Daintree Wilderness Lodge-any opinions?

Old Jul 22nd, 2010, 12:36 PM
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Daintree Wilderness Lodge-any opinions?

We have five days to spend around Cairns and Port Douglas before boarding a seven day cruise, so do not need any water time. This place looks really fantastic for something totally different. Any advice? I booked three nights, and will move on somewhere else closer to Cairns.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2010, 02:47 PM
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I have stayed there three times in the past and really enjoyed it. I have stayed only one night on each occasion though. Suggest you spend the other two night on the Atherton Tablelands where more of the endemic wildlife is to be found.
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Old Jul 30th, 2010, 07:08 AM
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Hi shell, We stayed at Silky Oaks Lodge (very similar) prior to our Coral Princess cruise through Whitsunday Islands. I checked out both places. I think Silky Oaks was a bit less expensive at the time. They are wonderful properties in stunning locations. Take advantage of all the activities offered -- especially the full or 1/2 day "safaris". We did ours with David Armbruster. He was amazing! Our best day by far.

http://www.anhs.com.au/index.html

I was totally turned off by our one night in Cairns, so unless the town has changed a lot, I would suggest spending as little time there as possible.

Other properties:
http://www.anhs.com.au/accommodation.htm#CAIRNS
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Old Jul 30th, 2010, 06:41 PM
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There's a multitude of non water activities out of Cairns and its northern beaches (Palm Cove, Trinity Beach,etc) , the most popular being the Kuranda Scenic Train/Skyrail.

If you have a spare afternoon before leaving on your cruise, you could do a lot worse than spending it with Andrew or David - www.cairnsdiscoverytours.com They are both professional naturalist guides, the knowledge of history of town and local flora and fauna is profound, and for $65 this tour is real value. Door to door transfers from Cairns city and nearby suburbs included in price, $5 pp from Cairns northern beaches.
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Old Jul 30th, 2010, 10:24 PM
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thank you for the suggestions-we are only three months away and my gram is already packing. We will check out the safaris for sure as I am missing my annual trek to Africa this year. Hope the wildlife is just as exciting.
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Old Jul 30th, 2010, 10:33 PM
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I just the checked the rates for Silky Tree and they are over twice the cost per night. It does look really nice, but I believe we are good to go with Daintree Wilderness Lodge. Only seven cabins and what looks like a good adventure. Thanks for the links to the other sites, very helpful.
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Old Jul 31st, 2010, 07:54 PM
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ShellCat,
I see Silky Oaks vans touring the Atherton Tablelands with their guests. Suggest that you stay up there for a couple of nights. Most Australian mammals are crepuscular or nocturnal so do include a nocturnal tour at mid or high altitude.
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