This boutique property is surrounded by nature, nestled on 2.28 acres of private grounds, combining tropical rainforest and beautiful gardens. The elevated rooms and decks place guests in the treetops, with views over the lush landscape below and beyond. It provides the space to sit and be still, engaging and connecting with the flora and fauna that abounds here.
Each of the 5 guest rooms have their own ensuite. Four Queen Rooms have a shared balcony which overlooks the waterfall swimming pool, while the Superior King Room is a part of the main house and can comfortably accommodate 3 guests. An indulgent breakfast is included in the rate and served on the main verandah by your hosts, Dawn and Blair Shimmield.
Licuala Lodge is famed for its peace and serenity, abundance of wildlife and family of Cassowaries which are frequent visitors to the garden. We look forward to seeing you here.
Welcome to your home away from home, staying amongst the rainforest in unique, award-winning accommodation. This 4-star property has all the facilities and amenities you’d expect, including a spacious guest lounge. The surrounding rainforest and gardens are full of colour and life. Watch for brightly coloured butterflies, birds and dragonflies. Listen to the chorus of crickets, cicadas and frogs. Be amazed by the majestic Cassowaries which visit regularly – and that’s just here at the lodge. There are many tours, attractions and activities to keep your stay at Licuala Lodge and Mission Beach as busy, or relaxed as you’d like.
They’re frequent visitors to Licuala Lodge.
A great place to chill out, day or night.
Full of flowering and fruiting plants.
Served with a view over the rainforest.
Ulysses, Cairns Birdwing and more.
At your home away from home.
Visit the Great Barrier Reef.
As short or long as you like.
World class river, with wild rafting.
Feel the adrenaline.
Endless miles of golden beaches.
Licuala Lodge is centrally located in Mission Beach, sitting back from the road, between North Mission Beach and Wongaling Beach. It’s just 1.5kms from the cafes, restaurants and boutiques, as well as the endless beaches which face tropical islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Just steps away from the ancient rainforest, with the property backing on to Lot 66, a protected Cassowary corridor.
The lodge itself is built in the colonial style, well suited to its surrounds. A timber pole home with wide cool verandahs and elevated, sheltered walkways provide easy access to and from the accommodation and the main residence, with its communal lounge and living spaces.
The established gardens were lovingly created to provide an effortless link between Licuala Lodge and the rainforest. They’re productive as well as beautiful, planted to attract and sustain birds and butterflies. Towering Alexandria Palms, beautiful silver Bismark Palms and striking Lipstick Palms are the tallest in the garden. Crotons, gingers, heliconias, cactus, orchids and hibiscus add colour, as does the stunning flame of the forest vine which cloaks the garden arbor.
There are several passionfruit vines, pineapples, pawpaws, a few dragonfruit plants and several species of citrus fruit including the weird and wonderful Buddha’s Hand. Where possible, fruit from the garden is served fresh, as a part of the breakfast provided and included in your stay at Licuala Lodge. Be our guest to stroll and explore.
My partner and I recently spent 5 nights at Licuala Lodge, and we had an amazing time. Dawn and Blair were very personable hosts. They tended to our every need and provided us with many suggestions of places to visit and things to do. Their hospitality really enhanced our stay at Mission Beach and helped us get the most out of our time there. The homemade bread and cakes, as well as the fruit bowl were delicious. We were also stoked to see the resident wild cassowary and his chick's wander through the grounds on multiple occasions. Our stay here was truly a treat.
We stayed for two nights however honestly would have loved to stay a week! Blair & Dawn are friendly welcoming hosts, delicious breakfast on the deck, comfortable room with access to the veranda, loved the resident Cassowaries and chicks. An easy 25 min walk to the Mission Beach Resort or you can book a courtesy bus if walking is not for you.
Our stay at Licuala Lodge was the highlight of our trip to NQ. We saw a cassowary and chick every day and delighted in bird watching from our balcony (sun birds, metallic starlings, helmeted friar bird, dusky honeyeater, yellow oriole, etc. The gardens are exceptional. Breakfast was delicious with home made ingredients.
We stayed here for two nights and wished we could have stay longer. Arriving here was like arriving in paradise; the gardens stunning and full of wildlife, with the accommodation clean, relaxing and with modern touches. The owners were fantastic, helpful, social and so welcoming. Breakfast was delicious served on the balcony. Cannot recommend this place enough!
The hosts were really lovely, helpful and informative. The property is excellent and is next to the rainforest. Cassowaries visit the gardens from time to time and if you want to see one, then this is the accommodation to reserve. We enjoyed our two nights there very much.
I loved my stay here. The gardens are magical. The free breakfast was delicious. Dawn and Blair are lovely and super helpful. I got to see a cassowary for the first time. Highly recommend.
My wife and I had the absolute pleasure of staying here for 2 nights. We could not have been more pleased when we realised the location was set in the countryside. Not only was the setting beautifully positioned off the road but also looked the part too. A real paradise as you go along the driveway to something exceptional. Dawn and Blair are terrific hosts, nothing is too much trouble. They recommended restaurants to eat at, as well as walks and items that may be of interest. Their cooked breakfast was a terrific start to both days. The rooms are clean and cosy. If you want to relax and be looked after, we highly recommend here. We’ll be back !!!
Dawn was one of the best B&B hosts we’ve ever met - and we’ve met a lot. Try to stay 2 or 3 days in this paradise. It is so relaxing, peaceful and beautiful! Excellent breakfast. Cassowaries pass by during the day!
Not very common to stay at a place where every morning the Cassowaries visit! A very special place looked after by special people - Dawn and Blair. Nice special breakfast – home baked bread, special mix yoghurt, local fruits. This is the best place if you like a nice and quiet place to stay, surrounded by tranquil garden and lots of birds. Highly recommended!
We picked this place because it looked a little bit different from the regular beachfront accommodation and we weren’t disappointed. As we drove in, we were literally greeted with a Cassowary and his chicks strolling past and disappearing into the rainforest that surrounds this special property. This Cassowary was no stranger either, he hung around. While you are still close to the beach, you get to fall asleep to the sounds of the rainforest, and wake up to a beautiful breakfast served high on the deck of this pole home looking down on a tropical garden. Dawn and Blair were very welcoming hosts, thank you for making it special.
The quiet, peacefulness of this property was a tonic for our soul. The breakfast was amazing and the hospitality was helpful warm and respectful. We loved this property.
This is one of the best kept secrets in Oz! Dawn & Blair offer a 6-star experience of a lifetime. This beautiful stay nestled in enveloping, beautifully landscaped luscious tropical gardens, along with meandering local Cassowaries that gives you a feeling of total isolation, yet only minutes to local shops/dining/attractions. Their sumptuous breakfast of homemade bread/jam/cake inc much more, leaves you so fulfilled ready for a day of amazing adventure in this most wonderful place named Mission Beach.
We were lucky enough to stay at this lodge for a couple of nights. We were impressed with the impeccably clean rooms, wonderful garden surroundings, fresh fruit and friendly hosts. We got to see one of only a few hundred rare Cassowaries wondering through the garden one morning, which was super special. The lodge has a fantastic location surrounded by World Heritage rainforest on one side and the stunning beaches and the Great Barrier Reef on the other. We loved it at Licuala Lodge and cannot wait to come back again.
We really enjoyed our short but delightful stay at this lodge. The room was clean and comfortable. The gardens and pool area are well tended and lovely. Felt we were in the rainforest in this secluded and cosy accommodation. There was a communal area where breakfast was served. Full English breakfast was delicious. Thank you to Dawn and Blair who made us feel so welcome. Only wish we could have stayed longer.
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