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Silky Oaks Lodge

Silky Oaks Lodge

Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

At a Glance

  • Hidden away in the heart of the ancient Daintree Rainforest

  • The Treehouse restaurant is one of North Queensland’s premier dining experiences, walls and windows have been with the Mossman River and surrounding Rainforest

  • The spectacular small yet perfectly formed spa, has won awards and is the perfect place to relax after a day in the jungle

  • The location offers the best of both worlds - access to the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef, and the surrounding jungle

  • Unique to the Lodge is its riverside location, lagoon snorkeling, swimming, canoeing and private rainforest walks through pristine surrounds

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Each season in the Daintree region offers a different, unique experience. The climate is truly tropical with the Dry Season, roughly May to October, offering warm days and cool nights with low humidity. November to April is generally the Wet Season when the heavens frequently open releasing torrential rain, and the days and nights are hotter.

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Insider's View

Take time out from all the activities to enjoy a pampering spa treatment, it was truly amazing!

Ensure you go on a guided walk of the property to find out more about the rainforest and its wildlife.

A truly unique location - where the 'rainforest meets the reef'

Take a dreamtime walk at Mossman Gorge, snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef or experience traditional hunting techniques at nearby Cooya Beach

Follow one of the marked walking tracks into the forest in search of the deep river pools where the elusive Platypus lurks.

A short walk in front of the Pavilion leads you to a set of tiny waterfalls feeding into a billabong home to a resident platypus. Grab snorkel and see if you can spot him. During my afternoon snorkeling a flash of blue feathers signalled a king fisher diving for minnows right in front of me.

Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your vacation to Silky Oaks Lodge or take a look at our itineraries to Queensland

Description

Explore the oldest living rainforest on earth from the comfort of Silky Oaks Lodge. Enjoy this rare wilderness experience and the natural beauty of the Daintree whilst staying in a stylish stilted house overlooking the Mossman Gorge.

Silky Oaks Lodge is set in 80 acres of rainforest bordering the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park and overlooking the beautiful Mossman River. Fine dining in an ancient rainforest, early morning yoga classes, indulging in the award winning Healing Waters Spa, lazy swims in the Billabong or enjoying the stunning forest and river vistas as you relax in a hammock are some of the many options available at the Lodge. Hiking trails into the Daintree with a guidebook lead to numerous scenic picnic spots as well as gorgeous locations to swim in sparkling waters.

The advanced eco lodge comprises the renowned open sided Treehouse restaurant, offering fine dining in scenic surrounds, contemporary accommodation encompassing both custom designed and furnished Billabong, River and Treehouses, and the highly lauded Healing Waters Spa.

The Lodge has elegantly furnished interiors and spacious open lounge areas, bar, reading rooms with reference library. All accommodation retreats have wall to ceiling windows leading to spacious balconies with lush garden, rainforest or river panoramas.

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Accommodation

Lodge has 36 outlying retreats comprising 11 Riverhouses, 2 Billabong Suites and 23 Deluxe Treehouses. All offer floor to ceiling windows leading to private balconies. Each room has custom made Silky Oak and rosewood cabinetry and furniture, Bose iPod dock and CD player, luxury linens, large bathrooms with double spa bath and separate shower.

The Riverhouses and Billabong Suites are set overlooking the pristine waters of the Mossman River while still immersed in the tranquillity of the surrounding rainforest.

The Deluxe Treehouses are located in lush gardens and within sight of the adjoining Daintree National Park.

River Treehouse

Set in prime riverfront locations, spectacular rainforest views and the soothing sounds of the Mossman River are key elements of the Riverhouses. Generously spacious, with polished timber floors and elegant interiors, room appointments are stylish and comfortable. An oversized spa bath, with uninterrupted rainforest views, is one of the many special inclusions offered in addition to standard room features.

Billabong Suite

Large open plan Riverhouses with double balconies, lounge area, floor to ceiling windows, locally made designer furniture and double spa bath. Each suite has a complimentary mini bar, Sodashi spa amenities, luxury linens ,lavish king bed, Bose music system and gorgeous views of lush rainforest and the river.

Deluxe Treehouse

Set beside the rainforest and surrounded by lush natural gardens each has been carefully designed to offer privacy and maximum comfort. The Treehouses have stylish interiors with warm natural tones used to create a relaxed and soothing living space. Floor to ceiling glass doors open onto a wide verandah where a hammock is positioned to make the most of the views. Air-conditioned, interiors are spacious and attractively furnished with a range of contemporary comforts including a daybed. The rooms have a large bathroom which includes a spa bath.

Childcare

Silky Oaks Lodge welcomes children from the age of  8 years and up, but there are no specific facilities available for them at the lodge.

Services

A luxury wellness spa retreat, the adults-only Healing Waters Spa expertly combines ancient rituals and Aboriginal beliefs with modern spa therapies creating the ultimate in rejuvenative therapy. The spa's signature treatments harness the power of nature and employ natural products such as herbal extracts, plant essence and clay form the earth combined with premium products from Sodashi - a Australian chemical free body care range.

Healing Waters Spa offers guests a variety of quintessential treatments including illuminating facials or traditional body massages but also offers a unique range of spa rituals. Guests can enjoy extended treatments that incorporate the use of warm mineral-filled baths or mud treatments.

A highlight of anyone's stay at Silky Oaks Lodge - the professionalism, knowledge and sheer beauty of this spa and its therapists will ensure a relaxing and rejuvenative stay.

Facilities

The Treehouse Restaurant is one of Northern Queensland's premier dining experiences and the open-sided restaurant offers sensational Daintree Rainforest and Mossman River views. The menu showcases the freshest local produce and fine Australian wines. Every day, there is an additional daily special dish for the dinner menu. For a special occasion, private riverside dining can be arranged and a 3 course menu with your selection of wines will be accompanied by the sounds of the rainforest and the river.

Activities

There are endless Lodge safari options which can be customized to include the many attractions of the area both near and far.

Experience Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime stories at nearby Mossman Gorge; take a guided walk through coastal mangroves using traditional hunting methods, or journey by Helicopter from the Lodge helipad to remote coral cays.

Take a River Snorkelling Drift excursion - a scenic rainforest tour down the Mossman River that is both exhilarating and informative. Listen to Binna as he takes you on his journey exploring indigenous art while taking a painting class in his private gallery.

Walk through ancient Fan Palm Galleries in original refugial rainforests at Cooper Creek Wilderness with passionate senior Daintree Rainforest guides. Take 3 or 5 hour guided hikes both from the Lodge itself or further afield exploring mountain trails and waterfalls.

Sail aboard Luxury yachts exploring numerous coral cays and beaches with expert guides for both snorkel and diving or take a larger catamaran out to various outer reef pontoons.

The nearby Daintree River offers a collection of experiences ranging from sightings of saltwater crocodiles to the extraordinary birdlife of the region under the tutelage of Del Richards, the local representative for Birds of Australia.

Reviews

4

Charlotte Winter (Staff)

Set in the rainforest, approximately a 20 minute drive from Port Douglas, is Silky Oaks Lodge, which offers tropical luxury away from the hustle and bustle of town. The property is made up of charming wooden tree houses, as well as two suites which are much more spacious. The Billabong Suite is definitely the most luxurious option with a good size lounge area, spacious veranda with views overlooking the Mossman River, and an ensuite bathroom with both a shower and bathtub.

Set right by the river, there are lots of great activities to get involved in, such as kayaking, snorkeling and swimming, as well as going on walks in and around the property, hiring bicycles or relaxing at the property's onsite spa and swimming pool. There is also an onsite restaurant or, if you'd prefer to dine in Port Douglas, complimentary transfers are also available for guests (one return journey a day).

To make the most of your stay in Queensland, Silky Oaks Lodge and this wonderful rainforest experience, is best combined with a stay on the Great Barrier Reef and, if time permits, the Outback.

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Stephen Legg (Staff)

The Drive from Cairns to Silky Oaks is one of the most beautiful road journeys in Australia. Towering rainforest clad hillsides drop steeply into the tropical ocean. With each twist and turn you catch a glimpse of another perfectly deserted beach.

Arriving into the UNESCO World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest you start to realise why this place was the inspiration for James Camerons spectacular Avatar. There are more primitive flowering plants in The Daintree than in the whole of the Amazon as well as Australias largest collection of birds, bats, frogs and butterflies. Walking up the boardwalk to Silky Oaks reception makes you feel like you are stepping into another world. A world of ancient towering trees and crystal clear rivers all cloaked in an intensity of green that I have not experienced before.

The main lodge pavilion is raised off the ground and sits within the canopy of the trees overlooking the crystal clear Mossman River. This provides glorious rainforest vistas, perfects for spotting tropical birds and other wildlife. The pavilion is designed to fit seamlessly into its natural surroundings with lots of wood used yet lightened with whitewashing and lighter palates in the restaurants soft furnishings. At night the whole place takes on a romantic feel as flickering candles and magical up-lighting highlight magnificent ancient boughs - a setting straight out of a fairy tale. The food in the restaurant is delicious and seasonal.

The lodge offers 36 beautiful suites from newly built Billabong suites, upgraded and renovated River and rebuilt Deluxe Tree house suites. The River views are perfectly situated to take in the ambience of the forest. Relax on the balcony listening to the water below bubble and churn over giant granite boulders. Ipod docking station and spa baths add a romantic touch.

With so much amazing natural beauty youll need at least a couple of days to explore The Daintree. Wildlife safaris, canopy surfing, snorkeling in the Mossman River are all a stones throw away. Alternatively grab a kayak from in front of the pavilion and paddle down the gentle river. The stunning Healing Waters Spa with floor to ceiling windows looking out into the Daintrees canopy and the lodges gym and tennis court all mean that there is plenty to do for the whole family.

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Olivia Cryer (Staff)

Arriving in Australia and being confronted with a long drive isnt a particularly thrilling prospect to most people, but having driven this spectacular stretch of road before, I was so excited to get behind the wheel and drive north from Cairns towards the Daintree Rainforest.

Departing the city, you soon reach a coastal road, fringed by golden beaches and sparkling ocean on your right, and flanked by rainforest to your left. You slowly leave inhabited areas behind, and turn off towards the forest, winding through cane fields, under huge vines and canopies of lush rainforest to reach Silky Oaks Lodge. Recently refurbished by the new owners, Silky Oaks has been brought up to the standard of the other Luxury Lodges of Australia, of which it is now a part.

Arriving and walking through the understated wooden lodge, you start to hear the bubbling, trickling sounds of the Mossman River, tumbling over smooth boulders below the restaurant. At this time of year (September) temperatures are warm during the day, and mild at night meaning that swimming in the cool billabong looking for turtles and platypus is wonderfully refreshing in the heat of the afternoon, and evenings bring a cooling breeze perfect for al fresco dining.

The rooms are dotted across the property, and my River House was perched high above the river, with a lovely little deck, complete with a table and chairs (ideal for morning coffee!) and a hammock. Splashes of color complement the otherwise simple dcor, allowing the rainforest and the river to take center stage. Billabong Suites are incredibly spacious and in high demand thanks to their elevated position over the serene and glassy Billabong. A real surprise were the Lodge Suites, perfect for families, with two extra daybeds that can transform into extra beds for children, not to mention this huge bed out on the deck, just perfect for a night sleeping out under the stars listening to the sounds of the forest all around you.

Activities here at Silky range from the sublime (snorkeling in the crystal clear Billabong looking out for platypus and turtles) to the more ridiculous (helicopter flights over the remarkable reaches of the Great Barrier Reef). For the active, you can kayak on the river, walk through the ancient Daintree Rainforest, and even zip line through the jungle canopy. The Healing Waters Spa deserves a very special mention the combination of hot stone and Swedish massage that I experienced, specially designed to ease my ailing back, was completely sublime.

When the time came to leave this special spot, we were genuinely sad, having found total tranquillity in the heart of this ancient and magical corner of Australia. We left with a certainty that we wanted as many of our guests as possible to experience Silky Oaks Lodge and this spectacular, lush and fascinating part of the country, knowing that they would also experience exceptional service, excellent cuisine and one of the most beautiful locations imaginable.

Experiences

  • Dreamtime Legends Walk

    The Dreamtime Legends Walk through the Mossman Gorge gives visitors a more intimate look into the Culture, spirituality and traditions of the Kuku Yalanji people and their unique connections with this ancient land.

  • Private Yacht Charter on the Barrier Reef

    A full day sail and snorkel cruise aboard a luxuriously appointed sailing catamaran is a great way to experience the Great Barrier Reef. Relax as your yacht is nudged casually along by tropical breezes in the balmy waters of the reef.

  • Wildlife and Culture of the Daintree Rainforest Private Tour

    Explore the 135 million year old Daintree Rainforest and the traditional Aboriginal lands at Cooya Beach on this cultural and wildlife tour of Tropical North Queensland.

Vacation Ideas

  • Classic Australia

    Sydney, Ayers Rock, Daintree National Park & Lizard Island

    from $13000 pp 13 nights

    • Starting in cosmopolitan Sydney will allow you to slip easily into the time change; the arresting and iconic views of the harbor are sure to perk up even the most jet lagged of travelers
    • Dining at Table 131 whilst at Uluru is spellbinding, the stars are spectacular and the noises of the desert are the soundtrack to your evening
    • Waking up to the dawn chorus from the Daintree rainforest is magical

Location & directions

Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

Covering 88 acres of Rainforest on the edge of the Daintree National Park, Silky Oaks Lodge is located 78 kilometers north of Cairns, 22 km north of Port Douglas, 3.5 km north of Mossman and 33km south of the Daintree River Crossing.

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