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Mungumby Rainforest

World Heritage Rainforest & Great Barrier Reef Coast, Far North Queensland, Australia

If you are searching for a unique authentic boutique lodge accommodation experience in the World Heritage Rainforest near Cooktown on Cape York, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef coast or in the Greater Daintree Rainforest, you have found us!

We are a private family run business, guests realise the difference as soon as they arrive. We operate by appointment ensuring guests feel right at home and unique experiences the region offers are outlined in detail. Check out recent guest reviews!

Cooktown Accommodation Experience

Mungumby Lodge is set high in the hills above and before Cooktown, or north of Port Douglas and Cairns. We offer quality private accommodation for travellers seeking to stay in a lodge that offers a personal nature experience unavailable in town. Our property is located on the edge of World Heritage Rainforest on the 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 very clean, spacious and gadget free. Each are 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.

Mungumby Homestead

You can can book us through many travel agents globally.
However you won’t be able to book us through most online booking agents, our choice not theirs.
We have a online secure booking site as per the above link.

Explore Cooktown, SE Cape York,
and the Great Barrier Reef Coast .

11th August 2017

Hamish & Isabella, thank-you for sharing this place with us. Waking up in the morning to the symphony of the rainforest sounds, refreshes the soul. You are both such warm people and you welcomed us in this way. Thank you for sharing some of your incredible knowledge with us; and of course the delicious food! This place is a big-ticket item for our friends down south, and for us both to return one day! Keep on loving and enjoying this beautiful place.

Lyal & Pat
Toowoon Bay, NSW.

Your Lodge

Cooktown Accommodation with a difference

Located just before and in rural terms a short distance 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, there is no human made noises just nature. With ten spacious wooden bungalows 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 meals, 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 rooms 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 Melvile 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.

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Cooktown Dog & Horse friendly Accommodation

If your dog is friendly, 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 off lead areas and swimming areas for your dog. Doggy bags not provided but are required.

Maedi our lodge dog.

We have several 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.

Stoney Planet
Cowie Range & Beach, Bloomfield Track

Epic Queensland Self Drive

Jewel of the Reef, Rainforest & Outback

Experience World Heritage Rainforest, Lizard Island, Cooktown and the Aboriginal Guided Quinkan Rock Art experience at Laura all with the one booking on our Epic Queensland Self Drive. Or book components separately online as it suits your plans.
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Rooms & Rates

Accommodation Cooktown from paradise.

Bungalows

In a very private setting within World Heritage Rainforest, there is no human made noises just nature. Our spacious wooden bungalows have ensuite bathrooms and private patios. These are constructed separately from each other and the main building within the gardens. Your can bird watch from your patio. Our bungalows are 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.

August 2018

Hi Hamish & Isabella

We did indeed enjoy our stay very much.

The standard of our cabin was better than we expected. Our meals were all delightful and delicious, and a lovely break from the basic cooking and takeaways that are the usual reality when we are travelling.

Yourselves, Trish & Claire were all so friendly and helpful – which added to the atmosphere of relaxation at Mungumby.

Also, for us, the bird life (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

Retail Room Tariff

Valid 01 April 2018 31 March 2020.

Mungumby Lodge is well represented through travel agents internationally and is one of the few accommodation properties in this region doing so. We comply to 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 as those stated below! We do not feature our property with many online bucket shops even if they show us as available. This is our choice not the online agents as our property can not be a bucket shop offering.

BOOK NOW or contact your local travel agent. If you want to know which travel agent sells Mungumby Lodge near you just email us. Make sure you ask for Mungumby Lodge as there is only one!

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Download our Terms of Trade 2019

 Number of Persons Sharing
Ensuite BungalowsSingleDouble/TwinTripleFamily 2a+2c
Rates per room$260$279$309$339
Inc Tropical Buffet Breakfast    

Children 0 up to 3 years are Free of Charge when sharing with parents. 4-12 years as per extra person rate for room, child rates for meals. If a cot is required an additional cost of $15.00 per night applies.

Locals Rates

Our locals catchment area is Townsville in the south to Bamaga in the north. For locals living within this area call 4060 3158 for details or email us.

Booking Online

From our secure booking engine we display rates for each night of your stay. Likewise more images and room details are displayed there.  Bookings are to be accompanied by a valid credit card to confirm. Your personal information and card is secure and any information entered into our booking engine is inaccessible and cannot be viewed from outsiders or our staff without locked access. Once completed you will receive an email confirming the details of your intended stay. Don’t panic if you make a mistake, we are owner operators and will be happy to change at no extra cost subject to availability. your card information is 100% safe here.

Terms & Conditions

A valid credit card is required for security to confirm all bookings. Please see our terms of trade. Cancellations of  bookings within 48 hours prior to arrival will result in the loss of 1 nights accommodation. There will be no cancellation charge if a booking is cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival. Cancellation or no show within 48 hours, the first nights accommodation charge will apply. Cancellations or no shows within 24 hours prior to arrival, accommodation and one day’s pre arranged/booked meals charge applies. GROUP cancellation policy varies to the above.

Online Travel Companies

Some popular online travel agents (OTA) are not able to sell Mungumby Lodge. Our choice not theirs, most tend to miss represent our property and want to place us in a box with other motels, guest houses, hotels or resorts. The OTA websites might list Mungumby Lodge, but it sometimes comes up as unavailable. This is simply because they have no room stock or contract rates. Check availability from our booking engine , contact your travel agent or email us today!

Lodge open 7 days, however the restaurant is sadly closed for dinner Sunday nights (1.75% wage loading) and some public holidays (breakfast is served 7 days).  When our restaurant is offering meals on public holidays there is a $15pp surcharge to cover the costs of our wage loading of x 2.5%.

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.

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Guest Reviews

Our guests come from all over the world and around Australia. We also welcome locals from Cape York all the way down to Townsville and many other Australians from all over our great country. The cool Mungumby Lodge air, gardens, and waterfalls flowing all year and not to forget the yummy food.

Nature presenter Sir David Attenborough and Atlantic Productions based their team here for 4 nights to film the closing summary of “First Life”

Here are two articles published by Travel Journalists.

Schweizer Illustrierte article by Anne Reither

Aquanaut Dive Magazine written by Harald Mielke

Some of our recent guest reviews:-

29th October  2018

Wer träumt nicht vom Regenwald mit allen seinen Gerüchen und Geräuschen, Blumen und Bäumen, hier in dieser malerischen Lodge bin ich diesem Ideal sehr nahe gekommen. Ganz versteckt am Ende der Straße ein Kleinod, praktische Häuschen, ein großzügiges Heerenhaus mit luftiger Terrasse. Und alles mit viel Liebe eingerichtet. Eine wahre Wohltat nach den vielen, doch sehr durchschnittlichen Hotels, gesichtslos und manchmal vergessen, so schön auch die Rundreise war.

Ich wünsche den Betreibern eine erfolgreiche Zukunft. Mögen sich auch die anderen Gäste so geborgen fühlen, wie ich.

Herzlichen Dank für die Gastfreundschaft.

Walter Rilens

16th October 2018

Das waren 2 wunderbare Tage in diesem Paradies. Wir wurden toll und sehr lecker bekocht – das Abendessen war köstlich! So gut kann man hier nirgendwo sonst essen. Die Lodge ist ein kleines Paradies mit sehr nett eingerichteten und komfortablen Zimmern.

Und wenn wir irgendwelche Fragen zu Tieren, Vögeln, Schlangen, Natur und Sehenswürdigkeiten hatten, wurden wir perfekt und sehr unterhltsam beraten. Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit – zu kurz – wer Zeit hat sollte schon 3 Nächte einplanen.

Vielen Dank von Gabriele + Karl Kuhlen

09th October 2018

Danke für 2 erholsame Tage! Tolle Gastfreundschaft, super Essen, einfach tolle Unterkunft.

Das Wetter war gut, wir konnten Zeit am Pool verbringen.

Wir würden jederzeit wiederkommen.

Jürgen und Iris Schulken

02nd October 2018

Nachdem wir einige Tage in Alice Springs und Umgebung verbracht haben waren wir begeistert von der hiesigen Vegetation.

Das Wasser oben am Wasserfall ist wärmer als der Pool.

Wir haben zwar kein Krokodil sehen können dafür aber einige Wallabys. Übermorgen geht es wieder zurück in das kalte Deutschland.

Lisa–Marie, Alina, Birgit & Otto

17th September 2018

Thank you Isabella, Hamish & team,

we loved being able to share in your little part of paradise. It is such a pleasure to spend time in a place that treasures nature as much as you do. Thank you for all your Cooktown and animal advice! We will have to come back in summer to meet some more of your resident reptile friends. Until then take care.

Katherine & Nathan

2nd September 2018

The very best of the beautiful places & remarkable people you find on the Cape. Thank you Hamish & Isabella.

Minny & Henrick Nicholas
Woollahla, NSW

25.08.2018

Wir haben mitten im Regenwald ein kleines Paradies kennengelernt und enorm genossen.

Nach bald einem Monat ereignisreicher Ferien ein Ort und Menschen zu entdecken, die am gleichen Ort aufgewachsen sind, ist doch ein seltener Zufall. So viele Erinnerungen an die Jugendzeit!

Herzlichen Dank für die tolle Gastfreundschaft und das feine Essen und weiterhin alles Gute!

Jürg und Isabelle Siegrist

24/8/18

Hi Hamish & Isabella

We did indeed enjoy our stay very much.

The standard of our cabin was better than we expected. Our meals were all delightful and delicious, and a lovely break from the basic cooking and takeaways that are the usual reality when we are travelling.

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

21st August 2018

We loved staying in your beautiful lodge. It was nice, very quiet and 24hrs of nature sounds. The walks were amazing (and steep) Thank you for the great hospitality and the meals with extra vegetables! We wish you happiness in your fantastic paradise.

Wim, Ingrid & Kris Heemskerk
Holland

18th August 2018

You have a wonderful oasis in the middle of the rainforest. Many thanks for your hospitality and for your stewardship of the local environment.

Stuart & Karen Smith
Brisbane

18th August 2018

Wow! Awesome to be able to experience this pocket of our own country. Such a pleasant stay on our journey. A++ for your hospitality, much appreciated. Thanks Hamish & the ladies J

Paul & Dee
Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast, QLD

17th August 2018

Thank you for your wonderful hospitality. We enjoyed our rainforest walk and the waterfall was a sight to be seen. Luckily we built up an appetite as our evening meal was delicious. Overall impressive and somewhere I’m sure we will return.

Peter Mackay
Townsville

30th July 2018

What a chance to be your guests. Almost speechless to say how awesome this place is. This lodge is just AMAZING….so grateful having been here.

Danielle Berches & Sou Christoph
Grand-Duochy of Luxembourg

30th July 2018

Relaxing in Paradise!

Hamish & Isabella you took very good care of us, very attentive and an eye for detail. With so much enthusiasm, Was a pity we only booked three nights, it should have been weeks!

Hans, Monique, Miloa & Jasper Huizenga
the Netherlands

19th July 2018

Enjoyed the whole experience of staying in such a beautiful setting, wonderful hospitality and magnificent meal. Thank you so much, I will be back.

Alison Smith.

7th July 2018

Mungumby Lodge & Its beautiful forest is superlative literally superb…..The Garden of Eden before the fall….paradise on earth.

Highly recommended

Derek Perkins
Queensland Lawyers Cairns

7th July 2018

Es war wunderschoen!! Und toll das Baden bei den Felsen.

Kayla Hofheinz

Zurich, Switzerland

17/6/18

Thank you so much for your hospitality in this beautiful paradise the meals have been amazing and we have enjoyed the freshly cooked food. We will recommend to friends and family!

Helen & Neil Wright
Kent | United Kingdom

20/06/18

Thank you Hamish & Isabella for the fantastic rainforest experience we had. There was sun and rain, calm and wind, a tranquil walk along creek, a feast in dinner with delicious food and enough python & other nature stories to keep our memories coming back to here for a long time. Mungumby is a beautiful paradise – we love it and your great hospitality.

Sue & Tony Donald 
Sydney | NSW

20/03/18

No TV, no Internet, no phone connection – where do you find a place like this. We enjoyed very much the 2 nights, the pool and the great hospitality and service, Sleeping in the rainforest while it rained heavily, what an experience. We wish many more Waratah Tour guests the same.

Thank you for your hospitality

Heinz & Frederike Schultner
Cologne, Germany

 28/2/2018

Dear Hamish & Isabella

It’s been a few crazy months since we returned to New Orleans, but we wanted to thank you for your hospitality, and for sharing your incredible piece of the world with us! Time at the lodge and in the surrounding rainforest was certainly good for our souls, a well needed recharge and a chance to reconnect.  Many, many thanks and hope you have a happy healthy 2018.

Cheers!

Ellen & David
New Orleans, USA

06/02/2018

We had a great time in the jungle. We enjoyed the rain on the roof, the walk through the trees, seeing and listening to the birds & frog! Nature PURE!

Wonderful that lodges like Mungumby are still possible and operating successfully. Good food & service, caring for customers and lots of stories about jungle adventures are your ingredients for success! Keeping going! We love it!

If we can, we will be back!

Best regards
Roland & Hildergund Haude
Obershausen, Germany

21/12/2017

Lieber Hamish und Leiber Isabella, Es hat uns hier besonders gutgefallen. Der wasserfall ist traumhaft! Man sollte aber nicht von den Felsenspringen, Wir kommen sicher wieder

Alex, Niamh, Sinead & Michael
Vienna, Austria

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 or the Annan River gorge where the waters are Croc free and safe. At the beach you can minimise 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.

Tips for your trip

When packing, don’t forget that temperatures in Far North Queensland vary from dry season (May – Dec) to wet season (Jan – April). In the dry season the weather is normally warm to hot during the day, and can also get quite cool at nights. Pack light protective clothing to avoid sunburn, insect bites.

During the wet season we recommend you pack light waterproof clothing suitable for humid conditions. The wet season is a very nice time of the year and a time where you are sure to see more wildlife.

At whichever time of the year, we recommend you wear sturdy trekking or walking shoes / boots.

 

Getting Here

Open year round to enjoy

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 a Aboriginal guide (Queensland’s most famous Aboriginal Rock Art) from Lakeland Downs on your way here or on your return. Flights to 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.

Little Annan Gorge

Travelling to Cooktown, Cape York
& Mungumby Lodge

The drive to our lodge from 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.

Travelling the Rainforest & Reef coastal 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.

The coast road is often closed in the Wet season due to swollen river crossings, however the inland road is open 12 months of the year day & night and a great drive north.

Travel times Cairns to Cooktown to Mungumby Lodge:
Mulligan Highway from Cairns to Helenvale (self drive)
Mossman via Mulligan Highway to Helenvale (self drive)
3.5 hrs
2.5 hrs
Flight from Cairns to Helenvale airstrip45 min
Private transfer Cooktown airport to Mungumby35 min
Coastal Bloomfield Track via Cape Tribulation (self drive)
5 hrs

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. 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 download them online. Even better get the Explore Cooktown tourism guide or call the Visitor Information Centre.
Our GPS = 15 deg 42’24.24″min S – 145 deg 15’16.14″ min E.

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Reef & Rainforest Flights

Air safaris across the reef and rainforest are a spectacular way to visit, even if it is only one way! Self-drive or safari options from Cairns & its Northern Beaches also offer spectacular sights from the ground. Inland offers the true outback, unlike the rainforest clad coast road it is sealed almost all the way!

Hinterland Aviation

A local Cairns based airline that services Cooktown 2 times daily Monday to Friday among other destinations, departing from Hinterland Aviation terminal at Cairns General Aviation section of Cairns airport. Check in is required at least 45 mins prior to flight departure. As the luggage restriction is 20kg per person including hand we recommend that customers leave some luggage at their hotel in Cairns for pick up on their return. These very scenic coastal flights are a very personal way of getting to Cooktown quickly.

Daintree Air

Historically Daintree Air Services have offered their popular air-tours, scenic flights and air charter services from their Cairns Base. 2018 marks a big change in the company’s history as their new Cooktown base is expected to open in May 2018. The Cooktown base represents a huge financial commitment and a big vote of confidence in the future of Cooktown and surrounds. Clients can now book to depart on charter flights anywhere in Australia directly out of and returning directly to Cooktown rather than having to travel to Cooktown via Cairns as they have had to do previously. The very
popular reef flights, Lizard Island day tour and Cape York day tour will also be available from Cooktown.

You can add these to your booking with Mungumby Lodge!

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.