Silky Oaks Lodge: Mossman, Australia

Silky Oaks Lodge is ideal for those looking for a relaxing rainforest retreat. Situated in the Daintree rainforest, one of the oldest living rainforest on Earth, the lodge offers a tranquil setting on the crystal clear Mossman River.  There are 50 spacious treehouses and riverhouses, each with a verandah and spa bath.  The riverhouses offers spectacular views of the Mossman River, while the treehouses are nestled amongst lush gardens allowing for maximum privacy and comfort.

The Treehouse Restaurant has spectacular food, featuring fresh produce and Australian wines to enjoy in an open-air setting.  There is also a lounge, bar, and spa at the eco lodge.  Being just 20 minutes from Port Douglas, the lodge is ideally situated for exploring the surrounding areas such as the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton Tablelands, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree River.  Featured activities include a bike tour, canoeing down the Mossman River, and guided rainforests walks.

Some of Silky Oaks’ sustainable practices include energy efficient light bulbs, environmentally responsible cleaning products, use of recycled paper for internal use, use of local produce at the restaurant, and selling locally made art and products in the gift store. A fundamental principle of their environmental management program is that the long-term effect of the lodge on the environment must be zero.

South Long Island Nature Lodge: Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Just a step outside of the luxury water front bungalow is the white sand beaches of the Whitsunday Islands and the beautiful surrounding nature. At South Long Island Nature Lodge you’ll find deserted beaches, friendly staff, and native wildlife, all combining to create a peaceful vacation you won’t soon forget.

This exclusive resort allows you to explore the Whitsunday Islands like never before, with just a maximum of 12 guests, no TVs or phones, and no young children or day visitors. The lodge also has an open dining gazebo overlooking a private beach. You can also enjoy a sail on one the lodge’s exclusive catamarans exploring the surrounding private islands along the way.

South Long Island Nature Lodge has a number of ecotourism initiatives in place to ensure guests leave nothing behind and don’t damage this breathtaking area.  The lodge relies on solar power, natural gas and collected rainwater, though not comfort is sacrificed for their green efforts.

Kooljaman: Cape Leveque, Australia

Kooljaman

Kooljaman

This multi award-winning Aboriginal owned wilderness camp offers a remote paradise in Cape Leveque. The luxury camp accommodations range from safari tents and cabins to beach shelters.  The safari tents are built on raised timber decks on the hillside and offer incredible views of the ocean. All include a queen bed and 2 single beds, a balcony, and a private bathroom. The 2 cabin options are ensuite cabins, situated in a bush setting and the log cabins, which sleep 4 people and have shared bathroom facilities between 2 cabins. Campground units are also available, each sleeping 4 people and including ceiling fans, cooking equipment, fridge/freezer, and all linen.

During a stay at Kooljaman you’ll enjoy stunning sunrises and sunsets, snorkeling, incredible photography opportunities, bush tours, whale watching, bird spotting, charter boat trips, among many other activities!

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