Crystalbrook Lodge - A Luxury Lodge of Australia
based on 7 nights
£500 for a minimum 2 night stay
At a Glance
Remote outback setting with stunning sunrise and sunset views
A perfect base for enjoying an authentic outback experience
Plenty of adventures from fishing to exploring caves
Delicious dining in the most fantastic setting under the stars
Brilliant wildlife experiences from kangaroos to rounding up cattle on the local cattle station
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The climate is tropical in Queensland with the dry, cooler season roughly April to October offering warm days and cool nights with lower humidity. November to March is generally the Green Season when the days and nights are hotter and more prone to tropical outbursts.
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Crystalbrook Lodge is an authentic Australian homestead with a touch of luxury, set in the remote outback bush 180 km west of Cairns and is part of the 85,000 acre Crystalbrook Station.
Crystalbrook is a unique, hidden away gem in the outback in Queensland. Just getting to the lodge gives a feeling of remoteness and excitement, as you drive for 3-hours from the coast into the red and rugged outback passing nothing but wildlife and bush en-route.
The homestead certainly has you racing to the incredible views over the Crystalbrook lake upon arrival, which is a haven for a range of wildlife including birds, buffalo and freshwater crocodiles. It has an intimate feel with just five simply furnished courtyard suites, each with their own private courtyard with daybeds to relax on and dual showers in the bathroom. The wet edge pool is truly inviting boasting striking views over the lake to watch for birds and wildlife, whilst having a refreshing dip from the outback heat.
During the day, there are so many adventures to be had either from the lodge or venturing off out into the local outback area and towns. From the lodge you can embark on some fishing from the electric boat, kayaking over the lake in search of the wildlife on the banks, enjoy lakeside walking trails which are best in the early mornings to enjoy the nature all coming alive around you and the beautiful sunrise across the lake. In the surrounding area you can visit the caves at Chillagoe, where you venture deep into the depths to explore the stalactite and stalagmite formations and then enjoy lunch in the local outback pub washed down with a traditional schooner of beer whilst watching the locals' everyday lifestyles. A visit to the historic Crystalbrook Homestead Station for afternoon tea and leaping on the back of quad bikes to round up the cattle is a must.
In the evening, enjoy watching the sunset with a glass of champagne and canapés with panoramic views over the outback bush, the changing colors are incredible. The delicious dinners are enjoyed together dining under the stars and catching up with all the stories from the days events. The chef serves up creative dishes with local produce and inspiring twists.
Crystalbrook features five contemporary courtyard suites, which are simply furnished. Each come with a king size bed, spacious en-suite bathrooms with a dual shower and private courtyard area with a cosy daybed.
Children under the age of 10 are not permitted to stay at Crystalbrook, however if you are taking over the whole lodge then exceptions maybe made.
Dining here is very much a communal experience, and with so few guests it is fun to share the day's adventures and compare stories. However, if you prefer to dine privately this can of course be arranged. There is an open bar which you help yourself to and food is creatively made with some contemporary and native elements thrown in. Whilst out on excursions you will also get to enjoy lunch in a traditional outback pub.
Crystalbrook has a plethora of activities all included during your stay, from activities around the lake, such as fishing, kayaking, nature watching and paddle boarding as well as walking trails. Around the local area you can choose to visit the Chillagoe Caves and the local pub and Crystalbrook Homestead for an authentic experience to enjoy afternoon tea and learn about the cattle station.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
Whether you're looking for an outback adventure or simply an opportunity to relax and unwind, Crystalbrook Lodge is a wonderful choice. Located in the heart of the Queensland Outback, set amidst a busy cattle station, Crystalbrook can either be accessed by charter plane (approximately 40 minutes from Cairns) or by car. I opted for the latter and embarked on the 3.5 hour drive from tropical Cairns to the dusty outback. At least half of the drive was made up of 'off the beaten track' roads, which were great fun to navigate in my 4x4 hire car. I even managed to spot a few kangaroos along the way!
Upon arrival at Crystalbrook Lodge, I was warmly welcomed by hosts Nadine, Glenn and Anna, who were absolutely superb throughout the duration of my stay. Their attention to detail and sheer enthusiasm at running the lodge was evident, and Glenn's home cooking was terrific. The lodge itself is made up of just 5 rooms, all under the same roof, so is a particularly great choice for families as the lodge can be exclusively hired. All meals are served around a communal dining table, with ingredients and produce sourced locally wherever possible.
In terms of experiences, there is lots on offer, from kayaking and paddle boarding on the private lake, cycling through the bush, or enjoying sundowners in the outback. However, what makes this property so unique is its location - despite being just a 3.5 hour drive from Cairns, the lodge is very remote and is therefore an excellent place to simply relax and unwind in total privacy.
Location & directions
Crystalbrook is located in Queensland and accessed from Cairns and Port Douglas.
How to get there
Fly into Cairns Airport. From there, Crystalbrook is a remote 3 to 4 hour 4WD drive from Cairns through the outback or a 40-minute wing craft flight or helicopter scenic flight.