Crys­tal­brook Lodge joins up­mar­ket travel group

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS - Shane Ni­chols

EX­CLU­SIVE Out­back prop­erty Crys­tal­brook Lodge, owned by John Mor­ris and Jim Noli, is now part of a trio of up­mar­ket re­sorts – in­clud­ing Silky Oaks and Lizard Is­land – be­ing rep­re­sented by des­ti­na­tion mar­keter Lux­ury Lodges of Aus­tralia.

Crys­tal­brook, a venture by Port Ba­jool P/L, which is well known in this re­gion for its qual­ity res­i­den­tial and ru­ral prop­erty de­vel­op­ments over more than 20 years, is 180 km west of Cairns and opened its doors to a well­heeled clien­tele last April.

It is part of the his­toric 34,000 ha Crys­tal­brook Sta­tion.

The lodge brings to­gether the out­back, abun­dant wildlife on Crys­tal­brook Lake and the hos­pi­tal­ity that de­fines lux­ury lodges around Aus­tralia. With only five court­yard suites, the lodge is an oa­sis of lux­ury in the out­back.

Penny Raf­ferty of Lux­ury Lodges of Aus­tralia said the in­clu­sion of Crys­tal­brook now meant the re­gion had three first-class des­ti­na­tions that show­cased the best the area had to of­fer.

They of­fered a di­ver­sity of ex­pe­ri­ence to their guests.

‘‘There is a true con­trast be­tween the wet tropics and the Out­back,’’ she told the Gazette.

‘‘Crys­tal­brook adds an­other unique ex­pe­ri­ence and fur­ther depth to Aus­tralia’s ex­tra­or­di­nary re­gional di­ver­sity and high-end ex­pe­ri­en­tial travel.’’

Lodge direc­tor John Mor­ris said he was de­lighted Crys­tal­brook Lodge had been ad­mit­ted as the new­est mem­ber of Lux­ury Lodges of Aus­tralia. ‘‘We have spent many years en­joy­ing the char­ac­ter and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment of the wilder­ness ar­eas of North Queens­land.

‘‘Creat­ing the quin­tes­sen­tial out­back ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing Crys­tal­brook Lodge has been a pas­sion, and we’re de­lighted to share it with guests look­ing for some­thing that is au­then­tic and the best our re­gion of­fers.

‘‘We hope this will be a per­fect com­ple­ment to the other North Queens­land Lux­ury Lodges of­fer­ing reef and rain­for­est ex­pe­ri­ences.’’

Crys­tal­brook mar­ket­ing direc­tor Wendy Mor­ris said, ‘‘For in­ter­na­tional trav­ellers, the Great Bar­rier Reef is a must-do des­ti­na­tion, and with Crys­tal­brook Lodge less than an hour’s flight from Cairns (or Lizard Is­land) com­bin­ing out­back with a reef ex­pe­ri­ence or rain­for­est (such as Silky Oaks Lodge) is very achiev­able in a short time­frame.

‘‘The big at­trac­tion of Crys­tal­brook is the iso­la­tion – fly­ing over rugged out­back ter­rain brings home just how empty this part of north­ern Aus­tralia is.

‘‘The lake and the lodge ap­pear out of the vast out­back like an oa­sis.

‘‘The seren­ity, crys­tal clear starry nights, stun­ningly spec­tac­u­lar dawns and dusks are prov­ing as much a high- light as ex­plor­ing the lake, rivers and sta­tion sur­rounds.’’

On the lake, fish­ing, kayak­ing and wildlife spot­ting is avail­able while he­li­fish­ing on the rivers is likely to be a big draw­card for keen bar­ra­mundi fish­er­men.

Guests can ex­plore the bush wilder­ness along the lake­side trails, step back in time at the old sta­tion home­stead over af­ter­noon tea and scones, or can get up close and per­sonal with some of the sta­tion’s 2000 big Brah­man cat­tle. A visit to the re­mark­able Chilla­goe Caves, which was an an­cient ‘‘ great bar­rier reef’’ along the old Pangea coast­line is all part of the Crys­tal­brook ex­pe­ri­ence.

Elegant out­door din­ing over­look­ing the lake fea­tures a menu of­fer­ing the best of the rich lo­cal pro­duce of the re­gion in­clud­ing wild bar­ra­mundi, grass fed beef and trop­i­cal pro­duce from the Ather­ton Table­lands.

Lux­ury Lodges of Aus­tralia was formed as a re­sult of the change in the Aus­tralian travel land­scape since 2000. Aus­tralia has seen the emer­gence of a new breed of ex­cep­tional lodges and camps in some of Aus­tralia’s most beau­ti­ful and out­stand­ing re­gions.

With the ad­di­tion of Crys­tal­brook Lodge, 18 of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing in­de­pen­dent lux­ury tourism prop­er­ties com­prise the Lux­ury Lodges of Aus­tralia col­lec­tion. The lodges are in­de­pen­dently owned and op­er­ated.

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