SONGBIRDS in the Forest collected a cache of awards including Restaurant of the Year for the second year running at the recent Gold Coast Restaurant and Caterers’ Awards for Excellence. The Mount Tamborine restaurant won the major title plus the Best Informal Restaurant, Best Wine List and Best Modern Australian Awards.

Songbirds’ owner Bonnie Rodwell says she is over the moon. “It is such an honour to win an award in this highly competitive market but to win twice in two years leaves me lost for words. Thanks to chef de cuisine Philip Edwards, a great team in the kitchen and in customer service Songbirds has achieved another major success. My thanks goes to all the people – and that means people who dine at Songbirds as well as those who work with me – for their support and belief in what we are trying to achieve,” Bonnie says.

Songbirds in the Forest opened in November 2004 to rave reviews. Just seven months later Songbirds was voted 2005 Restaurant of the Year, Best Restaurant and Best Modern Australian Cuisine. Songbirds was awarded a Gold Coast Restaurant and Caterers Best Wine List Award in 2005 and a Gold Coast Business Excellence Award for Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation in May 2006.

The hotly-contested Gold Coast Restaurant and Caterer’s Awards announced in July 2006 saw Songbirds create a record by again winning the Restaurant of the Year Award as well as the Best Informal Restaurant, Best Modern Australian Cuisine and another Best Wine List Award.

Songbirds’ captivating location on a 54-acre rainforest property at Mount Tamborine, sensational modern Australian cuisine, fine wine and five star service has attracted a steady following of local diners. The second year of operation sees Songbirds attracting customers from around Australia and overseas.

Bonnie says they are looking forward to an exciting future. “Songbirds is now open every day for lunch. At present dinner is served on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings but we will add to this later this year. Songbirds is still developing, we plan to give diners even more options with luxurious tastes, produce picked from our newly planted organic gardens and some of the best wines in the world,” she says.

The unique location and design has created media attention from around the world. The restaurant has become recognised as the place for corporate events with international business leaders choosing to launch everything from prestige cars to leading wine labels at Songbirds.

Songbirds in the Forest restaurant is the focal point of Songbirds Rainforest Retreat, a luxurious hideaway where a maximum of 12 guests can stay in superbly appointed private villas for two.