Positioned right on the banks of the Mossman River, Silky Oaks is a memorable base from which to explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. Recently refurbished in impeccable style, a collection of 40 treehouse-style rooms on stilts each offer floor-to-ceiling windows, private terrace and an inviting hammock for relaxed contemplation of the sights and sounds of the rainforest. The majority of rooms also offer an outdoor bathtub on the terrace, while the Daintree Pavilion features an expansive outdoor lounge and forest-facing infinity pool.
Those resisting the temptation to swim in the pristine Mossman River could instead opt for a lap or two of the lodge’s main lagoon-style swimming pool, or retreat to the spa for a River Stone massage or Rainforest Renewal treatment. The lodge surroundings are just as enticing, however, and there are a number of ways to immerse yourself in them. Borrow a kayak for a leisurely float along the river, or set out on a self-guided hike through the rainforest trails, keeping a look-out for scuttling goanna lizards, green possums and tree kangaroos. Silky Oaks’ strategic position means it can also be used as a base for a day exploring the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation or for an immersion into the culture of Kuku Yalanji community - the Dreamtime walk with an indigenous guide is a must. Back at the lodge, feast on organic cuisine at the Treehouse Restaurant, where many ingredients are drawn straight from Silky Oaks’ vast kitchen garden, and then head to the Jungle Perch for a ‘Queensland quencher’ from the bar.
Wildlife and nature lovers
Couples and romantics
THINGS TO DO AT THE LODGE:
Begin the day with an energising yoga class followed by a refreshing swim in Mossman River
Recline in your hammock enjoying the gentle breeze and the sights and sounds of the rainforest
Drift along the river in a kayak, or grab a snorkelling mask to delve beneath the surface of the crystal-clear waters
Discover the flora and fauna along the Figtree Rapids trail, which leads to a natural swimming hole
Indulge in some pampering at the Healing Waters Spa, where treatments employ healing ingredients from plant botanicals
Enjoy a refreshing glass of wine or Hemingway’s tropical ale on the Jungle Perch, looking out over the treetops and the Mossman River
Round off the day with a four-course dinner and wine pairings at the Treehouse Restaurant, where specialities include tempura reef fish, baby barramundi and kumquat ice cream
THINGS TO DO NEARBY:
Learn more about the region’s First Nations community on a Dreamtime walk at Mossman Gorge with a Kuku Yalanji guide
Take a scenic cycle to Cooya Beach
Embark upon a full-day adventure to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest reserve
Get creative on an Aboriginal art workshop, trying your hand at indigenous painting and crafts
Spend a day discovering the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on a high-speed catamaran or traditional sailing vessel
Hop on the complimentary shuttle to Port Douglas to enjoy Four Mile Beach, tour Hemingway’s Brewery or peruse the range of boutiques and restaurants
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