7 amazing treehouses you can rent in Queensland

Me, Tarzan. You, jealous?

You should be.

Because running away to live in the rainforest ain’t just a pipe-dream here in Queensland – it’s a reality.

From the World Heritage-listed Daintree down to the Gold Coast hinterland, if a nature escape is what your heart yearns for, then make your dreams come true when you hunker down (or should we say up) at these treehouses.

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat

Tropical North Queensland and wood fireplaces don’t usually belong in the same sentence, but it gets deliciously cool enough in the Cairns Highlands during winter to warrant the crackle of burning logs.

Perched in the rolling hills of the Atherton Tablelands (an 80-minute drive from Cairns), the Rose Gums Wilderness Retreat is home to nine elevated timber treehouses, each named after one of the 160 bird species you can spot on this lush rainforest property.

Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa

Sitting in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, the 15 rainforest treehouses (known as bayans) at the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa come complete with their very own secluded waterfall, believed to be a sacred spot to the Kuku Yalanji people.

In fact, this property draws much of its inspiration from the local Aborigines, from the unique Australian dishes found onsite at the Julaymba Restaurant to the cultural guided walks and art classes available, even the ancient healings used in the day spa’s treatments.

Kondalilla Eco Resort

Kondalilla Eco Resort

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The Sunshine Coast Hinterland sets the stage for this stunner property, which has 23 luxury cabins neighbouring Kondalilla Falls National Park.

You’ll find your fill of outdoor activities here, with plenty of wildlife, waterfalls and walking tracks to explore. But you may also be perfectly content to hole up before your glass-front fireplace or kick back in the spa bath (for extra pampering, arrange an in-room spa treatment or bubble bath with rose petals).

Silky Oaks Lodge

Squatting on the banks of the Mossman River, Silky Oaks Lodge prides itself on blending discreetly into the natural environment, with luxurious treehouses and suites tucked away inside a strikingly green rainforest canopy.

One of the signature features of this property is the rejuvenating Healing Waters Spa, which draws inspiration from the spirit of the Daintree’s ancient past (after all, this is one of the oldest living rainforests in the world!).

Songbirds Rainforest Retreat

With just six luxury villas, Songbirds in Mount Tamborine could very well be one of the state’s best-kept secrets, if you don’t mind sharing your space with cheeky kookaburras, whipbirds and lorikeets.

Focused on a mantra of mind, body and soul, you’ll find meditation and yoga classes, counselling and a range of magical massage treatments on offer.

Secrets on the Lake

Secrets on the Lake

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Well, the secrets out now.

Hidden amongst 45 acres of rainforest in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland are the 10 self-contained treehouses of Secrets on the Lake (the lake being that of Lake Baroon). But the best part? Each one features an individual theme from an aspect of nature, and have their own quirky names to boot, like the Platypus, Possums, Lizards Lair and Waterlillies.

When (and if) you can tear yourself away from the spa bath, make sure you take a peek at the onsite art gallery and have a bite at the café overlooking the lake.

Mt Quincan Crater Retreat

Mt Quincan Crater Retreat

Did you know in the Cairns Highlands sits a giant crater made around 16,000 years ago?

Yep, and taking advantage of this quirk is Mt Quincan Crater Retreat and its six luxury treehouses, three of which even have an outdoor shower so you can watch the stars as you bathe.

Enjoy spectacular views, double spas and a kitchen pantry stocked with surprises. There’s also plenty of wildlife at home around this extinct volcano, including the rare Lumholtz’s tree-climbing kangaroo and a large variety of birdlife.

Want more tree top options?

  • Lyola Pavilions in the Forest, Maleny (Sunshine Coast Hinterland)
  • The Canopy Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary, Tarzali (Cairns Highlands)
  • Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Port Douglas

Have you stayed in one of these treehouses? Share your experience in the comments below.