Mungumby Rainforest

World Heritage Rainforest on the Great Barrier Reef Coast, Queensland, Australia

If you are searching for a unique authentic boutique lodge accommodation experience in the World Heritage Rainforest near the village of 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 the village of 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 many online booking agents, our choice not theirs.
We have a online secure booking site as per the above link.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.


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.


Rooms & Rates

Accommodation Cooktown from paradise.


In a very private setting within World Heritage Rainforest, there is no human made noises just nature. Our spacious wooden cabins 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 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.

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

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.

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Valid 01 April 2020 31 March 2022.

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Self Drive Experience Bundle

Ensuited CabinsSingleDoubleTriple
Standard Twin Cabin (2 x Single beds)$180$205
Romantic Double (Queen Bed)$195$220
Superior triple (Queen + Single)$215$240$265
Includes Tropical Buffet Breakfast 

Property only suitable for Children 6+.
Children 6-12 years as per extra person rate for room, child rates for meals.

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. There will be no cancellation charge if a booking is cancelled 48 hours prior to arrival. Cancellations of  bookings within 48 hours prior to arrival will result in the loss of 1 nights accommodation. Cancellations or no shows within 24 hours prior to arrival, accommodation plus 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!

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Getting Here

Driving to Cooktown 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 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.

Little Annan Gorge

Travelling to Cooktown, S.E Cape York
& Mungumby Lodge

Mulligan Highway (Inland Route)

Conventional Vehicle

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 the village of 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 1880’s. 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

Mulligan Highway

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.

Coastal Route

(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 6am 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
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.

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.

Bloomfield Track
Travel times Cairns to the village of 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.
Our GPS = 15 deg 42’24.24″min S – 145 deg 15’16.14″ min E.

Take it easy


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 the village of 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 airport.

You can add these to your booking with Mungumby Lodge!

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