Swish, cosmopolitan and delightfully laid-back, Port Douglas is an ideal stepping off point for trips to the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef, and to connect with authentic indigenous culture.
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Silky Oaks Lodge
Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia|silkyoakslodge.com.au|
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Imagine swimming in the crystal-clear waters of a billabong and gazing up at a cloudless blue sky. This is just one of the many astonishing experiences that await you at Silky Oaks.
Situated on the banks of the Mossman River just 20 minutes’ drive north of Port Douglas, and surrounded by 80 acres of rainforest and sugarcane plantations, this well-established eco-lodge is the epitome of wilderness chic.
The number of guesthouses – choose from treehouse or riverfront – has been kept low to preserve the sense of intimacy. Each lodging enjoys total seclusion and provides a high level of comfort.
The award-winning Healing Waters Spa taps into the energy of this ancient landscape, and there’s an excellent restaurant too.
Silky Oaks Lodge is located on the Mossman River, 22 kms north of Port Douglas. Driving time from Cairns Airport is around 60 minutes. The property itself is enveloped by long-established sugar cane farms. extremely private.
Informative walking tours will allow you to explore the rainforest and nearby mangroves, and there’s the chance to swim in a tropical river. The crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River are magnificent and crocodile-free – perfect for an exhilarating, back-to-nature dip. The lodge also offers helicopter rides across the Mossman Gorge and out to the Great Barrier Reef.
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