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Bordering Mangkal-Mangkalba National Park and the 260-million-year-old rock of the famous Black Mountain (Kalkajaka), Mungumby Lodge is a private boutique wilderness retreat and nature refuge.

The area contains primitive rainforests designated by the World Heritage Commission as among the earth’s most unique and valued assets. This collection of botanically diverse landscapes and ecosystems, with tropical flora and fauna to match anywhere else on the continent, is of great cultural significance to the Kuku Yalanji aboriginal people.  Within walking distance you can swim in crocodile-free waterfalls, watch rainforest wildlife, learn about indulge Aboriginal culture, and relive history. 

Ten spacious wooden bungalows with en suite bathrooms and private patios are widely spaced out within the private grounds. The spacious main building, a homestead with wide-open living areas, stands right on the edge the beautiful Mungumby Creek. Meals are taken here, or guests can read or just relax by the pool, which is set in tropical gardens overlooking the rainforest. There rooms do not have a telephone and there is no WiFi, TV or mobile phone signal (although the homestead phone is portable and an internet connection via a satellite connection is available in the office if you really do need to stay connected to the outside world and receive e-mails). It’s as if the lodge was a digital detox centre; here Nature provides your entertainment!

You can relax in the knowledge that you have selected the perfect base for exploring Far Tropical North Queensland’s most pristine landscapes. From the Great Barrier Reef to Lakefield National Park, Archer Point, Little Annan River Gorge, Cedar Bay (Mangkal-Mangkalba), Laura and the Quinkan Country, Bloomfield Falls (Wujal Wujal), Black Mountain (Kalkajaka), Daintree and Cape Tribulation the region is just waiting to be explored.  

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This accommodation is featured in the following itinerary:

Tablelands, Reef & Rainforest Self-drive

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
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea
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Cooktown is a small town (population around 2,500) at the mouth of the Endeavour River, on Cape York Peninsula in the far north of Queensland where James Cook beached his ship, the Endeavour, for repairs in 1770. Both the town and Mount Cook (431 metres) behind the town were named after him.

  • Where: Queensland
  • Ideal for viewing: laughing kookaburra, southern cassowary, Bennett’s tree kangaroo, striped possum, yellow-bellied glider
  • Excellent for: Self-drive