We stayed in the treehouses for four nights in April 2014. The treehouses are just that, a house elevated up among the canopy of the rainforest just as the name suggests. They are very well appointed with washer and dryer, dishwasher and functional kitchen, and a great outside deck with a quality BBQ and outdoor setting. Our kids 8 and 12 adored the place, and loved their bedroom in the loft. A wood burning combustion stove will stave off any chilly nights.
The houses are remote from one another - you're 50 meters away from your neighbor through dense forest - you can't see them and they can't see you. Generally all you'll hear is the sounds of the rainforest day and night.
The wildlife is abundant and friendly, with birds, possums and pademelons all around. The property has a decent amount of walking tracks and a turtle (and apparently platypus) inhabited river which runs along the back of the treehouses.
David the property owner is a friendly source of information on activities and wildlife if you want the info, but will leave you to your devices if you don't want it.
Be prepared to cook your own meals, or BBQ on the deck as you'll be about 10 minutes drive from the nearest town - Malanda, with dining choices really limited to the pub or takeaway.
All in all an excellent experience, a must-do for animal lovers or families with kids, but would work equally as well for a romantic get-away. A good central base too for full or half day activities in the tablelands.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winner of numerous awards and offering the ultimate in eco-responsible boutique luxury, "The Canopy" is one of Australia's most unique accommodation and wildlife experiences. Located on the banks of the Ithaca River and surrounded by pristine, private rainforest, it is home to a stunning array of rare and exotic wildlife, including the iconic Southern Cassowary and the unique Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo. Note: formerly called Fur 'n' Feathers Rainforest Treehouses. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses And Wildlife Sanctuary Hotel Atherton