the Great Otway National Park in simply luxury and fresh mountain air. It will not only delight special guests, but will spark romance and imagination. Set high in tall timbered blue gums and abundant tree ferns in marshmallow clouds, Qii house is a whimsical vision to behold. Hidden in seclusion within a lush rainforest canopy, Japanese inspired gardens and an endless eco wilderness, Qii house is every honeymooner’s dream escape. The abundance in natural fauna and flora at your doorstep; exclusivity, stillness and romanticism is an eco-tourist’s paradise.

Qii House is a unique destination and location. The house is of high local significance for its unique contemporary “Brutalist” architectural prowess and has been beautifully restored. A great vibe and great energy makes this the ideal place to feel at one with nature and savour the moment in fresh mountain air, in the ancient Otways eco-system.

At Qii House, there are ample eco-tourism attractions close by for an adventurous heart, including 10 waterfalls within a 10km radius, copious hiking and mountain bike tracks, canoeing at Lake Elizabeth, the Glow worms at Lavers Hill, berry picking farms, fishing off Lorne Pier; Lorne and the “Great Ocean Road” is 15 minutes away.

For something more relaxing, board games and books are available for use at Qii house, nature hiking sticks, some basic gym items including skipping ropes, kettle bells and medicine balls. Or for the spirited alfresco cook there are outdoor cooking facilities; including a pizza oven and BBQ. In house catering can also be arranged.

The meditative peace and tranquillity at Qii house is the perfect space for dreamers, for romance, to re-energise and to be one with nature.

Complimentary spa vouchers for the Bride and Groom or a couple’s massage are available from Endota Spa, Lorne for extended stays of a minimum of 3 days. A mobile masseuse can also be arranged to come onsite. Why not indulge the moment and be pampered in the simple luxuriance of this Australian native bush hide away?

ACCOMODATION

  • Qii house accommodates 8 guests; 4 bedrooms; 2 king and 2 with 2 single beds.

EVENTS

Qii House is open to hosting a range of events. Be it an intimate wedding celebration, bridal shower or a get together with friends, Qii House offers the perfect environment to celebrate and get away from the every day stresses of life. Each time they will go above and beyond to ensure you are well looked after and that your event is perfect.

CATERING

  • The Grand Pacific Hotel is a local catering option, as are Tribal talent RK GROUP who can meet any requests you might have.

HONEYMOON HEAVEN

Qii House Eco Meditation and Relaxation Retreat, secluded within a lush, green rainforest canopy in the heart of the Otways National Park is a honeymooner’s dream escape.

The abundance in natural fauna and flora at your doorstep; exclusivity, stillness and romanticism is an eco-tourists paradise.

After the hustle and bustle of your big day it is the perfect space to wind down for an extended stay. Why not relax in simple luxuriance of the tree -tops on the under floor-lit sunset deck, sipping champagne with delicious chocolates or cookies from the deluxe Qii house gift -wrapped hamper? Drift into the night under the stars on the comfy daybeds listening to a bush orchestra and enjoy simple pleasures in stillness. Complimentary aromatic candles are included to add an extra touch of ambience. The “fan-shaped” deck is elevated and is the perfect platform for star- gazing and animal spotting through the Qii house giant red telescope.