Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges3.0 out of 5.0
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My wife and I had planned to stay 4 nights, but she became ill and was hospitalised, so I/we ended up staying 3 weeks - and couldn't have been in a better place. Lauralee, Pat and John Chambers were incredibly helpful, well beyond the call! Our house (#7) had views from the side as well as front and rear, and we could watch a procession of interesting birds foraging by at close range, or just listen to the exotic calls: very therapeutic for an invalid (e.g. Victoria riflebird, spotted catbird, spangled drongo, eastern whipbird, grey-headed robin, pale yellow robin, Atherton scrub-bird, Australian brush-turkey, orange-footed scrubfowl, Lewin's honeyeater and many more). Then there was the night viewing area, with honey daubs as bait: every evening was good, usually giving close views of striped possum and sugar gliders, sometimes also long-nosed bandicoot or fawn-footed melomys - a brilliant way of seeing shy wildlife at close range. The extensive grounds of Chambers Lodge abut the Lake Eacham section of the Craters National park, with similar rich array of wildlife, so you don't really have to go anywhere to enjoy rainforest. But it is handily placed for many good areas: Lake Eacham (5min), Lake Barrine (10min), Yungaburra for restaurants and platypus viewing (10min), and so on. I can see no reason to stay anywhere else on the southern tableland.
We were thrilled to find we had been given Lodge #3 hidden down amongst the rainforest. The Lodges are family owned and we were made very welcome. The unit we had was very well equipped which made self catering easy. Lake Eacham is a most beautiful undeveloped lake. So refreshing not to have shops, vendors etc on the lakefront. Swimming in the lake was fantastic! The Chambers Lodges are surrounded by wildlife and it was fun sharing breakfast on the deck with brush turkeys and a variety of gorgeous songbirds. We will return to this place, its just 69kms from Cairns and 3 kms to the beautiful village, Yungaburra.
Apologies for the late review! We visited in early April this year. The location was well signed and we found it easily. In arrival we were impressed with the gorgeous location in the forest. One of the first things we saw was a pademelon! The staff were very friendly and helpful and had switched our booking by a day due to an unforseen medical issue which delayed our arrival. At no extra cost too I might add. We shortly found our lodge which was a little rustic but clean and comfortable. We were advised to put some fruit out on the balcony and sure enough that brought in some cool birds, including the hoped for Victoria's Riflebird and Catbird. Smart! Birding and wildlife watching was generally excellent and we jammed views of Platypus nearby in the creek by Yungaburra. We had a nocturnal trip out with a wildlife guide Alan Gillanders which was great and I went birding with him the next day. Our only disappointment was that due to some evening rain, the Sugar Gliders failed to show up at the honey lick. However we did get a stonking Striped Possum which more than made up for it! All in all, the whole experience was brilliant and I can thoroughly recommend it.
Stayed over for 2 nights, fantastic location and the lady at reception was very helpful, and gave us some fantastic ideas of what to do, something that we wouldn't normally do as didn't know about it but all of her suggestions were fantastic.
We spent a week here with the full family (grandparents, parents and kids) and enjoyed ourselves, it's a great place to explore the tablelands. Several mornings we had a riflebird and a catbird come to eat scraps off our balcony, which was fantastic. Also saw lots of pademelons, honeyeaters and of course turkeys, but the one night we went to the viewing platform nothing showed up (but kids didn't have much patience so we only stayed for 10 mins). Rooms were fairly simple and a bit cramped, and main area had zero shelving meaning we had to store all our food on the floor! I'm fairly sure all the appliances were older than me, but did the job. Overall, beautiful location with adequate facilities.
I had searched for somewhere to stay on our trip from outback Queensland towards cairns. I had come across Chambers possum viewing and just had to say. We were not disappointed one bit. Amazing place🙂
The lodges are located in the forests of Lake Eacham on the Atherton Tableland. The room was good and the facilities for cooking adequate. But this is a lodge not a 5 star hotel. What we particularly liked were the birds. We were told to cut up fruit and put it on the railing of our deck. We attracted some beautiful birds including Victoria's rifle bird, spotted catbird and honeyeaters. We were also visited by a very large orange-brown possum one night. We also liked the honey trees that were lit at night and we watched the sugar gliders and striped possums eating the honey. It is a lovely quiet and peaceful place and we got very helpful advice on the birds and animals in the area around.
Our family of four had a great stay at Chambers Wildlife Lodge. Our unit was very clean, in good condition and the beds were comfortable. We had a great time spotting wildlife at the lodge and also really appreciated information given to us about wildlife in the surrounding areas so we were able to go and see platypus, tree kangaroos and turtles. We'd definitely stay here again.
I visited Chambers this week for two nights with my partner and 3 friends. It really lived up to its wildlife viewing reputation. The first night we were able to see striped possums, red legged pademelons and long nosed bandicoots. Our spot lighting attempts were fruitless but it was quite rainy during our stay. We did see a lot of birds however. As soon as we got into our five bedroom lodge there was a catbird waiting for his share of apple. We were lucky enough to see the Victoria's rifle bird, lewin honeyeater and the variegated honey Eater as well. The five bedroom lodge is lovely. Only one tiny bathroom which was fine for us but I think for a big group of people it could get frustrating if you were there for more than a couple of nights. Although there's toilets downstairs outside as well. There are some cooking facilities also. Check in was lovely. It was efficient and the lady was really nice and knowledgeable. She allowed us early check in which made our day run a lot more smoothly. We had to leave early and there was no drop box for the keys so make sure you arrange something with reception if you have to do the same as I forgot to. Overall it was a really good experience. Tip: if you don't see something straight away at the viewing platform then go away for a while and return a couple of times. Eventually something will come.
Clean, comfortable and cosy cabins with faux fireplaces in a quiet, wooded location with easy access to Lake Eacham and Yungaburra. Nocturnal wildlife viewing platform open to 23:00 and there's a lot of it to see - sugar gliders, possums, tree kangaroos, bandicoots....we saw them all at night and rifle birds, kookaburras, brush turkeys, pademelons etc. during the day, with the birds feeding off our porch on breakfast crumbs. Lauralee Chambers was warm and helpful, lending us ketchup for a late night meal and helping us fill our water bottles after our late arrival. We had 2 beds set up for the kids in the living & dining room and we had a separate master bedroom. Thoroughly recommend a stay!
- Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
- Free parking
- Indoor pool
- Laundry facilities
Located within 2 miles (3 km) of Lake Eacham, Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges places you within a few miles (5 km) of Crater Lakes National Park. This 11-room, 3-star apartment welcomes guests with conveniences like an indoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. Lake Barrine and Lake Barrine are also close to this Lake Eacham apartment.
The 11 apartments feature kitchens and balconies, and there's space to spread out with separate bedrooms. Guests can expect free WiFi and 32-inch LCD TVs with digital channels. Other standard amenities include coffee makers, free long-distance calls, and free local calls. Weekly housekeeping is available.
Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges features an indoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and conference space. A stay here includes free parking. Staff members are on hand to provide dry cleaning/laundry services, tour or ticket assistance, and luggage storage. Additional amenities include a library, a terrace, and laundry facilities.
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72% of guests recommend this hotelTotal of 115 reviews