Northern Queensland Short Break

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ITINERARY

Northern Queensland Short Break

Suggested duration

6 nights. Suggest 2-3 nights at each property for a well-rounded short break. This itinerary works equally well in reverse.

Find out more

To enquire about cost or book, contact your trusted travel planner or agent. Or you can DIY by contacting each lodge direct using the link below.


Cairns is well-known and loved as a northern Queensland gateway. What is less known is how easy it is to combine the contrast between rainforest and outback in two astounding destinations both within 45mins (by air) or 3 hours by road from Cairns.

From cairns airport 45min flight or 3hr private vehicle transfer to crystalbrook lodge.

1 Crystalbrook Lodge Northern Outback, Queensland

Quintessentially Australian… an oasis in the rugged outback of North Queensland, Crystalbrook Lodge caters exclusively for up to 10 guests, Situated on the historic 85,000 acre Crystalbrook Station, the lodge overlooks the spectacular 300 acre Crystalbrook Lake, which is home to a staggering array of wildlife including birds, freshwater crocodiles and fish. Guests can spend their days on the lake or riverside, exploring the bush wilderness or just enjoying the serenity and stillness of the outback from the lodge. The days are typically warm, with clear blue skies, followed by spectacular outback sunsets, cool evenings and brilliant starry nights.

A selection of must do’s

  • Explore the Lakeside Trail Loop with an experienced guide – birdwatchers will love the profusion of water birds.
  • Fish for barramundi in your own private lake. 
  • Enjoy sunset cocktails from a secluded peak overlooking the outback wilderness.
  • Embark on an expedition into Chillagoe, one of the most diverse geological areas of the world to see the extraordinary Mungana Rock Art, limestone caves followed by lunch at the quintessentially Aussie pub.

1 Crystalbrook Lodge Northern Outback, Queensland

Quintessentially Australian… an oasis in the rugged outback of North Queensland, Crystalbrook Lodge caters exclusively for up to 10 guests, Situated on the historic 85,000 acre Crystalbrook Station, the lodge overlooks the spectacular 300 acre Crystalbrook Lake, which is home to a staggering array of wildlife including birds, freshwater crocodiles and fish. Guests can spend their days on the lake or riverside, exploring the bush wilderness or just enjoying the serenity and stillness of the outback from the lodge. The days are typically warm, with clear blue skies, followed by spectacular outback sunsets, cool evenings and brilliant starry nights.

A selection of must do’s

  • Explore the Lakeside Trail Loop with an experienced guide – birdwatchers will love the profusion of water birds.
  • Fish for barramundi in your own private lake. 
  • Enjoy sunset cocktails from a secluded peak overlooking the outback wilderness.
  • Embark on an expedition into Chillagoe, one of the most diverse geological areas of the world to see the extraordinary Mungana Rock Art, limestone caves followed by lunch at the quintessentially Aussie pub.

45min flight or 3hr private vehicle transfer to cairns airport, 70min private road transfer or 3hr private vehicle transfer direct to silky oaks lodge.

2 Silky Oaks Lodge The Daintree, Queensland

Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa is located in a stunning riverside location adjoining one of the oldest living rainforests on the planet, the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park. The eco lodge comprises the renowned open sided Treehouse restaurant offering fine dining in scenic surrounds, contemporary accommodation encompassing both custom designed and furnished Billabong, River and Treehouses and the highly lauded Healing Waters Spa.

A selection of must do’s

  • Explore the ancient World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, adjacent to the lodge – one of the oldest living rainforests on the planet – or take the Silky Oaks Safari for a fully guided experience of the rainforest. 
  • Complimentary mountain bikes – cycle to Mossman Gorge and enjoy a picturesque waterside picnic. Should you run out of steam contact reception and they will collect you and your bike for an easy ride back to the lodge. 
  • The Billabong is excellent for snorkeling and is home to freshwater turtles, eels, Jungle Perch as well as a resident Platypus.
  • Enjoy a guided Sail onboard a luxurious catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. 
  • Simply relax and rejuvenate, using the power of water and the tranquility of the surrounding rainforest at the Healing Waters Spa.

2 Silky Oaks Lodge The Daintree, Queensland

Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa is located in a stunning riverside location adjoining one of the oldest living rainforests on the planet, the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park. The eco lodge comprises the renowned open sided Treehouse restaurant offering fine dining in scenic surrounds, contemporary accommodation encompassing both custom designed and furnished Billabong, River and Treehouses and the highly lauded Healing Waters Spa.

A selection of must do’s

  • Explore the ancient World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, adjacent to the lodge – one of the oldest living rainforests on the planet – or take the Silky Oaks Safari for a fully guided experience of the rainforest. 
  • Complimentary mountain bikes – cycle to Mossman Gorge and enjoy a picturesque waterside picnic. Should you run out of steam contact reception and they will collect you and your bike for an easy ride back to the lodge. 
  • The Billabong is excellent for snorkeling and is home to freshwater turtles, eels, Jungle Perch as well as a resident Platypus.
  • Enjoy a guided Sail onboard a luxurious catamaran to the Great Barrier Reef. 
  • Simply relax and rejuvenate, using the power of water and the tranquility of the surrounding rainforest at the Healing Waters Spa.

This itinerary works equally well in reverse.

from cairns airport 70min private vehicle transfer to silky oaks lodge.

from silky oaks lodge 70min private vehicle transfer to cairns airport, 45min flight or 3hr private transfer direct to crystalbrook lodge.

from crystalbrook lodge 45min flight or 3hr private vehicle transfer to cairns airport.

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