with a private beach surrounded by National Park rainforest - no crowds of tourists - no day visitors - no children - no more than eight couples - private waterfront cabins - a friendly chef and hostess to look after you - delicious meals at evening dinner parties under the stars - a knowledgeable skipper with a 34 foot yacht to take you sailing, snorkelling, kayaking and exploring the surrounding islands - and a seaplane to take you flying beyond the islands to the outer Great Barrier Reef. If your wish is to visit the Great Barrier Reef - there are resorts, there are day trips from the mainland and there are live-aboard boats ...... then there is Whitsunday Wilderness Lodge -there is nothing in the world quite like it. If you want to avoid the crowds, experience an unspoilt wilderness and see native Australian wildlife and marine life in their natural habitat, then Whitsunday Wilderness Lodge is a place you should visit.
The variety of interesting and well organised activities, seclusion from the outside world, peace and quiet, personalised service, good food, wine and conversation with your fellow guests, and comfortable accommodation, will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated.
Located on the secluded southern tip of Long Island - one of the Whitsunday group of National Park islands on the Great Barrier Reef - off the north east coast of Australia. The Lodge is in the appropriately named Paradise Bay, with a small sand beach surrounded by rainforest. There are two resorts at the north end of Long Island, which are more than five miles away through thick impenetrable rainforest and are inaccessible to the Wilderness Lodge.
Guest accommodation is in private waterfront cabins - all with bathrooms and large verandas with uninterrupted views of Paradise Bay. These beautifully designed and constructed solar powered cabins, built in 1999, provide absolute privacy and a unique natural ambience.
Things to do include exploring the surrounding islands during the daily sailing, snorkelling and kayaking excursions. The Lodge owns and operates it's own 34 foot yacht, which sails most days to a different location within the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. On one of your days at the Lodge, a seaplane will fly you to the outer Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach. Other days you may choose to explore on your own in one of the sea kayaks, walk a rainforest trail, or simply relax in a hammock, swim or snorkel off the beach at the Lodge.
Getting here is easy and convenient with daily flights by QANTAS direct from Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns to Hamilton Island, from where a helicopter transfers you to the Lodge with an exhilarating ten minute flight. Alternatively you can fly to Proserpine airport on the mainland, where a 40 minute bus or taxi ride will take you to a small plane airport at Airlie Beach, from where a helicopter can transfer you to the Lodge in 15 minutes. You can also drive direct to Airlie Beach airport where security car parking is available.
The all inclusive tariff The all inclusive tariff includes return helicopter transfers from Hamilton Island or Airlie Beach airport, accommodation in private waterfront cabins, all meals, daily kayaking, bushwalking, snorkelling and sailing excursions to surrounding islands (usually 10am to 4pm), all equipment, and a day trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach by seaplane. What really makes the Wilderness Lodge such a special experience, is the friendly personalised service of our resident chef, hostess, and boat skipper - with the opportunity to meet and form friendships with guests from around the world in an unpretentious and homely atmosphere - with complete privacy and seclusion from the outside world.
Most guests comment that they have never felt so relaxed or laughed so much in their lives. We achieve this by simply putting a good group of people together in an amazing environment, with nothing to worry about, delicious meals and interesting activities which are well organised but done with a great sense of fun and adventure.
This web site and all bookings are managed by a privately owned Australian company (Ecoventure Pty Ltd) which designed, built, owns and has operated the Lodge since it first opened in 1995. To talk directly with your hosts at the Lodge, phone or fax us at +61 (0) 7 4946 9777 anytime, or email:firstname.lastname@example.org we'll get back to you the same day.
Cathy was born in Adelaide, but has lived in many parts of Australia and spent much of her life working and traveling on private sailing yachts cruising the world. She loves the peace and proximity to nature she can share with guests while working on South Long Island. Her interests include yoga, art, and any kind of outdoor activity. She is currently studying horticulture and conservation land management on her days off. Cathy is a hostess and joint reservations managers at the Lodge.
Stacey is one of our chefs. She was born in the USA to an American father and Australian mother, but grew up in a town on the West Australian coast. After five years touring the world as a cook and deckhand on traditional sailing ships, she settled in the Whitsundays to complete a commercial captains licence. Her love of the exotic flavours of the South Sea Islands flow from her kitchen each day. One of her hobbies is giving Lomi Lomi massages.
Eion (that's a Welsh name, not a misspelling) is our boat skipper and nature guide. He spent most his life in a small town on the coast near Melbourne, and grew up sailing and surfing. His love of the ocean and the natural environment eventually brought him to the Whitsundays, where he enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge and enthusiasm with our guests while exploring this amazing environment.
Sophie is our other chef, who also spent years sailing the east coast of Australia on tall ships as a cook before settling in the Whitsundays. Her cheerful nature and great sense of humour makes her a delight to have around the Lodge. She tells us she likes pina coladas, walks in the rain and buying shoes... But she is a great cook and loves creating fusions of flavour each evening.
Josh is our joint reservations manager and host. He grew up on the New South Wales central coast where he developed a love of the ocean and beaches. After training as a computer technician he travelled Australia and worked on boats before discovering the Whitsundays. He loves meeting people and helping them discover the delights of South Long Island.
Managing Director David Macfarlane has a background in building and architecture, and has devoted the past 12 years towards designing and developing the Lodge - continuing to work on constantly improving and marketing the business. David is often on the island supervising improvements, meeting guests and ensuring everything is running smoothly. His goal is to develop the Lodge into Australia's most unique and environmentally friendly "resort" - providing a luxurious standard of accommodation, facilities and service, without consuming huge amounts of energy or having a negative impact on the surrounding environment.