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Cockatoo Hill Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Diwan
Melbourne, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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“Perfect relaxed honeymoon”
Reviewed 16 September 2011

This was the first stop of our honeymoon, perfect getaway after the stress of the wedding. Carmen was welcoming and warm and happy to share her knowledge of the area and not a bad word to say about anyone (although her shrugs spoke volumes!)

The only food served is breakfast, which was lovely. But this meant we had to fend for ourselves the rest of the meals which was interesting.... as the dining options were centered on backpackers cooking. But that is hardly Carmens fault!

Not having tv in the rooms was a lovely change. Being woken by the birds was fun. And that uninterupted view of rainforest out to the Coral Sea was breathtaking.

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

I'm very late in writing this review, but really had to say how wonderful our stay was at Cockatoo Hill - Carmen is such a lovely and charming host, and the property itself is just stunning. The views to the coast and the rainforest, the beautiful butterflies, and the luxurious cabins combined to make this a really perfect end to our North Queensland holiday. My husband and I had been diving on the reef for 5 days prior to our arrival, and were pretty exhausted, so Cockatoo Hill was a real haven of relaxation. We wouldn't normally pay this much for accommodation, but decided to splurge,and I'm so glad we did. I couldn't recommend it more. Thanks so much Carmen!

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 28 May 2011

We chose Cockatoo Hill retreat as part of our destination for our honeymoon, and our stay there was nothing short of amazing. We were greated by Carmen as if we were relatives coming to stay, and this warmness continued through out our stay. Nothing was a trouble, she was very helpful in recommending and booking our tours, and gave great insight into the local area by recalling personal stories and factual information. The accommodation was breath taking, views are to die for, the bed was warm and welcoming, and the rooms are serviced daily with the quick but attentive hands of Karen. Breakfast was lovely and very filling, we loved the home made jams and Mitoosh (the cat) also gave a feeling of a home away from home. We would recommend Cockatoo Hill Retreat to anyone who needs R&R or just wants a breaktaking experience in the Daintree. It was almost sad to leave as Carmen was so gracious and friendly it was like we had met a long lost relative. A must at least once, and worth every cent.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 April 2011

We had a great stay with lovely host Carmen. We arrived in the dark and were warmly welcomed by Carmen. There are only four tree houses and when we were there, we were the only guests, so we felt really privileged. The tree houses are beautifully decorated and the view is marvelous: you wake up with a view over the jungle and the sea in the distance. The breakfast is delicious with fresh fruit and homemade jams every day. We stayed for four nights and loved every minute.

The Daintree itself is beautiful! We went for a guided walk through the forest with Prue which was great, went snorkling in the Great Barrier Reef, made a boat trip on the Daintree River and saw cassowaries. Carmen arranged it all and had great tips about unguided walks we took ourselves as well.

The food in the local restaurants was not all that great, but we can recommend Whet. We spend a wonderful New Year's Eve there with delicious food.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 December 2010

We stayed here for 3 nights as part of our honeymoon. Carmen was the perfect hostess and nothing was too much trouble.
She gave us discounted tickets to cross over on the ferry when we went to Mossman Gorge for the day and gave us loads of other tips about things to do in the area.
The only downside was that she had no longer served food when we went (back in November 2008) so we had to eat out at local restaurants but this was not a problem.
While we were there only one other couple was there and I think only for one night so we practically had the place to ourselves and got to use the infinity pool on our own.
The views were magnificent but I did wake up early every morning because there were no curtains but it did mean I got some amazing pictures of the sunrise.
Breakfasts were fabulous with Carmen's home made jams.
I can't fault anything about the place and would love to go back sometime. The Daintree itself also has loads of great activities. We tried horse riding, canopy surfing, crocodile spotting boat trip and much more which were all great.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2010

We had a truly fantastic stay at Cockatoo Hill Retreat - Carmen was so hospitable & helpful.
The views from the room were awesome, the location perfect, the gardens lovley, breakfast was gorgeous the pool was just great - we had a brilliant time.
Lots to do and see - you need at least 3 days in Cape Tribulation to really enjoy the surroundings.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Berkshire, UK
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Reviewed 31 October 2010

My husband and I stayed for 2 nights in September as part of our honeymoon in Australia. I had arranged the stay as a wedding gift to my husband, who has always wanted to get that real rainforest experience with a bit of added luxury, and I could not have wished for a better surprise. The location, the service from Carmen, the super comfortable beds - everything was wonderful. I will never forget watching the sun set over the ocean from our bed - while being in the middle of the Daintree!
This place is incredible, and Carmen is the perfect hostess. I would highly recommend a rainforest walk with Cooper Creek wilderness walks, and a short trip down the drive leads you to Lync Haven, which has a restaurant that I was really pleasantly surprised with, as well as various animals to have a look at. We at at Whet as well, which was nice, but if you fancy a big hearty meal in a family type atmosphere I would definitely recommend Lync Haven, as I will recommend Cockatoo Hill to every discerning traveller I meet.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Cockatoo Hill Retreat
Address: 2060 Cape Tribulation Rd | Daintree Coast, Diwan, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Cape Tribulation > Diwan
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Diwan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Cockatoo Hill Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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