February 2002: Located on the edge of the Daintree National Park, so spectacular that it attracted a World Heritage-Listing, is the superb Silky Oaks Lodge.
Arriving at Silky, guests enter into a charmed world where contemporary style, low key elegance and friendly but professional service are the hallmarks of this boutique rainforest resort. The fragrant scents of tropical flowers and plants, the soothing sounds of the Mossman River, the calls of birds and the rustle of the wind through the trees, provide an alluring ambience that make Silky Oaks Lodge one of life’s magical experiences.
A lush rainforested river bank and tropical gardens is the setting for a series of handsome timber pavilions or Treehouses that become private hideaways for guests. Dotted throughout the gardens and linked by garden paths and boardwalks, these well-appointed, comfortable accommodations with large spa baths have their own verandah with a hammock, an ideal place to relax and unwind and soak up the atmosphere. Premium Riverhouses with easy access to the Beach Billabong and additional features including welcome gift on arrival are now available.
The Lodge’s central complex with The Treehouse Restaurant and Jungle Perch is set high up overlooking the banks of the river. Without walls, the views from the open sided pavilion are spectacular. Enfolded into the rainforest canopy, guests enjoy gourmet meals created from premium, locally-sourced produce and all the magical sights and sounds of the rainforest and river.
There is plenty to do at this retreat. Garden and rainforest walks, snorkelling in the Mossman River, playing tennis, swimming, bicycle rides, picnics in the rainforest and now, the chance to indulge in a rejuvenating treatment at the newly opened Healing Waters Spa.
This custom-designed timber pavilion in the gardens is one of the exciting aspects of last year’s $2.2 million refurbishment program. Inside, the treatment rooms exude a calmness that reflects the tropical influences, casual Queensland style and the life-renewing qualities of the running river water.
A variety of indigenous-inspired treatments are available. Each has an alluring name drawing from the local Aboriginal language - Jinna Bubay “little footprint” and Yank Jindalee “song of running water on skin” and include massages, hand and feet treatments, facials as well as other therapies. Many of the products used are based on native berries herbs and plants, designed to leave the skin feeling enriched, energised and glowing with health.
For those seeking some eco-friendly adventures, Silky Oaks Lodge is a well-placed springboard. Port Douglas is only a 30 minute drive away and a complimentary coach service operates each day from Silky Oaks Lodge so that guests can enjoy the many attractions of this coastal town.
Other interesting excursions are also available from the Lodge with Australian Wilderness Experience (AWE) whose professional guides lead guests on a variety of tours into the Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation and further afield to private bushland attractions. Air-conditioned 4WD vehicles and the chance to enjoy some gourmet meals are part of the AWE experience.
Outer Great Barrier Reef trips and outback adventures are also easily accessed from Silky Oaks Lodge.
Silky Oaks Lodge is located near Mossman, an hour and a half drive from Cairns. Private chauffeured car transfers and coach services are available from Cairns Airport. Rates start from $320 per person twin share including tropical breakfast and 4-course table d’hote dinner daily. Some Lodge activities also included.
3-night Holidayplus packages including Treehouse accommodation, tropical breakfast and 4-course table d’hote dinner daily from $960 per person twin share. Package also includes a choice of day trip an Australian Wilderness Experience Daintree River and Cape Tribulation tour OR a Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef cruise.
Rates valid from 1 April 2002-31 March 2003