Gypsy Wagon – unique accommodation coming soon

Gypsy Wagon – unique accommodation coming soon

We’re really proud to present our new hand built full size gypsy wagon styled on the traditional Romany gypsy wagons of old but with a distinctly modern and Australian twist in line with everything we do here at Sweetwater Lodge. This beautiful addition to our accommodation options at Sweetwater will offer […]

Bird-watching Update – March 2016

Bird-watching Update – March 2016

The Blue-faced Parrot Finches are back again! Feeding on the tall grasses close to the second lodge and also around the gate through to our private rainforest. How amazing to watch them from your verandah here at Sweetwater Lodge?! We will be adding a few species to our property bird list […]

Cairns Bird Group Visit

Cairns Bird Group Visit

Last Sunday visitors from Cairns Bird Group enjoyed a stroll and birdwatching around Sweetwater’s beautiful grounds and up through our private rainforest, before a morning tea down at the Platypus Hut. The group contacted Lloyd Nielsen, local author/illustrator and highly acclaimed birder and bird guide to choose a suitable location for […]

The Perfect Place to Cool Down

The Perfect Place to Cool Down

We are so spoilt in Tropical North Queensland for stunning freshwater swimming holes, not least of which we find in our own “back yard”!! So it may be stinger season and a bad one at that too; Port Douglas was closed at the weekend due to the sheer numbers of stingers […]

Goanna

Goanna

Moments before taking this photo on our daily walk around our beautiful property, Sweetwater Lodge, a kookaburra tried to attack this big monster, without success! He remained in position unperturbed presumably targetting the poor bird’s eggs. It is survival of the fittest here in Nature’s paradise, Tropical North Queensland!  The goanna […]

Returning Guests

Returning Guests

So good to have our first ever international guests from 6 years ago return to Sweetwater Lodge, our luxury Tablelands accommodation.  Our lovely guests Roy and Jan from the UK came back last week to spend five days at Sweetwater as part of their trip through Queensland. It is so gratifying […]

Happy gardens, happy guests!!

Happy gardens, happy guests!!

Thanks to our hard-working Belgian backpackers Jenna and Jeremie we have just finished mulching our beautiful gardens surrounding the lodges in readiness for the wet season. What a difference it makes, not to mention the benefit to the soil and plants alike. Another testimonial from our recent guests: “Sweetwater Lodge, our […]

Private Bird-watching accommodation

Private Bird-watching accommodation

Very happy with this shot of the White-cheeked Honeyeater at the back of the house. They are so quick it is difficult to get a close-up that is not blurry. They come in their masses to feed on the callistemons and grevilleas which are currently covered in a profusion of flowers. […]

Chopping firewood for our private retreats

Chopping firewood for our private retreats

Cool winter nights in the mountains mean chopping firewood for our guests, especially our locals who are not used to cold weather and love the opportunity to cosy up in our private retreats by a log fire. There’s no shortage of chopped firewood as our youngest family helper has now learned […]

Carved Platypus

Carved Platypus

So here he is, our beautifully carved timber platypus taking pride of place down at the Platypus pond thanks to Matty G chainsaw artist. Carved from solid bluegum on site at Sweetwater Lodge. So if when you are visiting you miss out on seeing the real thing you can at least […]