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Last updated: 23 December, 2023
Expert travel writer: Mark Chipperfield

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.

It’s a stylish base from which to explore the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, and a perfect get-away-from-it-all experience.

Surrounding area

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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General amenities

Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room amenities

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Hot tub (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Port Douglas

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an aerial view of Port Douglas

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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