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Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat

Our Guestbook 2012

Our guests rave about our Retreat

27 December

The perfect place for a honeymoon! Private, peaceful and with spectacular views. It was romantic and just so beautiful. Thanks so much!!

Mayani and Kyle (Numinbah Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

20 December

We stayed in a Luxury Lodge for our honeymoon in December, our lodge was amazing and the view was so beautiful! Just waking up in the morning to sit up and see the mountains and rainforest was pure relaxation for us ... Staff are very helpful and lovely, going out of their way to set something special up for me at my husbands request, was an amazing suprise!!!

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19 December

We had an amazing time. Enjoyed all the walks. Meals were fantastic! Thank you for amazing service and a relaxing honeymoon. We will be recommending to everyone. We will be back for sure.

Danny and Deb (Tamarind, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

10 December

Thank you for running such an amazing place. It was wonderful to come here for a relaxing and romantic honeymoon. We will be back!

Joshua and Alicia (Kamala, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)

9 December

We were blown away by this amazing place. The Lodge is so luxurious and wonderful and so welcoming. The staff are wonderful and the views beautiful. We really felt like we were valued here, things like the coffee machine, milk etc are all free of charge. We really felt like VIPs here. Cannot wait until we can get back again. Best honeymoon ever!

Kelly and Steph (Numinbah Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

4 December

In short – the facilities are great; service is enthusiastic and friendly with amazing attention to detail; the location is picturesque, relaxing and peaceful; meals are ample, delicious and highly recommended.

Kris via TripAdvisor

16 November

We would just like to commend you on such a well thought out place. We have stayed all over the world and what you have here is truly amazing. We would also like to add how lovely your staff have been, from booking to reception to cleaning staff. I think you need to list more of the features on your website, there were so many additional features that were a delight and a surprise i.e. the skylight so you can see the stars in bed.

Aleece and Michael (Springbrook Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

9 November

We celebrated our 25th anniversary staying in the Cedar Lodge at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat. Everything was perfect! Our private heated plunge pool was the best place to start and end our days – we loved it. The seclusion of this lodge made it feel like we were the only people on the property. It is tucked away off the main entry point of the retreat and surrounded by lush plant life. The view from the deck is breathtaking with Springbrook Mountain framed by palm trees. The birdlife was an added treat and we made good use of the binoculars that were provided. Our nightly log fire created a wonderful warm atmosphere. Meals were great – more than enough food. The staff were friendly and helpful and gave us lots of good tips about where to go on our travels through the hinterland. Every day since we got back we've thought about our time there and wished for our own private plunge pool. We can't recommend it highly enough. It is truly worth the expense for such a unique and relaxing experience.

Brian via TripAdvisor

8 November

Amazing place, haven't been so relaxed in our lives. A great way to start our marriage.

Andrew and Rani (Numinbah Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

3 November

It's actually taking a lot out of me not to be hysterical when I write this review. I am completely in love with this place. Something about staying here has forever changed the way I look at the world and what I view as real and important. When I was younger I thought life was about dating hardcore gangster party guys who thought going to a club was the greatest thing you could do in life. They had no clue about the world, life or real issues. Then I was BLESSED to meet someone who was completely removed from that ideal and who on his own booked a 2 night (which then turned into a 3 night stay) at Crystal Creek and it blew me away.

This place is amazing. AmaDOIDJFWg. I can't type... AMAZING. I spent a few nights on Hamilton Island earlier this year and although the Great Barrier Reef is nothing to scoff at this by far has smacked me in the head in terms of perfect.

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2 November

I have been fortunate enough to travel to some of the most amazing places and visit some of the greatest towns, cities and countries all over the world but this by far is and will be the greatest place I have EVER, EVER, EVER visited. Better than New York and better than my trip to the Great Barrier Reef. We are so incredibly lucky and blessed to have seen another part of this great country. You have done so well. I want to write more but words fail me. I feel so sorry for those people who will never see this.

Journee and Michael (Satinash, a Glass Terrace Bungalow)


The Glass Terrace Bungalow was spectacular and provided a fantastic base for a few days of rest and relaxation. Received an incredibly warm welcome from one staff member which set the benchmark for service very high which unfortunately wasn't matched by another staff member during the stay who was a little disinterested. There were great options for bush walks and the property is only a short drive from Murwillumbah (including supermarket). Had a few gourmet meals delivered which were generally excellent however if staying again would stock up on more self-catering options in Murwillumbah on the way to the property to eliminate the need to leave during the stay!

via TripAdvisor (solo traveller)

31 October

I just wanted to pass on a big thank you for fantastic weekend at your retreat. We had an amazing time, and I honestly haven't felt that relaxed in years! The gourmet hampers were a delicious addition and the facilities were top class. The hiking tracks were a great workout, and the hammocks were a real treat! There is certainly a great vibe around the retreat! We really enjoyed ourselves and we will definitely be returning in the near future. Most of my team at work are sold on CCRR from my continual ramblings of the weekend!

Matt and Megan (Quandong, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

30 October

You have a very special place here. Truly beautiful. So relaxing and easy to sit and watch the time pass. Amazing bird life. We will hopefully be back again one day in the future (sooner rather than later).

Robyn and Graham (Numinbah Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

29 October

We really enjoyed our stay. The staff alone were extremely friendly and overly helpful. They alone exceeded all our expectations. They successfully helped me pull off an incredible holiday and proposal. Thank you so much; you rock. He said YES!!!!!

Miranda and Daniel (Kamala, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)

29 October

Thank you for the amazing hospitality. It has been an absolute dream staying here; the accommodation, the food, the forest, the facilities all perfect! We will be back very soon.

Matt and Megan

7 October

We had a wonderful experience staying at your resort last weekend. Your incredible location combined with the very thoughtful siting and architecture of your bungalows provides a very private, luxurious and yet still intimate experience of the beautiful rainforest surrounds. The service was excellent too, Mark was very friendly and helpful. We hope to return when we next manage to wrangle a couple of nights stay for the kids with their grandparents!

Ben (Booyong, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)

26 September

Thank you for an amazing few days! Crystal Creek has been the perfect place to celebrate our honeymoon! The attention to detail is superb and has made every minute memorable. Looking forward to our return!

Sarah and Phil (Kamala, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)

19 September

We LOVED Crystal Creek! It was everything we wanted. Relaxing, romantic, beautiful and also full of fun things to do like bush walking, hammocks, glow worms and great service from staff. We will be back (I really want to swim at the rock pools)!!!

Zaga and Glenn (Carabeen, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

11 September

This is as serene as you could ever ask for. Thank you for a wonderful escape. We both had an amazing time.

Trang and John (Carabeen, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

31 August

Thank you Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat we have had a wonderful 3 days, it has been so relaxing and peaceful. The Satinash Glass Terrace Bungalow was beautiful; we really enjoyed the outdoor shower. The Romantic Package was beautiful and it made all the difference. The food was exceptional, we have enjoyed everything and will be back soon. Once again thank you.

Vicki and Clinton

11 August

Thank you for a wonderful 7 days of pure relaxation it was amazing.

Paul and Kim (Kamala, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)

10 August

Thanks again for another wonderful stay at Crystal Creek. Everything was perfect and could not have been better. You have such a fabulous product and a seamless operation – you should be very proud! We checked out Springbrook Lodge as suggested – WOW! What an amazing cabin – love the design!! We will certainly see you much sooner than 7 years like last time ... thanks too for the Moet – what a lovely surprise. I think I'm still wife of the year after my surprise birthday weekend for Andrew.

Belinda (Tamarind, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

9 August

Good morning!!!

Just want to say a big thank you for the greatest 5 days we have all had!!! You were all so helpful especially with all the email etc. prior!!!

Everything was perfect! The renovated rooms, the food, the activities, the staff & their helpful ways & the absolutely perfect weather!!! Just everything we wanted it to be & more!!!

It was even better for us to be sharing this occasion with my wonderful parents. An experience & time which meant so much. As much as we were both there we still had the privacy we wanted & the family time we wanted. Just an amazing time which we will never forget. My parents said it was the best time they had had since their actual wedding day!!! We will be back & will continue to tell everyone about CCRR!

Thank you all so very much!

Natalie and Greg (Satinash, a Glass Terrace Bungalow)

5 August

Thank you for the most magical weekend of my life. As of our first night here we are engaged!

Sarah and Nathan (Numinbah Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

30 July

Just wanted to say a quick thank you for our stay at the retreat! We had the most amazing time & couldn't have thought of a better way to spend our anniversary! There is no doubt we will be back again – we're already looking at when we can come back for our next stay! We loved the fact that we were clueless that there were even any other guests around apart from the fact that there were other cars! We've been raving about it ever since we got back! Thanks again & we look forward to heading back shortly.

Alicia and Darren (Tamarind, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

27 July

Thank you sooo much for such a magical, relaxing and amazing time away. This place is amazing! We will definitely be back when life allows us to press pause again. Wish we lived here.

Bekky and Gerard (Quandong, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

23 July

Dear Crystal Creek: You are a magical, whimsical and gracious host. We had a wonderful time and will take with us all the memories from our time here. Can’t wait to come back!

Deanna and Alex (Springbrook Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

9 July

Thanks for such a pleasant stay. This has been one of the most beautiful weekends away we have had.

Rachel and Sam (Springbrook Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

8 July

Beautiful location, couldn’t have asked for a more secluded and peaceful break. Thank you for helping us celebrate a special time.

Chis and Jane (Booyong, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)

25 June

Our stay here was beyond all our hopes and expectations for our weekend away. The Lodge was amazing and absolutely everything was thought of. The heated pool was a wonderful addition to a beautiful lodge and we were able to use it lots despite the cool weather! We will definitely be recommending CCRR to everyone we know and will definitely be coming back.

Troy and Rebecca (Cedar Lodge, the Luxury Rainforest Lodge)

13 June

Hi everyone at Crystal Creek!

I just wanted to send an email to express our thanks to you for making our honeymoon unforgettable. We had such a perfect time staying in Cedar Lodge and it was extremely difficult to leave. Coming back home and going back to work was very difficult - and we blame you. All because you have created such a perfect getaway haha!

All the staff were more than welcoming and they were very friendly. The food was so yummy and we loved the fact we got to cook the hampers on our own BBQ at a time that was convenient for us. It meant lots of lazy morning breakfasts and nice relaxing dinners. The picnic hamper we had was great also – we really enjoyed sitting in the orchard soaking in the late afternoon sun before it disappeared behind the mountains.

We aren't very good at creating romantic moments ourselves, but it seemed that everything we did at Crystal Creek was romantic because of the effort that you have put into making everything so lovely. The scenery, the lodge, the peace and quiet all contributed to the most romantic time we have ever spent together.

We will definitely return and are already thinking we should come back for our 1st anniversary. But how can we wait one whole year!?

Hoping to see you again in the near future.

Brett and Tamara

8 June

Thank you for making our Honeymoon unforgettable. We were looking forward to arriving at Crystal Creek and now we don’t want to leave. We completely relaxed and feel very rejuvenated… ready to take on married life. The food was fantastic and we enjoyed being able to prepare the meals using the BBQ. You have such a beautiful part of the world and thank you for sharing it with us. We will return.

Brett and Tamara (Cedar Lodge, the Luxury Rainforest Lodge)

4 June

Thank you so much for a wonderful weekend (1st-3rd June 2012). Martin and I were truly amazed and charmed by the accommodation, surroundings and the special touches offered in our bungalow (Kamala). It was a perfect setting to unwind, relax and rejuvenate. Loved the rainforest walk! With thanks,

Martin and Alanna

3 June

An enchanted wonderland of natural beauty, a true couples “Nirvana” We will be back and definitely recommend to family, friends and associates. Thanks for your hospitality, yummy food and superb accommodation and facilities.

Greg and Kim (Satinash, a Glass Terrace Bungalow)

24 May

Thank you to all the staff, it truly was a beautiful stay here and I can’t wait to show everyone how amazing this place is.

Luke and Fortuncita (Springbrook Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

7 May

What an amazing slice of heaven you have there. Everything was simply perfect from the dappled sunlight through the tree canopy to the efficient yet unobtrusive service that is provided by the hosts. The scenery is superb and the gentle noise of the creek truly relaxing. The food was ample and delicious. Cedar Creek Lodge was luxuriously appointed and very private- just perfect. We will come back.

Trish and Geoff

6 May

Loved the natural beauty and the rainforest walks. Professionally run with the bungalow well maintained and excellent signage on the walking tracks. Leaves other similar places we have stayed at for dead.

John (Pandorea, a Glass Terrace Bungalow)

19 April

It took about 1/2 hr to unwind and relax, that says a lot about the people and the place….AH… the serenity!

(Quandong, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

16 April

Amazing experience 10/10. We staying in the beautiful Kamala bungalow which had stunning views. The staff were beyond helpful, the food was incredible and the location was stunning. Such a romantic honeymoon – we felt like we were the only ones there. Absolutely fantastic!!

Justin and Sarah

13 April

Thank you for a wonderful stay. Everything was perfect! I’m glad my husband picked such a wonderful place to stay for our belated Honeymoon.

Bret and Natasha (Tamarind, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

8 April

Fantastic service. We loved that we felt at home in total luxury. The quality of the bed and bedding was outstanding.

Paul and Renee (Cedar Lodge, the Luxury Rainforest Lodge)

2 April

We have now stayed in the Luxury Rainforest Lodge and the Mountain View Lodge – Springbrook. Both of these are beautiful and we would love to have stayed indefinitely. We can't wait to return!

Jess and Matt

19 March

WOW, absolute 10/10 for sure & then some! An amazing retreat and much needed change of pace from reality! The hospitality, the food & bungalows were just perfect and we absolutely loved our stay. A big thank you to Stefan, Amanda & Mark we will definitely be back again ;-)!

Chris and Lani

4 March

Best place we have ever stayed. Exceeded our expectations both the accommodation and location. Attention to detail is what really sets it apart.


24 February

After not having much luck over the last couple of years, I organised for my partner & I to go away from Sydney & elope to a small piece of paradise & boy did we find it! We stayed in the new Mountain view Numinbah Lodge & we were in absolute bliss. Everything was beautifully presented & so very tranquil. Have you ever heard rainforest music playing? We got to experience the sweet & relaxing tunes of the rainforest & it was so soothing. Crystal Creek was above & beyond our expectations& I would highly recommend everyone & anyone to go & stay here! Swim in the waterfalls & take a stroll at night, I won't give any secrets away because you need to experience first hand, you won't be disappointed.

Chantele (Numinbah Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

17 February

Thank you for making our stay so memorable. Nothing was too much trouble. Warm and friendly staff. The little touches were great. Our Honeymoon was a great way to start married life (relaxed, treated well and above all time to be with each other) Keep up what you are doing!!!

Alesha and Andrew (Booyong, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)

12 February

It is a perfectly set up Retreat, from the quality of the rooms to the quality of the service. We got engaged here and the assistance given to us to set it up was outstanding! We will definitely be making a return visit.

Nicole and Steve (Kamala, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)

4 February

It's really impressive that the website is accurate in its depiction of what Crystal Creek offers. We LOVED our stay, thank you.

Hannah and Cameron (Springbrook Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)

21 January

Thank you so much (again) for a wonderful getaway! We love the place SO much and look forward to returning for the fourth time soon. Everything about this place is spectacular! Loved the view of the mountain from our cabin (Kamala)

Daniella and Matt (Kamala, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)

21 January

If you want THE most romantic, relaxing (or not) retreat for two, you can't (you shouldn't) go past Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat.

We stayed in the Mountainview Lodge, built in June 2011. The whole front of the building (and it's the size of a not-so-small house) is floor-to-ceiling glass and looks out on to the rainforest and the escarpment.

Plunge into your own plunge pool, clothes optional because no other lodge can see you or have a (shallow) swim in Crystal Creek itself, between swinging on one of the hammocks strung over the water. Or take an easier short or more strenuous longer hike.

With our package, all the meals (except one, which we ordered separately) are delivered 90% prepared to the lodge, and you finish them off when you like – on the barbecue outside or in the modern kitchen. Then you can eat when and where you like: out on the deck, or inside by the light of 24 candles after having taken a bath together, sipping wine, in the over-size freestanding tub by that same candlelight... and perhaps with a fire in the stove, even in the summer.

Watch a video on the flat screen tv, and so to bed under all the "LOVE" paintings on the wall, with all the candles still flickering.

Amazing service: for example, we'd forgotten to bring moisturiser so a staffer picked up a jar of organic MooGoo for us in nearby Murwillumbah.

We've travelled widely, often staying at high-end hotels and resorts around the world. Truly, it doesn't get any better than this.

via TripAdvisor

19 January

A lot of places we've stayed at do not live up to the expectations and pictures often look nicer than the place really is. Crystal Creek was the opposite, even more beautiful than we imagined! Hopefully we will return later in the year to get married!

Prue and Richard (Tamarind, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

14 January

You should all be very proud of your establishment, me and my new wife have had an amazing stay, I'M finding it hard to drag myself back to reality! Thank you again. Compliments to the chef. You picked an amazing spot, the walks are beautiful and refreshing and the cabin/bungalow is perfect. We will remember this for a long time to come. Sincerely!

Skye and Benjamin (Tamarind, a Creekside Spa Cabin)

9 January

It is only with the greatest sense of civic duty that I review this place, and honestly I have no interest in making it even harder to get a booking.

My partner and I have stayed in around a dozen rainforest properties in the last decade, and this is simply our favourite. This was our second stay, this time in Cedar Lodge. It has all the ingredients for paradise: gorgeous foliage, viewable through sheer glass surrounds; beautifully designed living area – I love the integration of space, with separate spaces but no doorways creating a sense of unity and space (and airflow in the humidity!); various lounging places inside and out; and service for what you need. It's a walkers haven – not only does the property provide several good walks; but you are surrounded by national parks with a variety of vegetation and tracks. The supplied meals are large enough to go for a couple of days on, and use local organic produce – hard to source otherwise in a short trip.

Only real downside is the chlorination in the pool, which is a shock after natural swimming in the creek!

Oh, and the bed is one of the best I've slept on.

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