Daintree Itinerary Inspiration

Mar 19, 2022

Tropical North Queensland is a remarkable region where Australia’s World Heritage-listed areas collide in the spectacular warmth and colour of The Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

If you’re looking to explore the area’s lush natural attractions in style and ease, Silky Oaks Lodge offers a luxury base from which to experience exclusive access to Mossman Gorge, Indigenous cultural walks, diving the Great Barrier Reef and off-the-beaten-track driving safaris to Cape Tribulation. The idyllic riverside location means you’re in great stead for canoeing, river snorkelling or paddling and the team at Silky Oaks Lodge can assist with bookings and arrangements to tailor your ideal stay, whether around special interests, adventure or simply relaxing among the calm of the rainforest and crystal-clear riverAdditional charges apply for bespoke experiences, view rates and information here.

The dry season runs from April to November where temperatures tend to hover around the mid-twenties, ranging from 19–30°C making it the best time to visit in many people’s opinion, although the region offers a great holiday at any time of year. The dry season is the best time for ocean adventures as the sea is free of marine stingers during this time and there’s the chance to spot humpback and minke whales as they migrate through Queensland’s warm waters.

Take a look at Silky Oaks Lodge’s 3day sample itinerary inspiration…

Day 1 

Welcome | Embrace the spectacular setting on the winding coastal journey from Cairns along the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Self-drive or opt for a private transfer service (additional charges apply), knowing that a signature welcome drink is waiting upon arrival at the lodge.

Afternoon | Immerse in the sights and sounds of the rainforest with a hike along the Fig Tree Rapids trail. Plunge into the freshwater billabong for a feeling of refreshment only Mother Nature can offer.

Night | Dine among the natural theatre of the rainforest in the Treehouse Restaurant. Local produce and exotic flavours combine to create inspired dishes, kept light and refreshing to compliment the climate.

Day 2 

Morning | Awaken to the heady chorus of the rainforest. Enjoy breakfast in the open-air restaurant overlooking the Mossman River and plan the day’s pursuits, fresh juice or coffee in-hand.

Afternoon | Explore Far North Queensland on a guided Daintree Discovery Tour (additional charges apply). Visit the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, before a cruise on the Daintree River and the possibility of a swim at a local waterfall.

Night | Unwind to the restorative rhythm of the tropics with evening cocktails and canapés served in the bar. Dine at leisure in the Treehouse Restaurant and enjoy a family-style’ selection of shared dishes celebrating the bounty of local, seasonal produce.

Day 3 

Morning | Join a Great Barrier Reef cruise and visit the outer reef in style onboard a high-speed catamaran (additional charges apply). Refuel with lunch on the open water before donning snorkel and fins for a guided snorkelling adventure.

Night | As the sun slips down, enjoy evening cocktails and canapés on the Jungle Perch before dining in the relaxed ambience of the Treehouse Restaurant and savour a four-course table d’hôte menu matched with premium wines.

Day 4 

Morning | Join an early morning yoga class, take a rainforest walk, or plunge into the invigorating Mossman River. Breathe deep the clean, green oxygen and marvel at the oldest living rainforest on the planet.

Farewell | Time for a final breakfast and to take last pictures before returning along the coastal bends to Cairns. For a final rush, depart in style with a helicopter transfer from the Silky Oaks Lodge helipad back to reality (additional charges apply).

Getting there…

Silky Oaks Lodge is 20 minutes’ drive from Port Douglas (22 km) and 60 minutes’ drive north of Cairns Airport (78 km). Cape Tribulation is 68 km north of the lodge.

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Sep 13, 2021 | Not long now, Silky Oaks Lodge set to impress with new tropics inspired menu by Executive Chef Mark Godbeer. More »

Sep 13, 2021 | Not long now, Silky Oaks Lodge set to impress with new tropics inspired menu by … More »

Sep 13, 2021 | Not long now, Silky Oaks Lodge set to impress with new tropics inspired menu by Executive Chef Mark Godbeer. More »

Sep 20, 2021 | Travel + Luxury salutes the 50 innovators who have transformed luxury holidays here and abroad. More »

Sep 20, 2021 | Travel + Luxury salutes the 50 innovators who have transformed luxury holidays here and abroad. … More »

Sep 20, 2021 | Travel + Luxury salutes the 50 innovators who have transformed luxury holidays here and abroad. More »

Nov 11, 2021 | TTG Editor Abra Dunsby highlights the Signature Experiences of Australia programme, as Australia continues to rank among the top destinations … More »

Nov 11, 2021 | TTG Editor Abra Dunsby highlights the Signature Experiences of Australia programme, as Australia continues to … More »

Nov 11, 2021 | TTG Editor Abra Dunsby highlights the Signature Experiences of Australia programme, as Australia continues to rank among the top destinations for travel post pandemic. More »

Jan 12, 2023 | Forbes writer Everett Potter describes the setting at Silky Oaks Lodge as 'beyond dramatic, almost cinematic in feel.' More »

Jan 12, 2023 | Forbes writer Everett Potter describes the setting at Silky Oaks Lodge as 'beyond dramatic, almost … More »

Jan 12, 2023 | Forbes writer Everett Potter describes the setting at Silky Oaks Lodge as 'beyond dramatic, almost cinematic in feel.' More »

Mar 03, 2022 | With the much-anticipated reopening of Australia’s international borders, businesses can enjoy exclusive use of some of Australia’s luxury lodges and … More »

Mar 03, 2022 | With the much-anticipated reopening of Australia’s international borders, businesses can enjoy exclusive use of some … More »

Mar 03, 2022 | With the much-anticipated reopening of Australia’s international borders, businesses can enjoy exclusive use of some of Australia’s luxury lodges and have the place all to yourself. More »

Apr 07, 2022 | Anything but your typical country retreats, Traveller notes the six best Australian luxury lodges. More »

Apr 07, 2022 | Anything but your typical country retreats, Traveller notes the six best Australian luxury lodges. More »

Apr 07, 2022 | Anything but your typical country retreats, Traveller notes the six best Australian luxury lodges. More »

May 05, 2023 | Starting in late March 2024, travellers can fly daily from Cairns to Ayers Rock airport, reducing travel time to Uluru … More »

May 05, 2023 | Starting in late March 2024, travellers can fly daily from Cairns to Ayers Rock airport, … More »

May 05, 2023 | Starting in late March 2024, travellers can fly daily from Cairns to Ayers Rock airport, reducing travel time to Uluru to under three hours. More »

Apr 24, 2023 | Architectural Digest features Silky Oaks Lodge in their list of lush retreats hidden in some of the world’s most spectacular … More »

Apr 24, 2023 | Architectural Digest features Silky Oaks Lodge in their list of lush retreats hidden in some … More »

Apr 24, 2023 | Architectural Digest features Silky Oaks Lodge in their list of lush retreats hidden in some of the world’s most spectacular jungle settings. More »

Aug 08, 2022 | Susan Kurosawa looks at how the past two years have made many of us value the ability to access the … More »

Aug 08, 2022 | Susan Kurosawa looks at how the past two years have made many of us value … More »

Aug 08, 2022 | Susan Kurosawa looks at how the past two years have made many of us value the ability to access the universe’s most rewarding realms. More »

Aug 03, 2022 | AFAR names Silky Oaks Lodge one of the visionary hotels changing the way we travel with a place on 'The … More »

Aug 03, 2022 | AFAR names Silky Oaks Lodge one of the visionary hotels changing the way we travel … More »

Aug 03, 2022 | AFAR names Silky Oaks Lodge one of the visionary hotels changing the way we travel with a place on 'The World’s Best New Hotels: 2022 Stay List'. More »

Aug 10, 2022 | Silky Oaks Lodge features on the cover of the latest edition of Australian Traveller magazine, detailing way conscious travellers can … More »

Aug 10, 2022 | Silky Oaks Lodge features on the cover of the latest edition of Australian Traveller magazine, … More »

Aug 10, 2022 | Silky Oaks Lodge features on the cover of the latest edition of Australian Traveller magazine, detailing way conscious travellers can 'go guilt free'. More »

Jan 19, 2023 | Tatler features Luxury Lodges in Australia in this recent article for ultra-luxurious private lodges hidden far away from civilisation. More »

Jan 19, 2023 | Tatler features Luxury Lodges in Australia in this recent article for ultra-luxurious private lodges hidden … More »

Jan 19, 2023 | Tatler features Luxury Lodges in Australia in this recent article for ultra-luxurious private lodges hidden far away from civilisation. More »

Feb 10, 2023 | David Prior writes about the recent pitch-perfect polish-up at Silky Oaks Lodge that has infused the property with a stream … More »

Feb 10, 2023 | David Prior writes about the recent pitch-perfect polish-up at Silky Oaks Lodge that has infused … More »

Feb 10, 2023 | David Prior writes about the recent pitch-perfect polish-up at Silky Oaks Lodge that has infused the property with a stream of new light and life. More »

Apr 27, 2023 | Luxury Lodges of Australia feature in the latest issue of Connect To Country magazine by Discover Aboriginal Experiences. More »

Apr 27, 2023 | Luxury Lodges of Australia feature in the latest issue of Connect To Country magazine by … More »

Apr 27, 2023 | Luxury Lodges of Australia feature in the latest issue of Connect To Country magazine by Discover Aboriginal Experiences. More »

Apr 29, 2023 | NZ Herald features Silky Oaks Lodge in a Tropical North Queensland itinerary exploring The Daintree and Great Barrier Reef. More »

Apr 29, 2023 | NZ Herald features Silky Oaks Lodge in a Tropical North Queensland itinerary exploring The Daintree … More »

Apr 29, 2023 | NZ Herald features Silky Oaks Lodge in a Tropical North Queensland itinerary exploring The Daintree and Great Barrier Reef. More »

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