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The Short Version: Couples often want to combine adventure and romance when planning a vacation. Many find the perfect solution in Silky Oaks Lodge. Located in the Daintree Forest in Australia, Silky Oaks combines luxury with nature in a way that perfectly suits a romantic getaway.
Traveling to a biodiverse destination is a thrilling experience. Tourists can enjoy the beautiful topography, flora, and fauna. There is much to explore and learn. Nowhere is this more true than in the Daintree Rainforest, a World Heritage Site. Known for its incredibly complex ecosystem, the rainforest holds much of Australia’s wildlife species. At approximately 180 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest living rainforest in the world. It’s a wonderful destination for Australians and foreigners alike.
While exploring Daintree is an excellent option for any adventurous tourists, it may seem like an eccentric choice for couples wishing to go on a romantic getaway. Most people picture urban centers or white sand beaches when they envisio romantic trips, not the jungle. But couples who love to see unique and exciting places on their travels will find that the Daintree Rainforest is the perfect place to visit and connect at the same time.
Couples can find the best of both worlds in Daintree by staying at Silky Oaks Lodge. The luxury resort combines elegance, romance, and appreciation of nature in a beautiful destination. It’s the perfect setting for adventurous couples who recognize the need to slow down and recharge together, even on vacation.
“A stay at Silky Oaks Lodge is a wonderful chance to escape the busyness of the everyday and immerse in the sublime peacefulness of the Daintree Rainforest,” Sonya Boaden, Lodge Manager at Silky Oaks, told our team. “The main lodge and guest suites are set within the rainforest and alongside the gently flowing Mossman River; the longer the stay, the more the peaceful atmosphere grows on you.”
At Silky Oaks, couples don’t need to sacrifice comfort, quality food, and quiet time for an authentic stay in the rainforest. They have the opportunity to learn about the brilliantly biodiverse area while enjoying the resort’s luxury.
Silky Oaks and the Daintree Rainforest are located in Australia’s tropical North Queensland region. The rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef in the area, giving visitors plenty of famous sites to check out whether they are on a quick stay or an extended one. Silky Oaks recommends guests hire safe and knowledgeable service providers to accompany them on diving trips to the Barrier Reef, Indigenous culture walks and education, and even hot air balloon excursions. While the resort is peacefully remote, guests can access complimentary daily shuttles to Port Douglas, where they can enjoy the comforts of town.
The lodge is situated by the gorgeous Mossman River. Guests enjoy peacefully wading in its crystal-clear waters, taking kayaks, and exploring the forest by water. Some even enjoy using fins and a snorkel and taking a closer look at the picturesque wildlife below the surface. “There are walks through the rainforest and a chance to swim in the pure waters of the Mossman River, drifting under the treetops and looking skywards,” Sonya said.
Guests who would rather stay out of the water are welcome to embark on self-guided walks right out of the lodge. Adjoining the resort are a variety of clearly marked walking trails that will take them safely through the rainforest. Guests can even find exclusive access on these trails to the gorgeous Fig Tree Rapids, where the adventurous can take in the beautiful cascades and giant fig trees.
Guests can center themselves at the lodge with guided outdoor yoga classes. All fitness and experience levels are invited to enjoy a peaceful practice amid the sounds of the Mossman River. Located in the Daintree Pavilion, participants in the yoga classes get to experience all of the wonders of Silky Oaks while staying active.
As far as dining options go, Silky Oaks offers a rich taste of local flavors and authentic dishes served in the Treehouse Restaurant. Its kitchen garden has over 100 plants that supply fresh ingredients for every meal, and the team works with local food suppliers and farmers to get all organic and free-range produce as well.
Sonya encourages guests to explore the local fauna, saying, “A walk through the garden at dusk is a wonderful way to learn about the diverse range of tropical produce and witness its short journey from garden to plate.”
While biodiverse sites like the Daintree Rainforest make for excellent travel destinations, they are also the most vulnerable to the environmental downsides of tourism. Irresponsible hospitality practices can lead to the degradation of the world’s most unique places. Hospitality companies need to prioritize stewardship to fight against ecological destruction.
Silky Oaks understands the importance of maintaining the beauty and diversity of the rainforest. “At Silky Oaks Lodge, we’re very conscious that we are operating a tourism business amid a precious natural environment — ancient rainforest and the pure Mossman River — and we need to ensure the environment is thriving alongside,” Sonya told us. “We’re proud to have a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan in place at Silky Oaks Lodge to ensure the conservation of the World Heritage-listed landscape.”
The Travel for Good policy at Silky Oaks outlines the lodge’s commitment to preserving the natural environment, local community, culture and heritage, and people of the North Queensland area. The resort has concretely outlined how it fulfills its goals, including by adhering to measures that maximize recycling and eliminate single-use plastic, follow energy-efficient architecture on the premises, maintain an on-site kitchen garden, and adopt more eco-friendly policies.
Couples wishing to explore a biodiverse area usually care about the environment, whether they are committed environmentalists or simply appreciate the beauty of nature. By vacationing at a place they know is committed to preserving the environment and supporting the local community, couples can comfortably enjoy their travel without worrying about their stay being ethical. They can feel good about supporting a company that genuinely cares about preserving the environment instead of focusing exclusively on making a hefty profit.
The Daintree Rainforest is a beautiful and adventurous destination for anyone to visit. Couples can even book a tour with a local guide through Silky Oaks’ partners in the region. Tours operated by Walkabout Cultural Adventures and the First Nations-operated Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre offer visitors the chance to see North Queensland from the perspective of indigenous eyes and gain a new understanding and appreciation for the area.
When you stay at Silky Oaks, you get a relaxing and potentially romantic vacation at the same time. Couples love to recharge with an enchanting natural and architectural backdrop behind them. They can spend quality one-on-one time in their rooms or enjoy the communal space of the Daintree Pavillion.
“The Daintree Pavilion is the ultra-premium suite and is set quite privately from the rest of the lodge,” Sonya said. “The two-pavilion suite is an addition to the lodge as part of the refurbishment that transformed Silky Oaks Lodge over the past couple of years. The private villa-style suite features an expansive central deck area with an infinity pool that opens onto the rainforest, and both pavilions feature soaring ceilings that reach for the treetops.”
Couples love to hang out in the rainforest at the Jungle Perch. It’s a wonderful place to bond, snack, and appreciate nature in comfort. Sonya told us, “The Jungle Perch is an intimate space that extends into the rainforest and out over the river, so guests can enjoy a drink and a snack at any time of day perched above the water flowing below.”
While couples can stay longer, the Silky Oaks team has created the three-night Classic Silky or four-night Signature Silky packages for curated bonding time in the jungle. Both include credits for treatment in the Healing Waters Spa, a perfect way to relax into the rainforest’s spirit.
Silky Oaks Lodge is a dreamlike vacation spot for any occasion. Its wonderful mix of luxury and activity makes it the perfect location for a romantic getaway, anniversary trip, or even a honeymoon. Couples seeking breathtaking sights, tasty food, a connection with nature, and a memorable time need look no further than Silky Oaks for their next adventure.