Daintree Wilderness Lodge
83 Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia
Booking this place we knew it would be something special. It’s not your traditional hotel, but this is in no way a bad thing.
After meandering the winding and ever-changing roads we arrived at our destination.
Surrounded by the Daintree National Park and located halfway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation. The Daintree Wilderness Lodge is conveniently located near many of the Daintree’s best sites. Built in the early 1990’s the lodge is managed by a couple who also live onsite.
The Queensland government is purposefully limiting infrastructure development in the Daintree National Park. This means the region has no mains supplied power, sewage system and limited cell phone coverage. By limiting the infrastructure they aim to deter major development that could threaten the integrity of the ancient rainforest. Therefore, the Lodge relies on diesel generated power stored in batteries. In the interest of responsible power usage, lighting and cooling systems are all high efficiency. To maximise the battery life visitors are encouraged to limit power usage during non-power generating hours.A fun fact a hairdryer will use up to 2500 watts in one use whilst the entire lodge uses only 3000 watts in one night.
The Daintree Wilderness Lodge has been awarded the Advanced Eco-Accreditation by the Eco-Tourism Association. To maintain their Eco-Accreditation they;
- Use spring water which is pumped via bore
- Bio cycle system to filter our natural waste from showers and toilets
- Natural decomposition of waste where possible
- Limited diesel generated power consumption
- Use of deep cycle batteries to power the lodge
- Using local suppliers to reduce carbon air pollution
- Reduction of food waste where possible
Walking into the lodge you instantly feel in tune with nature, having a sunroof allowing you to gaze up at the sky admiring the serenity that you are surrounded by. There is respect shown to the environment. The pathways are and cabins are stilted to limit their footprint and impact on the rainforest. This allows the local flora and fauna to go about their lives and immerses you in the rainforest experience. It is not uncommon to see animals scurrying around our the front of your cabin. If you are really lucky you may get a visit from one of the local Cassowaries “Fred” who has been visiting the lodge since a hatchling. To keep visitors notified there is a posting board where visitors can show each other what local fauna they spotted on their walks and near the cabins.
The nearby nature walk is clearly marked and will take about 30mins round trip, taking you past Hopes Cycad that is over 1000 years old. Given Cycads take 100 years to grow just 1 metre, this is pretty special to see. Doing this walk really gives you a chance to get amongst it and enjoy the beauty of the Daintree rainforest.
Knowing early on that we would be arriving late, we pre-arranged for them to leave the cabin keys out for us. Only having seven cabins at the accommodation allows it to be intimate, private and each lodge features its own boardwalk leading to your front door.
If you are not relaxed enough from “switching off” from civilisation you can always take a dip in the heated spa.
Need something to read? You can take advantage of their “book swap scheme”. A small library features books from all over the world and a small selection of DVDs that can be played on your TV/DVD combo in all the cabins. If you want to learn more about the flora and fauna you see during the day, there is a great selection of books that you can educate yourself with. But please remember they are not part of the “book swap scheme”
The staff and friendly and very accommodating. If there is no one at the reception counter, there is an intercom that you can press and they come in a very timely manner. We asked for some assistance with a booking and they were able to secure a tour with very short notice through their network of guides.
FOOD and DRINK:
Their private restaurant ‘CYCAD’ provides its services exclusively for Daintree Wilderness Lodge guests. Breakfast is offered between 8-9 and consists of tropical fruit and then your choice of toasted muesli served with yoghurt, croissants served with butter and jam or a cooked breakfast which changes daily. Their coffee and tea are all locally grown, in fact, all their ingredients are locally sourced. Dinner is served between 6-7:30pm and you must place your order before 4pm. They do this to reduce food wastage. The dinner menu is placed at reception each morning allowing you to choose your menu items. From the time to time the kitchen is closed. When it is closed, management provides guidance on restaurants in the area and arrange bookings for guests. The Dinner was a very nice, with a focus on local ingredients it was great to get a taste of Far North Queensland.
Leaving here we were most certainly relaxed, getting back to nature really calmed and re-invigorated us. We would definitely say if you are heading to North Queensland, stop by here for a couple of nights, it will be worth it!
Our review is based on our stay October 2016.
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