Silky Oaks Lodge offers guests a stylish escape in the cool calm of the Daintree Rainforest. Set above the gently flowing Mossman River and among the leafy canopy, the airy, open spaces of the main lodge envelope guests in the sights and sounds of an extraordinary natural theatre.
A stay with Baillie Lodges is to experience the luxury of travel. Each Baillie property is located in an extraordinary natural location, with a personal connection to its culture and history, its art and natural heritage and local food and wine sourced from regional producers. Together, the luxury lodges are timeless in design, with myriad thoughtful details combining to create a genuinely warm welcome and a generosity of spirit.
A new-look main lodge is planned for Silky Oaks Lodge all open to the sights and sounds of the rainforest. A reimagined reception area flows to an expansive lounge, contemporary bar and the more exclusive Jungle Perch lounging area which extends into the forest canopy. Nearby, the private Kubirri Room offers a flexible air-conditioned space for quiet reading, private dining and meetings.
Opening out onto the treetops, the tiered Treehouse Restaurant sets the scene for relaxed fine dining against the heady backdrop of the rainforest and the silky soundtrack of the river mixed with a chorus of birdsong. A generous banquette and comfortable dining spaces offer optimum views to the theatre of river and rainforest playing out beyond.
A reimagined riverbank area complete with open air bar and contemporary firepit will ignite a spirited rainforest vibe while the pool area will be upgraded with stylish new loungers and cabanas added to offer a cool retreat. Plans are also underway to plant out a new kitchen garden, The Edible Garden, both for cultivating tropical ingredients for the restaurant and for guests to explore, perhaps with a sundowner in hand.
Silky Oaks Lodge joined the Baillie Lodges collection in 2019, the first property acquired under a new joint venture between Baillie Lodges and KSL Capital Partners. The northerly addition is guided by General Manager Sonya Boaden and complements Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island, Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island in a premium experience of Australia’s most extraordinary destinations.
The regeneration of Silky Oaks Lodge led by Baillie Lodges embraces a more contemporary feel for the lodge, while playing to the property’s original rainforest influences. Plans are set to align both the features at the lodge and the guest experience of the Daintree Rainforest with Baillie Lodges’ existing portfolio of Australian luxury lodges.
Silky Oaks Lodge was first opened in 1985. Circa 1993, former owner P&O Resorts planted around 200 endangered native rainforest species on the 80-acre block to regenerate the rainforest and counteract the heavy logging of the past. Today, the rich and diverse rainforest flora on the lodge site attracts many species of birds and native wildlife from the neighbouring Daintree Rainforest.
Luxury of Oz
Luxury Lodges of Australia is a collection of independent luxury lodges and camps offering unforgettable experiences in Australia’s most extraordinary locations. There are 19 lodges in this stellar collection of the nation’s most celebrated properties. Silky Oaks Lodge is a member of the collection alongside Baillie Lodges sister properties Capella Lodge, Southern Ocean Lodge and Longitude 131°.
Silky Oaks Lodge has nurtured an enriching connection with the Kuku Yalanji people, the indigenous residents of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area whose history dates around 50,000 years. The Kuku Yalanji people’s ancient culture is centred around a deep respect for nature and an intimate knowledge of its cycles. A guided tour with renowned local operator Walkabout Adventures through Mossman Gorge is a must-do.
Discover first-hand the invaluable knowledge passed down through generations. Guests also connect with the indigenous heritage of the land through the daily changing dining menu, which incorporates traditional indigenous ingredients, techniques and flavours. The colourful, textured works of local Aboriginal artists add a real sense of place to a stay at Silky Oaks Lodge.
Now surrounded by lush rainforest, the 80-acre Silky Oaks Lodge property was heavily logged for its valuable red cedar up until the early 1900s. Extensive re-planting in the early 1990s – when around 200 endangered native rainforest species were gradually re-introduced – reinvigorated the rainforest.
Today, the forest surrounding the lodge is home to 74 species of mammals, 150 species of reptiles and 330 species of birds. Dedicated sustainability management plans prescribe the lodge’s activities and systems relating to the environment, from water and waste management to energy conservation. View our sustainability policy.
There is no question of being impervious to the environment here. The lodge borders The Daintree National Park, home to 74 species of mammals, twice as many types of reptiles and amphibians, and 330 kinds of birds... It's a companionable destination of appropriate luxury and lots of creature comforts…Susan Kurosawa The Australian
Taste of the tropics
The open-air restaurant and bar welcome in the peaceful sights and sounds of the rainforest, creating an extraordinary backdrop for relaxed fine dining. Menus are contemporary Australian in style with Asian influences, designed to be refreshing and light.Whet your appetite
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