Dining at Silky Oaks Lodge celebrates the abundance of fresh ingredients harvested in Tropical North Queensland’s rich food bowl. The dining experience combines local ingredients with the nation’s finest premium produce in a refreshing and contemporary Australian menu. The Treehouse Restaurant welcomes visitors for lunch where bookings are made in advance. Contact the lodge to make a booking on +61 7 4098 1666 or enquire online.
It’s essential to stay hydrated in Queensland’s balmy tropics. Happily, Silky Oaks Lodge has drinks covered. Signature drinks at sunset and matched wines with dinner are included.
Extending out into the rainforest treetops, the open-air Jungle Perch delivers bird’s eye views of the Mossman River, making it the best place to enjoy a drink and watch the waters flow by. Relaxed, canvas occasional chairs make it an easy spot to contemplate the day.
A list of premium Australian wines complements a swagger of local beers including Hemingway’s tropical ale, while gin and tonics take on a new twist with a menu of locally produced small-batch spirits. For Baillie Lodges friends, the exclusive Baillies 9 gin is ready to pour.
Guests at Silky Oaks Lodge ease into dinner with sunset drinks and canapes served in the lounge or in the Jungle Perch, with its prime positioning over the Mossman River. Enjoy the day’s signature cocktail or a refreshing tropical ale.
Chef Mark Godbeer has been at the helm of the kitchen at Silky Oaks Lodge since 2019. He moved from Baillie Lodges sister property Longitude 131° in the Red Centre so it was a real ‘green change’ for his life and work in swapping the outback for the rainforest. For Mark it’s been a thrill to discover the diversity of tropical produce on offer which translates perfectly to light, refreshing menus on the plate. The lush Kitchen Garden bears the fruit of Mark’s hard
work and tropical inspiration, and is filled with all the ingredients ready to be picked just moments before serving. ‘We like to work with super fresh produce which suits the climate and it’s great to work with Ange Constable at Eats Shoots and Leaves at Port Douglas, with Darryl and Di at Daintree Exotics for tropical fruits, and for all our natural yogurts and cheeses we work with the Watson family at their beautiful biodynamic Mungalli Dairy on the Atherton Tablelands’, Mark said.
The rainforest is our grocery store, pharmacy and hardware – everything is here, you just need to know where to go shopping.Cameron Buchanan First Nations guide, Mossman Gorge
I flip-flop to breakfast in The Treehouse Restaurant, a venue of such buoyancy it feels tethered, cantilevered towards the rainforest, as if about to float into the heart of country and the very beginnings of time.Susan Kurosawa The Australian
As I sit in the dining room, watching the emerald trees fade to black, I'm not hearing traffic anymore. Just the breeze dancing in the rainforest and the Daintree singing to me.Kirsten Galliot Qantas Travel Insider
Set beside the jade waters of Mossman River, Silky Oaks Lodge has reopened to the world with Head Chef Mark Godbeer’s unique twist on native flavours in the spotlight.Anna Bowles Travel + Leisure