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Cockatoo Hill Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Diwan
Certificate of Excellence
Sydney, Australia
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“Heaven in the Daintree”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2012

My husband & I have just returned from a wonderful 8 day holiday at Riverside Retreat. It was the most amazing environment, a lovely house in 20 acres of rainforest & we had it all to ourselves! Carmen is the perfect hostess, very knowledgable & friendly. It was a privilege to experience this beautiful area, we left rested but also invigorated. I would recommend Riverside for anyone who loves the natural environment.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2012

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights in early June. Wow it was amazing. Carmen was absolutely beautiful, very hospitable and kind. We loved our chats. We stayed in one of the tree houses and were lucky enough to be the only guests. The rooms are very clean and tidy with a bar fridge, balcony and mega comfy bed. The only small downside would be the shower which ran a bit hot and cold but hey this is in the jungle!!!! Carmen invited us to have a look at her little cottage down the road a little. It is a self contained house in stunning surrounds and we had a swim in the river with the turtles and fish.....pure bliss.
Carmen is a wealth of knowledge on the local area and guided us to all the best restaurants and activities. Her breakies are legendary.(we could have eaten that fruit salad every day for the rest of our lives) and the super coffee hit every morning was just the ticket. : ).

The gardens and wildlife is exceptional...loads of birds, butterflies a few wee cassowarries and mitush.


If you love peace and quiet and a bit of romance you can't go wrong with cockatoo hill.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

My girlfriend and I recently stayed in one of the Tree Houses (they are not really tree houses, but they may as well be with the view you get!) for 4 nights and had an amazing time. Carmen is the hostess with the most-ess and noting was too much trouble for her. From the tropical fruit salad breaky to the candles she lit each night so you could be guided back to your tree house, each part of the stay was very easy.

The rooms themselves are beautiful and I loved waking up to watch the dawn through the glass walls each morning. I was a bit worried about privacy when I first saw the room, but it wasn't a problem and I didn't really see any of our neighbours throughout the entirety of our stay.

Carmen also happily booked several adventures for us as well (River cruises, 4WD safari's etc), so the whole trip was extremely easy. I would definitely recommend a stay at Cockatoo Hill Retreat anytime!

Room Tip: There are only 4 tree house rooms on the property and all are fantastic, so you cant go wrong!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

We arrived at Cockatoo near dark in early June. Carmen was waiting for us, and did not seem to be the least bit annoyed with our late arrival. She graciously led us to the Riverside Retreat, where our 10 year promptly projectile vomited as soon as she got out of the car. I assumed that Carmen would be worried that her beautiful house might be damaged. We went in the house, and Carmen put her arm around our daughter, showing no concern for anything but her well-being. What an amazingly sweet person! The house was almost shockingly nice for being so isolated in the rainforest. We have had many wonderful nature experiences, but this is one of the most incredibly peaceful and pleasant places we have been. We will certainly return.

Room Tip: We loved the privacy and tranquility of the Riverside Retreat.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2012

We had a fantastic time at Cockatoo Hill! My wife and I stayed for four nights. Our 'tree-house' was delightful, clean and comfortable with breathtaking views across the rainforest and down to the ocean. The gardens were immaculately maintained and, although it wasn't the best weather, the pool was so inviting we couldn't resist taking a dip most mornings. With birdsong filling the air and butterflies fluttering around it was a wonderfully relaxing place and really felt like a little bit of paradise. Breakfast was delicious and abundant. A big bowl of carefully selected fruits, cereal, sweetbreads, homemade jam and other locally produced goodies, was perfect to keep us going until lunchtime. But the best thing about Cockatoo Hill was Carmen herself. She is such a genuinely warm and generous person. She is friendly without being overbearing, attentive without being annoying, and is extremely helpful when in comes to planning your days or booking a trip. On a couple of occasions we had been chatting with Carmen, only to look at the time and realised over an hour had passed. She is an interesting lady and, more importantly seems genuinely interested to know her guests. And her incredibly handsome cat Mitusch is very hospitable too! We couldn't recommend Cockatoo Hill highly enough and would definitely return should we manage to get up that way again. Thanks Carmen, Joel and Kate

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2012

My husband and I stayed for 1 week at the Cockatoo Riverside cottage during our honeymoon. We can't recommend this place highly enough! The house was perfect - beautiful, clean, comfortable; with everything we needed to cook for ourselves, which we both enjoyed. The grounds were stunning, and included our own idyllic rainforest pool! Our host, Carmen, was one of the loveliest people we've met, and made us feel right at home. She was extremely helpful in providing local information, yet gave us plenty of privacy.

As for the rainforest itself - stay as long as you can because there is so much to see and do! And if you're looking for a piece of paradise to call home during your stay then this is it! While we loved the many walks and activities we did during our stay, it was hard to beat simply relaxing on this beautiful property with glass of wine! Thanks again Carmen!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2012 via mobile

This fabulous property was the cherry on the top of our 3 week journey around Australia. As seasoned travelers we were blown away by the awe-inspiring views of the rainforest trees and ocean from our romantic tree house. The beautiful landscaping and quiet pool made for a very special experience for my wife and I and our two 18 year old girls. In no time Carmen felt like an old friend. She was so helpful when serving as our tour guide and our morning breakfast of fresh fruit and fresh jam for our warm croissants was delightful. Thank you Carmen!

  • Stayed June 2012
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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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