Experience

Situated among Tropical North Queensland’s world-renowned natural attractions including the Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation, Silky Oaks is a luxurious base from which guests can plan their adventures. A range of signature experiences allows guests to relax and discover Silky Oaks Lodge, the surrounding rainforest and Mossman River at their own pace. A menu of bespoke and special interest experiences with premium local operators is on offer for exploring further afield.

Bespoke experiences

Silky Oaks Lodge recommends a selection of local operators who together offer a host of experiences and adventures in the region, from hot-air-ballooning and helicopter tours to indigenous cultural walks, off-the-beaten-track driving safaris and diving the Great Barrier Reef.

The team at Silky Oaks Lodge can assist with bookings and arrangements to tailor an ideal stay, whether around special interests, adventure or simply relaxing among the calm of the rainforest and crystal-clear river. Additional charges apply, view rates and information here.

Sample itinerary

Tropical North Queensland is a remarkable region where Australia’s celebrated Daintree Rainforest meets the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Silky Oaks Lodge offers guests a stylish base from which to explore the area’s spectacular natural attractions including the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation.

Tropical North Queensland is a remarkable region where Australia’s celebrated Daintree Rainforest meets the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. Silky Oaks Lodge offers guests a stylish base from which to explore the area’s spectacular natural attractions including the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, the Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation.

  • Three Night Reef & Rainforest

    The following represents an indicative experience over three nights. Many factors influence the itinerary, including flight arrival and departure times, pre-booked activities, availability, weather conditions and seasonality.

    Day 1 Welcome

    Day 1 Welcome

    Embrace the spectacular setting on the winding coastal journey from Cairns along the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Self-drive or opt for a private transfer service, knowing that a signature welcome drink is waiting upon arrival at Silky Oaks Lodge.

    Day 1 Afternoon

    Day 1 Afternoon

    Immerse in the sights and sounds of the rainforest with a hike along the Fig Tree Rapids trail. Plunge into the freshwater billabong for a feeling of refreshment only Mother Nature can offer.

    Day 1 Night

    Day 1 Night

    Dine among the natural theatre of the rainforest in the Treehouse Restaurant. Local produce and exotic flavours combine to create inspired dishes, kept light and refreshing to compliment the climate.

    Day 2 Morning

    Day 2 Morning

    Awaken to bird song and a heady chorus of insects. Enjoy breakfast in the open-air restaurant overlooking the gentle burble of the Mossman River, while planning the day’s pursuits, fresh juice or coffee in-hand.

    Day 2 Afternoon

    Day 2 Afternoon

    Explore Far North Queensland on a guided Daintree Discovery Tour. Visit Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation, before a cruise on the Daintree River with a refreshing swim at Cassowary Falls. Not to worry, morning tea and lunch is served along the way.

    Day 2 Night

    Day 2 Night

    Unwind to the restorative rhythm of the tropics with evening drinks and canapés served in the Treehouse Bar. Dine at your leisure, and sample a platter style menu in the Treehouse Restaurant.

    Day 3 Morning

    Day 3 Morning

    Join a Great Barrier Reef Cruise and visit the outer reef in style onboard a high-speed catamaran. Savour a provided gourmet lunch on the open water before embarking on a guided snorkelling exploration, with locations chosen for their visual and ecological diversity.

    Day 3 Afternoon

    Day 3 Afternoon

    Devote yourself to an afternoon of wellness in the Healing Waters Spa. Treatments are inspired and designed to compliment the keystone of the ecosystem, the pure flowing waters of the Mossman River.

    Day 3 Night

    Day 3 Night

    As the sun slips down, enjoy evening drinks and canapés on the Jungle Perch before dining in the relaxed ambience of the Treehouse Restaurant and savour a four-course table d’hôte menu, matched with premium wines.

    Day 4 Morning

    Day 4 Morning

    Join an early morning yoga class, take a rainforest walk, or plunge into the invigorating Mossman River. Breathe deep the clean, green oxygen and marvel at the oldest living rainforest on the planet.

    Day 4 Farewell

    Day 4 Farewell

    Time for a final breakfast and to take last pictures before returning along the coastal bends to Cairns. For a final rush, depart in style with a helicopter transfer from the Silky Oaks Lodge helipad back to reality.

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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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Lodge

Our committment to the environment

Specific management plans prescribe the lodge’s activities and systems relating to the environment, from water and waste management to energy conservation.

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Destination

How do I get there?

Silky Oaks Lodge is 20 minutes’ drive from Port Douglas (22 km) and 60 minutes’ drive north of Cairns Airport (78 km). Cape Tribulation is 68 km north of the lodge.

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