Embrace a quieter, slower pace at The Cassowary, a luxurious and fully self-contained retreat 15 minutes from the charming resort town of Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. It is the quintessential Australian lodge: modern luxury defined by wide open spaces dressed in neutral tones, tons of glass, and eco-friendly amenities.

The Cassowary - Aerial view

The serene, tranquil retreat surrounded by lush forest is the perfect place to rejuvenate

The holiday house sits on a 40-acre land and rises above a spectacular vista of lush rainforest, majestic mountain peaks, and expansive blue sky. Surrounded by such spectacular natural beauty, it is not hard to imagine the healing you can experience while here.

The Cassowary - Yoga

One of the many activities that you can arrange whilst staying at The Cassowary

In fact, tuning out the stresses of everyday living is what The Cassowary wants you to achieve throughout your stay. Here, you are invited to relax and recharge through a number of activities — all centered around your needs. And with the help of lifestyle experts who are able to schedule daily physical activity sessions, cooking demos, yoga, wellness coaching, and workshops, you will be able to find the perfect mix of things to do.

The Cassowary - Healthy Food

Delight in healthy food choices and even enjoy gourmet meals that can be prepared by an in-house chef

What makes The Cassowary unique is that your wellness includes communing with nature in a variety of outdoor activities. Explore the renowned Great Barrier Reef and swim with the colourful residents of the sea. Marvel at the explosion of colours and life here as you enjoy gliding through water. You can also opt to hike through the World Heritage Site of Daintree National Park and be amazed at the number of flora and fauna that call this home. 

Nearer still are Mossman and the majestic Mossman Gorge where you’ll find a number of swimming holes you can frolic in. About 2 minutes down the road from The Cassowary you will find a tropical fruit farm where you can savour organic fruit wines. 

To fully experience the beauty of North Queensland and get the most out of your getaway, The Cassowary can tailor a list of activities for you — depending on how active or mellow you want your day to be — so you can take out the hassle of planning your own activities.

Aside from the usual diving and hiking excursions, the lodge’s tour packages can take you to secluded beaches, the outback, wildlife sanctuaries, wetlands, and cultural villages. Discover the adrenalin-pumping activities of white-water rafting, 4-wheel driving and hot-air ballooning. Or you can take it easy with golfing, shopping, outdoor movie watching, and visiting the weekend markets of Mossman and Port Douglas.

The Cassowary - Healthy Foods

A healthy meal doesn’t have to taste bland. Wellness starts with a balanced diet.

After, step inside The Cassowary and discover the ultimate in luxury and serenity. You’ll find 5 bedrooms furnished with a king, queen, or single beds, with an option for rollaway beds for additional guests. The tranquil retreat can comfortably house up to 14 persons, perfect for a large family or a party of friends. 
 
There are two master suites that come with private balconies, marble bathrooms, built-in robes, and water features. The honeymoon suite is further furnished with a four-poster teak bed and has its own spa bath and outdoor rain shower. All rooms, including the three double suites, have cable TV, DVD, and air-conditioning/ ceiling fans. 

The Cassowary - Bedroom 2

Wake up to mountain views and sunlight streaming through wraparound glass doors

Floor to ceiling glass windows and bi-folding doors wrap around the house, affording guests with breathtaking views of the valley. They also allow fresh air and sunlight to pour inside the house. This is one of the many features that make the retreat energy efficient and lessens its carbon footprint. The unique architectural ceilings also allow for air to flow throughout the house and the slanted roof line provides not only a visual architectural delight, but also serves as a rainwater harvesting system. This ensures that guests have the purest of water throughout the property. 
 
The contemporary open-plan layout radiates style and an airy feel that brings about comfort and serenity. The style is further enhanced by timber accents in light varnish, such as the ceilings and shelving units, beautiful art, and elegant teak furniture. 

The Cassowary - Living

Bringing the outside in is the expansive terrace that surrounds the main living area

Aside from the architectural marvel that is The Cassowary, there is a lot to enjoy here. There is a well-equipped gym, heated infinity swimming pool, and outdoor entertaining area with a BBQ. Though seemingly remote, technology is ever present here. The house comes with Wi-Fi internet access, entertainment system with 63-inch HD Sony 4G TV, and dreamy state-of-the-art kitchen where an on-site chef can whip you up healthy gourmet meals. 
 
There is also parking available, as well as laundry facilities for guests who will be staying for an extended period of time. The house is wheelchair accessible and welcomes pets.

The Cassowary - Kitchen

State-of-the-art kitchen equipped with everything you need to cook a healthy and delicious feast for family and friends

During the colder months, you can stay indoors and read a book from the library, or bring on the fun competition with the various games available for you to use. And if you are planning an intimate event, The Cassowary can even be the perfect host, providing you with not just a stunning setting but also unparalleled service, such as in-house catering.

The Cassowary - Dining table

Aside from promoting wellness for guests, The Cassowary protects the environment by employing Eco-friendly practices

Indeed, the idyllic and secluded setting of The Cassowary makes it the perfect destination for a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation with friends or family. All this wrapped in an eco-friendly package at one with its beautiful surrounds.

If you have any questions or would like to make a reservation, please get in touch with one of our Getaway Specialists.

Images: The Cassowary | Port Douglas & Daintree Rainforest, Queensland