Fodor's Expert Review Cockatoo Hill Retreat

2060 Cape Tribulation Rd., Diwan, Queensland, 4873, Australia

The elegant solar-powered tree houses at this impeccably run boutique retreat invite relaxation and romance. All come with king-size, Balinese-style beds swathed in white mosquito-netting, under-floor lighting, fridges, and sea-breezy balconies overlooking the rain forest and out to the Coral Sea. There are no TVs or karaoke nights here; just a cacophony of birdcalls and several quiet walking trails, rain-forest waterholes, and unspoiled beaches to explore. Mingle with fellow guests around the infinity-edge pool and at low-key evenings around the Lodge's Python Bar, crafted from rosewood mahogany. Continental breakfasts include tropical fruit salad, cereals, organic yoghurt, and warm croissants with home-made jams, but after that you're on your own foodwise, though there are several restaurants and cafes in the vicinity (bringing a vehicle, or at least provisions, is a must). Your host can arrange tours, reef trips, jungle surfing, horse-riding, rain-forest walks, and restaurant bookings.


  • helpful, thoughtful host
  • eco-friendly
  • magnificent views


  • phone/Internet access only if you have Telstra service
  • 4WD required during or after heavy rain to get up the resort's steep driveway
  • no on-site food apart from breakfast


Green, Romantic, Views
Near the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: 07-4098–9277


4 rooms
Rate Includes: Free breakfast

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