About Us

Maiala Park Lodge is re-opening in Spring 2021.


The Bowerbird cottage and North Wing are now open with more Suites following in October 2021. For current opening dates and booking information please go to the "Rooms & Suites" menu.  

Maiala Park Lodge is a bespoke accommodation venue in the Brisbane hinterland where you can just be you. We celebrate the diversity of country, cultures, communities and, of course, our guests.  We have a self-contained cottage as well as a number of suites with access to shared living areas with views out to Moreton Bay. 

Maiala Park Lodge has been built on Garumngar country of the Jinibara nation. The Jinibara People are the mountain people. Their name means “people of the lawyer vine” (bara meaning “people” and Jini meaning “lawyer vine”). They are the traditional people who live in the mountains and valleys where lawyer vine grows. Garumngar country is the rolling country between the Brisbane River and the southern edge of D’Aguilar National Park around Lake Manchester and Mt. Crosby. The Jinibara nation extends as far as the Glass House Mountains, Somerset Dam and the southern end of D’Aguilar National park.  This southern end of Jinibara country is where the Lodge is situated.

The lodge was originally built in 1999 by Ada and Frank Vander Woude. Their vision for a beautiful Queenslander home for guests to enjoy Mount Glorious provides the bones of the operation we all enjoy today. Janelle and Brad Nicholls owned the property from 2017-2021 and re-imagined the interiors to the beautiful neutral pallet you see today. They used it as a private home for their large extended family. Lucy and Joe Thompson, alongside their daughter Ava now own and live at Maiala Park Lodge.  They have brought their personality to the estate and for the re-opening of the lodge in Spring 2021 for guests once again. It is this combination of built history that provides a beautiful place for you to stay.

Maiala Park Lodge is named after the 'Maiala' day-use area of the national park in Mount Glorious.  The day-use area is located less than a two-minute drive from the Lodge.  It is a wonderful place to enjoy a picnic, barbecue or rainforest walk while you are staying with us. Maiala day-use area was the first part of the D’Aguilar Range to become a national park. It now forms part of D’Aguilar National Park. “Maiala” is a word from the Jinibara people meaning quiet place.