The treehouse was built smack in the middle of the rainforest, equipped with every imaginable item you need in a home. The next nearest treehouse was a short distance away but not within sight - so there's lots of privacy. The beautiful wooded house had a lovely attic that brought much joy to my kid.
Day visitors to the house included many different furry feathered birds who were so keen to eat out of your hands if you're holding bird-seeds or a banana. We were lucky to spot a tree-kangaroo scaling up and down a tall tree right in front of the house one afternoon. The brush-turkeys, like security guards, trotted around the place and were never too far away. Saw and fed some wallabies at the main house lawn. My 9-year-old child and spouse even spotted a wallaby while taking a walk in the forest. Tried to catch a glimpse of the elusive platypus but luck ran out. Only once, saw one swimming in a small lake during a complimentary platypus spotting trip conducted by the host. Night visitors dropped by as early as 6pm in the evening - there were no less than 4-5 possums each night. One of them even had a baby possum clinging on her back! The adorable creatures were so tame that we could give them a pet while they ate off the fruits from our hands. There's never a dull moment while you're residing there because the animals, birds and even insects (lots and varied), would constantly keep you entertained, captivated and even busy.
The place was close to nature and yet central to the many attractions in the Tableland. The many waterfalls, lakes, grocery and bakery were just short drives away. We enjoyed BBQ at the verandah, cooking in the well-equipped kitchen, watching TV and DVDs in the living room, soaking in the jacuzzi and watching the animals hopping and pleading for food outside your doors.
As this was a self-catering lodge, there was no maid to clean the place and change your towels. You would need to launder your own towels and clothes with the washing machine and dryer provided. Despite the few mundane domestic chores, this was definitely a stay WITH a difference! Highly recommended for nature lovers who want to get away and relax without unwanted intrusions and disturbances. The place was so quiet and tranquil that the only sounds you'd hear were the chirping or mating calls of the birds, the rustling of winds against the leaves, the animals marking their territories by growling at each other when they feed and the little pitter patter of birds and animals moving on your roofs.
- 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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- The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses And Wildlife Sanctuary Hotel Atherton