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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were visiting Australia for a birdwatching adventure, and landed at Cairns. Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat was a wonderful first stop for us on our trip. We saw so many beautiful birds on their extensive property. We took the morning birding walk with Jon and thoroughly enjoyed us. He showed us the dancing post of Victoria's Riflebird (a bird of... More 

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Petersfield, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed in "Kingfisher" tree house. Each house is completely on its own and private. A lot of thought has gone into the design and equipment. The sense of being alone in the forest, in comfort, is wonderful, with all the bird noises. We saw fireflies and glow worms from the terrace. Watching the sun rising over the hills and... More 

Thank Hugh W
ResponseRoseGums, Owner at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you! Your review is very descriptive and has painted a vivid picture of exactly what Rose Gums has to offer. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much and hopefully, we may see you back this way again, one day. More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed in the Cockatoo lodge in late October. The lodge facilities were fab and the view in the morning from the breakfast table was unbelievable. It is a great base for seeing the wider area and the hosts will give you some excellent tips in helping you find the wildlife you are after- although there's a... More 

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ResponseRoseGums, Owner at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of Rose Gums. We value all feedback from our guests and particularly when we see that you had such a memorable time here on the tablelands. Reviews as informative as yours give a great insight for other travellers looking at our region and we are delighted that your stay with... More 

Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Set in a large rain forest this is a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy nature. The unique "cabins" ate constructed to give you isolation, privacy and a view across the tree canopy. Our room was mostly natural wood with comfortable and modern accessories, including a jacuzzi perfect for enjoying a relaxing soak and tiffin! The extensive balcony gave good... More 

Thank Robert W
rosegums, Owner at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review

Your review of Rose Gums was very much appreciated, thank you! We were especially pleased to read how much you enjoyed your stay and the wonderful natural surroundings to be found here. We try very hard to ensure that we meet (and hopefully exceed) the expectations of our guests and from your review, it would seem that we have achieved... More 

Roermond, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviewed 8 October 2016

We stayed 2 nights in this apartment. The treehouse is situated in the rain forrest, and has total privacy. The apartment was equipped; tv with dvd, kitchen, SPA bath, washing machine, etc. Also the stay comes with a luxurious and healthy breakfast basket. The view is breathtaking. The hostes/ owner was very helpful. She pointed out all the things and... More 

Thank Spekpony
rosegums, Owner at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for posting such an informative review of your stay at Rose Gums, which was very gratifying for us and I'm sure will be very helpful to future travellers. We do try to ensure that our guests get the most out of their stay here on the Tablelands and to provide information about the many local attractions that may... More 

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36 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

This property is in a wooded area and is very secluded. The cabins are huge with a large bathroom and large balcony overlooking the cloudforest. There are cooking facilities, tea and coffee,washing machine and drier. We received a breakfast basket. It is a good idea to bring food and any alcohol with you as it is a fair distance to... More 

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rosegums, Owner at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of your stay at Rose Gums. It is really helpful to other travellers and we really appreciate the feedback, whether positive or negative. We are very pleased that you enjoyed the peace and tranquillity of the tree-houses and the natural surroundings to be found here but so sorry to hear... More 

Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England
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648 reviews
105 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 330 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

To sit on the veranda of our tree cabin with a coffee, looking out at a sunrise directly opposite us across the rain forest...with the birds awakening at 05:30....well it was like nothing we'd ever seen before, so it was, for us, out of this world. An amazing place. You wake early and retire early. Just nine cabins.... Centreparcs this... More 

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rosegums, Owner at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your inspiring review of your stay at Rose Gums. It is really gratifying for us to know that our efforts to make your stay as memorable as possible, have been successful and I will certainly pass on your compliments to the rest of the team. Thank you again More 

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

We stayed in one of their treehouses. It went beyond all expectations, with beautifully crafted cabins, huge windows overlooking the rainforest. Birding was also exceptional and easily accessible. We only encountered other guests in the dining room and reception- very private. Peeta was outstanding in her recommendations for walks to take for specific birds we wanted to see, and also... More 

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rosegums, Owner at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review. We do try very hard to meet our guests expectations and I will certainly pass on your compliments to the rest of the team here at Rose Gums. With such an abundance of natural wonders to choose from, touring through the Cairns highlands can be an exciting and rewarding adventure and we are so... More 

Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We just left yesterday 31st August after a weeks stay in Cockatoo. Treehouse was just amazing, the best self catering accommodation we have ever stayed. The breakfast basket provided for the first morning was simply amazing . Organic Yoghurt , tasty museli and plenty of fresh fruit. The bread provided was very good, no artificial ingredients and not at all... More 

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rosegums, Owner at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review

Well, thank you very much for the wonderful review. We all try very hard to make our guest's stay as enjoyable and memorable as possible. The Atherton Tablelands is indeed a nature lovers jewel, with unique flora and fauna to be found in a comfortable tropical highland climate. It is also heartening to read your comments about our rainforest rehabilitation... More 

Hobart, Australia
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72 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

Lovely tree houses which were very comfortable and clean. Would have given this review 5 stars however, the breakfast hamper was a bit of a disappointment. I would have expected more for the price we paid i.e. locally sourced wholefoods, greater quantity of yogurt (a tiny little 300ml cup was not enough for 2 adults for 2 breakfasts), more fresh... More 

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rosegums, Owner at Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of Rose Gums. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and appreciate your feedback. We have taken on board your comments regarding the complimentary breakfast hamper and will be reviewing this More 

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Enjoy a secluded rainforest retreat in the cool highlands above Cairns, all our treehouses are self-contained featuring spa baths, fireplaces and magnificent views. The 93 HA property has 9 kilometres of walking tracks and over 160 species of birds and other wildlife, including Platypus that inhabit our pristine rainforest creeks. Delight in our own in-house restaurant, LEAF, a private dining experience in the tree-tops. Your hosts Peta & Jon are very friendly and helpful and are looking forward to meeting you soon. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Address: 324 Land Road, via Lake Eacham | P.O. Box 776, Malanda, Queensland, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Malanda
Price Range: $342 - $423 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat 4*
Number of rooms: 9
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“All "tree houses" are good”
 of 5 bubbles RobertW301, 6 Nov 2016 | Read review
“Treehouses 6 - 9 are even more remote, and the sunrise views are amazing.....”
 of 5 bubbles Andy-S60, 28 Sep 2016 | Read review
“We had the Kookaburra treehouse, which is quite "part of the forest", very roomy, and private”
 of 5 bubbles AprilJ1022, 18 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Treehouse 7 had great views over the mountains!”
  • Breakfast basket which is provided on the first morning.
  • Perfect way to finish a day. BYO wine and chill!
 of 5 bubbles Hayles1303, 28 Jun 2016 | Read review
“We were in the closet room to the restaurant and reception which I would recommend but it was still extremely private.”
 of 5 bubbles Bristolbell, 16 Oct 2015 | Read review
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