Lazing about is mandatory at Silky Oaks Lodge, but for those antsy for action, a network of walking trails begin from the doorstep inviting guests to step out and explore the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park.

Guests walk through reclaimed rainforest dense with ash trees succumbing to strangler figs as well as palms, ferns, cycads and epiphytes (to name but a few species), all providing habitat to an array of creatures from frogs and lizards to birds and butterflies.

Just off the Low Trail, guests encounter an enormous rock that looks like an elephant’s back rising out of the pristine, clear waters of the Mossman River. Wave Rock, as it is known, is a beautiful spot to rest and take in the 180-million-year-old ecosystem and to take a refreshing dip without another soul around.

1 Self guided walks
2 Self guided walks

The walk to Fig Tree Rapids is the most challenging in both distance and terrain and requires a strong level of fitness and agility. Hikers are rewarded with an effervescent tumble of rapids flowing over ancient boulders to pool into a fresh-water billabong to rival the natural pool at Mossman Gorge (especially as there are no crowds!).

Make sure to sign-out with Reception before heading off and collect the Fig Tree Rapids Field Guide. The handy reference book includes a map of the walking trails as well as fascinating insights into the flora, fauna and landmarks seen along the way.