Mate Es­cape

Townsville Bulletin - - Savvy -

Cy­clone Yasi did her best to dampen North Queens­land’s spir­its, but pop­u­lar eco tourist des­ti­na­tion the Dain­tree Eco Lodge & Spa has re­opened for busi­ness. The tem­po­rary clo­sure brought staff and trades­peo­ple to­gether to re­pair the cy­clone dam­age and fin­ish the ren­o­va­tions that have been un­der­way for the past six months or so. The re­sort has 15 ‘ bayans’ ( houses) sur­rounded by rain­for­est that is es­ti­mated to be around 65 mil­lions years older than the Ama­zon. The lodge is ex­clu­sive. And yes, by that we also mean ex­pen­sive ( up­wards of $ 500 per room per night). But they do of­fer pack­age deals with heaps of in­clu­sions. And they were fea­tured on Oprah’s Ultimate Aus­tralian Ad­ven­ture. There is a huge range of eco-friendly ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer from Abo­rig­i­nal guided rain­for­est walks to a va­ri­ety of river tours, Great Bar­rier Reef and fish­ing ad­ven­tures, or choose from four wheels, eight wheels or four legs to ex­plore the sur­round­ing rain­for­est ( yes, they of­fer horse rid­ing tours as well). Of course, the lodge has its own spa, which is half of its ap­peal.

The treat­ments are all in­spired by the spa’s Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage and in­clude a two-hour sig­na­ture treat­ment called Wal­bul Wal­bul - But­ter­fly, which in­cludes a full body mas­sage and ex­fo­li­a­tion, mud wrap and nour­ish­ing head treat­ment.

The Dain­tree Eco Lodge & Spa is a multi-award win­ning ven­ture nes­tled in the heart of the Dain­tree, around six hours north of Townsville ( two hours north of Cairns) on the Bruce High­way.

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