Guest Reviews

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.

Nature presenter Sir David Attenborough and Atlantic Productions based their team here for 4 nights 5 days 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 recent guest reviews:-

2nd May 2021

What a magic location! We loved the walk to the waterfall. Sweet BBQ around the pool. Loved seeing the wildlife. Thank you for the hospitality. | Jezell, Clambucha Inc | Cairns QLD.

19th April 2021

What a fantastic place. We enjoyed our stay & service on all fronts was above and beyond | Ian & Helen Whiston | Pelican Waters QLD

13th April 2021

Thanks for your hospitality. Very peaceful relaxing environment. Loved walking up to the waterfall, the garden, surrounds & cabin accommodation. Wonderful stay. No Wifi a major tick. Justin, Vanessa, Alzsha & Olivia Berry.

12th April 2021

What a beautiful, serene & relaxing place to be. Thank you for your warm hospitality, the care and attention you give to maintain the ambience. Tracey & John

3rd April 2021

Hospitable, tranquil and serene. Mungumby was the ideal place to spend Easter 2021. Helen & Andrew | Cairns

16th January 2021

Great stay, too short! We’ll be back for sure! Thanks for such a beautiful place xx. Juliette & Adam

30th November 2020

Mungumby Lodge is a magical place. We had a great time, it was peaceful & very relaxing. Hamish & Isabella were the perfect hosts. All the best of wishes. Justin, Graham & Biscuit. | Qld

14th October 2020

After being on the road camping for 2 weeks up to the tip. We found the lodge on our way back home. So very welcoming, peaceful, just perfect we will be back. Thank you, Hamish & Isabella. Tracey & Yves | Qld

11th October 2020

Wow! A real wilderness retreat Julie & Denis | Qld

5th October 2020

Great people, great hospitality, Beautiful slice of heaven. Lyn | Qld

27th September 2020

Wonderful place – hoping to be back one day. Kat & Peter | Qld

25th September 2020

Thank you for having us, we love this place. Hope to be back again. The Bollingtons | Qld

23rd September 2020

What a gem! We found the lodge to be such an amazing place, beautiful with very friendly hosts. Thank you for accommodating us and congratulations for creating such a lovely atmosphere. We will definitely be recommending this place to our friends. Colin, Adriana & Melissa Skinner | Qld

12th September 2020

Wonderful enroute to Cooktown. Very relaxing! Lee | Gold Coast Queensland

13th August 2020

Thankyou for a relaxing stay. Your both friendly hosts and nothing is ever to much. Thanks again!! You are very lucky to call this home. Hamish has the best stories and full of knowledge. Kind regards Steph & Brad (the POMES)

4th August 2020

So relaxing! Excellent Hosts! Super comfy beds! A real hidden Gem……..thank you Hamish & Isabella. Sel & Trace

27th July 2020

Thank you for welcoming us passing through from Brisbane. Plan to be back for a stay with family. Regards Eness Yembo.

26th July 2020

Beautiful stay with accommodating and friendly hosts. We loved Hamish’s stories, especially about Sally the python! Thank you for creating this beautiful oasis. Kind regards Kirsten, Bob & Felix.

16th July 2020

An incredible stay. Beautiful walks, very peaceful environment and very accommodating hosts. Thank you Hamish & Isabella.

2nd July 2020

The only ones here for three days had the place to ourselves. We loved it!! great Hosts. We had been in lock down in Araukun and found the environment here peaceful, happy and relaxing. Thanks heaps! Robbie Pete & Paddy the dog.

From the 22nd March 2020 until 15 July 2020 our business was not able to operate due to the COOK Shire Council (without asking) nominating its residents and businesses to be included in a protected area with the Aboriginal communities of Cape York which were in additional lockdown under the Bio Security Act. As a result of this a border was set up on the Mulligan Highway with military and police controls separating us from the rest of Queensland. This lock in continued for 120 days, 30 longer than the rest of the state’s residents and their new COVID freedom. Cape York remains COVID Free


31st October 2019

We are taking away so many special memories of our stay in the amazing rainforest. Thank you all for making our stay such a welcoming experience. Fantasitc ambience, comfortable beds an exceptional peaceful retreat. Russ and Sandy Kell, Ripon, North Yorkshire, UK

8th October 2019

We can’t thank Hamish & Isabella enough for such an incredible stay. Mungumby has made the past few so memorable and enjoyable. Wishing you all the best!!! Many thanks. Erin Hanna, Sally & George

14th August 2019

We are very thankful to stay at this wonderful place. So beautiful, so quiet, so lovely. Thanks for the hospitality, the kindness, and the beautiful walks. We wish you all the best. We hope to visit this area and your place again.
Marc, Susanne, Maneke, Piet , Yvonne
The Netherlands

4th August 2019

Wonderful place, and well managed by Hamish, Isabella & Elliot. Especially interesting stories from Hamish!
Peter & Annette

27th June 2019

What a great place. We had a very warm welcome and it felt like home! I hope to come back one day and explore more!
Hong Kong

19th May 2019

Vielen Dank fuer die nette Gastfreundschaft und die tolle umgebung!
Beny, Marten & Tanya

5th May 2019

There are no words, just amazing. The memories will last forever.
Thank You!
Steve, Fiona & Elle
United Kingdom

April 2019

Back to nature!

If you like nature and wilderness then this is the place. Hamish and Isabella give a fantastic warm welcome to their guests. The lodge is set in the rainforest bordering National Park land and has several good bush walks including one with a waterfall and stream that can be used for swimming. The cabins are comfortable in a nice setting. Cooktown is only 30mins drive with lots to see and the Lions Den pub just up the road is a must for evening dinner. Best of all is Hamish and his knowledge of the wildlife, the local history and area. If you are coming up from Port Douglas and have a 4×4 then try the Bloomfield track for some off road driving.

London UK.

post entry April 2019 stayed July 2018
Warm hosts, beautiful scenery, fantastic getaway

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. 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!

Victoria, Australia

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Queensland Weekender crew | Scott, Victoria & Amy wrapping up their filming @ Mungumby Lodge

10th April 2019

Thank you so so much for Sharing Mungumby with us! What a special place. See you on the Tele!

Victoria Carthew.
Queensland Weekender | Show Presenter.

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19th March 2019

Ein Kleines Paradise auf Erden! Wir Haben die Tage Hier Sehr Genossen; ein Dankeschoen fuer die Gastfreundschaft.

Helene & Walter

5th March 2019

Wir Moechten uns fuer die ausgesprochene nette Gastfreundschaft ganz hertzlich bedanken. Beim super gute Essen, Wein und Bier haben wir uns sehr wohl gefeinhlt. Die Tage hier im Paradise sind sehr schnell verflogen Danke!

Claudia, Robert, Corina & Wolfgang

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


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


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


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 ! We wish you happiness in your fantastic paradise.

Wim, Ingrid & Kris Heemskerk

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

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. Overall impressive and somewhere I’m sure we will return.

Peter Mackay

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 place. 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


Thank you so much for your hospitality in this beautiful paradise . We will recommend to friends and family!

Helen & Neil Wright
Kent | United Kingdom


Thank you Hamish & Isabella for the fantastic rainforest experience we had. There was sun and rain, calm and wind, a tranquil walk along creek, 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


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


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.


Ellen & David
New Orleans, USA


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 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


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

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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 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 night. 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.

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