Cooktown's World Heritage Rainforest Lodge experience
World Heritage Rainforest on the Great Barrier Reef Coast, Queensland, Australia
If you seek a place to escape in the tropical north, away from the crowds into a timeless rainforest with towering peaks and spring feed creeks Mungumby Lodge just might be the ticket? Mungumby Lodge a unique lodge accommodation experience is set in the World Heritage Rainforest near the village of Cooktown, Cape York, on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef coast, at the northern end of Greater Daintree Rainforest!
We are a private family run business in our 20th year. Guests realise the difference as soon as they arrive. There are plenty of things to do and see beyond the commercial staged tourist offerings found elsewhere. Operating by appointment guests immediately feel right at home surrounded by unique unforgettable experiences that the region is famous for.
Mungumby Lodge is set in the towering mountains above and before the village of Cooktown, or north of Port Douglas and Cairns. We offer quality private accommodation for travelers seeking a personal nature experience away from traffic and town noise. Our property is located on the edge of the World Heritage Rainforest on the Great Barrier Reef Coast, at the apex of three very distinct ecosystems and Aboriginal cultures. This location offers some of the best of Queensland. We are accessible, enjoying life, and open year-round. Our solid wood cabins offer private ensuite bathrooms, are exceptionally clean, reasonably spacious, and 100% gadget-free. Each cabin is located within the enclosed gardens, with a great setting and outlook. Most guests advise we live in paradise, we wake up to this and to the bird song every day.
You can book us through many travel agents nationally and globally. If you book via our booking site you will receive a confirmation immediately. You can call us 07 4060 3158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We will respond to requests within 24 hours (100% guarantee) so if you have not received a reply from us please check your SPAM folder, give us a call or email us your phone number!
Cooktown, SE Cape York, and the Great Barrier Reef Coast .
11th December 2020
A serene tropical oasis nestled at the foot of the rainforest covered mountains on the banks of a quiet little stream…oh come on what more could you ask? The owners were very friendly and helpful. The cabins where very clean and welcoming with comfy beds. We ate at the quirky, Lions Den Pub just a short drive down the road and the food and atmosphere were great. The lodge is only a short 26km outside of Cooktown and I would give it 6 stars if I could.
Amazing hideaway, nestled in the Greater Daintree, with running waterfalls on the property. It is picturesque, the hosts friendly and welcoming. One of the most pleasant sleeps I’ve had, and woke up to fresh mango’s and a walk to a private swimming hole, thru some of the most incredible rainforest. Staying here will elevate you spiritually. I can’t believe its not broadly advertised, but Sir David Attenborough stayed and filmed here.
David Freudenstein – 6 stars. Melbourne VIC 28th Dec 2020
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Children 6-12 years as per extra person rate for the room.
Our point of difference ?
Mungumby Lodge is a unique experience set in an unmatched location central to all the very things one needs to see and do. We are surrounded by unique flora & fauna that takes time to discover and unlikely to appear just because guests have arrived. As we operating by appointment we do not operate like a motel/hotel and are distinctly different other local options. Our guests generally stay more than 1 night and those that choose not to, are often disappointed when they realise what they are missing out on.
What is the difference in Cabin types?
Standard Twin = 2 x single beds, ensuite, patio (no in room fridge, tea and coffee)
Romantic Double = 1 x Queen bed, bar fridge, tea & coffee facilities, ensuite, patio
Superior Triple = 1 x Queen, 1 x single, bar fridge, tea & coffee facilities, ensuite, patio
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Terms & Conditions
A valid credit card is required for security to confirm bookings, no charge is made on this card until you check-in, even when booked online with our own booking site. Due to border closures and travel uncertainty, our terms are flexible. There will be no cancellation charge as long as the booking is cancelled 12 hours prior to check-in. No shows will result in an accommodation plus pre-arranged breakfast charges. GROUP cancellation policy varies to the above.
We are dedicated to keeping your details private. Any information we collect in relation to you is kept strictly secured. We do not pass on, sell or swap any of your personal details with anyone.
In a very private setting within World Heritage Rainforest, there are no human-made noises just nature. Our spacious wooden cabins have ensuite bathrooms and private patios and remain cool even in summer. These are constructed separately from each other and the main building within the gardens. You can bird watch from your patio. Our cabins are very clean, spacious and comfortable and our Mungumby climate means we do not need heaters or air-conditioning, but there are fans for the warmer months. There is a fridge freezer available for all guests to use at the homestead.
Hi Hamish & Isabella
We did indeed enjoy our stay very much.
The standard of our cabin was better than we expected.
Yourselves, Trish & Claire were all so friendly and helpful – which added to the atmosphere of relaxation at Mungumby.
Also, for us, the birdlife (and butterflies) around / nearby to Mungumby Lodge were a real bonus. Once we finish culling our photos we’ll send you a few. We are getting too old (and arthritic) to do the steeper walks around your property but still enjoyed wandering down to the waterfall and around the beginning of the tracks where we still saw a good variety of birds – including a few that we did not see elsewhere this trip.
We are home again, having enjoyed our whole holiday, and will definitely recommend Mungumby Lodge to our birding friends.
thanking you Belinda & Bill | Burrum Heads, Qld, Australia
David Attenborough filming “First Life” at Mungumby Lodge
Mungumby Lodge is well represented through travel agents nationally and internationally, one of the few accommodation properties in this region doing so. We comply with international standards of best practice. When booking through a travel agent or distribution systems you can be confident the price will the same or similar to those stated below! It has been our choice to not feature our property with many online bucket shops, even if they show us as available.
For those not wishing to have breakfast we can offer room only rates also!
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Located just 20 mins before and in rural terms a short distance (28km) from Cooktown, we are a great base to explore Cooktown and the greater region from. Located in a very private setting within World Heritage Rainforest on the Great Barrier Reef coast, there are no human-made noises, just nature. With ten spacious wooden cabins with ensuite bathrooms and private patios. These are constructed separately from each other and the main building within the gardens. A large Homestead with wide-open living areas overlooking the beautiful Mungumby Creek. For breakfast, reading, or just plain relaxing by the pool, guests use the spacious homestead surrounded by large tropical gardens and pool overlooking the rainforest canopy.
With no telephones in the cabins you can truly switch off! Urgent e-mail and message services are available at the office and the homestead phone line is portable. We have free internet available from a terminal in the office. TV’s and mobile coverage are not available due to location and available transmission. Nature is our entertainer!
Within walking distance are opportunities to swim in Croc free jungle waterfalls, observe wildlife, indulge in Aboriginal Culture, or relive history. Once settled you will have the comfort of knowing that you have chosen the perfect base to explore greater Cooktown and Far North Queensland’s most pristine landscapes. From the Great Barrier Reef coast to Lakefield & Cape Melville National Parks, Archer Point, Little Annan River Gorge, Cedar Bay (Mangkal-Mangkalba), Laura & the Quinkan Country, Bloomfield falls (Wujal Wujal), Black Mountain (Kalkajaka), Daintree and Cape Tribulation, this region provides a world of unique soft adventures.
We are dedicated to keeping your details private. Any information we collect in relation to you is kept strictly secured. We do not pass on, sell, or swap any of your personal details with anyone.
For bookings call 07 4060 3158 or email firstname.lastname@example.org We will always respond within 24 hours to requests or bookings. If for some reason you have not heard back please check your SPAM folder, call us or send us your telephone number so we can call you.
If your dog is friendly, a well-behaved dog does not bark allot and remains on a lead, Mungumby Lodge and team are happy to ensure your dog has a great break too. We have walking and swimming areas for your dog. Doggy bags not provided, but are required.
We have three post and rail fenced paddocks where horses can be accommodated whilst you enjoy your break. On and off property there are numerous horse trails for riding your horse as well as nearby beaches. Horse owners must provide evidence of Hendra vaccination and worming certification.
Getting here is very easy year-round. A superb drive from Cairns Airport on the Mulligan Highway is a nice way to travel and suitable for conventional vehicles. Do forget the road to Laura is totally sealed to Laura so why not slip up to the Split Rock Art or visit the Quinkan galleries with an Aboriginal guide (Queensland’s most famous Aboriginal Rock Art) from Lakeland Downs on your way here or on your return. Flights to the village of Cooktown are offered x 2 per day Monday-Friday and 1 on Saturday and car rentals are available from the airport when booked in advance. There is a private airstrip available near the lodge for private charters. Helicopter transfers along the reef & rainforest coast are awesome and can land at the lodge.
Drive times from Mungumby Lodge
Mossman (Douglas Shire)
Travelling to Cooktown, S.E Cape York & Mungumby Lodge
Mulligan Highway (Inland Route)
The drive to our lodge from the village of Cooktown is only 25 minutes south, on the Mulligan Highway then turn into the famous Rainforest & Reef Coastal drive, the road is sealed all the way to Mungumby Road the lodge driveway which is then unsealed (4kms) to the lodge. Coming from Cairns, Helenvale is located 3 kilometres north of the Little Annan River crossing on the inland Mulligan Highway. This road is sealed all the way from Mareeba to Mungumby Road.
The inland route to Cooktown is sealed all the way – 330km and less than 4 hours from Cairns. The route from Cairns takes you over the Kuranda Range and away from the coast via Highway 1, the Kennedy Highway, to Mareeba where you head north on Highway 81, the Mulligan Highway. Alternatively, along the coast to Port Douglas/Mossman to take Highway 44 via Julatten to join the Mulligan Highway at Mt Molloy.
Once over the ranges, the lush tropical rainforest is replaced by more open tropical savannah as you travel through the tiny settlements common to Cooktown. Mt Molloy was named after a teamster who discovered copper here in the 1880s. The Post Office, in its pretty setting, provides local information. The Mt Molloy National Hotel, built-in 1903, illustrates the township’s historic past. Mt Carbine was founded after the discovery of extensive wolfram deposits in 1890. The small community has a roadhouse (best pies in the north) and pub. Bob’s Lookout at the top of the Desailly Range offers spectacular views over remote and panoramic savannah stretching as far as the eye can see.
The Palmer River Goldfield, once Australia’s richest alluvial field. The discovery of alluvial gold in the Palmer River in 1872 led to Queensland’s largest gold rush. It became legendary for its hardships and the large numbers of Chinese miners, which peaked at 17,000 in 1877. Lakeland lies in a natural basin formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago. This is a great base to get fantastic coffee, meals, fuel, groceries and fresh snacks from the Lakeland Coffee House. There are public toilets on the highway at the vehicle wash down or at the Lakeland Coffee House. Here the Peninsula Development Road heads north and is now sealed all the way to Laura, or continue North East on the Mulligan Highway, passing the Annan Gorge and Black Mountain
Travelling the Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest coast road, which is a very scenic the road is sealed till Cape Tribulation. From this point on, the track is unsealed and very much 4×4 country. It is known as the notorious Bloomfield Track and spans 32kms from Cape Tribulation to the Bloomfield River where it then becomes the Bloomfield Road up to Helenvale. From Wujal Wujal to Helenvale the road is fully sealed.
(4WD between Cape Tribulation & Wujal Wujal)
Picturesque waterways, world heritage rainforest, magnificent beaches, and rugged mountains make for a magical drive along the coast road to the village of Cooktown. Allow 5 hours from Cairns to enjoy the scenery. Distance approximately 234km (32kms gravel between Cape Tribulation & Wujal Wujal). From Cairns follow the Captain Cook Highway past Port Douglas, Mossman and on to the Daintree River – a stunning coastal drive. It is 105km from Cairns to the Daintree Ferry and 51km from Port Douglas. The road is sealed from the Daintree Ferry, which operates 6 am to midnight, 7 days per week, to Cape Tribulation (38kms). This is a spectacular drive along the Great Barrier Reef Coast and through the World Heritage-listed rainforests, one of the largest rainforest wilderness areas in Australia with many beautiful rest stops, walking tracks, swimming holes, and wilderness beaches.
After Cape Tribulation take a walk along the many unique tropical beaches, ‘where the rainforest meets the reef’ at many places along the coast. “I named the north point Cape Tribulation because here began all our troubles,” wrote Lt. James Cook in 1770 after his ship, the HM Bark Endeavour, foundered on a reef north of Bloomfield River. Emmagen Creek is a popular picnic spot and a great photo stop. After South Cowie Beach you will come to a unique bridge at Woobadda Creek. Take care in crossing the Cowie and Donovan Ranges as there are steep descents. 4WD is preferred beyond Emmagen Creek and the route often closes during the wet season.
The best information on current road conditions is available from operators north of the Bloomfield River. This very scenic road takes travellers on an amazing journey to the Aboriginal community of Wujal Wujal and villages of Ayton, Rossville and Helenvale. Stop and take time to visit the wonderful Bana Yirriji Art & Cultural Centre open Monday-Friday. This trip makes a great day out from Cooktown down Shiptons Flat Road and the Bloomfield Development Road, sealed from Helenvale all the way to Wujal Wujal.
At Wujal Wujal turn left after the bridge and drive to the Bloomfield Falls car park, then a 500m walk to the falls. The falls are especially spectacular after the wet season. Swimming is not advised due to the possibility of crocodiles in the Bloomfield River below the falls and Aboriginal cultural concerns.
Drive times from Mungumby Lodge
Mossman (Douglas Shire)
Google or Bing maps and some navigators are 100% guaranteed to get you lost or head you in the wrong location on Cape York, especially when trying to find Mungumby Lodge. Mungumby Lodge has been in the same location long before Google arrived or stopped listening to those that live here. RACQ road updates over the wet season cannot be trusted to be up to date. A good HEMA Map is available at most roadside stores or downloads them online. Even better get theExplore Cooktown tourism guide. Our GPS = 15 deg 70’5921″min S – 145 deg 25’54.99″ min E.
Our street search address is 388 Mungumby Road, Rossville, Qld 4895
Nature is our entertainer as we are surrounded by some very intricate and diverse EcoSystems. At Mungumby Lodge during the day guests can take advantage of the numerous walking trails, exploring the adjoining World Heritage Listed rainforest and historic mining sites, secret waterfalls and jungle pools of one of the Mungumby estates numerous creeks. There are a wide range of self-guided options & facilities at Mungumby Lodge, which guests can undertake. Spectacular waterfalls, inland lakes offer bird watching and trekking clients with numerous opportunities. The Quinkan Split Rock Art a must for Aboriginal rock art & culture, as this area hosts Queensland’s very best rock art. The Quinkan Cultural Centre offers Aboriginal guided tours of numerous sites. These options can be added to your booking A half-day visit to the village of Cooktown is also a must and very interesting!
The elusive Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo, which lives in the area and on the Mungumby estate. Bird watching is a favorite with many and something Mungumby Lodge is well-known for as this can be done directly at the lodge or from your cabin. Also available, which include deep-sea ocean fishing to the pristine Ribbon Reefs. Light tackle estuary fishing is awesome especially by fly and can be done from the banks of the nearby rivers. Fishing is promising from nearby Archer Point, Bloomfield River, and the mighty Annan River or at the village of Cooktown on the wharf or waterfront jetty.
Private charter safari options with guide can be arranged by prior appointment. Pickup options in Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas and Mossman for coastal safari along Australia’s Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest Coastline. On wards to the Quinkan Country out at Laura, private tour of the village of Cooktown and return to Cairns.
We can easily quote on these tailor-made options combined with Mungumby Lodge just ask!
ABORIGINAL ROCK ART
The Quinkan Rock Art is Queensland’s most renowned rock art. Genuine in its current form and as it has been for thousands of years. Split Rock can be accessed from the Panisular Development road just before Laura. The carpark is signposted and open to the public, from the carpark there is a short walk to the 3 main galleries with an entry fee required. Please note there that there are no toilet facilities. The road is sealed all the way to Laura and suitable with a conventional vehicle.
Mungumby Lodge is a photographers paradise. Directly from the lodge or throughout the garden. Birds, plants, flowers, history, culture landscape or macro, it’s all all here or within a short drive from the lodge. We are seriously into our photography as well, that’s why we live here!
On the Mungumby estate as well as along Mungumby Road, down Shiptons Flat road and the surrounding region offers an abundance of Mt Biking opportunities. Try the Twin Bridges ride out along Shiptons Flat Road. A ride to Rossville and south to the Cedar Bay National Park Gap Creek climbing through the rainforest on a sealed quiet road and return. In Cooktown there is the very rocky bore fields ride behind Keating’s Lagoon. Another top ride is out to the North Shore from Endeavour River Escape or the airport.
SE Cape York is world renown for its fishing. Coastal, river and shore fishing is some of the best. However they key is knowing the right spots and to stay away from the rest of the pack.
Fishing operators offer guided fishing charters and wildlife tours from Bloomfield, Cape York, Australia. Fish with lures, or live-bait for Barramundi, Coral Trout, Tuna, Mackerel, Jacks, Trevally and Queenies. With many years of experience fishing locally John who we use pride himself on his personalised, professional and consistent fishing charters.
Mungumby Lodge uses one local guide who knows the spots. He is knowledgeable, fun to be around, and knows his stuff. Departing from Bloomfield we know from experience it is best to pre-plan and book a trip fishing whether to the reef, estuary, or up the river. The Mungumby team would be happy to arrange this for you at no extra cost! If there are unexpected changes we can liaise with the operator to ensure you do not miss your planned trip.
HIKING SHIPTONS FLAT OR COOKTOWN
We have many great hiking trails on the property as well as nearby. At the lodge we have brochure that includes all the local walks from Cedar Bay to Mt Cook.
KITE SURFING | GREAT BARRIER REEF COAST
Kite surfing around the local region guarantees strong winds and ideal conditions from May till October. Here you are assured exclusive locations south and north, from Wujal Wujal to Cape Melville. Strong, constant trade winds off Archer Point, Cedar Bay, Weary Bay, Walkers Bay, Cape Bedford, Indian Head and Cape Flattery mean these areas are for ideal for experienced kite surfers.
This region surrounding us both south and north offers golden sands with clear flat lagoons known at these special kite surfing locations. We request total respect for the wishes of traditional owners, which means not driving on the beaches at low tide, use small boats where you need to, or walk in and when required always obtain a permit for access.
In our region you can expect lots of wind, lots of adventure, natural golden sands, warm water and the ocean to yourself. We have a local charter boat available departing from Cooktown that can take you to some of the most unique kite surfing spots or outer reefs
Here at Mungumby Lodge on the northern edge of the worlds oldest rainforest, you may just wish to spend your time relaxing near the pool, in the garden or in the main lounge area. Or you may wish to discover the region on your own, on one of the many hiking trails. Picnic lunches can be organized for you. Just let your hosts know. You may be looking for an experience that’s not been listed here. We do offer other activities and tours and can tailor make a stay to suit your wishes. Please contact us with your requirements. Whichever way you choose to go, Mungumby Lodge will have something for you.
Some things We Do Ask You to Remember
Please be aware that this region of the world is also home to exotic species of flora and fauna. We therefore ask you, to always pay attention to warning signs, especially if you are out there exploring the area without a professional guide.
Swimming from November to May should only be undertaken around Mungumby Lodge, Trevathan Falls, Isabella Falls or the Annan River gorge where the waters are Croc free and safe. At the beach you can minimize the risk of stinger-injury by wearing a stinger-resistant wet-suit. The rest of the year is abide by the signage and are aware of the risks. We have wonderful beaches that offer excellent ocean swimming, just need to ask where they are.