Maiala Park Lodge

Maiala Park Lodge re-opened in Spring 2021.

Maiala Park Lodge is a bespoke luxury accommodation venue nestled in the tranquil and picturesque D’Aguilar Range, surrounded by national parks and exotic wildlife. Our lodge offers a unique blend of traditional and indigenous themes that reflect the local history and culture, providing our guests with an unforgettable experience. Our lodge is the perfect location for romantic weekends away, escaping with friends and family, your next event or retreat, or simply finding solace in nature. You can explore the stunning bushland and exotic birdlife of Mount Glorious, take a leisurely walk in D’Aguilar National Park, and marvel at the magical Lamprigera Fireflies.

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 throughout the lodge. They used it as a private home for their large extended family. Lucy and Joe Thompson, alongside their daughter Ava now own, operate, and live at Maiala Park Lodge. They have brought their personality to the estate and re-opened 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.

Come and experience the natural beauty and serenity of Maiala Park Lodge, where you can just be yourself.


Your Hosts

Joaben, Lucy and Ava Thompson moved to Mount Glorious from The Gap in 2021.​

Joaben is a proud Inningai/Wakka Wakka man who spent a considerable part of his life living and learning about his culture and country from his Poppy, David Thompson in Barcaldine, Queensland. Joaben has qualifications in lighting and sound and spent time working for Metro Arts in Brisbane City. Following that Joaben joined the Royal Australian Infantry Core and toured Afghanistan in 2010/2011. Following his discharge from the Australian army, Joaben completed an apprenticeship as a Boiler Maker, finally making his way into a project management role leading the manufacturing of significant construction projects from design to installation. He is currently working for GWB tools selling metal manufacturing equipment.​

At Maiala Park Lodge, Joaben loves a chat and to help you with anything that arises through your stay. He is enjoying bringing his wide-ranging experience to the lodge to deliver the best possible experience for you. He loves that the lodge provides him the opportunity to work on his cultural knowledge through art. ​

Lucy has lived just down the road at The Gap for most of her life. A keen community member, she was The Gap Netball Association’s longest-serving member upon retiring from her Netball career to have Ava. She was also a leader for 15 years at Walton Bridge The Gap Guides. Professionally, Lucy has a Bachelor of Commerce/Arts working for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Corporate Tax and spent time living in China. Her post-graduate qualifications (Master of Environmental Management) led to a decade-long career for the Queensland Government in the Department of Premier and Cabinet, as well as the Environment Department. ​

At Maiala Park Lodge, Lucy loves to pull together bespoke experiences tailored to your needs. Her career has set a strong foundation for ensuring that Maiala Park Lodge is set up for success, and thus your experiences are unique. She also loves working on projects around the grounds to improve the experience for you – whether that is gardening, painting or sewing. Lucy also loves to crochet.

Ava attends the local school. She loves art and craft, her trampoline, pets, and Rainbow Guides.

Acknowledgement of Country

Everybody who has lived in or been to Australia has a spiritual connection to this ancient continent. The most significant connection is that of the traditional owners of the 100s of different nations and mobs across what we currently call Australia. Maiala Park Lodge would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of Mount Glorious. Maiala Park Lodge is on Garumngar country of the Jinibara nation. The Jinibara people had to work hard to ensure formal recognition of their own lands. Wholehearted listening and sharing is important for our healing journey towards reconciliation. We are interested in an ongoing dialogue with any members of the community who want to teach or learn about our country’s indigenous history.

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Accessibility Information

Accessibility is purposeful design and delivery of products so that all people can use them regardless of disability or ability. The ease of use should be equivalent for all people. At Maiala Park Lodge we are built on the side of a mountain and therefore currently only have access via stairs. While we have long term goals to address this, we acknowledge there are various types of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, and cognitive disabilities. Some people may have a combination of these disabilities. We have pulled together this document with as much accessibility information as possible to provide information to allow each guest with accessibility requirements to self-determine if Maiala Park Lodge is suitable for them. If this document doesn’t have the information you are after, you may also reach out to us directly for the information you require.




Maiala Park Lodge collects and treats water onsite. 200,000L tanks harvest rainwater for the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry. Sewage is treated by a Biocycle system and reused for garden watering. Rainwater directly waters the fruit and vegetable gardens.



All our waste is sorted into recycling, bottles, compost, re-useable items and waste because there isn’t curb side collection. Compost is developed and used onsite. Re-usable items are gifted to treasure Island for community re-use. Other waste is taken to the appropriate facilities.


Carbon Footprint

All hard furnishings at Maiala Park Lodge are second hand, vintage or antique, adding character while supporting sustainability. Our 6.6kW solar panels generate clean energy, and any additional power needed is 100% green energy from the grid, ensuring our commitment to the environment remains strong.

Our Partners

Maiala Park Lodge is a great property - private, relaxing with thoughtful amenities and a luxurious sense of style. Close to shops, restaurants and cafes with a short drive or you can just relax on the property and enjoy the peacefulness. Jordana is an excellent host who has thought of everything one could need to enjoy the property.

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At our heart, stands of the property stands the inviting Lodge, serving as a welcoming hub for guests. Inside the Lodge, guests will find a shared kitchen, two attractive dining areas, and two cozy living spaces—all adorned with fireplaces and a view to Stradbroke Island and Brisbane City.

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These communal spaces create a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests to unwind, connect, and share stories. Two accomodation wings extend from the Lodge, seamlessly blending indoor comfort with outdoor tranquility.

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Each wing is thoughtfully connected by expansive verandahs, providing the perfect spot to soak in the peaceful surroundings. A cottage provides completely private and self-contained accommodation option and stunning views.

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Downstairs, the function room is an ideal setting for private celebrations, exclusive corporate meetings, or creative workshops. Its strategic location within the Lodge allows for guests unable to stay over night, to attend your day time activities.

Welcome to Maiala Park Lodge, where you can just be you.

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