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Ferntree Rainforest Lodge
36 Camelot Close | 36 Camelot Close, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873, Australia (Formerly Ferntree Hostel)   |  
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Best pool in the world?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

Our room was very simple (bordering on stark) and could benefit from a few wall hangings or artwork but it had a mini-frig and AC (no TV, phone, or clock). Free wireless in the lobby, great service, breakfast included, tasty dinner for a decent price, and the nicest pool we've been in a long time. Great landscaping and clever design makes you feel like you are in a forest swimming hole rather than a resort pool. Simply a GORGEUOS setting. All in all we were very well pleased with our stay there.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

When deciding to stay at this place I was fascinated by the pictures and the location... but it is the only place not directely at the beach in cape tribulation and the room are mouldy smelly and pretty old. I bet this place was fanatastic in former times, but they seem to be long ago. Rude managers?/receptionist? didn t help to improve our opinion (i didn t expect asking for an extra towel would be such a problem :( )...
I wouldn t recommend this place to anyone, especially cause its not cheap enough to equal things out!
two points out of five for the real rainforest style, which could be the basis for an awesome place...

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Myself and my girlfriend stayed here for my Birthday and had a fantastic time at Ferntree Rainforest Resort. The staff were really friendly and helpful, and the rainforest 2 storey garden loft room is set amongst the trees and has a verandah where we could drink wine whilst listening to the sounds of the rainforest. The restaurant is well priced and the pools were excellent.
The location is 5 minute walk to the main restaurant's in town PK's and Whet. Also to get to Jungle Surfing and horse riding is really convenient. The beach is also a 10 minute walk away.
This is perfect for someone who wants to get away for the weekend or also backpackers (dorm rooms are also available). Would stay here again in a heartbeat,

Room Tip: Go for the Garden Loft Room for sure.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

Options when travelling north of the Daintree River are fairly limited as a family of 4. Ferntree is your best bet as it does have the garden loft options which are a duplex building with each unit having an upstairs (by ladder to two single beds) and downstairs of a bedroom with small fridge, chaise bench and king bed (2 singles pushed together), as well as a large adjacent bathroom. The units are not self contained however and do not include television in rooms. Being an independently owned and operated resort you do not expect the same attention to detail you get with the chains however the price was extreme given the condition of the units which would be over 20 years old and which have seen very little in the way of maintenance in the intervening years. The split unit air conditioner in our unit had been decommissioned and a noisy rusting window rattler installed instead which made the night uncomfortable because of the reliance on fans and the lack of screens on windows. We had 5 chairs on our deck of which 4 were useable, so maybe remove one or have it fixed. The lawns had not been mown in a while and the entry from the nearby carpark involved negotiating your way through an abandoned building. There were positives; the pizzas from the Cassowary Cafe were great, the pool was cool under the trees despite the December heat, the included breakfast was very welcome and whilst basic fare it did hit the spot, and the staff were pretty good - Kevin really did try and give everyone a run down on the local attractions. It was good to have free wifi and the communal area with activities but it did give you the impression that the resort was more backpacker than eco village. In the end I think everyone needs to know what they are paying for, and this was not what it was necessarily purported to be. We paid less per night in Palm Cove for dual key self contained for the 4 of us in a 4 star resort. Remoteness generally means you'll end up paying more, but these rooms felt like a 2 star motel in a 5 star setting.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We booked this looking for a little luxurious retreat in the rainforest, and unfortunately the room was not what we were led to believe by the description. It was smaller than a hotel room, and not even a tv in the room. The bed was quite hard and uncomfortable. The bathroom was small and quite outdated. There weren't even any pictures on the walls!
Everything else was nice. The staff were friendly and helpful and the setting was beautiful. The cassowary cafe was a gorgeous place for breakfast. I would recommend if you want a nice setting but aren't expecting luxury rooms!

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

I stayed a night at the Ferntree Rainforest Resort as part of an overnight tour from Cairns up to Cape Tribulation. As a solo backpacker, the resort was exactly what I needed after weeks of staying in youth hostels and campgrounds—a relaxing, clean, affordable rainforest getaway. Ferntree has two beautiful outdoor pools to enjoy, and it is just a short walk to the beach. It was definitely nice to "unplug" for a while in the remote Daintree Rainforest, but Ferntree offers the only free-wifi in the area to its guests. I had dinner and continental breakfast at the Casuary Cafe, and conveniently booked my Jungle Surfing trip with the staff at the front desk. The management and staff were friendly, and all in all I had a great stay. I would recommend this resort to families, couples or solo travellers who are looking for a relaxing rainforest getaway!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

Set amongst beautiful trees with heaps of established walking trails nearby. The hosts were friendly and helped with anything we needed. Room was great- clean, aircon, fans, fridge, tea/coffee. The restaurant was excellent- best meals we had all holiday. Continental Breakfast was excellent to start our family off for the day. Kids spent heaps of time in the lagoon style pool with trees and ferns overhanging - really in the heart of the rainforest. Highly recommended.

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Address: 36 Camelot Close | 36 Camelot Close, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873, Australia (Formerly Ferntree Hostel)
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Cape Tribulation
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #10 of 14 Specialty Lodging in Cape Tribulation
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 52
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