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Reviewed 12 July 2018

The Silky Oaks Lodge is a thoroughly enjoyable and breath-taking luxury accommodation but I must highlight the fact that this place is most certainly not for everyone as I will go on to show in my review. Firstly, the accommodation is made up of a series of picturesque tree lodges spread out around the area. Each lodge is a relatively spacious building; the bedroom is large with comfortable beds and many chairs and the bathroom is well equipped with everything one could want and a good quality shower and bath. In addition to this each lodge has a balcony from which one can sit (or lie in a comfortable hammock) to view a stunning vista over the nature of the rainforest. The rooms, however, do not have Wi-Fi with it only being available at the main building in the restaurant and lounge area by the bar. Thus if constantly being connected with the internet is important to you this is not the place for you as you would find yourself confined to a single room. It must be noted, however, that if you visit during Australian winter it can be colder than one might expect both in the rooms and the semi-enclosed restaurant so consider bringing warm layers for comfort.

The location and the activities that can be undertaken are part of the greatest appeal to this establishment. The rainforest it is situated in is genuinely beautiful and stunning with there being few hotels in such a picturesque location anywhere else. At any time you can swim in a decent outside pool or the alluring (but chilly) billabong which provides an enjoyable swim. Furthermore, I would recommend taking one of the walks that start at the hotel but bring appropriate footwear as the paths can become muddy and very uneven with the rocks. Finally, you should definitely book in some of the day activities (I would personally recommend the snorkelling trip) but you can find reviews of the companies that take these elsewhere on this site.

The final notable part of this hotel is the restaurant. This was the only part of the hotel I did not fully enjoy. The actual food provided at the restaurant is high quality and impressive but there are issues: Firstly, the food is very smart so if you want to eat more down to earth food you will not enjoy the restaurant. Furthermore, the range of possible options is low with there only being around 6 options while one or two change between each days. This is only slightly lacklustre, however, and overall I would most certainly recommend visiting here if you are looking for a beautiful and tranquil holiday in a tranquil environment.

Room Tip: I would not recommend a river-view lodge. The rooms are no different and one already gets a better view of it from the restaurant
  • Stayed: July 2018, travelled with family
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3  Thank Jalphey
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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

Very picturesque hotel! Hotel is in the middle of the rainforest with huts on stilts for rooms. Rooms are a little dated but still nice . Views are great. The restaurant is ok but very overpriced . There are not a lot of options for this area so I would recommend staying here if visiting the daintree. No Wi-Fi in rooms if that’s important to you . You can however get data service

Stayed: July 2018, travelled with family
1  Thank Lisa M
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Reviewed 10 July 2018

The location is wonderful. The main building which includes the restaurant is perched above the river which is simply a stunning sight- the colour of the water is this unique light green in places and also is so beautifully crystal clear. The design of this building is fantastic- all open but stylish. We loved the spritz complementary cocktail served when you arrive and the food was consistently excellent. The tree houses were beautiful. Our main advice is not to stray too far afield if you come here. We enjoyed the walk on the lodge's property along the river (though take a walking stick ) as well as both canoeing and kayaking around the billabong and swimming both in the river and in the pool. Nice touches were the fire pit on the river, the hammocks on the balconies of the tree houses and the chocolates on arrival. A great place to enjoy the natural beauty of this part of Far North Queensland.

  • Stayed: June 2018, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank travel14childs
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Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Beautiful, amazing in every way. Grandeur at its best in glorious surroundings. The staff are welcoming and friendly. The rooms are incredible and have complete privacy. Bikes, kyaks and lots of walks to keep you on the go. Or, the l Iovely bar staff will set you up with a beverage to sit and unwind.
If you need a complete reset to relax and enjoy - this is where you need to stay. Cannot wait to visit again!

Stayed: July 2018, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 July 2018 via mobile

The rooms are like tree houses (with hammocks on the balconies) and are spaced out in such a way that no one can see into your windows or the balcony. Very peaceful with sounds of the rainforest. The only minor complain is the walk-in shower: it is quite small with the "rain shower" head in the middle of the ceiling; and it's impossible to take a shower without getting your hair wet (no room to step aside).

The staff is helpful. The restaurant is a huge terrace facing the river with a wonderful view. The service is a bit slow, but they want you to enjoy your meal :) If you want to eat faster, just mention it to your server.

We had our days booked with tours exploring the Daintree are and didn't not get to use all of the amenities. Didn't even have time to do a small hike along the river. It would have been nice to plan on one extra day to spend at the lodge.

p.s. One thing they have that you normally don't find at the luxury accommodations, is self-service washers and dryers. It was great to dry our jackets after a rainy day. They do offer full service laundry as well.

Stayed: July 2018, travelled with family
2  Thank HippopoFamily
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