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Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Canberra
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73 reviews
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“basic rainforest accommodation”
Reviewed 25 August 2012

If you like being in the middle of a rainforest and experiencing all the delights and downsides of this environment then this is the place to go. If you are expecting an upmarket standard of accommodation then go elsewhere. My wife and I stayed here a couple of nights and being keen wildlife watchers we loved seeing and hearing the birds and seeing the pademelons, sugar gliders and bandicoots, even if they had to be fed by the owners to be attracted to visit.
The one bedroom cabin was pretty basic for the price but had all the necessary gear. I could imagine that the cabins would get damp and mouldy at times, as noted by other reviewers, but this is a tropical rainforest after all and you just need to pick the best time of year to visit. The owner of the lodge was very knowledgeable about the wildlife of the area and friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 April 2012

We just returned from a wonderful night at Chambers Rainforest Lodge. We read the reviews before we went - run down, smelly rooms that weren't worth the money - we didn't experience this at all. I found the double room we stayed in to be very affordable and not at all smelly. We had both a front and back verandah and found it to be very private. I read quietly on the verandah as an antechnicus scurried through the basket ferns, a victoria's riflebird watched me from a branched and the scrub turkeys wandered about on the ground. It is a special experience to be able to get so close to wild red legged pademelons and absolutely fabulous to see the sugar gliders from so close by. We watched a group of five sugar gliders for over an hour as they jumped and glided between the trees (seated comfortably at the viewing platform with a glass of red wine). A striped possum and long nosed bandicoot also came by while we watched. We drove to the nearby Curtain Fig tree for more spot lighting and found a green ringtail possum in a tree in the car park.

For anybody interested in wildlife I would definitely recommend this accommodation. If you are looking for a luxury experience and don't mind the price tag then there are other places nearby that may suit you better.

We'll definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2012

We lodged at Chambers for seven nights in October 2011 and were delighted with every aspect of our stay. Our accommodation was in a one bedroom lodge which had recently been refurbished. It was spotlessly clean and decorated to a high standard, with good furnishings and fittings. We are both bird watchers and the location was just superb; ideal for watching birds (and other wildlife) from the lodge's verandah and in the surrounding rainforest. John Chambers himself was both helpful and very friendly. The staff who serviced the room did an excellent job and were also very friendly. We would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cairns, Australia
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Reviewed 21 November 2011

I agree with the unpleasant odours and damp and smelly environment. The kitchen utensils were dirty and obviously housekeeping is a non event. We couldn't get out quick enough. For a place widely advertised on birders websites etc. it is a real let down.The place is situated in a beautiful area but needs a total refurbishment for me to even consider coming back.

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Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 14 May 2011

Although I booked for 3 adults (one couple and a single), when we arrived two adults and a child were expected. maybe that accounted for the small cabin and the complete lack of privacy we experienced 9the only bathroom/toilet led off the main bedroom. Also, the cabin needed a good clean and updating and was home to cockroaches!!!
The setting was gooid, in the middle of the rain forest, but a car was required for visiting the rest of the area.
Customer service was ok, and the animals were good in the evenings, I prefer not to be talked at all the time, but it would not be to everybodys' taste.
The price was acceptable for two people, but should have been the same for three, particularly as we were in a small cabin, obviously designed for a 1 child family.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 15 April 2011

I agree with the "ordinary" review. This place is too small for 3 people and damp and smelly. Good to see pademelons and sugar gliders, good commentary on the first night. the bush tracks are all muddy and unsignposted. The sugarglider camera was not working. The dirt road into the place was rough and needed grading. was dissapointed after seeing the brochures. Lake Eacham has to be driven to. really need a car here to travel to all th tourist spots around here- expect to do alot of driving. It is way overpriced to what you get. The carpet needs to be ripped up and replaced with tiles. the cabins needing airing out! There is no spa, only a small pool. Saw alot better wildlife on the Lake Barrine cruise!

  • Stayed April 2011
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Townsville, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 January 2011

The host was friendly and helpful on arriva, later encounters were brief and seemed to be hurried. Information was limited to a pre rehearsed speach about the Pademelons which contradicts information from other wildlife experts in the area.
The room had an unfortunate aroma and mould on the kitchen utensils. It was reminiscent of a 1950's run down scout camp. The cleaning lady has an incredible ability to give ill considered commentry when the issue is actually the carpet covering a suspected rotten floor.
Facilities did not exist.No spotlights were available the grass had not been cut, so the Musky Rat Kangaroos could not be observed, the walking tracks were overgrown and dangerous, the camera for the Sugar Gliders was not working for most of the stay etc.
We saw what we wanted to see outside the run down confines of Chambers.
Go to Cedar Lodge at Mareeba for a similar price but better service and travel to Eacham where you can see all the wildlife without staying in 3rd rate accommodation.

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Address: Eacham Close | Lake Eacham, Atherton, Queensland 4884, Australia
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Atherton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Atherton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges is hidden in 1200 acres of Lake Eacham's lush, tropical highland rainforest in the beautiful Waterfalls and Crater Lakes district of the Atherton Tablelands. As pioneers in eco tourism our lodges specifically cater for birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts, naturalists, photographers, film crews and all those who want to have a true rainforest experience. Accommodation includes 10 fully self-contained 52sqm one bedroom lodges and a 108sqm five bedroom lodge. RESORT FACILITIES INCLUDE: Under-cover swimming pool / 100sqm guest lounge with BBQ, pool table, wildlife library, high speed broadband internet - Free in room WIFI. The resort includes a 1.3km rainforest walking path to Platypus ponds, Brush Turkey mounds, and Tooth billed Bowerbird stages. A Wildlife Viewing Platform is illuminated until 11pm for guests to view Sugar Gliders, Striped Possums, Uromys, Bandicoots, Melomys, Antechinus. There are excellent restaurants, hotels, takeaways and supermarkets within a 10 minute drive of the Chambers. ... more   less 
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