Eco Lover by Natalie Nanowski
Unwind inside a luxurious tree house to a symphony of birds, frogs and waterfalls at Daintree Ecolodge and Spa (rooms starts at $330 a night). This 32-acre property is dotted with wild orchids and papaya trees, and lies within the lush Daintree Rainforest. Take a boat tour at dawn down the Daintree River to spot saltwater crocodiles as long as six feet, but make sure to keep your eyes peeled for tiny colourful kingfishers that dart by. A 15-minute hike through woods sacred to the Kuku Yalanji tribe will lead you to Tranquil Falls, where you can cool off in the stream. Before indulging in contemporary Australian dishes of battered coral trout and grilled barramundi, relax at the retreat’s spa. Try the Walbul-Walbul massage with local aromatic oils, mud and rainforest water for a head-to-toe experience.