Luscious and luxurious
The Great Australian Gourmet Adventure
7 deliciously decadent nights in Far North Queensland provide
a privileged taste of the tropics, from rainforest to reef, land and sea.
Tour abundant kitchen gardens with local chefs and learn to forage like a local (tracking, hunting and fishing in stunning Kuku Yulanji country). Enjoy hands-on cooking and engaging conservation experiences. Dine in the treetops, wander among waterfalls and drift beneath a canopy of ancient rainforests from your Silky Oaks Lodge base. A short scenic flight over the Reef lands on Lizard Island resort where private beach picnics and beachside degustation dining are among the tropical culinary highlights.
Transfer from Cairns to your rainforest treetop hideaway home for the next three-nights, Silky Oaks Lodge.
Daily tropical breakfasts, evening drinks with canapes and dinner with matched wines are included with your stay, as are morning yoga classes, a collection of signature experiences and a return scheduled transfer to Port Douglas daily.
Explore your rainforest surrounds with a full-day private tour that includes a guided rainforest hike to the stunning Wangetti Falls before cooking up a storm with a private cooking experience that sources many of the key exotic ingredients from the productive kitchen garden. Then sit down to enjoy the spoils of your labour in the tranquil rainforest surrounds.
Return to Silky Oaks Lodge for a private chef-led tour of the property’s Edible Garden that supplies many of the ingredients enjoyed throughout your stay.
Learn the how to forage and feast like a local in the engaging company of a Kuku Yulanji Indigenous guide who will introduce you to local Aboriginal hunting and gathering techniques with opportunities to sample the delicious bush tucker that your surrounds have served up for millennia. Your half-day private Indigenous introduction to Kuku Yulanji country also includes a visit to Botanic Ark with morning tea. Botanic Ark is an inspiring showcase of local plants and conservation.
Back at Silky Oaks Lodge, don’t miss the opportunity to sample a Baillie’s 9 own Gin and Tonic. The Silky Oaks bar also serves a selection of other locally brewed and distilled drinks to try.
Transfer to Cairns to connect with your short and scenic flight over coral-studded waters to Lizard Island.
Secluded from the rest of the world and surrounded by the tropical treasures of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Lizard Island Resort is a luxurious tropical island hideaway without compare.
Settle in to your Beachfront Suite with uninterrupted views and access to Anchor Bay
All meals and selected beverages (including morning or afternoon picnic refreshments to enjoy on a private beach excursion) are included with your stay on Lizard Island.
We have also included a highlight private beachside dining experience with your stay to indulge in a private seven course degustation menu served with uninterrupted sunset views in one of just two beachside private dining pavilions.
Enjoy birds’ eye views over the Great Barrier Reef on the return flight to Cairns for your onward travel arrangements.
Or continue on the Great Australian Gourmet Adventure in Australia’s Northern Territory.
Price – From $30,520 for two people on a double/twin share basis
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