Get to know the outback way of life at Crystalbrook Lodge, a luxury accommodation set in the remote outback bush 3 hours from Cairns. The lodge’s proximity to Crystalbrook Lake makes for excellent fishing, wildlife watching, and fresh daily catches for dinner. At night, gaze at the overwhelming stars overhead with a telescope—not that you’d need one. Life at Crystalbrook can be as fast-paced or as relaxed as desired. Take a day trip to Chillagoe and explore limestone caves with Aboriginal rock art, or marvel at a stunning sunset on the verandah over tea and scones.
Crystalbrook Lodge comes equipped with all the comforts necessary to immerse yourself in Australia’s natural beauty. With five comfortable, modern courtyard suites to choose from, guests can recharge after a long day of exploring. Each of the suites comes with a private courtyard furnished with a relaxing daybed, and access to a Magna wet-edge pool (with magnesium to soothe muscles). A number of excursions and exciting activities are included with your suite.
The five intimate Courtyard Suites offer maximum comfort and serenity during your visit to Crystalbrook Lodge. With lush king beds or double twins, the suite opens up onto a sunny courtyard with a daybed ideal for an afternoon nap. An ample bathroom includes a double-headed shower and quality bath products. All gourmet meals, premiere alcoholic beverages, 24/7 tea & Nespresso bar with snacks, Magna wet-edge pool, and plenty of activities included in your rate. Sleeps 2 guests with 1 King or 2 Singles.
It doesn’t get much fresher than fish caught by the chef for that evening’s meal. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner crafted with seasonal ingredients to showcase the best of Australia’s bush country. The chefs at Crystalbrook support local growers as much as possible, with fresh fruits and vegetables from Mareeba growers, wild barramundi from the Gulf of Carpentaria, produce from the local rainforest, and cheese, milk, and yogurt from local dairy farmers. All these come together to form a simple yet elegant menu that changes daily. Guests may choose to dine indoors or outdoors, but there is nothing quite like an alfresco meal by the lake. A fully-stocked open bar is available at all times, with a lovely selection of wines, beers, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks, as is the Nespresso and tea bar.
The natural beauty of Crystalbrook Lodge is full of nature-related activities for guests to enjoy. Included in the room rate are fishing on Crystalbrook Lake, birdwatching via electric boat, kayaking, lakeside trail walks, and a day visit to nearby Chillagoe to see limestone caves, aboriginal rock art, and a traditional outback pub. You might have a picnic and swim on the Tate River, or visit the historic Crystalbrook Homestead with herds of Brangus cattle. For an additional charge, guests can try heli-fishing or a four-wheel drive tour of the area. A more relaxed day at the lodge might include a dip in the Magna infinity pool, an afternoon in the extensive library, or a range of movies and documentaries to choose from in the movie theatre room. Come nighttime, stargazing with a telescope—or the naked eye—is a great way to appreciate the peaceful isolation of Crystalbrook, far from city light pollution.