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The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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38 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Highly Recommend”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2008

This place is amazing!! Our Family have stayed here twice - firstly in Sept '06 then several months later(after being continually pestered by kids) in July '07.
Location and Treehouses are just beautiful - a place you can truely relax and unwind and have good quality time with the family -your only visitors being the wildlife which was heaps of fun.
Malanda is not far away for any supplies you needed and last time we were there it was Malanda Show Weekend so lots happening.
Would one day love to visit again as we will always hold special memories of this place

  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2007

Just beautiful, we loved our 2 night stay in the rainforest with the birds, turtles and possums. The treehouses are designed with many windows so that you are constantly reminded by your surroundings even if you don't go outside. It's a real treat if you are into birds as they come onto the balcony for all the delicious snacks provided.

We have a 20month old and I was a bit apprehensive about how suitable the accomodation would be, even after being assured that the treehouses were child safe. We didn't have any problems except that we needed to temporarily block access to the upstairs staircase.

I read the review before this one and must add that we had no rain and no problem with leaches (a spray bottle of vinegar is provided to use on feet as a deterant).

Totally recommend it, a unique spot.

  • Stayed August 2007, travelled with family
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Rome, Italy
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2007

We had a great wildlife experience in these lovely tree-house cabins. If you like your wild life wild then you will love this place. It really is teeming! If your squeamish about leeches then be advised they are rampant in the rain forest. The location is unique as the five houses are embedded within the rain forest for real and you share your veranda with possum, parrots, turkeys etc etc.

The houses themselves are very well equipped, very comfortable and quite unique really. Loved the jacuzzi with the panoramic views of the forest and the seclusion - this really is great for a honeymoon. It let's the fella be brave and rescue his bride from the blood suckers! Highly recommended as an experience. But be warned it's not called a rain forest for nothing - it must have rained continuously throughout our stay!

  • Liked — The wildlife and the jacuzzi
  • Disliked — The leeches!
  • Stayed May 2007, travelled as a couple
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Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2007

We stayed here during some terrible weather but were still comfortable and still managed to see all the wildlife that we came for, including Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo and Platypus.

The cabins are set high up on stilts overlooking the rain forest and a small creek. Parrots visit the veranda for food by day and possums by night. A juvenile Cassowary, which was suspiciously tame, also visited every now and then. Because of the high rainfall, leeches were something of a problem when walking the forest tracks.

The cabins are very well equipped, with a nice log stove, excellent kitchens and even a large spa bath.

There is plenty to see in the vicinity and a boat trip on Lake Barrimine is highly recommended.

  • Stayed June 2007
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Melbourne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2007

We had short listed this accommodation, but decided to book with another (Rivers Edge Rainforest Retreat) with which something went wrong with our booking ( my fault AND I should have double checked their receipt of definite booking). When we arrived on the Athurton in the evening our expected rooms were just gone as our intended hosts had just given up on us, (we had been unable to confirm by phone as my mobile didn't work because of reception problems in area and our previous hotel had a dodgy room phone). Rivers Edge kindly recommended Fur'nFeathers and organized an urgent booking- interesting that their suggestion had been our second choice.

Fur'n Feathers have charming cabins elevated on stilts amongst the canopy in the forest which had unfortunately recently been decimated by a cyclone. The cabins have underneath parking and laundry including washer and tumble dryer, and contain 2 bedrooms (one open attic spaced overlooking the living area and one closed with abundant fitted cupboard space and great king size bed but not at all soundproof), delightful bathrooms with large windows overlooking private rivers edge, spa bath, and shower with resident frogs which had to be removed gently before ablutions; a great kitchen with all facilities including dishwasher, pots, and basics including over-ripe bananas and seed for the wildlife; and adjoining the lounge/eating room (with tv/dvd but unfortunately seating not fantastically comfortable) adjoining a balcony with excellent table setting, gas barbecue and bird feeders.

The possums however are all for breaking in at night and shinnied hopefully up and down the doors. Opening the door to take bird feed out in the morning the aerial wild life came in the door and onto or hands before we could get out the door! However they were easy to bribe out again with the food, and varied fascinating and charming rather than aggressive. There are also enthusiastic turtles to feed down beside the river a short walk away and more elusive nocturnal wildlife to be sought on a naturalist guided night walk.

Our only reservation was the pair of young resident cassowaries which are intimidating and could be hazardous especially with children. One took an interest in our feet which was daunting. My son was also somewhat freaked out by an attack of leaches on our turtle walk- we should have applied the vinegar spray which our hosts thoughtfully provide prior to walking.

Overall a great and unique experience- but I'd still like to go back and try our first choice, as a slightly more luxurious option.

  • Liked — Setting and ambience
  • Disliked — uncomfortable lounge seating (too deep and no cushiona or arms)
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled with family
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2007

Following our New Year's Eve wedding we honeymooned in Queensland, Australia for 15 days. Our trip consisted of spa relaxation, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef and, of course, rainforest exploration!
We were anticipating our stay at F-n-F as we knew it would be unique and fun. Without any hesitation at all, we can easily say it exceeded all of our expectations!! So much so, we named our new puppy Malanda!! (after the closest town)
The house was wonderful! Like a 5 star hotel in the forest. We couldn't even see our closest neighbor (great for a honeymoon!) and the atmostphere was simply wonderful!! The rainforest REALLY sounds just like the sound clip on their website! Upon arrival, we received a wonderful orientation to the property and tour of our house. It had everything we could possibly want! (well, AC would have been nice in the Australian summer, but we didn't really miss it at all!). We would leave our windows open during the day, closed in the evening when we had lights on, then turned off all the lights (to fool the bugs) and opened them all up again. The sounds soothed us to sleep. Breakfast on the veranda each morning, exploring the trails and creeks each day, feeding turtles, wild parrots and seeing the evening possums. The wildlife is truly incredible! And hey, the jacuzzi tub was great!!
We can't express more how much we enjoyed every second and wished we could have stayed longer! Hopefully some anniversary will take us back! It was a wonderful and unique experience that we will remember for a lifetime!

  • Liked — the atmosphere, rainforest
  • Disliked — no AC
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2006

The treehouse was built smack in the middle of the rainforest, equipped with every imaginable item you need in a home. The next nearest treehouse was a short distance away but not within sight - so there's lots of privacy. The beautiful wooded house had a lovely attic that brought much joy to my kid.
Day visitors to the house included many different furry feathered birds who were so keen to eat out of your hands if you're holding bird-seeds or a banana. We were lucky to spot a tree-kangaroo scaling up and down a tall tree right in front of the house one afternoon. The brush-turkeys, like security guards, trotted around the place and were never too far away. Saw and fed some wallabies at the main house lawn. My 9-year-old child and spouse even spotted a wallaby while taking a walk in the forest. Tried to catch a glimpse of the elusive platypus but luck ran out. Only once, saw one swimming in a small lake during a complimentary platypus spotting trip conducted by the host. Night visitors dropped by as early as 6pm in the evening - there were no less than 4-5 possums each night. One of them even had a baby possum clinging on her back! The adorable creatures were so tame that we could give them a pet while they ate off the fruits from our hands. There's never a dull moment while you're residing there because the animals, birds and even insects (lots and varied), would constantly keep you entertained, captivated and even busy.
The place was close to nature and yet central to the many attractions in the Tableland. The many waterfalls, lakes, grocery and bakery were just short drives away. We enjoyed BBQ at the verandah, cooking in the well-equipped kitchen, watching TV and DVDs in the living room, soaking in the jacuzzi and watching the animals hopping and pleading for food outside your doors.
As this was a self-catering lodge, there was no maid to clean the place and change your towels. You would need to launder your own towels and clothes with the washing machine and dryer provided. Despite the few mundane domestic chores, this was definitely a stay WITH a difference! Highly recommended for nature lovers who want to get away and relax without unwanted intrusions and disturbances. The place was so quiet and tranquil that the only sounds you'd hear were the chirping or mating calls of the birds, the rustling of winds against the leaves, the animals marking their territories by growling at each other when they feed and the little pitter patter of birds and animals moving on your roofs.

  • Liked — Unique
  • Disliked — Lack of daily cleaning service
  • Tips/Secrets — Leave your mobile phone at home because there's no reception.
  • Stayed November 2006, travelled with family
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Property: The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary
Address: Hogan Road, Tarzali, Atherton, Queensland 4885, Australia (Formerly Fur 'n' Feathers Rainforest Tree Houses)
Region: Australia > Queensland > Atherton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Atherton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Winner of numerous awards and offering the ultimate in eco-responsible boutique luxury, "The Canopy" is one of Australia's most unique accommodation and wildlife experiences. Located on the banks of the Ithaca River and surrounded by pristine, private rainforest, it is home to a stunning array of rare and exotic wildlife, including the iconic Southern Cassowary and the unique Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo. Note: formerly called Fur 'n' Feathers Rainforest Treehouses. ... more   less 
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