When my sister and I were planning our trip to Tropical North Queensland, we wanted to make sure we stayed where we would have the most exposure to the rainforest, and yet still be comfortable. The Ferntree really filled the bill for us. We booked a private cabin for 2 nights. The cabin itself is comprised of the main area, which is the bedroom with a very large, comfy king size bed and lots of windows to look out onto the tropics that surround you. There is an air conditioner that worked very well in the heat of the afternoon. The bathroom is of decent size with shower only, no bath. And there's a little alcove off the bedroom that has a spot to set a suitcase, a counter with a hot water kettle, and below is a small refrigerator. Inside the fridge we found coffee packets, tea, sweeteners and the little containers of milk. On the front porch there was wicker seating for 2 and a coffee table. It was nice each morning to sit out there, drink our coffee, and listen to the sounds of the rainforest.
The Cassowary Café put on a decent breakfast buffet each morning. We were disappointed that we were a few weeks early to enjoy the fresh exotic tropical fruit grown in the area. But the cantaloupe, watermelon and especially the pineapple were delicious. There were yogurts, breads, muffins, cereals, fruit, juices, milks, coffees and teas. I believe there were packets of instant oatmeal as well. There was enough to give us a good start to a day of exploring. And the girl who worked there was very sweet and kept it well stocked.
The staff in the lodge were very friendly and helpful. Our first morning we reported that our shower head dripped loudly all night. When we returned that afternoon, we had a brand new shower head!
The 2 pools on the property are very nice. After a day of enjoying the beach (but not the sea... jellyfish warning!) we had a swim in the pool by the lodge and it was lovely. Perfect temperature.
The location of the Ferntree is just amazing! It sits back in the rainforest and you're surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells. We felt like we were thousands of miles from civilization, but a short walk to the lodge or the Cassowary Café and we had wifi! And in less than a 10 minute walk, we were at the most beautiful beach, Myall Beach. There were warnings everywhere that it was box jellyfish season and enter the water at your own risk. Between the jellyfish and the warning of saltwater crocs, we were satisfied with strolling the beach, rather than going in for a swim!
I would love to come back to the Ferntree and bring more family. I can just see kids and grandkids enjoying it as well. The garden lofts look wonderful for families. I would recommend this place to anyone. If you're someone who's looking for luxury and pampering, you might want to stay in Port Douglas. But for those who are looking for an up close and personal visit with the Tropical North, this is the place for you!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by 28 acres of lush rainforest, Ferntree Rainforest Lodge boasts 2 swimming pools and an on-site restaurant and bar. The lodge offers guests a volleyball court, games room and communal area. The tour desk can arrange Zip-lining in the Rainforest Cannopy, Kayak Tours, Great Barrier Reef trips, Crocodile tours and guided Rainforest walks. Overlooking the pool, the Off The Grid at Cape Tribulation- Bar & Restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner daily. You can choose between Pizza, Steak, Barramundi (local fish), Croc Tail,salads or vegetarian dishes. We also have a great Kids Menu for under 12's. All accommodation is air-conditioned and includes a refrigerator. Some rooms include a complimentary light tropical breakfast consisting of breads, fresh fruit, cereal, yoghurt and juice. Ferntree Lodge is less than 1 kilometre from both Cape Tribulation Beach and Myall Beach. Port Douglas Airport is 80km away. There is no mobile phone service in Cape Tribulation or approximately 30min radius of the resort...We offer guests a paid Wi-if service and public phone in our communal games area so you can stay in touch. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ferntree Rainforest Lodge Cape Tribulation, Daintree Region, Australia