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Crater Lakes Rainforest Cottages
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Melbourne, Australia
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127 reviews
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“Total peace and tranquility”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

We recently stayed at the Crater Lakes Rainforest Lodge and it was a highlight of our trip. The setting is amazing, surrounded by rainforest and only minutes away from beautiful Lake Eacham and Lake Barrine. The owners went above and beyond to make sure our stay was perfect. The theme cottages are gorgeous (we stayed in the Bali cottage), each tucked away in a patch of rainforest for complete privacy. The wildlife was amazing! Each morning we has breakfast on the balcony and all sorts of birds came really close, one even taking grapes from my hand. Wallabies and musky rat kangaroos were seen daily right outside. We will definately be back!

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

We've been a few times but Lynn being a keen birder is very specific that she wants to see the rifle bird display.
Although nothing is guranteed we constantly badger John and Jenny as to the numbers of birds and are they displaying.
On one of our last trips, we were lucky as the male did his ritual on the verandah directly in front of us.
No such luck this time, Lynn had to work hard for the displays - the first day was almost wasted as Lynn did her research as to where the males were during the day.
On the next day, she took her scope and chair into the undergrowth and just sat and waited.....and waited.........and waited.
She did find though that an early start, say 6.30 am gives you more chance of a sighting.
When the male did his mating ritual on the branch of a tree l, it is an absolute joy to watch - he wraps his whole body and wings around the female and it is one of the most amazing sights to behold in the bird world.
But the beauty of the Cottages is that they are so close to so many other attractions - I still love going to Lake Eacham and Yungaburra.
But also, the Bromfeld Swamp is fantastic for any keen birders - each night at say 4.30 - 6.00 pm,hundreds of brolgas fly home to nest for the night.
Watching them glide in to land with such style and grace is an absolute joy.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

These self catering cottages are surrounded by rainforest, close to Lake Eacham and not far from Yungaburra. They are very clean, well maintained, comfortable and charming. There is bedroom and seperate living area with a good workable kitchen with full stove/oven and refrigerator. There is also a bbq on the covered verandah. There is also an immaculately clean small laundry for guest use on the premises. We chose the location as a base for three days of birdwatching trips. A number of the species we were hoping to see were in fact resident in the gardens surrounding the cottages which was wonderful. Close up views of the male riflebird as it tried to steal my partners breakfast were a highlight. The owners were very helpful and pleasant to deal with. For example, there is no mobile phone coverage at the cottages so John and Jenny cheerfully allowed us to use their landline to confirm a booking with a guide. We would happily have stayed longer in this magical spot and highly recommend the experience.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Dublin
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

We chanced upon Crater Lakes by accident. We had two spare nights in Cairns and wanted to experience life in a rainforest.

Previous reviews have highlighted the bird and animal life, nearby attractions and friendly hosts, I agree wholeheartedly. Every little detail has been carefully planned and executed. From the welcome breakfast hamper, decanter of port on the table, chocolates, wood-burning stove and spa-bath, it was pure heaven. Although I am sure it must be difficult to maintain a property in rainforest conditions, this was not the case here. The cottage was pristine and well maintained, with very clever use of vintage items, to add to the atmosphere.

Although there are a few cottages, each cottage is situated to maximise privacy, to allow each resident to experience the wonderful life contained in the rainforest.

Only wish we could have stayed longer. It will stand out as one of the highlights of our trip to Australia.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

We stayed 2 nights in the Pioneer cottage..and what a wonderful spot! the four cottages are nestled in the rainforest in teh Crater Lakes Park. Evening barbeques for dinner worked out fine (great steaks from the local butcher in Yungaburra). Amzing bird life...some spectacular spiders (well...by English standards). The first night 'hamper' was a great start for the next morning.

Local interest was teh various strangler fig trees / Hypipimee crater / and platypus watching in the stream in Yungaburra... we were spoiled by a very coopertative little platypus!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

We stayed at Crater Lakes for 3 nights in late June/ early July. We were absolutely blown away by everything about the place. Spectacular location right in the middle of beautiful rainforest, abundant wildlife, excellent facilities. The service we received from our hosts was top notch and they are very friendly people. The cottages have everything you need and the little extras like fresh flowers, breakfast hamper and port were much appreciated. We can't wait to return to our now favorite holiday destination.

  • Stayed July 2012
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Faversham, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed July 9, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights in the 'Bali' Cabin....huge bed and sumptuous bathroom and a verandah where the Victoria Rifle Birds could be tempted down by banana and give us the most amazing display....it was gloriously quiet....just the Spotted Catbirds calling at night in the forest....while sitting quietly by the pool in the garden we saw many many birds come to drink....a particular interest since my husband is a birdwatcher...Hastie's Swamp is particularly recommended for any birdwatchers....a big beautifully kept hide overlooking a large lake where there were Magpie Geese, Plumed Whistling Ducks, many Forest Kingfishers and Cranes feeding on the field opposite..... the 'breakfast hamper' provided was a great boon... particularly since we arrived in the dark and used some of it to make an evening meal so we didn't have to go out again that evening.... the little supermarket in Yungaburra (4 miles away) has a really good stock of food to make good meals in your cabin....whose kitchen is well supplied with everything you will need....VERY comfortable bed and huge spa bath were welcome after a day's exploring.

If you want a private, romantic hideaway somewhere spectacular.... this is the one...

particularly recommend the cream tea at Lake Barrine... warm scones just out of the oven and the best tea I have drunk anywhere....and walking the circular walk at Peterson's Creek in Yungaburra where if you are still and quiet you have a good chance of seeing a Platypus... as we did....have an orange and lemon fresh juice at the Whistle Stop Cafe....yummy and a delightfully whacky and hippy place to rest awhile...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Crater Lakes Rainforest Cottages
Address: 17 Eacham Close | Lake Eacham, Yungaburra, Queensland 4884, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Yungaburra
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #3 of 7 Specialty Lodging in Yungaburra
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Crater Lakes Rainforest Cottages 5*
Number of rooms: 4
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