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Crystalbrook Lodge Port Douglas
Why we like it
- Experience the Australian wilderness in eco-friendly luxury
- Overlooking the spectacular Crystalbrook Lake
- Caters for just ten guests in five Courtyard Suites
- Lake activities are included
- Perfect for keen fisherman and nature lovers
Time your visit well and you could take part in the Station's mammoth muster to round up the cattle; take part on foot, on horseback or even by helicopter.
First experience with A&K. Intended to ask various travel companies for quotes but Vicky (Hamlin) was so good with her suggestions that we did not seek alternative quotations the suggested itinerary was excellent and helped us decide on a balanced and interesting holiday.
- GD, Windermere
Hidden away among the 85,000 acres of historic Crystalbrook Station is a secret outback retreat offering a luxurious wilderness experience. Crystalbrook Lodge is located in North Queensland and is a one hour scenic helicopter flight, or a 40 minute charter flight, from Cairns. The weather here is typically warm year round with clear blue skies giving rise to spectacular outback sunsets and enchanting star-filled nights.
The lodge itself is comprised of just five Courtyard Suites, each with king-size beds, spacious bathrooms with dual shower heads and your own private courtyard with daybed. There is also a Magna wet-edge pool overlooking the lake - the water is high in magnesium and is great for muscle relaxation - and a theatre room with full Apple TV connection allowing you to view your own photos and videos. Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout. Your stay is inclusive of superb dining at the lodge's restaurant with delicious dishes created from locally sourced produce and complemented by a boutique selection of wine and beverages from the bar.
Many lake activities, such as bird watching and kayaking, afternoon tea at Crystalbrook Station and Homestead, and a day visit to Chillagoe to see the limestone caves, aboriginal artwork and a local outback pub are also included in your stay.
Renowned as a nature lover's haven, the region is home to an impressive range of wildlife from freshwater crocodiles to Jabiru and blue-faced honeyeaters. Spend an afternoon gliding along the lake aboard the electric boat, exploring one of the many lakeside trails, or hire a helicopter for the day and go heli-fishing for barramundi alongside an expert guide.
Best time to be there
All year round; many parts of the country are perfect, even in the middle of the year. The climate ranges from tropical (Darwin) to semi-desert (Alice Springs), humid temperate (Brisbane and Sydney), cool temperate (Melbourne and Hobart) and Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide).
Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Darwin (British Airways/Qantas/Emirates/Etihad Airways)
17-21 hours 30 minutes, one refuelling stop
GMT +8 - +10 hours
Visa required for UK passport holders
Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area
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