- Swimming pool
- Theatre room
Overview – Crystalbrook Lodge
See the great Australian outback in style at Crystalbrook Lodge, where fishing beneath big skies and photographing native wildlife are all in a day’s work.
Part of the sprawling 85,000 acre Crystalbrook Station, which is still very much a working cattle farm today, Crystalbrook Lodge offers the outback experience of a lifetime to just ten privileged guests at a time. 180km west of Cairns, this unique and utterly remote property is surrounded by the sunburnt red soils, lily-choked waterways and never-ending horizons that are synonymous with the native Australian bush.
Days are typically warm throughout the year but you can keep cool with a dip in the heavenly magnesium-infused infinity pool which provides unsurpassable views of the lake, or by swimming in the sandy-bottomed Tate River. Birdwatchers will while away many hours at the lodge’s viewing platform, as the region is home to a profusion of birdlife, from nesting sea eagles and gangly storks to colourful honeyeaters. The station is also home to teeming wildlife, which you will see on electric boat safaris or on one of the many walking trails. Take a kayak out to get up close to the many species that inhabit this area. You can also wet a line – the lake abounds in large freshwater species including bream and barramundi.
A classic afternoon tea of scones and jam can be found at the homestead. If you’re lucky, you might even see some of the station’s 2,000 heads of valuable Brangus cattle being mustered there. As daylight fades away, sit down to a superb meal created from the best locally sourced produce. It’s possible you even saw the chef reeling in your fish dinner earlier on. Some of the world’s best stargazing can be had at Crystalbrook Lodge, so be sure to spend some time identifying constellations after dark. Bring a jumper if travelling in “winter” (Apr to Nov) as nights can get relatively chilly.
A guided day trip to nearby Chillagoe completes your outback expedition. This tiny mining town is a popular entry point to the awe-inspiring limestone caverns and Aboriginal rock art galleries of Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park. Also included in the excursion is a visit to an authentic Australian pub.
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Rooms – Crystalbrook Lodge
The five courtyard suites have spacious bathrooms with dual showerheads and open out onto a private patio furnished with a day bed. No mobile phone coverage is available here but there is Wi-Fi access and a landline telephone. A shared theatre room well-stocked with movies and documentaries is also equipped with full Apple TV connectivity so you can view your own photos and videos on the big screen.
Facilities – Crystalbrook Lodge
- 5 courtyard suites
- Infinity magnesium-infused swimming pool
- Outdoor and indoor dining options
- Wi-Fi access
- Theatre room
- Movie, documentary and reference library
Activities – Crystalbrook Lodge
- Sundown cruise
- Trail walking
- Afternoon tea at the Crystalbrook homestead
- Day trip to Chillagoe, including pub visit
Activities at extra cost
- Helicopter flights
- 4WD tours
- Private guided excursions
Crystalbrook Lodge is around 3 hours (180km) by road west of Cairns. As there are sections of unsealed road, access is only available by 4WD. Self-drive or have a private transfer arranged for you. Charters are also available from Cairns by fixed wing aircraft or helicopter.
Also in Tropical North Queensland is the superlative Daintree Rainforest, which grows all the way to the region’s coast. Set at the edge of the tranquil Mossman River, the Daintree’s Silky Oaks Lodge is an ideal extension to your outback holiday, providing a luxurious base to explore beneath the dense tree canopy. The Great Barrier Reef is another major highlight. We can combine either destination with Crystalbrook Lodge easily – simply contact us for more details.