selected Mungumby Lodge, Cooktown to receive the official Recognition of
Excellence Award. This selection has come from HotelsCombined’s extensive
surveys using data from millions of guest reviews for a wide range of
accommodation within Australia.
Cooktown has consistently produced a high satisfaction rating among guests and
travel industry experts. Mungumby Lodge – Cooktown has received 54 reviews and
earned an impressive guest rating of 9 out of 10 on HotelsCombined.
now joins an elite group of hotels around the world that have been awarded the
HotelsCombined Recognition of Excellence. This exclusive collection of
highly-rated accommodations has been chosen using a strict set of criteria such
as the quality and consistency of reviews, the absence of recurring or
unresolved issues with customers, popularity of the property and of course, the
overall resulting score.
“We are honoured to have Mungumby Lodge rated this way by past and present guests”, said Hamish Haslop – Managing Director – Australian Pacific Lodges.
“We are thrilled to be working with the best hotels in Australia. Mungumby Lodge has proven its place among them with this award and its commitment to providing high-quality services to all guests,” said Melinda Balazs, Hotel Awards Program Manager at HotelsCombined.
Excellence Award makes it even easier for travellers to find the top hotels for
customer service and guarantee the best value for their money.
Double eyed fig parrot is one of the smallest and rarest of
Australian parrots and is found in three different subspecies and separate
populations all on the east coast of Australia. They are also found in New
Guinea. They are a lovely green with yellow wash on the wings and, most
distinctively, red patches above and below the eyes, resulting in the common
name of ‘double eyed’. Their eggs are laid in holes in dead, sometimes
perilously rotten, trees and they are often see excavating a burrow in these
trees. Both sexes have a red forehead, but the males also have a red cheek
patch, as opposed to the females’ which is usually yellow. Seen ideally three
or four times each year around the weeping native fig trees on the Atherton
Tablelands, Julatten and Mungumby Lodge, which set fruit and attract these
parrots. These photos were taken from the sofa at Mungumby Lodge. Unlike many
larger parrots, fig parrots feed as you can see here very quietly on the
kernels of many tiny seeds, including those of figs, buttonwood and ironwood.
Unless you look you would not know they are there until they fly off together
in a noisy manner “Zeet-Zeet”.
At Mungumby Lodge our small team are actively marketing our region privately. We never just promote Mungumby Lodge we promote the region in its entirity to the world. That is our sucess, encouraging tour operators to feature our region in their brochures, marketing materials and in their itineraries. In June this year we returned from a European sales mission, over 9 days we conducted 24 appointments in England, Switzerland, Germany & Holland, speaking with around 70 active specialists. Here is a result of a recent journalist visit generated from one of those meetings in Holland. Nature is our regions largest international draw card
We would come back to this region
purely to stay in this accommodation again. The point of our trip was to
visit Cooktown, however we spent most of our time at this Lodge as it
was so inviting. I would have loved to have stayed longer. The hosts are
wonderful- very welcoming and knowledgeable about the area and the
local flora and fauna. They serve meals in the restaurant most nights,
which we had on one night of our stays- incredibly delicious! The
breakfasts, which are provided, were lovely and eating in the restaurant
surrounded by the beautiful wildlife is a great experience. The actual
lodges are very comfortable and being in the tropics it didn’t get
chilly at night. There are a lot of great walking trails and a beautiful
river surrounding. As we stayed there while I was pregnant I couldn’t
do a particular trail that lead to a waterfall as it is quite steep, but
my husband did it and thought it was great! I hope we get an
opportunity to stay again soon!
I received very positive feedback from the Huisman family, who stayed with you from 19 – 22 December2018. They loved the warm welcome and your enthusiasm for telling them about the area and showing them where to go. Besides this they think you are a good cook!
Their stay with you was one of the highlights of their Australia trip.
Thank you for taking such good care of our clients!
When nature unleashes the rainforest roar, LOOK OUT! It is on for young and old.
The heavens open and the rain falls ankle deep over the earth’s surface. Gravity determines direction downhill and that it does. Ancient trees with cascades of rain water descending to the earth, always to find the deepest route right down to the Coral Sea.
Creeks run into rivers purging the rainforest floor of its content out to sea. Seeds branches leaf litter & soil particles, tree trunks and more. Carving great exit points into the coastal landscape. The thunder, the fury, the roar of nature as the tropics takes a drink. Since 3pm we @ Mungumby Lodge have taken just under 100mm with surely much more to come.
Love the Wet Tropics. Escape this year to Cooktown.
Customers experiencing the very best of Queensland, were on our Jewel of the Reef, Rainforest & Outback self-drive package. Arriving here to balmy calm weather, Anita & Hans were excited about what we had planned for them. Their first day we sent them with Daintree Air to Lizard Island. There are many flights over the inner reefs off of Cairns and Port Douglas, but nothing compares to a low level flight along the Great Barrier coast. Flying in a GA8 Airvan, the Daintree Air aeroplane is designed to maximise the guests comfort and experience with clear views of their surrounds. All in all, the Lizard Island day is about the best day you can have on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Anita & Hans returned blown away and surprised at the level of service, quality of food and about the team escorting them.
Lizard Island is situated just north of Cooktown. The island is 26 kilometres from the mainland and is 1013 hectares. There are twenty three beaches. The island is surrounded by reefs which are teeming with marine life, including hundreds of species of tropical fish and crustaceans, huge green turtles, manta rays, blue ring rays and at times dugong which occasionally come into Watsons Bay. Snorkeling is world class; the reefs and the marine life are as good as or better than you will see anywhere else in Australia. As can be seen from the photographs here on this blog, the waters surrounding Lizard are crystal clear and are ideal for snorkeling. Many of the reefs are in shallow water making the snorkeling easy for beginners however there are many reefs in the deeper water off the beach for the more experienced swimmers as well.
Wujal Wujal, Bloomfield and Ayton along the rainforest coast was their next stop. Driving down to this area Anita & Hans were in awe at the surrounding rainforest which cascades down the mountain slopes of Cedar Bay National Park. On the Bloomfield River, Mr Rufous a huge local Croc was basking on the banks, almost posing for the camera. Visiting the Bana Yirriji Aboriginal art gallery at Wujal Wujal meeting numerous Aboriginal artists they met the lovely Ruby one of the locals, they purchased some unique jewellery. After a walk to the Wujal Wujal falls and along the stunning Weary Bay they then dropped in to the Black Cockatoo Gallery.
At Laura west of Mungumby Lodge an Aboriginal guided tour awaited. Steve their guide took them on a true Aussie bush journey through the scrub arriving 50minutes later at the stunning Quinkan Galleries. Taken on a journey explaining the images before them, Aboriginal bush tucker, and history of the people who once lived there. The rock art is simply stunning and the best on offer in Queensland.
Upon leaving this morning Anita & Hans were very thankful to our staff, the setting, ambiance and service at Mungumby Lodge. Prior to booking our package online, they initially had no idea there was simply so much more to do from Mungumby Lodge, Cooktown and within SE Cape York.
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.
Such a beautiful part of the world and such amazingly warm friendly hosts – it truly felt like we were staying at a friends 🙂
The lodges are cosy and comfortable and the dinner is absolutely out of this world! We did nature walks, swimming near the waterfall, hung out in the beautiful green spaces on the property and did a trip or so to Cooktown.
Now the FOOD – dinner is absolutely out of this world. Not only that, the hosts have a contagious zest for the wildlife, the community and live in absolute harmony with them.
No WIFI and it is a unique feature of this place. We loved the temporary digital detox!
Thank you Hamish, Isabella, Tricia, Claire – you guys made the birthday very special and the cake was an absolute treat. We wish you all the best