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Luxury places to rest your head

TNQ Writer

Escape to luxe island hideaways, indulgent outback retreats or tranquil ancient rainforests. Kick off your shoes, take some much needed R&R and discover the unique landscape of Tropical North Queensland.

Bedarra Island Resort

Treehouses scattered through the rainforest overlooking the sea

Enjoy your own private plunge pool

Beachfront dining

Sunrise from your personal daybed

It’s the Hollywood picture of a tropical island retreat; private free-standing villas set in lush green rainforest, each overlooking the pristine turquoise waters of the Coral Sea. This all-inclusive, adults-only resort has a maximum of 20 guests at any given time making Bedarra Island the pinnacle of seclusion and relaxation. And when they say all-inclusive, they really mean it. Fancy a romantic candlelit dinner on your own private beach? Done. What about a gourmet picnic on a nearby deserted island? They’ll take you there. From fishing gear and kayaks to cocktails and meals, the staff at Bedarra Island go above and beyond to ensure your luxury escape is unforgettable. A leisurely lunch awaits you as you arrive in style via helicopter from either Cairns or Mission Beach or by boat charter from South Mission Beach. Pop the champagne bottle and you are officially on island time.

Lizard Island Resort

Beachfront suite

Use a private dinghy to get to secluded beaches

Salt Water Restaurant

Flying in to Lizard Island

From the moment you lay your eyes on Lizard Island after your flight over the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns, you know your time here is going to be special. The aquamarine reef sprawls below you hugging the group of islands contrasting with the deep blue ocean and white sand. As you prepare to land, see how many of the 24 private beaches you can spot – you can commandeer your own motorised dinghy to explore them at your own leisure later (deluxe picnic hamper in tow of course).

But first, it’s time to check in and check out this little heaven on earth. The resort offers a range of luxury rooms up to the epitome of elegance, The Villa; featuring panoramic ocean views complete with an 8m private plunge pool. If you ever feel like leaving your room, take advantage of the stand-up paddle boards and sea kayaks, head out to world-class reefs on a dive expedition, or up the relaxation mode at Essentia Day Spa. Wind down for sunset at Salt Water Restaurant with an exquisite ever-changing menu focussing on quality local produce. This is your one-way ticket to feeling like royalty.

Silky Oaks Lodge

Healing Waters Spa

Billabong Suite

The Jungle Perch from Treehouse Restaurant

The Daintree Rainforest, a prehistoric masterpiece where nature is king. Be greeted by a chorus of birdsong and the gentle sounds of the Mossman River at Silky Oaks Lodge, where even the name of this boutique retreat evokes a sense of calmness and tranquillity. Your treehouse or suite blends seamlessly with the surrounding rainforest featuring polished wood floors throughout. The eco lodge focuses on wellness so enjoy a morning yoga session during your stay and a relaxing pamper at Healing Waters Spa.

The Ultimate Silky Indulgence package will ensure you don’t have to think about anything for your five night stay with everything from a three course à la carte dinner each evening, a 2.5hr spa treatment per couple and rainforest helicopter tour all included. The only decision you will have to make is whether you’d rather relax on your own personal hammock or take a dip in the cool waters of the Mossman River.

MV Bahama

Experience the Great Barrier Reef aboard one of the most luxurious private charter yachts in Australia

Choose your lunch time view

Your ultimate private escape

The MV Bahama brings the Great Barrier Reef to you in the most stylish way possible, via a private 28m luxury motor yacht. Once aboard, the world is your oyster – the professional crew will cater to your every need from the adventurous to relaxed traveller. This super exclusive experience gives up to six people full use of the vessel with each trip tailored to your needs. Guests can choose to scuba dive, stand up paddle board, water ski and try their hand at catching dinner for the night aboard the 7.3m sports fishing vessel ‘Drum’. Where you want to go is entirely up to you. Parents can opt for a nanny service for complete R&R or for time to properly dive into your Great Barrier Reef adventure.

Kinrara Expeditions

Each camp has a private deck and enchanting vistas

Take a scenic helicopter flight over the station and Kinrara Crater

Each private camp is situated right on the lagoon

A birdwatching paradise

Venture through World Heritage Rainforest, the Atherton Tablelands and into a 20,000-year-old landscape carved out by an ancient volcano. Your four-hour scenic 4WD journey concludes at MacEacherns Camp set on the 70,000 acre Kinrara Station. Here you are welcomed onto country by the local Gugu Badhun peoples before being introduced to the luxury camping facilities that will be your base for the next five days. The Gugu Badhun are the people of the ‘Valley of the Lagoons’ and your private camp oasis overlooks one of these breathtaking water sources overflowing with rich plant and animal species.

This fully hosted expedition takes you into a world unlike any other and is the perfect experience for nature lovers who still enjoy their creature comforts. Opt for a helicopter tour over the volcano crater, mountain biking through the bush, birdwatching, swimming and fishing, or simply choose to stretch out in a hammock with your favourite book. Your hosts will craft your days to your taste for an escape into real Australia that is both extraordinary and rejuvenating.

Kinrara Expeditions is operational between April to September to ensure your ultimate comfort with pleasant temperatures and minimal rain.

Crystalbrook Lodge

A true outback oasis

Relax in the Magna Magnesium wet-edge infinity pool

Opt for a privately guided day tour to Chillagoe Caves

Arrive by helicopter

Picture this; a fiery outback sunset set over a 300 acre lake with a flute of champagne in hand. This dream is a reality at Crystalbrook Lodge. The outback retreat houses up to ten people with five king courtyard suites available and is the definition of serenity. Your meals showcase the region’s best seasonal produce with highlights such as red claw ravioli with burnt sage butter and crispy pancetta or kaffir lime and coconut creme brulee served with Emerald Creek Davidson plum sorbet. Indulge in delicious cheeses, damper cooked in the traditional outback method over a campfire as the sky fades from day to night. Try your hand at catching the elusive barramundi, get lost in thought under the incredible milky way and take a 4WD journey to explore the ancient reef-come-limestone caves at Chillagoe. Whatever you choose, your perfect outback experience awaits at Crystalbrook Lodge.

Gilberton Outback Retreat

Charming and luxurious open plan living

The retreat is completely exclusive with only one room available

Perfect for couples who want complete seclusion

Take a bath with views over the Gilbert River

Luxury and rustic come together to at the super exclusive Gilberton Outback Retreat. A maximum of two guests can enjoy the private cabin offering the quintessential Aussie outback experience with a modern twist on the iconic tin shed. Perched on a hill with uninterrupted views over the Gilbert River, use this digital detox as an escape from the outside world and immerse yourself in the rugged landscape and station life. Visit ancient Aboriginal art sites, test your luck at fossicking, take a 4WD tour or venture out for a bushwalk. Wash off the days’ dust in your bath as the sunsets with panoramic views over the arid bushland.

Wine, dine and relax

Your Tropical North Queensland escape begins here.