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Daintree Rainforest Ecolodge is a unique eco-resort nestled in the heart of the world’s oldest rainforest in Queensland, Australia. It offers 15 luxurious treehouses surrounded by nature, a spa, a restaurant and a bar. It’s a place to immerse yourself in the beauty and diversity of the rainforest, learn about its history and culture, and support its conservation and community. The ecolodge is located in the Daintree Rainforest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers 1,200 square kilometres of tropical wilderness. The rainforest is home to over 3,000 plant species, 430 bird species and 65% of Australia’s butterfly species. It’s also the ancestral land of the Kuku Yalanji people, who have lived there for over 50,000 years. The ecolodge is situated on a 30-hectare property that includes a private waterfall, a natural swimming hole, a creek and a canopy walkway. The ecolodge blends seamlessly with the rainforest environment, using sustainable materials and design. The treehouses are spacious and elegant, with wooden floors, walls and furniture, bamboo ceilings, large windows and balconies. Each treehouse has air conditioning, a king-size bed or twin beds with organic linen, a bathroom with rain shower and organic toiletries, a minibar with local snacks and drinks, and a TV with Netflix. The main lodge has a lounge area with a fireplace, a library, a gift shop and a reception. The spa offers massages, facials and body treatments using natural products. The restaurant and bar serve delicious dishes and cocktails made with local ingredients.
Daintree Rainforest Ecolodge is committed to preserving the rainforest and its biodiversity, as well as respecting its indigenous culture and heritage. The ecolodge uses renewable energy sources such as solar panels and hydro power. It collects rainwater for drinking and irrigation. It recycles and composts waste. It grows organic fruits, vegetables and herbs in its garden. It supports local farmers, fishermen and artisans by buying their products. It also educates guests about the rainforest ecosystem and its threats.
Some of the specific measures that Daintree Rainforest Ecolodge takes to be sustainable are:
Using energy-efficient appliances and LED lights in the treehouses and the main lodge
Using biodegradable cleaning products and laundry detergents
Providing reusable water bottles and cloth bags for guests
Offering vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options in the restaurant
Using bamboo straws, cutlery and plates in the bar
Planting native trees and flowers to attract birds and butterflies
Installing bird boxes, bat boxes and bee hives to provide shelter and food for wildlife
Creating a wildlife corridor to connect the property with the national park
Participating in the Green Globe certification program to monitor and improve its environmental performance
Daintree Rainforest Ecolodge is involved in various social projects that benefit the people of the Daintree region. The ecolodge employs local staff and pays them fair wages. It also trains them in hospitality skills and environmental awareness. It supports local schools and charities by donating money and resources. It sponsors local events and festivals that celebrate the rainforest culture and heritage. It also collaborates with local indigenous groups to promote their art, music and stories.
Some of the specific ways that Daintree Rainforest Ecolodge impacts the community are:
Providing scholarships and internships for local students who want to pursue a career in tourism or conservation
Donating a percentage of its profits to the Daintree Rainforest Foundation, a non-profit organisation that protects the rainforest and its wildlife
Hosting cultural workshops and performances for guests, led by local indigenous elders, artists and musicians
Supporting the Daintree Ice Cream Company, a social enterprise that makes ice cream from exotic fruits grown in the rainforest
Supporting the Daintree Animal Rescue Centre, a volunteer-run organisation that rescues and rehabilitates injured or orphaned animals
Supporting the Daintree Eco Tourism Association, a network of local businesses that promote sustainable tourism practices
There are 15 treehouses to choose from, each with a different name and view. They can accommodate two to four people each, and have air conditioning, a king-size bed or twin beds with organic linen, a bathroom with rain shower and organic toiletries, a minibar with local snacks and drinks, and a TV with Netflix. The treehouses are divided into three categories:
Lagoon Treehouses: These treehouses overlook the lagoon and the rainforest. They have a balcony with a hammock and a table. They have a king-size bed or twin beds, and can fit an extra bed or cot for a child.
Canopy Treehouses: These treehouses are higher up in the canopy and have more privacy. They have a balcony with a daybed and a table. They have a king-size bed or twin beds, and can fit an extra bed or cot for a child.
Rainforest Treehouses: These treehouses are the most spacious and luxurious. They have a balcony with a jacuzzi and a table. They have a king-size bed and a sofa bed, and can fit two extra beds or cots for children.
Food and drink
The food and drink at Daintree Rainforest Ecolodge are inspired by the rainforest and its flavours. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, using fresh and seasonal ingredients from the garden and the local suppliers. The menu changes daily, but you can expect dishes such as banana pancakes, smoked salmon salad, kangaroo steak, barramundi curry, chocolate brownies and passion fruit cheesecake. The bar offers a range of drinks, including coffee, tea, juice, wine, beer and cocktails. You can also enjoy a picnic basket or a barbecue hamper on your balcony or by the waterfall.
Things to do
There is plenty to do at Daintree Rainforest Ecolodge, whether you want to relax or explore. You can take a guided tour of the property and learn about the plants and animals. You can join a yoga class or a meditation session in the spa. You can book a massage or a spa treatment in your treehouse. You can play board games, read books or watch movies in the lounge. You can also borrow bikes, binoculars and umbrellas from the reception.
The Daintree region is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers. You can explore the rainforest by foot, bike, horseback or 4WD. You can visit the Daintree Discovery Centre, where you can learn about the rainforest history, wildlife and conservation. You can also visit the Mossman Gorge, where you can swim in the crystal-clear water and see the ancient rock art. You can also take a cruise on the Daintree River, where you can spot crocodiles, dolphins and turtles. You can also visit the Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. You can snorkel, dive, kayak or sail on the reef and see the colourful coral and fish.
Daintree Rainforest Ecolodge is a family-friendly resort that welcomes children of all ages. The treehouses can accommodate extra beds or cots for kids. The restaurant has a kids’ menu and high chairs. The lounge has a kids’ corner with toys and books. The ecolodge also offers activities for kids such as treasure hunts, nature walks and craft workshops. The staff can arrange babysitting services if needed.
The nearest airport is Cairns Airport, which is about two hours drive from Daintree Rainforest Ecolodge. You can rent a car at the airport or book a transfer with the ecolodge. You can also take a shuttle bus or a taxi to Port Douglas, and then take a ferry across the Daintree River to reach the ecolodge. The drive from Port Douglas is about an hour.
- Solar powered or renewable energy
- Jungle or forest
- Up to 2
- Up to 4
- Cultural visit
- Wildlife watching