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“Swiss fondue with wallabies and bandicoots” 5 of 5 stars
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Cedar Park Rainforest Resort
4.5 of 5 Resort   |   250 Cedarpark Road, Kuranda, Queensland 4881, Australia   |  
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$145.00 with Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Kuranda
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“Swiss fondue with wallabies and bandicoots”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Cedar Park is located about 3km on a dirt road embellished by reassuring signs nailed to the trees, for example: "You are not lost. YET!" The drive there through the forest is well worth it since it gets you well away from the crowds of day trippers to Kuranda but the attractions of this very small resort (five bedrooms) go well beyond peace and quiet. Rosie and Christoph combine what may be their traditional Swiss attention to every detail with wonderful warmth and good humour. We arrived in time for dinner and had ordered, well in advance, a Swiss fondue. This turned out to be even better than one we had recently at Les Armures in Geneva. Certainly the presence of bandicoots and wallabies on the grass below the dining area were a welcome change from the grim suits of armour which surround the diner in that restaurant in Geneva.
The rooms are long and spacious, dark enough to ensure plenty of rest, although you may want to try to book a room furthest from the dining room if you retire early.
Christoph is a fine chef and we did justice to his menu over the three nights we spent there. Apart from the fondue, I especially liked the seafood curry, the cannelloni and, for dessert, nothing beats his chocolate mousse. The wine-list is, like the menu itself, fairly small but has attractive items, for example, the pinot gris. You might like to try the beers offered: perhaps the Beez Kneez is the best one to go for.
Is there room for further improvement? The breakfasts, truthfully described as "continental," are, nevertheless, a bit meagre. The coffee is excellent, the breads and cereals, inoffensive but uninteresting and, surprisingly, the rather tasteless croissants might have been purchased, frozen and uncooked, from supermarkets and baked on the premises. Christoph's skills as a chef might be better employed here: why, even I, a very modest home cook can turn out a buttery brioche loaf for breakfast although I would never attempt a croissant.
These are small points. We would go back to Cedar Park with pleasure any time we could and stay even longer.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

Situated at the end of a long and winding road is a little piece of paradise. My husband and I run our own B&B in Victoria and we wanted a few days on our own to escape from our hectic lifestyle and that is what we got at Cedar Park. Rosy is an excellent host and made everything easy and enjoyable. Christoph is a fantastic chef and made dinner very special. It was a lovely relaxing holiday, you are surrounded by rainforest, many species of birdlife, bandicoots and tree wallabies.

  • Stayed August 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

Situated at the end of a track in pleasant surroundings the resort offers large spacious rooms which open out onto a small rear gardened area. In the early evening you can sit outside your room where you will be visited by various birds, wallaby, possum and even a resident peacock. The bar and restaurant area open onto a large covered decked area and was a great place to relax. The decor is just great. We had an evening meal which was tasty and well presented. Breakfast which is inclusive is of a continental style and will set you up for the day ahead. This really is a great place to stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

My husband and I spent three delightful nights at Cedar Park. The resort was not what I'd expected, but I quickly realised it was just what I wanted! It is a unique and in some ways quirky place and reminded us of old-style resort hotels and spas on the Continent. It may not appeal to those who like bright, modern, stylish spaces, but seasoned travellers who value service, comfort and peace in the European tradition and are happy to be deep in the woods and away from it all will be delighted. It attracts an older, well-travelled, discerning international clientele, judging by the other guests we met during our stay, a number of whom had stayed at Cedar Park before. The resort is very small -- only 5 rooms -- but has a much sought-after restaurant, with a menu in the hands of a trained and excellent chef, and draws locals searching for fine dining as well as in-house guests. The rooms are large and comfortable, although the 1940's architecture, with gothic arches and stained glass, came as something of a surprise. They tend to be rather dark, but each room has an outside sitting area where you can read, relax and look out into the forest, and there is also a salon with books, games and armchairs if the weather turns bad. Satellite wifi is available for a small fee, but be warned that there are no televisions or radios in the rooms, which we thought was wonderfully liberating. Meals are served on a large open deck overlooking the forest, and the resident pea-fowl and local wildlife provide entertainment (we saw wallabies, paddymelons, curlews, bandicoots, birds of all kinds, and even a carpet python up in a tree). The best part of the experience, however, are the hosts, Rosie and Christophe. They go out of their way to anticipate guests' needs and interests, welcome you warmly, and are delightful to talk with, creating a relaxed and sociable atmosphere without intruding on one's privacy. It was easy to see why Cedar Park has attracted so many positive reviews and why it gets so many return visitors. It is not everyone's cup of tea, but if it is yours, you'll enjoy your stay as much as we did.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013 via mobile

Great place, excellent hosts. We loved everything about the place. The wallabies came out on the lawn and the peacocks pecked around.. Sorry about the check in time. 300am.. Thanks so much Rosie ang Chris.
Neil and Lisa. Auckland

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

After reading the very bad review for Cedar Park and with the hope of staying here in the future for a night away, my husband and I decided to call in to Cedar Park the other day on our way back to Cairns to see it for ourselves. Firstly you don't need a four wheel drive to get here at all. The road is gravel for the last 3km but it is well graded apart from a couple bumps. Any car (unless it is "super" low clearance) would be able to drive in quite safely - you may hear some tinkling of rocks hitting the under side of your car but if you go slowly as you should on gravel it is not a problem. As we drove in we could see It truly is a lovely peaceful place in the rain forrest. We were greeted by lovely friendly staff and as it was around 2pm all of the rooms were empty and open ready for guests. The staff kindly offered free access to view all of the 6 rooms and to wander around the resort. Each room was a little different but I felt that each room was very well represented in the photos and I didn't feel mislead. We haven't slept here as yet so I can't comment on the comfort of the beds. The resort felt very clean and I really cant wait to have a relaxing evening and a meal here with my husband in the future. I think for what they charge per night including breakfast it seems really good value, especially for those looking for a peaceful rain forrest experience. We will certainly be going for a night in the future!!!

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

My wife wanted to give me a birthday surprise to relax as it is the same birthday of our son that passed away a few months ago,we were brought to our room only to see that it was worse than a really cheap motel then when we asked to be transferred to a better room they replied that was the only one left,we decided to leave after the owner rudely answered us back and took $80.00 from our account for canceling a room that did not resemble any of their photo's. We advise that u be very aware of this place and it's owners and don't hand over credit card details.Every resort I have been to have bath tubs in the rooms,Cedar doesn't, also u will need 4WD to go there. Be very very aware of this resort.

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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CedarparkKuranda, Owner at Cedar Park Rainforest Resort, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thank you for you review. We sincerely apologies for the uncommon disappointment encountered with regards to the guest room. We understand that not everyone likes that kind of settings in mitten of the Rainforest, 20 minutes away from the next Village with no TV or other fancy things. There will always be those who prefer the more conventional and common hotels.
We truly belief and hope we are different and in general our guest appreciate what we have done with this place and that’s why they keep coming back.
As advertised all our rooms are different decorated but they all have the same fittings. As you have seen on the website, there is an En-suit with Shower in every room and not a Bath.
However to avoid future disappointments you may book your accommodation a bit more in advanced so you may can choose your room if that is possible. We normally are flexible but you picked an extremely busy time in the last minute with only one room available. First is best dressed. As a well traveled person you should know about Cancelation policies.
Like all other Resorts we have as well a Cancellation Policy. In your case we even offered a discount instead the full amount.
We never took money without your Consent. The Credit Card was given to us in person and signed by your wife.
Regarding the road. We have every day plenty of small rental cars driving down the road without complain or concern. In any case:
< drive carful > and you will be fine.

Kind Regards
Rosy Maccarrone
Owner
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Address: 250 Cedarpark Road, Kuranda, Queensland 4881, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Kuranda
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
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Ranked #1 of 3 hotels in Kuranda
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Cedar Park Rainforest Resort 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On the edge of the World Heritage Rainforest surrounded by ancient trees lies the Cedar Park Rainforest Resort. A secluded and romantic wildlife and ECO retreat offering personalized service in a very relaxing environment. WI/Fi , Internet and Phone acsess available.The ultimate in tropical rainforest experience. It is a perfect getaway to enjoy one of the best locations within a short distance of Cairns. Nature Pure! ... more   less 
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