Silky Oaks Lodge
Silky Oaks Lodge & Healing Waters Spa is located in a stunning riverside location on the edge of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, home to one of the oldest living rainforests in the world. It’s a great base from which to explore Northern Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef or the perfect spot to unwind in nature for a few days.
Far more than just a place to stay, Silky Oaks Lodge offers a range of activities, designed for you to understand and appreciate the surrounding natural environment. The Mossman River flows alongside the front of the lodge which can be enjoyed from the Main Billabong or the Beach Billabong further upstream.
Canoes, kayaks and floating tubes are available to get out on the water. Or you can take a peaceful swim to spot some of the turtles or even the resident platypus that live here, with snorkelling equipment available to get a better view. Finish your day swinging from your own private hammock while you take in the views of the Mossman River.
Walking trails lead from the lodge into the Daintree National Park adding a little adventure to your stay along with beautiful locations for photos or a picnic. You are given a guide book when you arrive that explains 50 markings along the Fig Tree Rapids trail. The walk is marked throughout but was rough enough for me to feel like a complete Jungle Jane.
The swimming pool in the centre of the lodge is designed in keeping with the natural surroundings and provides a perfect relief from the high tropical heat. Tennis courts and a gym are available if you’re looking to keep a little more active.
The 40 rooms are elegantly furnished. Our River Treehouse room was set overlooking the pristine waters of the Mossman River with the tranquility of the surrounding rainforest. There is nothing better than waking up to the sounds of the flowing water and the resident wildlife. Each feature a balcony with a hammock where you feel as though you have the whole rainforest to yourselves.
The open-sided Treehouse restaurant forms the heart of the lodge, with fine dining in scenic surroundings and the joining lounge bar offering a range of board games.
Food is fantastic throughout the day, the vegan options were extensive and changed daily without a fuss, they just got it at Silky Oaks Lodge. Pancakes for breakfast, curries for lunch, pastas for dinner, nothing was too much and it's never made to feel like a hassle.
Every detail of your stay is carefully thought out at Silky Oaks. Staff are on hand at all times to advise you on walks, prepare you a delicious vegan meal or simply pour you a drink. You will be blown away by the unique setting and come away feeling totally relaxed having discovered such a special piece of Australia.