Staying in the rainforest at Noah Creek for a city gal like me was pretty confronting, no phone, electricity, no people for miles around but the kitchen and bathroom were lovely and well equiped and the bedding modern and clean, and I adapted pretty quickly to being in the beautiful environment.. The property is 500 acres and only has two accomodation options which are km apart. We stayed at the Lodge house for 4 nights last week, the weather was warm and the resident Geckos and native dunnart (native sort of mouse) made us feel welcome in their home. We enjoyed the time spent at the house lounging in the hammocks, playing scrabble and watching the Cassoway father and 3 chicks visit us. Swimming in the swimming hole was chilly but beautiful, and no one else was there, much better than the other options we saw in the Daintree area! Troy runs the place and he had heaps of great tips and ideas to enjoy the property, and nothing was too much trouble. Even my questions about snakes and crocs!
The only downside of our time was the bedding arrangement. We have a 5 and 8 year old and they were too small to stay in the loft bunk room, so they stayed in the double bedroom next to the king downstairs but it was too small and would have been much better and versatile as a bunk room. There was a lot of musical beds!
We stayed in the Ridge House and it was a highlight of a fabulous holiday. The lodge is luxurious and was immaculately prepared. The views from the sitting room and balcony of the rainforest and sea are rivalled only by the view from the shower! The ridge house has a small clearing in front which gave us somewhere to see the stars at nightfall - WOW! The Daintree is off grid so there is no light pollution and so quiet - apart from the surf on the beach, and all the birds and animals. We even had a cassowary and chick visit the garden for our arrival - very special! On Troy’s recommendation we took a walk through the forest to the - vast, beautiful, deserted - beach and had a dip in a lovely pool in the creek. We had no problem with bugs or other wildlife but thoroughly enjoyed seeing and hearing so much of nature all around. This is the most idyllic place I have ever been and I would visit again in a heartbeat.
We stayed in the lodge. Struggled to decide what to put as we did have an amazing time for 1 night but the sleep aspect let this down and it didn't quite hit the mark for the price. I think if I had paid less I would have rated higher but with only one night and extreme heat, making our own beds and no mosquito nets set up wasn't ideal and let it down. The loft room was just too scary for the children aged 6 to 9 it is open and with a resident bat flying and pooping on the beds it didnt surprise me. They ended up down with us and in the small double there were so many insects all over the bed that we slept with heads under the sheet. I am used to outdoor camping and I knew the rainforest would have this but mosquito net in place would have made all the difference and beds made earlier that day with bed spreads to protect would have just cranked it up to the level required. Facilities are good but the torches weren't properly charged and the radio to contact them didn't work. I just got the feeling it wasnt really ready for our arrival. We were recommended to go swimming in the water hole but with the recent wet weather the current was strong and thankfully the adults checked before taking the children in as it was definitely not safe. We did see a monitor lizard next the the house, trees full of large bats, stunning giant butterflies and the house had a range of pet lizards living on the ceiling which my daughter liked. For one night it is a full rainforest experience but on a personal level with the ants absolutely everywhere (including in the fridge) one night was enough.
Unfortunately we only stayed one night in the beautiful Eco-Hut. We stayed with friends (two families) in one of the houses, plenty of room for all. We had a ball. Kids actually loved not having wifi and spent the days exploring, swimming in the beautiful water hole and playing games. Had a great fire at night with marshmallows thrown in by Troy. Troy was very welcoming but gave us our space. We highly recommend staying there.
What a fantastic place to stay. We had a group staying at the Lodge with small children. It was perfect. The lodge is well equipped with a small but practical kitchen, comfy lounge and functional shower room. We spent hours relaxing in the creek, swimming, enjoying the waterfalls and watching the children play with the natural rock paint. We used the Weber BBQ a lot too and even cooked lamb over the fire. The rainforest is so amazing and very relaxing. We look forward to another visit and trying the Ridge house - highly recommend staying here.