Daintree Ecolodge

Daintree Ecolodge
Daintree Rainforest, Australia

The Daintree Ecolodge is nestled in the heart of the magnificent World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest and offers boutique eco-luxury accommodation in a breath-taking environment of refugial habitats, native flora and fauna, authentic Indigenous culture and sacred and striking diversity.

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The Daintree Rainforest is a rare jewel in the crown of Mother Nature believed to be over 180 million years old and the lodge’s 15 bayans (treehouses) are immersed in the rainforest canopy allowing guests to reconnect with nature and loved ones in a lush tropical setting.

Wake to the sound of birds in the canopy above, take in the majesty of the enchanted rainforest and discover the lodge’s sacred private waterfall, escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at the Daintree Wellness Spa and dine on locally-inspired seasonal menus bursting with the freshest and most sustainable ingredients at the onsite Julaymba Restaurant.

Sustainability Focuses

Clean Energy
  • Daintree Ecolodge is partially powered by solar panels. It is a carbon neutral property with Greenfleet offsetting, meaning all carbon emissions are compensated for by funding native reforestation projects.
  • Toxic free cleaning with the use of eWater as a cleaning product instead of harsh cleaning chemicals.
Community
  • Supporting the Australian Marine Conservation Society in their ‘Good Fish Project’, that promotes sustainable consumption of Australian seafood.
  • Commissioned custom made bags from social enterprise ‘Bibi and Me’ made by vulnerable single mother’s in Nakuru Kenya as a beach basket for guests, with option to purchase.
  • Partnership with Thrive Refugee Enterprise allows to help refugees in finding decent employment when arriving in Australia, to assist them in achieving long-term financial security.
  • Support the local school with a donation to help the kids build their kitchen gardens and run cooking classes to promote healthy eating from a young age.
  • Support Gambina’s ‘Journey 2 Jobs’ program, that assists Indigenous Australians in obtaining an education and finding stable careers.
  • Strong supporter of One Girl, a charity with the goal of educating one million girls across Africa to assist in their personal development and the sustainable development of the community at large.
Conservation
  • Daintree Ecolodge donates $50 per guest stay to the Morris Family Foundation Reef Keepers Fund, supporting projects that protect and preserve the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef Keepers Fund has funded research and protection initiatives run by organisations such as James Cook University, World Wildlife Fund and the Australian Marine Conservation Society.
  • The partnership with Rainforest Rescue allows to assist in the reforestation of areas of the Daintree Rainforest that have been impacted by human development.
Fair Food
  • An on-site herb and veggie patch which provides the chefs with a constant supply of fresh produce for guest meals.
  • A commitment to sourcing local, organic, free range, fair trade, biodynamic and sustainably farmed produce and products.
  • Nose-to-tail philosophy in the kitchen. This involves buying whole animals, practicing butchery in-house and using all off-cuts to minimise food waste.
  • Support of ‘Farmers For Climate Action’ reduces communication barriers between farmers, political parties and the media that assists farmers in voicing their climate change concerns.
Waste Control
  • Recycling all materials where possible and constantly exploring ways to improve on this.
  • Minimise the use of single-use plastics and packaging throughout the property, kitchen, restaurant and rooms.
  • All organic waste from the kitchen is composted or fed to local livestock.

  • The removal of single use in-room personal products to reduce excess plastic waste, and the Introduction of washable slippers, made from 100% recyclable materials.

  • Provide stainless steel water bottles and ceramic keep cups as an environmentally friendly alternative for plastic water bottles and takeaway cups.

  • Daintree Ecolodge supports the anti-straw movement to help clean up our oceans. Paper straws are available upon request.

  • Minibars are made-to-order, using products that are prepared in house or locally sourced. This aims to minimise food waste and single use packaging whilst simultaneously providing a healthy option for our guests and supporting local businesses.

Water Management
  • A biocycle waste water treatment plant that allows 100% of the water to be recycled and used for irrigation and watering.

Accommodation

15 treehouses:
Lagoon Bayan
Canopy Bayan
Rainforest Bayan

Facilities

Rainforest wellness spa
Onsite waterfall and pool
Lodge
Restaurant & Bar

Activities

Guided Rainforest Walks
Daintree River Cruises
Great Barrier Reef
Fishing
Bird Watching
Cape Tribulation
Mossman Gorge

Directions

The Daintree Ecolodge is located 90 minutes north of Cairns, on one of Australia’s most spectacular drives. Departing Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway, follow the signs along the sealed coastal drive to Port Douglas, Mossman and Daintree Village. The lodge is nestled on the southern banks of the impressive Daintree River so a ferry crossing is not required.
Self-driving is recommended, while transfers can be arranged upon request.

Climate

The Daintree climate is tropical year-round with the weather during the dry season, roughly May to October, offering balmy days and pleasantly cool evenings with low humidity. November to April is known as the green season, which means warmer days/nights and restorative rain.
The Daintree Ecolodge has a seasonal closure from mid- February to early March each year.

Good to Know

Believed to be over 180 million years old, and the oldest tropical lowland rainforest on Earth, the Daintree Rainforest is a rare and precious botanical treasure. The Daintree’s positioning alongside the Great Barrier Reef makes it the only place in the world where two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites meet. The unique climate and history of the Daintree Rainforest has resulted in the highest concentration of plant and animal species in the world that are rare, or threatened with extinction.

Wellness

The local Kuku Yalanji people have named the Spa ‘Wawu-Karrba’ which means ‘healing of the spirit.’ Today, the pure waters from the pristine onsite waterfall create a healing environment for spa-goers. Treatments have been curated to harness ancient traditions and enhance wellbeing to give a sense of healing and awakenment. A quintessential spa experience is the ‘Julma at the Waterfall’ – a massage treatment alongside the sacred onsite waterfall surrounded by ancient rainforest.

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