Monday, December 8, 2008

Red Mill House- Daintree Accomodation (Oz)

In March 2007 I did a two week tour with my father around parts of Australia that included two nights at the charming, eco-tourist certified Red Mill House Bed & Breakfast in Daintree Village. The Daintree Village is two hours drive north of Cairns in the rainforest. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Red Mill House and would recommend it to anyone interested in exploring the region further.

Our host was very friendly, informative, and capable of assisting with itinerary plans and tour bookings. Breakfast each day was wonderful with an exotic selection of tropical fruit. The property was full of gardens which attract many native bird and butterfly species. We wished that we had booked an extra day just to relax and enjoy the gardens around the Red Mill House. The common area contained informative books on the birds and the local area and even a native frog during his daily rest.

The Red Mill House was economically priced for the region and provided simple, uniquely decorated rooms with ceiling fans, screens, and AC. The Red Mill House is very close to the center of the village so the small selection of shops, restaurants, and river cruises are just a short walk away.

More Regional Information:

The Daintree Village is the perfect location to stay to be able to explore the Daintree River, the Daintre Rainforest, and Mossman Gorge. It is on the Daintree River 35 km north west of the Mossman River on the Cairns/ Port Douglas side (the southern side of the river).The Daintree River flows right through town and river boat tour can be found in Daintree Village as well as further downstream towards the ferry that will take you across to the Daintree Rainforest. River boat tours offer views of wild salt water crocodile as well as a wide array of rainforest fauna and flora including frogs, fish, birds, snakes, and flying foxes. Night river boat tours offer the unique opportunity to see sleeping birds and the creatures of the night, but take lots of bug spray!

The Daintree Rainforest is a World Heritage listed area across the Daintree River from the Cairns and Port Douglas region (the north side of the river). It is less than a half an hour drive back downstream from the Daintree Village to the ferry. After crossing on the ferry, the road north follows the coast where the rainforest comes all the way down to the beach. There are a series of nice boardwalks with informative signs about the flora of each region for visitors interested in self guided walks. Alternatively, there is the Daintree Discovery Centre which offers a more walks and an observation tower for an entry fee. There are also guided tours that leave daily for the Daintree Rainforest. See the Daintree Rainforest website for more information on the region.

Mossman Gorge is a beautiful natural gorge with several nice hiking tracks. It was also an important aboriginal area, and they offer guides rainforest walks daily. For more information see Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime.

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