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Long regarded as Tropical North Queensland’s luxury bolthole, Silky Oaks Lodge overlooks the gently flowing Mossman River and neighbours the World Heritage-listed wilderness of the Daintree National Park. The property offers guests a peaceful retreat set amongst the rainforest treetops and easy access to adventures in the region’s spectacular natural attractions, including the Daintree, Mossman Gorge, the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation. Guests can discover the rainforest’s ‘natural supermarket’ on tours led by First Nations Kuku Yalangi guides or relax to the flow of the river in the Healing Waters Spa.

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The 15 Best Hotels and Lodges in Australia

AFAR magazine has wrapped up 15 of its top accommodation picks in Australia, including three Baillie Lodges sisters, Longitude 131 at Uluru Kata Tjuta, Silky Oaks Lodge in the Daintree and the just-reopened Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island and many more of our fellow members from the @ Luxury Lodges of Australia collection. There’s loads to explore in 2024!

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Conde Nast 2024 Gold List

We’re thrilled to announce our rainforest retreat Silky Oaks Lodge has been named in the esteemed Conde Nast 2024 Gold List, placing it amongst the top must-do travel destinations in the world.

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Chairs Award for Excellence

We were thrilled to receive the Chair’s Award for Excellence at the TNQ Tourism Industry Excellence Awards at the weekend. The award notes, ".. the team at Baillie Lodges bring their globally lauded style and sensitivity to a genuinely iconic lodge in the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest." Read more.

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Journal

Unique Wildlife of the Daintree

Welcome to the Daintree Rainforest, a world-renowned ecological treasure trove nestled in the heart of tropical North Queensland, Australia. Continue reading to learn more about the animals of the Daintree.

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Katie Purlings Best

Photographer Katie Purling names her top picks of Queensland’s natural attractions including the lushly green surrounds of Mossman Gorge and the river that runs alongside Silky Oaks Lodge. See the whole list here:

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Luxury Meets Natural Wonders

Wow! Signature Luxury Travel magazine has put together a list of 14 of Australia’s natural wonders and the best luxury bases from which to explore them. Included are our own Silky Oaks Lodge, Longitude 131 and Capella Lodge, plus many of our sisters in the Luxury Lodges of Australia collection. Make your own to-do list, and start ticking them off!

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Best Restaurants and Cafes Far North Queensland

Cairns Post has done a roundup of Tropical North Queensland’s Top 50 restaurants – included is our own Treehouse restaurant with Chef Marky and his lush kitchen garden sharing the limelight. Read the whole list here:

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Best Country Winter Holiday Escapes

Traveller rounds up the top mid-winter getaways - where a three-night stay at Silky Oaks Lodge on the Winter in the Tropics package includes your choice of two experiences of the destination, from River Drift Snorkelling with Back Country Bliss, a Ngadiku Dreamtime walk at Mossman Gorge or the Ultimate Reef experience with Calypso Reef Cruises.

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FNQ's Top 5

New Zealand Herald features Getway’s top five things to do in Tropical North Queensland – including immersive wildlife experiences, a Walkabout Adventures Indigenous guided tour with Juan Walker, gin tasting at our favourite local Devils Thumb Distillery and lunching at Silky Oaks Lodge. Cheers to that!

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Six Stylish Jungle Hotels

International design authority Architectural Digest features a roundup of luxury hotels located in some of the world's most beautiful jungle settings. From the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica to the exotic jungles of Bali, these hotels offer an extraordinary blend of luxury and adventure, and Silky Oaks Lodge in the Daintree is a natural fit. Read more here:

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Checking In and Checking Out

'Aside from the natural beauty that surrounds the lodge, it is the attention to detail that sets Silky Oaks apart', writes David Prior from Prior Travel. Overall, the article paints a vivid picture of Silky Oaks as an idyllic retreat for nature lovers seeking a luxurious escape. Read more here.

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World's Top 9

We are thrilled to announce that Silky Oaks Lodge has been named one of VERANDA's Most Beautiful Hotels in the Camps, Ranches, and Lodges category. Placed amongst some elite company including Bostwana safari lodges and Costa Rican jungle hideouts, see the full list of winners here.

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Paradise Found

'Paradise Found at Australia's Silky Oaks Lodge' reads the headline for US-based writer Everett Potter in his story in Forbes magazine, setting the mood for a beautiful article that delves into the natural luxury on offer at the Daintree Rainforest’s long celebrated retreat, now with a cool new Baillie Lodges vibe.

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Lodge Access Improves

Incredible locations don't come without challenges, namely monsoonal wet seasons and consequent flooding. Thanks to a $1.09m upgrade by the Douglas Shire Council, the route to Silky Oaks boasts a new flood-resilient crossing and reliable passage for guests and travellers alike.

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The Sunshine State

Departures magazine’s Alex Frank toured the length and breadth – almost! – of Queensland earlier this year, discovering that 'it is, quite simply, a quiet joy to be at Silky Oaks. Electric-blue butterflies flit about, and the hotel’s specialty gin cocktails are bubbly, colorful and delicious'. Feeling the need to be transported? Read more.

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GT's Destination Guide

Gourmet Traveller’s latest destination guide leads us to the cool rainforest reserves and pure waters of the Daintree and Silky Oaks Lodge, where writer Michael Harden discovers understated luxury, fresh local produce and unforgettable First Nations adventures. For more, read here.

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World's Best New Sustainable Hotels

Thought-leading travel magazine AFAR has named Silky Oaks Lodge on its prestigious 2022 Stay List. The lodge is in good company among some of the world’s leading green hotels, all of whom prioritise socially responsible, community centered and environmentally sensitive operations.

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Outback and Beyond

Renowned as including one of the world’s most respected and aspirational travel sections, the Financial Times ‘How to Spend It’ magazine has shared a terrific round up of Australia’s First Nations experiences. Read all about it in this feature from Maria Shollenbarger with mesmerising pics from photographer Petrina Tinslay.

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Step Into Another World

Travel + Leisure writer Alison Fox visits Silky Oaks Lodge and discovers a whole new world, which as she says is a wonderfully peaceful refuge serving as home base for Australia's Tropical North. Read more of Alison’s beautifully described time in our own Daintree Rainforest retreat right here.

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The Wonder Down Under

Travel + Leisure has travelled the world in search of the most memorable, game-changing new hotels of the year for its annual ‘It List’. Silky Oaks Lodge has been named among the 100 properties featured, one of only two Australian hotels to make the cut. Get the list here - your next vacation spot awaits!

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Call of the Wild

Qantas Travel Insider’s Kirsten Galliott travelled to experience the new-look Silky Oaks Lodge and writes, '… in the ancient emerald rainforest of Far North Queensland, a newly revamped luxury resort feels right at home...' From tropical dining and dips in the cool, ready-to-drink waters of the Mossman River, read Kirsten’s take on the Daintree right here.

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NEWS

One of the Country's Best

Traveller's Ute Junker journeyed to the tropical north to experience the new-look Silky Oaks Lodge. With drift snorkeling in the Mossman River and a First Nations discovery of the region, the trip was a real taste of the Daintree Rainforest. The verdict on Silky Oaks Lodge? The refurbished lodge is now one of the country's best luxury retreats.

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Welcome to the Jungle

The Australian’s Susan Kurosawa offers a personal walk-through of Silky's reinvented suites and grand main lodge with its ceilings reaching for the rainforest canopy, tracks down chef Mark Godbeer to talk Indigenous flavours and discovers that ‘From every angle and nook at Silky Oaks Lodge there’s a sense of landscape’.

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It's Showtime!

Traveller’s Julietta Jameson headlines a cracker year for travel ahead with Baillie Lodges, from the ‘smooth as silk’ opening of a very new-look Silky Oaks Lodge in the Daintree and sleek plans for The Louise in the Barossa to the start of works on the much-anticipated Southern Ocean Lodge 2.0 on Kangaroo Island.

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Taking Luxury to Another Level

A little bit Hamptons, a little bit Florida Keys but this tropical haven remains undeniably Australian, writes Alex Charlton for Travel Insider. Read more on why Silky Oaks Lodge cracks the list of Port Douglas summer highlights.

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Daintree Returned to Traditional Owners

In an historic move, the First Nations Eastern Kuku Yalanji people will take formal ownership of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest in Tropical North Queensland, after the Indigenous Traditional Owners reached a deal with the Queensland government.

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JOURNAL

Discover the Great Outdoors

Take a guided hike and connect with the region's Indigenous culture, sail the Great Barrier Reef, join a cooking masterclass and zip off on a driving safari to Cape Tribulation.

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JOURNAL

Green Light the Green Season

Tropical North Queensland is at its prime during this time: the waterfalls are flowing, frogs are chirping, birds are calling, the air is fresh and trees are dripping with sweet, juicy mangos!

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