Escaping from hot and humid Cairns to this lovely spot in a world heritage rainforest was a good decision. It has a feel of a B&B as the kitchen has full facilities and supplies can be purchased from a nearby town. The king bed was comfortable, hot water plentiful, and digital TV reception for those who need it.
Plentiful wildlife to observe and listen to, the walk around Lake Eachem is lovely, and ample photographic opportunities. It is also only a short drive to waterfalls, swimming holes, and cheese tastings. Make sure to have a read (and available for purchase) the Rainforest Ecosystems book in each lodge. It contains a wealth of information about the plants and creatures you will see on your adventures in this region. Free wifi in every room even though there is no mobile coverage!
Yes, it has the feel of a bush camp, but I would rather that than damaging the rainforest to upgrade the buildings. You can call it rustic :) Any smells some people may perceive (I didn't) is just part and parcel of living in the wet tropics. All cutlery & pots were clean when I arrived, and we washed up after ourselves. These are not serviced apartments!
The spa & sauna were not in operation, and the pool has fallen leaves and bugs on the surface, but was entirely refreshing after a sweaty day. Again, what can you expect from the tropics?
- 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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