Wake to the call of rainforest birds at Silky Oaks Lodge, the iconic eco-experience where you reside quite literally in the canopy of the world’s oldest living rainforest.
Silky Oaks Lodge is located on the beautiful Mossman River just downstream from Mossman Gorge, one of the few places in the country where visitors can gain an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of Australia’s Indigenous population and their connection to the natural environment. This is an area of ancient tropical rainforest containing one of the most complex ecosystems and oldest continuously surviving rainforests on earth, considered by many to be the evolutionary cradle for much of Australia’s plant and wildlife species.
The stilted Deluxe Treehouses elevate you to a level where your only neighbours are the Ulysses butterflies, the possums and the birdlife; the Riverhouses and Billabong Suites are similarly raised but enjoy spectacular river views and soothing sounds of the Mossman. Treetop seclusion combined with decks, hammocks and spa baths make for a truly sensual, luxurious escape – the stylish retreats are designed to fully connect guests with the extraordinary natural surroundings.
As well as the 45 private treehouses, the lodge features its own 80-acre wilderness, the Treehouse Restaurant & Bar, lounge with library, media room, a pool, tennis court, gym, and the award-winning Healing Waters Spa.
Silky Oaks guests enjoy a wealth of rainforest adventures in the Daintree, but thanks to proximity to Port Douglas, the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef also await.
The forest is a huge presence – when the mist hangs over the trees you feel you might be part of the ancient world. …Once inside [the Lodge], however, you feel very much part of the 21st Century. – The Mail on Sunday (UK)
The Tropical North is bounded by the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park in the north, the quaint cane-field villages in the south and the magnificent Coral Sea coastline abutting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east.
The region is home to Queensland’s two highest peaks – Mt Bartle Frere (1622m) and Mt Bellenden Ker (1593m) – and is rich with diverse scenery including mountains, beaches, tidal wetlands, freshwater lakes, mudflats, mangrove swamps, bays, rivers, estuaries, and rich coastal plains are the dominant features of this tropical environment.
Cairns is a thriving town (one of the fastest-growing in Australia) and a popular holiday destination. Nearby Port Douglas is one of Australia’s most fashionable resort destinations with five-star restaurants, art galleries and designer boutiques. It’s located at the end of a peninsula, benefitting from tranquil waters and famous Four Mile Beach.
The Great Barrier, the world’s largest reef system comprising nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands – it is also the planet’s biggest single living structure, formed by billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. It stretches for over 2,600km, covering approximately 350,000 square kilometres.
A large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which helps to limit the impact of human use.
Silky Oaks Lodge offers a wide selection of complimentary activities including: Selected guided naturewalks through the grounds and adjoining rainforest Canoeing on the Mossman River Swimming and snorkelling in the Mossman River Relaxing by and swimming in the resort pool Bicycles Tennis & Gym Yoga Classes (seasonal and subject to availability)
The Tailor is able to arrange an itinerary to suit your exact requirements with private helicopter or boat to the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, or guided walking tours to the 140 million-year-old Daintree Rainforest or Cape Tribulation – the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed areas meet.
The Treehouse Restaurant is one of Northern Queensland’s premier dining experiences, the open-sided restaurant offering sensational Daintree Rainforest and Mossman river views. The menu showcases the freshest local produce and fine Australian wines.
For a special occasion, private riverside dining is available in a secluded setting on the Mossman River or on the fabulous Jungle Perch. Enjoy a three-course menu, with your selection of wines, the glow of candlelight, all accompanied by the sounds of the rainforest and river.
The Treehouse Bar and Lounge is you place to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail and swap tales with fellow adventurers.
Set in prime riverfront locations, with spectacular rainforest and river views, Riverhouses are spacious retreats with polished timber floors and elegant interiors. An oversized spa bath with uninterrupted rainforest views is one of the many special inclusions offered in addition to standard room features. Riverhouse guests enjoy a special welcome platter on arrival featuring a bottle of premium wine and a selection of chocolates and biscuits from our chef’s kitchen.
Deluxe Treehouses are 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 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.
These architecturally re-designed Riverhouses feature an open plan lay out including separate lounge area with both rooms opening onto a spacious balcony with hammock, day beds and table setting. Overlooking the Mossman River Billabong Suites are designer decorated throughout with reference library, inclusive mini bar, Bose music system, turn down service and ensuite with rainforest shower and double spa bath.
Silky Oaks is open all year. The best time to travel in the region is from April to November. From December to March is the wet season, when you are likely to experience high humidity and rain, particularly in the months of February and March.
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