Imagine a perfectly preserved historical site that hasn’t changed in 110 million years. It isn’t made of stone and doesn’t bear the marks of humanity but it is undeniably sacred. This place was the home of a highly organised, intelligent civilisation that used hieroglyphs, advanced plant medicine and had a complex belief system tied intrinsically to the natural world and the cosmos.
This place is the Daintree Rainforest and these people were the Kuku Yalangi tribe; an ancient tribe whose descendants still live in the area.
Nestled in the hinterland of Tropical North Queensland you will find the perfect place to hide from the modern world. The Daintree Ecolodge and Spa, a 15 room resort that comes complete with a frog and bird choir, a waterfall and Kuku Yalangi artists, guides and teachers.
Beyond the aesthetic beauty of the forest and the low key luxury of the rooms, the property seems to possess a unique healing energy. In the tropical heat, you sweat more than usual and your muscles relax. It’s very hard to feel uptight when you’re treated to three meals a day of healthy tucker, guided bushwalks, aboriginal art classes and lots and lots of sleep set to the soundtrack of a real live running creek (as opposed to my rainmaker iPhone app).
The source of the creek is a picturesque waterfall that is a short walk from the lodge. According to Juan Walker, our guide, this waterfall was a traditional ‘secret women’s business’ place where babies were born, women gossiped and laughed and the spirits of the elders are thought to reside.
If you fancy venturing out, you can go croc-spotting on a river cruise, venture into Daintree Village for a poke around the (three) shops or go on an Argo tour. ‘What’s an Argo?’ you may fairly ask? It’s an amphibious all-terrain vehicle with eight wheels that was originally built for snow. On the farm where the tours are run, it will take you over rollercoaster hills, through muddy ditches and up onto grassy peaks for a 360 degree view of the forest.
The Daintree is like a cross between the Amazon Basin and the islands of Hawaii; lush green forest that is so full of life you can practically feel the air vibrating. It is the perfect place to go if you need deep sleep, mental peace and spiritual healing.
Note: I travelled to Daintree Ecolodge and Spa on a work trip so it’s important to point out that I do get paid to talk about how great this place is during business hours. Nevertheless, as The Beatles once famously sang, money can’t buy you love and I love the Daintree.
Tell me, Tree Huggers and Bird Nerds, have you been to the Daintree? Did you love it?