Looking for affordable Daintree Rainforest accommodation better than mosquito-net 'backpacker' standard, we lucked onto this comfortable & easily-accessible retreat in the warmer wet off-season, but before the monsoonal rain set in. We chose a Rainforest room & saved $30 per night by not booking ahead, which we wouldn't recommend when it's busier. Camping & van sites didn't interest us.
We loved the ambience - a macropod enclosure ran the length of the Rainforest rooms - right at our back door - several times per day you get to hand-feed the very tame roos/wallabies, who seemed quite healthy & content when we saw them.
We saved some money by taking some basic dining gear & food for cold breakfast/lunch, aware that there were only a small fridge/freezer & tea/coffee facilities in our room (handy hint: fill the electric jug easily from the shower rose) - but the restaurant was notably competitive, with prompt & friendly service - we voted 2-0 to repeat dinner there the second night, & we'd do so again.
It's worth mentioning that the plain room's old-style A/C was noisier than a split system & our TV reception came with a distinct buzz. Also, Lync-Haven's mobile phone reception was zero, but guaranteed beside the road a very short drive north - we followed Scott's simple instructions. We serendipitously saw a large (female) cassowary crossing the road only a bit north of there in the late afternoon!
Scott & Jodie, the owners, were happy to chat (except during busier meal times), as were their staff, & we could well appreciate the ongoing resources poured into the place since they'd acquired it several years earlier, when it had seen better days. They had a clearly vested interest in their work-in-progress livelihood - small business the way it should be.
Check out the great dynamic photo we took of Scott hand-feeding pretty Doris, a large croc with a healthy appetite in the warmer weather - "Please Sir, I want SNAP more!" - I had a couple of spare Band-Aids in my bum-bag, just in case... It was also easy to spend half an hour or more exploring the modest well-maintained on-site rainforest walk - part of the charming ambience - during some down-time from other tourist attractions. BTW, assess Lync-Haven's pool for yourself - take another look at our photo - maybe you'd like to play Marco Polo in the murky water with a large Doris…
Scott annotated a map for us, with lots of advice on free walks & activities for the Daintree economy - visitors & locals mutually benefit from the liaison between local businesses - it was all easily-accessible from Lync-Haven, located conveniently between 2 of our highlights: the world-class Daintree Entomological Museum; & the unmissable world-class Daintree Discovery Centre, with audio-guided rainforest aerial walkways & 23m canopy tower! But I digress...
We highly recommend Lync-Haven for budget-conscious rainforest lovers who want some home comforts.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lync Haven Rainforest Retreat is situated on 20 acres of pristine rainforest. With a natural board walk meandering along a peaceful waterway with fish, turtles and eels to find.Our cabin rooms are bright, fresh, fully air-conditioned and screened. We supply coffee, tea and milk in your room so you can make a cuppa then sit back and enjoy the rainforest outlook from your room and also pat the resident wallabies and kangaroos. You can also see our collection of endemic animals including snakes, crocodiles, lizards and birds.Our popular restaurant is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner where you'll find our prices affordable.We are a family owned and run business with staff that will always make you feel welcome.You will find us just 16kms north of the Daintree Ferry on the left hand side with beautiful tall palm trees in our front yard.We would love for you to experience the rainforest from Lync Haven Rainforest Retreat. ... more less
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- Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat, Cabins, Camping & Wildlife Experience Daintree Region, Australia