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.
See our entire journey through the Hinterland!
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 grillmasters, part of his mission at Spicers Tamarind is to support sustainability in the Hinterland by incorporating locally raised ingredients whenever possible.
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.
It's impossible to capture how TALL....
...and dense the bush is
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.
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.