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Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat, Cabins, Camping & Wildlife Experience
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Townsville, Australia
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132 reviews
50 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“Restful and relaxing stay”
Reviewed March 18, 2014

My husband and I recently stayed in a motel room/cabin at Lync-haven and received the best service. After our first night, the bed was really uncomfortable; we were basically sleeping on springs and the owner, Jodie changed out our mattress to a newer, more comfortable one immediately. We slept really well the remainder of our stay. They are currently in the process of replacing all their mattresses.

The cabins are modest but clean, comfortable, and cozy and include a fridge, toaster, and electric kettle. Since there wasn't an actual kitchenette, we brought our electric skillet and plates, bowls, and cutlery and were able to make most of our meals. We ate a few times in the restaurant which offers delicious, affordable meals. You can also hire cutlery and crockery with a $20 deposit.

The animals, birds, snakes, and kangaroos behind our bungalow (#3) were amazing! They even have a talking Cockatoo named Barron! The service is topnotch and although there isn't daily service, you can request it for a nominal fee. I paid $3/towel for new towels and was given a free clean shower mat. We left our rubbish in a bag by our door and it was removed daily. All the staff were kind and helpful, offering cold water while I was checking my emails. Jodie was really great at helping us book tours. The team works really hard to make sure you enjoy your holiday.

We had good weather and had a great time relaxing in the amazing Daintree. We got a special; book 3 nights, get the 4th night free, so it worked out at $112 a night. The area is quite expensive and this is the best deal you will find for accommodation with aircon and TV included. I missed having a pool there, but we spent Sunday out at the reef and there are swimming holes you can visit. We loved our trip out with Ocean Safari; 3 hours on the reef for only $99/pp; the best reef value around! also enjoyed the Cape Trib Wilderness Croc Tour and the Discovery Center rainforest self-tour. Everyone up there is so helpful. Be sure to bring plenty of cash as some vendors don't take Eftpos. The ATM machines weren't working, but the kind proprietor at the Cow Bay Motel cashed us out from his till with our cards. Just be aware that unless you are with Telstra you will not have mobile service in some parts and you have to pay for internet and it is slow and unstable. If you are looking for a place a bit off the grid to relax, put your worries away, and have a digital detox, this is the place to come! We highly recommend Lync-Haven as a true retreat and I look forward to returning.

Room Tip: We liked #3 as it has the Kangaroo pen right behind it and it is close to the restaurant/reception...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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JodieDiawan, Owner at Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat, Cabins, Camping & Wildlife Experience, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you very much for your lovely comments about Lync Haven, we do try our best to keep everyone happy. It is a great feeling to know you have really enjoyed your stay with us and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future :)
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 7, 2014

We were recommended to eat here, we were staying elsewhere in the Daintree, it was during the off season and we were the only people there.

I am a steak lover and this is one of the best three steaks I have ever had. There were six of us who had a variety of meals, and we were all very impressed.

Excellent value, and quality you would expect at far more expensive restaurants in major cities.

Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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JodieDiawan, Owner at Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat, Cabins, Camping & Wildlife Experience, responded to this review, March 18, 2014
Very glad to hear you enjoyed you Meals here at Lync Haven and we look forward to your return visit in the near future.
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Mackay, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2014

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.

Room Tip: Make sure you ask for a Rainforest room backing directly onto the macropod enclosure - hand-feeding...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed January 18, 2014

We were recommended to have dinner here and were not disappointed. A nice steak, a wonderul barramundi, and a nice vegetarian option. Seating was outside, which was nice. they have a lot of different animals on display; parrots, cockateils, snakes, crocs, lizards that one can wander through while waiting for dinner. Nice location and well worth a stop.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Cairns
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2014

The property is well presented and visible from the main road so easy to find with lots of signage.
Very nature oriented with exhibits of wild life, snakes and kangaroos. Cassowaries are close by in the bush walking area and bandicootes are about in the evening around the main reception area where there are a variety of birds housed..cockatoos, parrots, lorrikets. Very friendly staff and the meals are delicious.... a good selection on the menu too. We stayed in a basic air conditioned roomy unit which had bathroom and toilet within for 2 nights. Several Kangaroos were fenced in close to the rear of the unit which made it interesting viewing. No covered car port and hot water was slow coming in the shower otherwise a very pleasant stay. Would recommend for families with young children, they would love the access to animals, birds and exhibit viewing.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Ravenshoe, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Love this place, and will certainly return. Not too expensive, and the staff are so relaxed and friendly. The meals were delicious. All the animals were so cool! Can't recommend it highly enough. A real find! :-)

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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JodieDiawan, Owner at Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat, Cabins, Camping & Wildlife Experience, responded to this review, January 6, 2014
Thank you for your review, we are so pleased to here that you enjoyed our place in the rain forest, the animals and the food.
We look forward to meeting you again on your next visit.
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 290 helpful votes
Reviewed December 30, 2013

We never stayed at Lync-Haven but visited this place three times during our stay in Daintree.
We got this place recommended since we asked our staff at Daintree Wilderness Lodge for a good place to spot snakes. We were originally hoping to see snakes in wildlife (I spotted one snake close to Cow Bay), but this was a worthy replacement.

They had some small crocodiles and some snakes in cages inside the main shop/restaurant, as well as some lovely birds (parrots and cockatoos) outside. The birds looked happy in contrast to what earlier reviewers says, and at least the cockatoo was sitting outside it´s cage.

I first asked if it was possible to walk the nature walk track closeby, but the lady in the reception was a bit unwilling at first telling me it was only for the hotel´s guests. We then bought some drinks and cakes, and she became more helpful. She then told us about a crocodile feeding the next day which we could attend. Apparently the lady also had norwegian relatives. Because of this we came back the next day and attended kangaroo- and crocodile feeding. The price was only 5$ per person, what a bargain! It was really fun to watch the crocodiles getting fed, and we also spotted a Boyd Forest Dragon at the same time. Our last night we also ended up coming back here, because we hadn´t eaten dinner. It was too late for food here as well, but the lady was really nice and made us some sandwiches. Just what we needed. I´m really thankful for that!

Lync-Haven is well worth visiting if you´re not already staying here.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat, Cabins, Camping & Wildlife Experience
Address: Lot 44, Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Cape Tribulation > Diwan
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Diwan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat, Cabins, Camping & Wildlife Experience 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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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