Cockatoo Hill Retreat is not only a beautiful boutique resort, it is a very unique destination. Once you cross the Daintree River by ferry you are immersed in the oldest rainforest in the world. The paved road to the retreat cuts a swath through dense ferns, vines and trees.
The treehouses are positioned in a clearing, surrounded by a tropical garden, and perched on the edge of a hill overlooking the canopy of the rainforest. Waking up each morning and seeing the forest and coral sea from your floor to ceiling windows is breathtaking. The only sounds you hear is birdsong.
The treehouses are well furnished with a beautiful bed draped in netting, bamboo chairs, table and mini bar. The sliding doors open to a private balcony. The thatched roof cabins are well positioned to allow the sunshine in which is particularly important as the rainforest can be very dark. I noticed other resorts in the area were dark and gloomy as they were surrounded by trees on all sides.
A lovely breakfast is served in the main building and dinner around a hand carved mahogany snake shaped bar. All the buildings, pool and gardens were designed and built by the owners who have paid particular attention to the details. The result is a luxurious retreat in a remote part of the world where you are well taken care of by the charming owners.
We enjoyed many of the activities in the area. Jungle surfing, a guided walk through the rainforest, a cruise down the river to spot crocs, exotic fruit tasting, exploring the beaches and a day trip to Cooktown. We were even lucky enough to spot a cassowary twice, the forest dragon, the neon coloured tree frogs and the electric blue butterfly.
A truly unique and memorable holiday. Made even more special by the warm owners who make every effort to ensure you enjoy your time in their slice of paradise.
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- Also Known As:
- Cockatoo Hill Retreat Daintree Region/Cape Tribulation
- Cockatoo Hill Retreat Hotel Daintree