Midway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, surrounded by the eponymous national park containing the world’s oldest rainforest, Daintree Wilderness Lodge is an ideal spot to relax.
Seven cabins are scattered around the property, tucked away beneath the tree canopy and beautiful fan palms, guaranteeing coolness, privacy, and complete but environmentally-friendly comfort without the use of air conditioners. Each one is raised on stilts with its own walkway leading up to the door, and features a unique sunroof that allows you to gaze up into the rainforest and ensures that the room is filled with sunshine in the morning and has natural light throughout the day.
Individually named after rainforest trees and palms, most cabins are designed for couples and feature a queen-size bed and en suite bathroom with shower, however three can be configured as twins or triples. All have a balcony with outdoor seating, insect screens on the windows, ceiling fan, television with DVD player and minibar.The lodge’s Advanced Eco Certification guarantees minimal impact on the pristine environment. Being off the grid, it has pioneered techniques to ensure the smallest ecological footprint, without sacrificing any of the comforts or facilities you would expect of accommodation much closer to so-called civilisation.
The restaurant caters exclusively to lodge guests, offering locally sourced and carefully prepared produce in an intimate open-air setting. Evening meals feature locally-caught wild barramundi, prawns and king tiger prawns from the Gulf of Carpentaria, and prime beef from Atherton Tablelands.
A short nature walk leads down to a seasonal creek, with a seating area where you can relax and enjoy the wildlife, sounds and tranquil beauty of the surroundings. Cassowaries are often spotted here, as well as the iridescent Ulysses butterfly and many unique rainforest birds. Among the trees are some of the oldest and biggest Hope’s cycads, which take 100 years to grow just one metre.
Among the activities on offer at the lodge are: guided day and night walks in the rainforest; cruises on the Daintree River and Cooper Creek; snorkelling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef; guided birdwatching cruises; jungle surfing (abseiling through the rainforest); 4x4 Tours to Cooktown, Bloomfield Falls and Mossman Gorge.
Available*: Jan-Dec* The dates shown are when the accommodation is generally available. Please enquire for specific availability.
is featured in the following itinerary:
This comprehensive self-drive visit to Northern Queensland includes the great ‘must-dos’ – a relaxing cruise on the Great Barrier Reef and a stay in Daintree Rainforest – as well as an opportunity to explore lesser known places and see the region’s wildlife on excursions with expert local operators.
When to go: Apr-Nov
Duration inc. flights: 17 days
Price inc. flights: From £4,195 pp
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Daintree is home to the largest range of flora and fauna on earth within Australia’s largest remaining tract of rainforest. This area of around 1,200 square kilometres contains the highest number of plant and animal species that are rare or threatened with extinction of anywhere in the world.
Ideal for viewing: Bennett’s tree kangaroo, swamp wallaby, saltwater crocodile, southern cassowary, striped possum