Daintree Wilderness Lodge13

Daintree Wilderness Lodge

Daintree Wilderness Lodge

83 Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia

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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. 

ROOM:  

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”

STAFF:  

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.

STAR RATING (tourism industry score):

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FRIENDLY GLOBES REVIEW RATING (our score):

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Read more about our Far North Queensland adventures in our travel diary

 

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    • Candy
    • March 4, 2018
    Reply

    This place sounds super exclusive. Only having seven cabins is really intimate. Were there a lot of bugs? How far in advance should you book a space?

      • Anthony
      • March 4, 2018
      Reply

      There were not a lot of bugs (by Aussie standards).

      Like most of the Aussie tropic accoms there is a peak, shoulder and down season. With booking times and cost changing to suit. Generally speaking most people visit in the dry season. Traveling in the wet season can be problematic with river crossings and general dampness.

    • Nafisa Habib
    • March 4, 2018
    Reply

    Great read to know all about Daintree Wilderness Lodge. So this lodge is also going to give a closer stay experience with nature. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shona
    • March 4, 2018
    Reply

    I’ve heard of Daintree Wilderness Lodge but have never stayed. It does sound fantastic. It’s commendable what they are doing to educate their guests while respecting the rainforest. Very cool! 🙂

    • Valentini
    • March 4, 2018
    Reply

    This sounds so special! If I ever visit Australia I will keep it in mind! Very sad though that we use the same amount of power for our.. hair dryer! First World problems! Enjoy your travels!

    • Catherine
    • March 4, 2018
    Reply

    Daintree Wilderness Lodge looks like an amazing place to relax. This is definitely a place to stay when visiting North Queensland.

    • Mei and Kerstin
    • March 4, 2018
    Reply

    This hotel looks like a perfect place for meditation or retreat! And it’s good that they have a small library containing books about the local flora and fauna. We would definitely consider staying at Daintree Wilderness Lodge if we visit the area! Thanks for sharing this review.

    • Jas
    • March 5, 2018
    Reply

    Can’t imagine what a feeling it must be waking up to the smell of oaks and ferns in a forest. Would definitely love for a weekend escape here out the bustling city. Australia’s been on my bucket list forever too so this is perfect for when I finally get to visit!

    • R K Nair
    • March 5, 2018
    Reply

    Daintree is on my to do list. The wilderness lodge sounds so much close to nature.Would you recommend the place safe a solo woman traveller? Did you reserve well in advance to get the accommodation?
    Thanks for sharing

    • Luis Enrique
    • March 5, 2018
    Reply

    I was just up by cairns in the last couple of months, though the weather was so bad that unfortunately, I couldn’t travel to cape tribulation, absolutely gutted! I would have loved to stayed here!

    • Lara Dunning
    • March 6, 2018
    Reply

    This place looks like heaven! I am putting it on my list for when I visit Australia, as I like unique accommodations.

    • Lance
    • March 7, 2018
    Reply

    When can I go to the Daintree Wilderness Lodge? It looks like the perfect place to get away from it all and commune with nature. Those rooms are stunning. Brings back childhood memories of treehouses and The Swiss Family Robinson.

    • Corinne
    • March 7, 2018
    Reply

    The Daintree Lodge sounds like my kind of accommodation. I not only can switch off, I long for it. It is hard to give up wifi for too long, but a couple of days is just what the doctor ordered. We didn’t stay here when we visited the Daintree, but if we go back again….

    • Veggie Vagabonds
    • March 7, 2018
    Reply

    That place looks seriously incredible, right in the middle of nature. It must have been an amazing experience!

    • Mel Butler
    • March 11, 2018
    Reply

    Daintree Wilderness Lodge in Queensland Australia looks and sounds just lovely. I will have to show this place to my in-laws who are always up there for a couple of months. It is good that they encourage visitors to limit power usage it is a good excuse to unwind and not use social media.

    • lisa
    • March 12, 2018
    Reply

    This is my kid of place! Eco is the future and this shows it can be done if both the hotels/lodges and its visitors participate. Great place to do some self reflecting, yoga and meditation. Great review!

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