Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Queensland, Australia

Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Queensland, Australia

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    ‘Escape into nature, tucked away beneath the tree canopy. Discover The Daintree Rainforest, tens of millions of years older than the Amazon’.

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    Overview

    • Highlights

      From $190 USD per night (breakfast is included)

      A bird lovers paradise & rare wildlife

      Built on unique walkways & stilts

      Spacious and comfortable cabins

      Boat trips, snorkelling, hiking activities

      An outdoor Spa to unwind & relax

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    • Top Tip

      ‘The region has some wonderful natural swimming holes. Find one and take the plunge, you won’t regret it’

      Eco Activities

      Why not join one of the replanting projects here or donate to the reforestation organisation working to build important wildlife corridors.

      Take time to enjoy your rainforest experience by going on one of the many nature walks here. Discover some of the oldest Hope’s Cycads, which take 100 years to grow just 1 metre.

      Take time to explore the other ‘World Heritage Listed’ area the Great Barrier Reef whilst staying here, by doing a snorkeling trip.

    • Rooms

      The cabins were hand-built in the rainforest to minimise the environmental impact. These unique cabins are elevated above the forest floor so that the wildlife can move freely. The cabins sits on stilts with your very own walkway leading you to your front door.

      Newly renovated bathrooms

      Observe the rainforest whilst you shower

      Your own balcony with outdoor seating

      Canopy-viewing Skylight

    • Meet Your Host

      Meet Viv, Co-Owner of Daintree Wilderness Lodge. She runs the eco-lodge with her Italian husband. Both of them still spend time in the city, working hard to keep Daintree Wilderness Lodge alive.

      Immersed in this natural environment, in an ancient forest, guests often become emotional. Viv explains how the guest’s reaction often spurs them on. The impact the surrounding nature has is a beautiful one to witness.

      ‘The accommodation is built above the forest floor, the walkways that weave between the lush green trees and plants. This provides a place to stay in which guests feel close to nature and can appreciate it in a natural and rawer form’.

      Discover more with Viv’s Behind The Green’ interview here >

    • Need to Know

      The cabins are located in a remote, off-grid region north of the Daintree River. Therefore, you will need to cross the river by car ferry. It’s not recommended to do this at night.

      This incredible rainforest experience is the perfect chance to disconnect to reconnect with nature. Getting a mobile phone signal in the dense rainforest is not guaranteed.

      You’ll experience the rhythm of the rainforest when staying here, with its diverse sounds and wildlife. It can get pretty noisy depending on the season, so if you’re a light sleeper you may need ear plugs.

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    • Location

      Daintree Wilderness Lodge is located about 2hrs north of Cairns, over the Daintree River, and right in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest. Located just 14km north of the Daintree River and 30 minutes from Cape Tribulation. The lodge is a 20-minute boat ride to the Great Barrier Reef.

      How To Get There

      Ideally, guests should aim to travel to the lodge before dark. Following the main road out of Cairns, heading north. Travel for about 1hr and reach Mossman, which is a small town. You will see a sign about 30 minutes out of Mossman indicating the FERRY CROSSING and directing you to Cape Tribulation. Take the turnoff to the right. Travel over the river by ferry/barge (open from 6 am until midnight). This is charged at $31 return – Cash Only. Once you have crossed the ferry, you will travel over the Alexandra Range for about 14km to get to us. You will go through Cow Bay, cross over Hutchinson Creek, and see a school on your right-hand side (Alexandra Bay Primary). Once you have seen the school, it is only about 1km on your right side. There will be plenty of signs.

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    • Energy
      Daintree Wilderness Lodge runs on a combination of power sources, namely generated (they have an extensive solar panel system) and battery power to help conserve energy. Also, the lodge uses...
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      low-voltage and long-life bulbs.

    • Water
      Spring water is accessed via a borehole, and this supplies the entire resort with fresh water (not drinking water).
    • Waste
      To reduce waste, the lodge has installed a wastewater system manufactured by BioCycle which is a treatment system that digests waste from showers, toilets and sinks and uses...
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      controlled natural processes to purify wastewater which is then recycled. There is a strict recycling program avoiding plastic wherever possible, including refilling toiletries, a compost scheme and a worm farm for food waste.

    • Conservation
      Being in the heart of the rainforest, there is a lot of plant and wildlife to consider. That’s why Daintree Wilderness contributes to the Rescue Rainforest Foundation and encourages the natural feeding...
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      patterns of all animals as every animal plays a crucial role in the lifecycle of the rainforest. They also do not allow pets or any non-native plants at their lodge in order to keep the natural habitat undisturbed. Daintree also seeks to protect the local wildlife; they have a cassowary bird family living on site. Guests are educated about the Cassowary, an endangered species. This birds survival is important to the lodge.

    • Food
      Daintree Wilderness sources their food from the best local producers who adhere to sustainable agriculture and aquaculture practices.
    • Engage Guests
      Guests are encouraged not to use any harsh chemicals. These include laundry detergents and hair dyes. Guests are also provided with a detailed map showing walks and explorations they can...
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      do to discover the ancient beauty of the Daintree National Park.

    • Architecture
      Building this hotel was well thought through and carefully planned. The clearing was done by hand with a crow bar and shovel (no machinery was used at all) and the hotel was built around the...
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      trees. Just 2 trees were removed during the entire project. No rainforest timber was used, instead cypress-pine was used. The eco lodge utilises walkways and stilts to minimise impact on the canopy floor and ecosystem below. All the services were placed above ground for the same reason.

    • Housekeeping
      All cleaning products at the lodge are non-toxic, biodegradable and free of petrochemicals and phosphates.
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      There is a open, outside spa which is filled from the aquifer and heated only by direct sunlight to save energy.

    Reviews

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      "A place to breathe and enjoy nature"

      We stayed here for the second time and this year we were welcomed yet again. Both experiences were out of this world. A place to breathe and enjoy nature like never before. A place to take a break from the hectic lives we live. I love having no phone reception in the Daintree. The food and daily breakfast was of a top quality. An experience and memory that you’ll never forget.

      Catherine, Facebook

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      "When it rains everything comes alive"

      Beautiful location. Unique little cabins with part glass roof situated well amongst the greenery. When it rains everything comes alive. The owner the next morning cooked us a beautiful breakfast and mapped out everywhere worth exploring.

      Tasha, Google Reviews

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      "Forest Heaven"

      Wonderful location right in the heart of the Rainforest, very relaxing and quiet made you feel very chilled out. Lovely little outdoor jacuzzi to cool you down in the heat, the cabin was spacious and clean with excellent air conditioning. Lovely hosts with great local knowledge and very approachable. Good location for exploring rest of Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

      Gillian, TripAdvisor

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      "Totally immersed in the rainforest"

      The accommodation is wonderful allowing you to become totally immersed in the rainforest. They prepare wonderful meals and the experience of dining in the open air with tree frogs calling out in the darkness is memorable.

      David, Facebook

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      "Truly a unique and wonderful place "

      You are truly in the rainforest and travelling on boardwalks to get to your cabin. I got to see a family of cassowaries every day along with myriad birds and other mammals. Truly a unique and wonderful place with well-informed hosts, fabulous breakfasts and a lovely setting.

      Sharon, Facebook

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      " Nothing but beautiful rainforest"

      In the thickest rainforest you will find small but luxury ”bungalows”. Each and every one of them have their own wooden boardwalk up to the front door! Outside, around them, there’s nothing but beautiful rainforest! Wow! And in the night, all the weird sounds! Both scary and fantastic! :)

      Rosanna, booking.com

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      "A true rainforest experience. "

      We loved our stay here. The cabins were very clean comfortable and private with views to the rainforest everywhere you looked in the room. e enjoyed swimming in a freshwater stream and exploring many points of interest. The highlight of the trip was lying in bed listening to the raindrops gently fall from the umbrella palms to the rainforest floor.

      Jo, TripAdvisor

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      "Most amazing view of the forest from every room"

      What an absolutely amazing relaxing place to stay. It was raining off and on while we were there which added to the “rainforest” experience. Our cabin was very clean and comfortable with the most amazing view of the forest from every room. We felt very private in our very own oasis with the cabins being spaced perfectly apart.

      Joanne, booking.com

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