Ditch technology for a few days and really chill out
The Port Douglas area is a national treasure in itself, and tucked away in the rainforest a 15-minute drive from the quaint harbour town, you can find The Cassowary, a retreat that will bring nature to your doorstep whilst providing all the mod-cons (although you’re encouraged to not use phones, laptops and the like so that you can really unwind).
The house itself is artfully designed with space in mind and the open living/dining area leads out to a beautiful large heated swimming pool that looks out over the spectacular rainforest backdrop. The Cassowary can accommodate as many as 14 guests at one time, is spacious enough to provide privacy for everyone and even includes a private gym downstairs.
Whether you want to relax every day, or prefer to get out and about, there is something for everybody around here. Before even leaving the premises there’s the fantastic in-house dining provided by Chef Jed. Jed is a talented Chef from New Zealand whose passion for food is definitely infectious, and his food will have you coming back for more every time. Massage therapists are also available at any time to get you even more relaxed, and yoga classes can be arranged, too.
Around the area there’s a huge array of activities that should satisfy all appetites. A Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge tour is a great way to see the stunning local area and also to get a chance to have a dip in the magnificent Cassowary Falls.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most famous natural wonders and the largest living thing on the planet. A day, or even an afternoon snorkelling is easily arranged and if you’re feeling more adventurous then GBR Helicopter Tours provides a truly breath-taking birds-eye view of the reef that is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Port Douglas also boasts a wonderful zoo called the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat where you can see all sorts of native Australian animals well looked after and loved in a great environment. Breakfast with the Birds is a particular treat here and basically does what it says on the packet. It’s a great place for families and all animal lovers.
The Cassowary is a totally diverse getaway that should appeal to absolutely everyone – families, executive retreats and wedding parties alike. GM Terry will take care of you during your stay and is guaranteed to make all visitors feel like part of the family, whilst bending over backwards to make sure you have everything you could think of while you’re here. Terry is a big part of what makes a stay at The Cassowary so special.
This is a beautiful house and experience that will remain in your memory long after you leave, and is the sort of place you’ll always be thinking about returning to.
By Jeremy Briggs
a: Upper Cassowary Rd, Cassowary Valley via Port Douglas, North Queensland, Australia