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Cockatoo Hill Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Diwan
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Schaffhausen, Switzerland
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“Welcome to Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2014

After three weeks traveling and enjoying for the first time the diverse landscape and marine life of Queensland, we decided to stay four nights in this most beautiful retreat, celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary. Having traveled in many countries and stayed in many wonderful places, there was no doubt that this was the best choice we made for such a special occasion. Inherent beauties in life are always difficult to describe in few sentences.

It was like out of this world: The setting so remote yet easy to reach, the few private thatched-roof Tree Houses so close to the rainforest and still with view on the ocean. An exceptional quality in all details of the accommodation and services that one usually only finds in a private context. A Host full of dedication to the Retreat, to the diverse form of nature with rare plants, animals, as well as to good and healthy food (most wonderful breakfast). The price is more than reasonable given the location, quality and luxury of the retreat with its marvellous gardens and pool area.

We learned from our Host a lot about the Retreat’s history, Daintree Forest, the best hiking tours, restaurants, and excursions into the tropical rain forest, wild life watching, etc. We had a most inspiring 4 h walk in the Cooper Creek Wilderness guided by Neil, a great expert regarding wildlife, national and local policies of preservation, and aboriginal culture and history. And coming home to the Cockatoo Hill Retreat in the evening, exchanging our mutual experiences of the day with Carmen made our stay even more memorable.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

I have traveled allover the world and can't remember as positive as an experience as this. A truly spectacular location for room and pool overlooking the Daintree rainforest and ocean. Views from your private room that has to be seen to be believed. And hospitality and all round great advice and company from the lovely Carmen.
We can't recommend Cockatoo Hill enough.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Alice Springs, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

If you looking for a Queensland holiday escape, this is the place to go. Carmen is lovely and a fantastic host. The 4 bungalows on the property are secluded and each have an amazing view of the Daintree rainforest and beaches. Breakkie is perfect, fresh fruit, muesli and croissants.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Yarra Valley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

We had two days here, in one of the four cabins perched in the rainforest looking out across forest to the sea. The cabin was beautifully fitted out and totally private and peaceful. We were welcome to explore the extensive grounds and used the lovely pool. The owner was extremely hospitable and caring, and the breakfast wonderful (huge bowl of exotic local fruit salad, cereals, homemade croissants etc). A perfect place to spend our anniversary, and well located to explore Cape Tribulation.

Room Tip: Any of the four - they are all great.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2014

We're still here at Cockatoo Hill Retreat as I write it. We're sad though because today is the day we leave for the next step in our holiday and, quite frankly, I can't believe anything can be better than here. My wife and I are world travellers who love to spoil ourselves. We have stayed in absolute luxury in over 45 countries. This has been a pinnacle in that respect. And it's not just the place itself, which is without equal already. It is Carmen - our beautiful, gracious host. They say that home is where the heart is, and this majestic sanctuary's heart is this gorgeous woman. Carmen is a gentle, humorous sole who engages you from the first moment.

Cape Tribulation is a unique place in the world and should be on every serious traveller's bucket list. But to see it without staying here would be a tragic waste.

Carmen - thank you so much for making us feel so much at home instantly. And thank you for the tropical breakfasts so lovingly prepared, as only a French-Italian-Aussie could do. We. Will. Return!

Room Tip: The rooms are all perfect. We stayed in number 4, but all are perfect.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Winchester, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

It was pouring in the daintree - well it is rainforest !- but driving up the hill thro the clouds to arrive at Cockatoo Hill Retreat was amazing. A beautifully designed lodge & individual chalets set in a garden alive with flowers, birds & butterflies. High up with views across the Forest to the sea - cooler & with less mosquitoes than most of the area - a big bonus. The chalets are cool & calming, beautifully furnished with attention to detail like flowers, complimentary wine that means memories to cherish. Breakfast is taken in the main lodge - open plan of Balinese design. Carmen provides a delicious array of local fruit - we loved trying all the unheard of forest fare - breads & pastries with home made preserves. Carmen is a mine of information & advice, has some wonderful books to browse & does everything she can to make your stay special. She is one of life's special people herself. Cockatoo Hill is a long way from our home in UK so if we don't visit again I hope my review will encourage other readers to stay in this very special place.

  • Stayed March 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

We came here to escape the busyness of Port Doulas having made the mistake of booking our stay over school holidays. We spent a lot of time considering options as we wanted a true escape. Cockatoo Hill was a fortunate choice. The location is secluded, peaceful with magnificent views from our ' tree house' across the forest to the coast.

Accomodation: there are only 4 units, well spaced so privacy is maintained, they are set in lovely gardens and face the coast to catch the breezes and views - no need for air-con. Decore is minimalist elegance with open storage to accommodate the tropical climate and clear Balinese influences. We slept with the doors open and spent late afternoons on our verandah, enjoying nature and a glass of wine. Beautiful!

Food and service: breakfast was served from the main lodge and offered a range of fresh fruits, cereals, good coffee. We don't eat hot breakfasts so cannot comment further. Rooms were very clean and we were provided with everything we needed. Very friendly, yet discreet we were provided with great service and assistance

Activities: our host helped us to make the most of our stay with good advice and recommendations on local dinning. We also did a couple of the nature walks which were excellent. The garden is full of butterflies and birds so just sitting and watching is a great pass time. Those who cannot live without teçhnology should beware; no TV and limited phone, Internet connection!

this is a special place that will always be a highlight of our travel experiences. We have stayed at some of the most beautiful places in the world but the elegance and simplicity of Cockatoo Hill makes it a standout. Will definitely go back next time we head up to far North Queensland.

  • Stayed September 2013, 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
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Hotel Class:2 star — Cockatoo Hill Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 4
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