Crystalbrook Lodge - A Luxury Lodge of Australia
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.
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
Ensure you enjoy sunset cocktails and canapes overlooking the expansive outback, certainly a panoramic view I will never forget!Scott Dunn team
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.
Location & Directions
Crystalbrook is located in Queensland and accessed from Cairns and Port Douglas.
When to go
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.