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“A flawed gem.”
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View from the verandah  overlooking your private natural swimming pool. Perfect place to relax.
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Relaxing on the sumptuous outdoor furniture beside the swimming hole Shaded natural swimming pool 15 metres long and 3 metres deep for your private enjoyment
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View from the verandah  overlooking your private natural swimming pool. Perfect place to relax.
Relaxing on the sumptuous outdoor furniture beside the swimming hole
Shaded natural swimming pool 15 metres long and 3 metres deep for your private enjoyment
View upstream - 400 meters of pristine waterfalls, rapids and swimming pools, and it's all yours.
A relaxing back and shoulder massage under the waterfall
Relaxing over the creek after a refreshing swim.
The perfect place to relax after a swim under the waterfalls
Main bedroom with luxury Westin hotels king size bed
Second bedroom with luxury Westin hotel king size bed
The view of the footbridge over the waterfalls, looking back at the house Daintree Secrets
Double bean bags by the swimming hole. The perfect place to relax with a good book.
Daintree Secrets 2 swimming holes taken from the veranda. No zoom needed.
Daintree Secrets entrance to the house, via large veranda
Aerial view of Daintree Secrets tucked into the worlds oldest living rainforest.
An unexpected guest at Daintree Secrets - the majestic cassowary!
A quiet place to relax and catch up on your latest book.
The perfect place to bird-watch or just enjoy the rainforest and waterfalls
Another of the many vantage points to enjoy the waterfalls. In winter the waterfalls are tranquil.
Daintree Secrets open plan pole home is nice and cool in the summer.
Birdwatching from the veranda or by the swimming hole is prolific.
Daintree Secrets swimming hole in the winter months. A tranquil haven to relax by.
Daintree Secrets Kitchen with views of the rainforest and steam
Third bedroom, soon to have a double bed with single bunk over the top so we can sleep 7 comfortably
The extra large deck overlooking the waterfalls and swimming hole. Dine in the tree-tops!
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Daintree, Daintree Region, Queensland

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Seth S
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
Reviewed July 18, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

As others have mentioned, Daintree Secrets is not without its flaws. The driveway down is steep and rather treacherous (particularly at night), but we managed without incident. The house is located in a lovely, private setting and the creek, small waterfall and swimming hole were fabulous. My two boys loved diving into the cool, clear water, whilst parents and grandparents watched from the spacious verandah. The beds (two queens upstairs and two singles downstairs were fine, although the downstairs bedroom was rather dark and musty. The bathrooms were serviceable but nothing special, and less than what one might expect from a house advertised as an "executive style retreat" on the website.

There were, however, several disappointments and several genuine concerns with the house: Firstly, whilst the featured daybed is an impressive piece of furniture, it was totally impractical. It was nearly impossible for the grandparents to sit upon, and its size precluded other, more traditional furnishings from fitting in the house. Put simply, there were no comfortable couches or lounge chairs in the house, meaning no place for the six of us to relax. Additionally, whilst the house sleeps seven, there were only five dining chairs at the table. Secondly, whilst the website boasts of the hydroelectric system, this has not worked for some time, power being provided by a diesel generator which we had to turn on and off each day. This was a minor inconvenience but, aside from the 'false advertising' on the website, not the type of thing one would expect when paying top dollar. The dishwasher, as noted by others, did not work and we had to dig around for instructions on how to use the oven. We did not mind that there was limited telephone coverage, nor did we particularly expect TV reception, though I imagine it would be possible with a satellite.

The biggest problems, however, related to safety. The clothes line is located on a narrow section of decking at the back of the house. One must lean over an exposed area, to hang the clothes, and my wife who is quite tall, slipped off the deck whilst stretching to reach the far side of the line (see attached photo). She severely scraped and bruised her legs and hips, wedging herself between the deck and rocky slope. Additionally, my father-in-law tripped and fell several times on the verandah steps, which could use some high visibility tape or paint to indicate their edges.

So, in the end, the location of Daintree Secrets was its best attribute. We enjoyed our stay but would look elsewhere if we were to return to the region.

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Liked best: location
Liked least: lack of comfortable seating, some safety concerns
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Oct 28, 2015
Hi Seth,

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review.
I'm sorry to hear that you had some disappointments with your stay but glad that your trip was enjoyable overall.
The property has recently come under new management and repairs and upgrades have been made, and are continuing to be made.

In regards to the drive-way, we are aware this is an issue and so have long planned to fix it. Fortunately, the driveway will be repaved (and made less steep) by January 2016. So any future guests after this time should not have this problem.
We have recently replaced the upstairs bedrooms' furniture, including new King-size luxurious beds with high quality linen. The place should now be more satisfactory in its 'Retreat' status.

I'm sorry to hear that the grandparents found the daybed difficult, and that you found it uncomfortable. As part of this recent furniture upgrade, we now have portable beanbag lounges (2 which each fit 2 people) which can be used inside or out. We feel it would make inside quite cramped if we had 7 dining chairs inside ? instead, we suggest large groups eat outside or move some chairs from outside to in.

The hydroelectric system has been under repair for some time now ? many new parts needed to be ordered. It should be back up and running before January 2016. There is a new welcome booklet to the property which includes instructions on the oven. However, there are no plans to install telephone or TV reception at the property, as for many it serves as a retreat from the modern world. We ask guests to exercise caution as the property is situated on the rainforest's uneven terrain and we have tried to leave this undisturbed. In response to your complaint, we have put some visible tape down on the verandah in hopes that future guests do not encounter these issues again.

Thanks again for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback. We hope that you choose to visit Daintree Secrets again in the future when it has undergone further changes under its new management.

Warm regards,
Ellen
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Equivoco
Queensland
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
81 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A flawed gem.”
Reviewed December 10, 2014 for a stay in November 2014

Daintree Secrets is a gem in the wilds but it has it's flaws.
The house was easy to find following the directions given. The steep driveway is rather eroded and every bit as scary as previous reviewers have indicated, but I managed it in my standard (not 4WD) car without major problems.
The pictures on the website do full justice to the beauty of this place. It had, unfortunately, been rather dry so the creek was flowing lower than usual, and power had to be supplied by a diesel generator rather than the hydro electric system. This did not affect my stay at all.(There are rather worrying warning everywhere about not over-using power, but this was not a problem for me.)
The site is almost entirely private - there is a house to one side but you can only see it (and vice-versa) at the extremes of the property. On the other side is a cleared area, presumably an unused building block - this does rather spoil the view from the main bedroom.
The furnishing is decent and the towels and sheets clean and in good condition.
There is a gas stove and a microwave oven, as well as a barbecue on the verandah overlooking the river. Crockery was initially hard to locate being hidden under cloth covers in the lounge area. Advice not to use the dishwasher (too much energy use) was redundant as the internal shelves had been removed.
There is no mobile phone signal at the house (Cow Bay is the closest place in range) and no internet access. The website announces a TV, which is present but there is no TV signal. A selection od DVDs is provided (a rather eclectic choice including a drumming tutorial) but the remote control is missing (apparently it broke and was too difficult to replace) so DVDs can only be watched from the beginning to the end, without subtitles or any other extras. If you have a TV series without the option of playing all episodes you will only be able to watch the first one.
I had no problem with insects and enjoyed the visit of an occasional gecko. The upper bedroom was surprisingly hot in the evening but cooled adequately with the use of the ceiling fan. The sky was surprisingly bright at night (it was close to full moon) and the noise of the creek not too loud.
I enjoyed my stay and am considering another visit despite the flaws.

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Liked best: Privacy and seclusion
Liked least: Misleading advice about TV and no DVD control
Traveling group: Solo Traveler
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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JeanneLor...
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Your not meant to be there.”
Reviewed August 5, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
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Unfortunately they completely forgot that we were coming!! Having had to fully pay some weeks before arrival it was very disappointing to arrive and find that there was no power, no linen and cleaning gear lying around. We found a phone no to contact the maintenance man who said " Your not meant to be there" we did have a confirmation email with the correct dates and a receipt for the monies paid. Anyway he did come and start the generator for power as the Hydro wasn't working, it appears to have been that way for awhile. I was given some linen to make my bed, myself !!! He said he'd be back the next day to refuel it but again we were left in the dark "very dark" as we were forgotten again. Anyway the area is quite beautiful and is great for photography. Unfortunately I can not recommend the accommodation due to poor service at a large price. As a small business person myself it is obvious to me that they don't value good business.

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Liked least: Such poor service as they didn't have to do much !!!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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John D
Nambour, Australia
1 review
“One of a kind location, amazing.”
Reviewed July 15, 2014 for a stay in December 2013

I took my children for a 5 night stay at Daintree Secrets and we all loved it. The kids would have been happy exploring and playing in the private waterhole with waterfall at the property but there were also a lot of great nearby attractions. The blue hole, Cape Tribulation, deserted beaches and untouched rainforest is all right there. Highly recommend the insect museum and also the Daintree ice cream. Didn't get to see a cassowary but hopefully next time!

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cnslocal
Cairns, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wow! Just WOW!”
Reviewed June 30, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

I have stayed in the Daintree quite a few times but I have to say that Daintree Secrets Rainforest Retreat is definitely one of my absolute favourites!

We stayed for 2 nights on the 20th/21st June 2014 and even though it is 'Winter' we still got in the private creek for a swim. The view from the balcony of the waterfalls cascading over the rocks is so inviting!

The house has 3 generous sized bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, perfect for a group getaway! We had 2 friends from Victoria staying with us and it was the perfect place to unwind and catch up!

The location is perfect as it wasn't far to drive to Cape Tribulation for a morning of Jungle Surfing and a walk along the beach, back for lunch then a quick trip down to the Daintree Ice Cream Company for some afternoon icecream.

I highly recommend Daintree Secrets to anybody wanting a few days away to disconnect for the rat race and relax! I absolutely LOVE that there is no mobile service available!

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Liked best: Private Waterfall and Swimming Hole
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Friends
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austra-tr...
Brisbane, Australia
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful oasis”
Reviewed March 18, 2014 for a stay in March 2014

This property is unlike anything we've seen anywhere else! Absolutely beautiful and worth every cent. I went up for the second time (first time with family and this time with partner and friends) this month and had an awesome time. The house is large and has all the comforts you need, while the real attraction is the beautiful pond right in front of the house - your own private natural pool!

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P S
Melbourne, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great”
Reviewed March 7, 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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Second visit, first time with the kids, this time with a group of friends. Suitable for both.

One downside, the noise. But the upside is that it is the noise of your very own waterfall in your very own private backyard. If you are a photographer, you can really hone in your skills on a wide range of subjects. If you just want to relax, you can do that too.

It is remote with no internet or mobile access, and that is a good thing. Add a couple of extra days so you can really understand where you are.

Very worthwhile place to go to see the rainforest close up. Highly recommended.

Make sure you get down the road to Heritage Lodge and their restaurant On The Turps!!

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Liked best: Ahhhh the serenity ................
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
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