We had short listed this accommodation, but decided to book with another (Rivers Edge Rainforest Retreat) with which something went wrong with our booking ( my fault AND I should have double checked their receipt of definite booking). When we arrived on the Athurton in the evening our expected rooms were just gone as our intended hosts had just given up on us, (we had been unable to confirm by phone as my mobile didn't work because of reception problems in area and our previous hotel had a dodgy room phone). Rivers Edge kindly recommended Fur'nFeathers and organized an urgent booking- interesting that their suggestion had been our second choice.
Fur'n Feathers have charming cabins elevated on stilts amongst the canopy in the forest which had unfortunately recently been decimated by a cyclone. The cabins have underneath parking and laundry including washer and tumble dryer, and contain 2 bedrooms (one open attic spaced overlooking the living area and one closed with abundant fitted cupboard space and great king size bed but not at all soundproof), delightful bathrooms with large windows overlooking private rivers edge, spa bath, and shower with resident frogs which had to be removed gently before ablutions; a great kitchen with all facilities including dishwasher, pots, and basics including over-ripe bananas and seed for the wildlife; and adjoining the lounge/eating room (with tv/dvd but unfortunately seating not fantastically comfortable) adjoining a balcony with excellent table setting, gas barbecue and bird feeders.
The possums however are all for breaking in at night and shinnied hopefully up and down the doors. Opening the door to take bird feed out in the morning the aerial wild life came in the door and onto or hands before we could get out the door! However they were easy to bribe out again with the food, and varied fascinating and charming rather than aggressive. There are also enthusiastic turtles to feed down beside the river a short walk away and more elusive nocturnal wildlife to be sought on a naturalist guided night walk.
Our only reservation was the pair of young resident cassowaries which are intimidating and could be hazardous especially with children. One took an interest in our feet which was daunting. My son was also somewhat freaked out by an attack of leaches on our turtle walk- we should have applied the vinegar spray which our hosts thoughtfully provide prior to walking.
Overall a great and unique experience- but I'd still like to go back and try our first choice, as a slightly more luxurious option.
- 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