Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Queensland, Australia

Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Queensland, Australia

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‘Daintree Wilderness Lodge brings you an unforgettable rainforest experience. Ideally located to explore Cape Tribulation, an area of pristine rainforest & beaches. Exotic fruit tasting, secret swimming holes it never ends.

Overview

  • Highlights

      • Located amongst the unspoilt rainforest
      • A bird lovers paradise & rare wildlife
      • Breakfast is included, with tropical fruits
      • Spacious and comfortable cabins
      • An outdoor Spa to unwind & relax
      • Boat trips, snorkelling, hiking activities
      • Contributes to the Rainforest Foundation
      • Built on unique walkways & stilts
      • Children 11+ years are welcome
      • Check-in 2:00pm
      • Discover more with ‘Behind the Green’

    Minimum stay: 1 night 
    Equivalent price per night: From $270 AUD (approx. $190 USD)

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  • Local Knowledge

    Daintree is where the rainforest meets the reef. With white sand, clear blue water and lush rainforest, there’s plenty of landscapes to explore. Things to do in Daintree include:

    • Thornton Beach, 8 min drive (7.9km)
    • Struck Island, 9 min drive (8.3km)
    • Struck reef (part of the Great Barrier reef), 9 min drive (8.3km)
    • Daintree River, 20 min drive (13.7km)

    Please note: there is no public transport in this area.

  • Location

    Daintree Wilderness Lodge is located in Diwan, Queensland, which is mostly within the Daintree National Park. Flourishing in unique flora, fauna and wildlife that has practically been untouched. And of course, being in a rainforest the location has a tropical climate (a wet season and dry season but generally warm weather).

    • Distance from airport: Cairns Airport,  2hr 11 min drive (118km)
    • Key attraction: The Great Barrier Reef, 25 min drive (21km)
    • Nearest restaurant: Cycad Restaurant on-site (named after the cycad plants around the property)

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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.
  • Kiwano Bonus
    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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