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Reviewed 23 September 2012

We've been a few times but Lynn being a keen birder is very specific that she wants to see the rifle bird display.
Although nothing is guranteed we constantly badger John and Jenny as to the numbers of birds and are they displaying.
On one of our last trips, we were lucky as the male did his ritual on the verandah directly in front of us.
No such luck this time, Lynn had to work hard for the displays - the first day was almost wasted as Lynn did her research as to where the males were during the day.
On the next day, she took her scope and chair into the undergrowth and just sat and waited.....and waited.........and waited.
She did find though that an early start, say 6.30 am gives you more chance of a sighting.
When the male did his mating ritual on the branch of a tree l, it is an absolute joy to watch - he wraps his whole body and wings around the female and it is one of the most amazing sights to behold in the bird world.
But the beauty of the Cottages is that they are so close to so many other attractions - I still love going to Lake Eacham and Yungaburra.
But also, the Bromfeld Swamp is fantastic for any keen birders - each night at say 4.30 - 6.00 pm,hundreds of brolgas fly home to nest for the night.
Watching them glide in to land with such style and grace is an absolute joy.

Room Tip: If you go for a bird watching experience, best to allow an extra night or two as there is no gurantee you will see what you want on one day only.
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank RonWamberal
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

These self catering cottages are surrounded by rainforest, close to Lake Eacham and not far from Yungaburra. They are very clean, well maintained, comfortable and charming. There is bedroom and seperate living area with a good workable kitchen with full stove/oven and refrigerator. There is also a bbq on the covered verandah. There is also an immaculately clean small laundry for guest use on the premises. We chose the location as a base for three days of birdwatching trips. A number of the species we were hoping to see were in fact resident in the gardens surrounding the cottages which was wonderful. Close up views of the male riflebird as it tried to steal my partners breakfast were a highlight. The owners were very helpful and pleasant to deal with. For example, there is no mobile phone coverage at the cottages so John and Jenny cheerfully allowed us to use their landline to confirm a booking with a guide. We would happily have stayed longer in this magical spot and highly recommend the experience.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

We chanced upon Crater Lakes by accident. We had two spare nights in Cairns and wanted to experience life in a rainforest.

Previous reviews have highlighted the bird and animal life, nearby attractions and friendly hosts, I agree wholeheartedly. Every little detail has been carefully planned and executed. From the welcome breakfast hamper, decanter of port on the table, chocolates, wood-burning stove and spa-bath, it was pure heaven. Although I am sure it must be difficult to maintain a property in rainforest conditions, this was not the case here. The cottage was pristine and well maintained, with very clever use of vintage items, to add to the atmosphere.

Although there are a few cottages, each cottage is situated to maximise privacy, to allow each resident to experience the wonderful life contained in the rainforest.

Only wish we could have stayed longer. It will stand out as one of the highlights of our trip to Australia.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 July 2012

We stayed 2 nights in the Pioneer cottage..and what a wonderful spot! the four cottages are nestled in the rainforest in teh Crater Lakes Park. Evening barbeques for dinner worked out fine (great steaks from the local butcher in Yungaburra). Amzing bird life...some spectacular spiders (well...by English standards). The first night 'hamper' was a great start for the next morning.

Local interest was teh various strangler fig trees / Hypipimee crater / and platypus watching in the stream in Yungaburra... we were spoiled by a very coopertative little platypus!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2012

We stayed at Crater Lakes for 3 nights in late June/ early July. We were absolutely blown away by everything about the place. Spectacular location right in the middle of beautiful rainforest, abundant wildlife, excellent facilities. The service we received from our hosts was top notch and they are very friendly people. The cottages have everything you need and the little extras like fresh flowers, breakfast hamper and port were much appreciated. We can't wait to return to our now favorite holiday destination.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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Thank Jeffrey_shaw
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