Dine

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.

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Breakfast

Breakfast starts afresh at Silky Oaks Lodge with Daintree tropical fruits, freshly squeezed juices and premium, locally grown tea and coffee. Daily house made breads are made more delicious with pandan jam, or topped with avocado, free-range eggs, bacon and fresh-picked native greens from the Kitchen Garden. Coconut waffles stack up with local pawpaw and bananas, and spiced pancakes are an ideal base for smoked salmon, 63° eggs and sour shallots.

 

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Lunch

Set to the cool backdrop of rainforest where birds, cicadas and cobalt blue Ulysses butterflies flit, a generous lunch is served in the Treehouse Restaurant, perfect for sharing with a loved one or for a special occasion visit with friends and family. Guests can opt for two or three courses, with entrée highlights including kingfish tataki or duck larb salad while mains include tempura reef fish or barbecued tiger prawns. Tropical sorbets freshen the palette while a local Hemingway’s tropical ale cools the vibe.

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Dinner

As the rainforest darkens, the ripple and rush of the Mossman River provides a hypnotic soundtrack for dining in the warmly lit Treehouse Restaurant. Sweet and sour pork belly or baby barramundi leave just enough room for kumquat ice cream or dark chocolate mousse. A sophisticated wine list invites careful exploring as the moon rises in the inky night sky. A seat at the bar is an ideal pit stop en route back to the suite.

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Plant to plate

A thriving kitchen garden provides both singing-fresh ingredients for the table as well as a chance for guests to wander among its prolific greenery and learn a little along the way. More than 100 plant types include the Mt White finger lime, red dragon fruit, pandan and tamarind. Guests will see many ingredients growing just moments before they are picked for the days’ menu, making one of the shortest paddock to plate journeys around.

Queensland quenchers

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.

Jungle Perch

Jungle Perch

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.

Silky Bar

Silky Bar

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.

Sunset drinks

Sunset drinks

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.

Our Chef

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.

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Destination

Seasons of the tropics

Part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area, the Daintree climate is characterised by two distinct seasons: the dry season and the green season.

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Experience

Unforgettable encounters

A stay at Silky Oaks Lodge includes a range of signature experiences, while guests can tailor-design an itinerary including special interest tours to discover the mysteries of the ancient rainforest and richly diverse tropical landscape.

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Our luxury

A stay with Baillie Lodges is about the connection with the landscape, its culture and wildlife, a celebration of superb regional cuisine and luxurious lodgings to sink into at the end of the day.

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