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. View and download our experiences facts and rates.

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 itineraries

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.

  • Two Night Yalada

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

    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 (additional charges apply), knowing that a signature welcome drink is waiting upon
    arrival at the lodge.

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    Day 1 Afternoon

    For an introduction to the rainforest, join the lodge guide on a walk around the property’s beautiful grounds. Alternatively, a series of marked trails are perfect for self-guided exploration.

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    Day 1 Night

    As the sun slips down, enjoy evening cocktails 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.

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    Day 2 Morning

    Explore the Great Barrier Reef onboard a luxury vessel to the Low Isles, the Outer Reef or Agincourt Reef, including lunch and marine biology talk. Snorkel, dive or take to the skies in a helicopter for an exhilarating aerial perspective (additional charges apply).

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    Day 2 Night

    Unwind to the restorative rhythm of the tropics with evening cocktails and canapés served in the bar. Dine at leisure in the Treehouse Restaurant and enjoy a family style’ selection of shared dishes celebrating the bounty of local, seasonal produce.

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    Day 3 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.

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    Day 3 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 (additional charges apply).

  • 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. Download itinerary here.

    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 (additional charges apply), knowing that a signature welcome drink is waiting upon arrival at the 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 the heady chorus of the rainforest. Enjoy breakfast in the open-air restaurant overlooking the Mossman River and plan 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 (additional charges apply). Visit the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, before a cruise on the Daintree River and the possibility of a swim at a local waterfall.

    Day 2 Night

    Day 2 Night

    Unwind to the restorative rhythm of the tropics with evening cocktails and canapés served in the bar. Dine at leisure in the Treehouse Restaurant and enjoy a family-style’ selection of shared dishes celebrating the bounty of local, seasonal produce.

    Day 3 Morning

    Day 3 Morning

    Join a Great Barrier Reef cruise and visit the outer reef in style onboard a high-speed catamaran (additional charges apply). Refuel with lunch on the open water before donning snorkel and fins for a guided snorkeling adventure.

    Day 3 Night

    Day 3 Night

    As the sun slips down, enjoy evening cocktails 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 (additional charges apply).

  • Four Night Classic Platinum

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

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    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 (additional charges apply), knowing that a signature welcome drink is waiting upon
    arrival at the lodge.

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    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.

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    Day 1 Night

    As the sun slips down, enjoy evening cocktails and canapés in 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.

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    Day 2 Morning

    Explore the Great Barrier Reef onboard a luxury vessel to the Low Isles, the Outer Reef or Agincourt Reef, including lunch and marine biology talk. Snorkel, dive or take to the skies in a helicopter for a real appreciation of its beauty and scale (additional charges apply).

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    Day 2 Night

    Unwind to the restorative rhythm of the tropics with evening cocktails and canapés served in the bar. Dine at leisure in the Treehouse Restaurant and let Chef Mark Godbeer guide the night’s feast with a delicious selection of ‘family-style’ platters to share.

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    Day 3 Morning

    Explore Far North Queensland like
    a local on a full-day guided tour. Visit Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation before a cruise on the Daintree River and the possibility of a swim at a local waterfall (additional charges apply).

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    Day 3 Afternoon

    Return to the lodge for an afternoon of relaxation nestled in your private hammock with a good book and a cold drink.

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    Day 3 Night

    Swap stories with fellow travellers
    in the bar, before moving to the Treehouse Restaurant to dine. The à la carte dinner menu offers three courses or select a homestyle favourite from the Baillie Lodges Classics menu, matched with premium Australian wines.

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    Day 4 Morning

    Transfer mid-morning to the coastal resort town of Port Douglas. Wander along Four Mile Beach, visit the old Sugar Wharf and explore the boutique and restaurant lined main street.

    Day 3 Afternoon

    Day 4 Afternoon

    The Healing Waters Spa offers
    a menu inspired by ancient Indigenous beliefs that the water in the Mossman River is a renewing and life-giving force. Treatments feature the Australian-made Sodashi skin care range (additional charges apply).

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    Day 4 Night

    Enjoy cocktails on the Jungle Perch before settling in for a final dining experience in the Treehouse Restaurant.

    Day 4 Morning

    Day 5 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.

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    Day 5 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 (additional charges apply).

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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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