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Cockatoo Hill Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Diwan
Reviewed 21 August 2013

We stayed here for two nights and loved it. We arrived late afternoon and Carmen, the most amazing host, was there to greet as with a smile. She was fantastic booking our dinners and tours for us and making delicious breakfasts for us each morning. She was always attentive and up for a genuine chat without being too intrusive.

The tree houses are lovely and well looked after. A beautiful big bed and a stunning view.

Beware technofiles! No internet or tv and no phone reception here, just nature. A place to really relax.

Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

The title of this review may seem cliched, but the majority of the reviews do say it all. It really is a beautiful place to stay. We wanted to spoil ourselves and couldn't really have done any better. It is interesting that this doesn't show up in some of the mainstream guidebooks, but we felt it was better that way, a sort of well kept secret. Yes, I guess it isn't particularly cheap, but the rooms (cabins) are spacious and clean, each with a verandah and a small fridge stocked with some wine, beer, water and snacks, which would be lovely if arriving late, but we had stocked up en-route in Mossman (the last opportunity for anything 'fancy' food wise before crossing the Daintree river). The cabins were made up every day, with a flower on the doormat and at the foot of the bed. We were the only couple staying that week and had the place to ourselves. The owner Carmen is a gracious, kind and generous host with a wealth of local knowledge of the area and do ask for tips about the beaches, rainforest walks etc. She gave us a very good tip for Cow Bay i.e. walk beyond the first set of rocks on the left if the tide allows. The breakfast was lovingly prepared - fresh fruit, organic yogurts, cereals and toast, croissants etc if you have the room! This isn't the place for a fry-up which made such a refreshing change. There is a lovely infinity pool and the gardens have butterflies in profusion. The evening is a cacophony of sound with the noises of the forest and then there is waking to the beautiful sunrise, the birds and butterflies in the morning....yum! Every cabin has a balcony and all the visitor photographs do emphasise the natural beauty of the surrounding area. The cabins all have good mosquito netting, but make sure that you have repellant for when out and about. the bathrooms are spacious and very clean with very powerful showers - great after a hot day out. A 4x4 did really help as the drive up to the house and cabins is steep, it probably be done in a ordinary car, but I wouldn't want to attempt it - and its much more fun in a 4x4!!

As one reviewer has indicated, the eating opportunities may be few and far between and varied and when we visited, it was clear that some places had recently closed and others opened etc. Cockatoo Hill is a 15 drive from Cape Tribulation and Thornton Beach to the North and Cow Bay to the south. Nevertheless, we ate very well (will post reviews separately). The are opportunities for Cassowary spotting and swimming in a beautiful natural swimming hole (ask Carmen about both). We did a see actually see a Cassowary crossing the road with a very large chick and the whole area was quiet which made it feel that we had the whole place to ourselves - empty beaches, huge and dramatic skies and plenty of wildlife. We felt privileged to have spent 5 days at Cockatoo Hill and have shared a little bit of tropical North Queensland. Amazing. Would we recommend staying at Cockatoo Hill? Absolutely - in fact we would insist upon it!! a truly memorable experience!

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank CharlesandFiona
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Reviewed 17 May 2013

A lovely place pristine clean and lovely breakfast. Carmen the owner is a lovely lady and always there to help. It is very expensive however this is a personal choice all the beauty is there.
There are many beautiful locations at cape tribulation at good value

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank ROAMING9
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Reviewed 11 May 2013

Such a beautiful location with lovely simple rooms that let the view be the main centre point of what is bound to be spectacular at both sunrise & sunset! Carmen was such a beautiful welcoming host and most definitely added to the serenity and beauty of the place. The service was spot on and breakfast every morning was superb with fresh fruits that suited the weather perfectly. All in all it was such a memorable stay for my partner and I, absolute magic.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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1  Thank SiGamble
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Reviewed 14 January 2013

This was our second time at the Riverside Retreat and we will continue to keep coming back!! The cabin alone is just so beautiful, with amazing Thornton Peak views from the verandah. The creek within the property and swimming hole is just a perfect piece that makes up the whole experience. We saw some cassowaries, king fishers, Keko and Kika (butcher birds), turtles in the creek and even a Bush Pig! Carmen is the most perfect host and is always so accommodating.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Kizzi_Aus
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Reviewed 30 November 2012

We visited Cockatoo Hill to see the solar eclipse and had a great view from our balcony over the top of the rain forest tree canopy.

The "rooms" are reminiscent of up-market African game lodge accommodation and are fitted out luxuriously and comfortably. With the balcony doors open to catch the breeze, it was like being in the rain forest with the many animal noises and birds and the tops of the trees in flower.

Carmen is a very gracious and knowledgeable host and made our 4 days extremely enjoyable. The fruit salad for breakfast is delicious.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank GKandEC
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

My partner and I recently stayed at riverside retreat. With it's own private swimming hole, beautiful
Grounds and all the finishing touches this is a charming place to get away. It is close to the beach, close to many tourist attractions. It truly is a retreat and a charming place to relax. Carmen is very welcoming and helpful. In fact we couldn't have hoped for much more.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Caroline B
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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: £155 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Cockatoo Hill Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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