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North Queensland: Peppers Bloomfield Lodge

Daintree Rainforest, Bloomfield
www.bloomfieldlodge.com

Reviewed by: Fletch from Australia, review #1036

When: May 2005

Between the Daintree World Heritage listed Rainforest and the sea this place offers luxury and relaxation in far North Queensland between Cairns and Cooktown.

The Peppers Bloomfield Lodge is situated between Cairns and Cooktown in far North Queensland. The rainforest meets the sea and the lodge nestles near the sea.

The stay starts with a 30 minute small plane ride along the beautiful coast. Once landed the Lodge bus takes you to the Bloomfield River where you take a short boat ride out of the river and around to the Lodge. Wheels are lowered on the boat and it is pulled up onto the beach by a tractor to be met by the Managers. The layout and amenities are explained in the open air building, where all meals are served and the bar is situated. The pool is also here with ample sunbeds for people to relax.

There are a variety of Cabins spread throughout the forest area all with beautiful furnishings. Our cabin had a lounge area as well as bedroom and a verandah which had a view of the sea and distant mountains through the trees. The verandah also had a daybed which was very tempting for a short nap before dinner.

Meals were of a very high standard (all inclusive in the price). Breakfast was tropical fruit, toast, etc., and a hot breakfast not to be missed. I was going to pass on anything but the fruit until I saw a plate with muffin, tomato, avocardo, bacon with a poached egg and I ordered it each morning.

Lunch was served in the Lodge or picnics were packed for people walking in the rainforest or to the beaches. We had a picnic where the boat took us to a beach, delivered the esky (cooler) to a shady area, then picked us up 4 hours later. The picnic consisted of salad, BBQ quail, fruit and cheese. Went very well with a bottle of white wine.

Dinner began at the bar (honesty system) and the managers made arrangements for tours the next day. There are trips to the Great Barrier Reef, to Cooktown, or local waterfalls (extra) and inclusive rainforest and river cruise with guide.

During our 5 nights there were 2 BBQs which consisted of a table with prawns, oysters, morton bay bugs, cold meats etc. On the BBQ, kangaroo, beef, chicken and reef fish.

A touch of luxury in a very relaxing environment - we had only been there 1 day before we were wondering when we could return.

This is a special occasion place: about A$350/ person/day. This includes plane travel from Cairns, all meals, rainforest tour, river cruise. Alcohol and tours extra.

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