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Cockatoo Hill Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Diwan
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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“Unforgettable, due in part to Carmen”
Reviewed 9 January 2012

Cookatoo Hill retreat is a stunning, exclusive establishment with beautiful views and well appointed, clean cabins. You really feel one with nature.
Carmen was a friendly, knowledgeable hostess who helped arrange excursions and educated us about the local area including plants and animals. Breakfast was delicious - fresh, local tropical fruits and homemade croissants and jam.

While there check out coppercreek rainforest walks with Pru, D'arcy of Daintree 4x4 tours and Whet restaurant. All outstanding. If seeking an authentic, tranquil and personalized break, you will not be disappointed. This place is a must.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 4 December 2011

We stayed at Cockatoo Hill in October whist we were showing a friend from Melbourne around the Daintree. The experience was absolutely delightful. This is a beautiful place in every sense and the view of sunrise from our rooms was so special.
Our room was very clean and comfortable and the bed is such a gorgeous feature of the room. Breakfast of tropical fruit, croissants, jams and cereals was divine.
Carmen herself is as much a part of this beautiful experience as every other element. Her warmth and graciousness some how turns what would already be considered a truly wonderful stay into something unforgettable just by her presence.
Thank you dear Carmen. We are longing to return! Natalie, Stuart and Ed

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Melbourne, Australia
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30 reviews
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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.

Room Tip: There are only 4 or 5 rooms, so I'm tipping they are all good!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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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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230 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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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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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
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Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Diwan
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Hotel Class:2 star — Cockatoo Hill Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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