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Trip Report Mini Break at Silky Oaks Lodge

Totally on the spur of the moment I purchased a vacation package on Cudo.com for three nights at Silky Oaks Lodge in Far North Queensland.  If you don't know what Cudo is, it is an online coupon/voucher system where you get daily e-mails with offers on restaurant meals, spa services, tourist attractions/activities and sometimes amazing vacation offers.  You generally have 24 hours to make the purchase and anywhere between 6-12 months to redeem the voucher.  if you are coming to Sydney, I would suggest you consider signing up, as the offers are generally heavily discounted.  just make sure you check the terms and conditions carefully...

I saw the offer pop up for Silky Oaks and immediately called the resort to verify that I would be able to use the voucher for the upcoming Easter long weekend.  They assured me that I could, and even offered to hold a treehouse under my name while I purchased the voucher and made reservations for flights.

The deal was 3 nights for $949 in a treehouse, a reef trip for 2 on Quicksilver to Low Isles, all breakfast, one dinner at the restaurant and a bottle of wine upon arrival.  All in all, a great value.

Silky Oaks is just gorgeous, set in a lush area of the Daintree Rainforest, with the Mossman River running through.  We enjoyed some beautiful hikes , swimming in chilly(croc free) billabongs and a really informative nighttime nature walk (extra charge of $32 per person).

Our trip on Quicksilver was on the most beautiful day.  You take the boat to Low Isle and are shuttled by boat to the island.  Snorkeling is right off the island there.  We've snorkeled at Lizard Island on the Daintree Air trip and also been on the Quicksilver outer reef trip.  I would say that Lizard Island and the Outer Reef trips we have been on have provided more colorful snorkeling, but it was fun nonetheless.  The advantages are that it's only about an hour on the boat to get to the snorkeling site and snorkeling from the beach rather than a pontoon is preferable in my opinion.

Meals  at Silky Oaks were spectacular...really first class.  Inventive menu selections all prepared to perfection.

Considering it was a complete impulse purchase, every thing was amazingly as it should have been.  

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