13 June 2018
I wish I could rate this place higher than the top rating. It's in a category of its own. We stayed in the Lamington Lodge in March 2018 and I have not stopped thinking about it. It was the perfect place for a honeymoon and I loved every part of what they had to offer. We had planned on going out a little, but those plans changed after we settled in. The accommodation and the hampers were beyond gorgeous. The only down side was that the infinity edge [pool] was not working properly and we thought it was not on because of the overcast skies (solar), so we didn't mention anything about it until toward the end of our stay. It actually works fine on cloudy days and the pump just needed to be reset. If you think something is not quite right do not be afraid to speak up. The staff were so quick to respond and so helpful when we did say something. This place is world-class... when I want a good holiday I don't think about going back to Thailand anymore. I think about this place!
Sue T (Lamington Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)
The absolutely most relaxing awesome retreat we have ever been at. I will [sing] our praises of this place forever. Couldn’t fault a thing. The views and surrrounds are totally private and amazing beautiful.
Debra M, Pokolbin NSW
20 May 2018
We just spent the weekend in the Kamala bungalow, one of the Rainforest Canopy bungalows, and the setting was just magic. So secluded, if you didn't leave the bungalow you wouldn't know there were any others there and chances are, when you did leave your bungalow you wouldn't see anyone anyway. We loved our bungalow, the view of Springbrook Mountain was awesome and the spa bath in our bungalow was just amazing, sunken into the floor and surrounded on three sides by glass so you looked straight out into the rainforest. We got up early on both mornings and did the Lookout Walk and then the Boundary Walk, great exercise and so beautiful walking through the rainforest. The view from the Lookout is awesome, looking right over the Tweed Valley to the ocean. Each night we would wander down to the creek and lay in the hammocks in the dark looking at the glow worms on the banks lining the creek. Just magical! We also had a visitor one day, a big monitor wandered out of the bush, it would have been 5 foot long, head to tail. Then a few hours later a smaller one was there as well. Amazing! I can't recommend this place enough, it is just such a perfect place to relax and get away from everyone and everything, and just enjoy utter peace and quiet and the sounds of birds. It was so sad to have to leave but we are so grateful to have experienced it. We will be back!! Thanks so much CCRR for a sublime weekend!
3 April 2018
There is little to suggest to the first-time visitor that the world class luxury rainforest retreat at the end of Upper Crystal Creek road used to be a run-down banana plantation, but that is the history of this lovely place. And it is a place for couples only, which is a welcome benefit for those who want absolute privacy and to be able to sit out on the balcony and hear nothing but whip birds and wind through the rainforest canopy.
Our 'Tambourine' lodge was the epitome of luxury with design highlights being the extensive use of glass walls, floor-to-ceiling windows and chunky wooden furniture pieces throughout. Whilst the two-person spa bath could have been a little more generous in proportions (or we could have been a little thinner, I suppose), the overall impression was that the choice of fittings and appliances has been thought through properly.
On the 'quirky-but-luxurious' list was the combined toilet-bidet with the wall-mounted control panel providing hours of fun exploring all the possible settings...
The property itself sits on the side of one of the walls of the crater formed by the erosion of the Tweed Shield volcano, of which Mount Warning is the obvious remnant. It is a place where a stick placed in the ground will grow, such is the quality of the soil and the rainfall rate. The property is managed through a mutual conservation agreement between the owners and conservation authorities, permitting all the rainforest walks and associated activities to be undertaken with proper conservation approaches ensured, which is the reason for its existence in the first place.
The activity options available are totally weather-dependent, but if it is not raining, the walks in the rainforest are not to be missed, followed by a dip in the rockpools and lay in the hammocks strung over the creek. The rocks in the creek bed played havoc on our urban girl and urban boy bare feet, so take some thongs or similar if you intend to go swimming. Take heed of the guidelines about protection against leeches. Enough said...
Overall, the retreat is not for the budget-conscious, the clock-watcher or those who cannot live without their mobile phone and the more time you spend listening to the birds in the trees and absorbing the ambience of the rainforest, the healthier you will feel after a stay here. Highly recommended!
David M, Greater Newcastle NSW (Tambourine Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)
21 March 2018
Last year I won a free stay at Crystal Creek. It was beyond amazing and I couldn't be more thankful for the chance to stay here. I was just thinking back on the trip today and decided I needed to post a review!
This place was the perfect getaway. From the beautiful creek walks to your private villa. The rose petals scattered throughout and on the bed was the perfect little touch.
I couldn't recommend this place any more! I still to this day tell my friends about it! I just wish I could come back.
20 March 2018
My partner and I stayed at Crystal Creek Carabeen cabin for 3 nights over the Australia Day long weekend and we fell in love instantly! From the serene drive to the retreat, to seeing all the beautiful animals, as soon as we walked into our cabin we knew we had found the most romantic and perfect accomodation, we are already talking about our next stay. Thank you to the wonderful hosts and for all the little things that made our stay just perfect! The bottle of wine, surround sound, the amazing bath and the little his and hers pressies. We loved the glow worms and we even saw some little frogs on our romantic walks at night! Crystal Creek you little beauty! Wish we could rate it 10 star! What a truly beautiful place. Cannot wait to go back!
Morgan B (Carabeen, a Creekside Spa Cabin)
20 March 2018
I would give this place 99 out of 100. It is truly beautiful. We stayed in Numinbah lodge which is a mountain view lodge. The lodges are designed beautifully and are very well equipped to cater for yourselves. Plunge pool was big and deep and the perfect temperature. They don't service the rooms if you are there for just 2 nights which is actually nice because you are left to your own devices and don't get any knocks on the door when you are not expecting them. We went on the rainforest walk and swam in the swimming holes which was REFRESHING (code for very cold) but great to cool down after your walk. Kitchen in the room had everything. We used the BBQ for most meals. Even got a free bottle of wine and some lovely soaps upon departure. Can't say enough nice things. The only reason I don't give it 100/100 is that husband didn't think the bed was comfortable and the pillows and linen could be upgraded but very minor gripes, so much so that I am a little embarrassed even mentioning it when the place really is heaven.
queenhotcheapsuit, Melbourne VIC (Numinbah Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)
This was a fourth stay and we love it more and more each time. The connection with nature also allows for a couple to truly relax and connect with each other. You can choose to travel about the immediate area or just stay put, either option works. As this was our fourth stay we ventured out to the Springbrook National Park to bush walk amongst the breath taking waterfalls and swim in beautiful water holes. We drove past a road named "The Garden of Eden" and that just sums up this whole magical area. We now treat ourselves to the top of line accommodation but if your budget does not allow it then the other options will not disappoint.
peternR6793AK, Sydney NSW
28 February 2018
There is so much right about Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat and after trying really hard to scrutinise it I can only find one minor issue. I'll start with the one teeny issue and then recall the many truly great things that make this the best romantic holiday in Australia. The only negative about the retreat is that there are leeches in the rainforest, this is common in all rainforests around Australia so it shouldn’t be a surprise. But, I hate them so much that their existence in such a tranquil place makes me sad.
However, the near perfection of the luxury lodges is not in any way tarnished by the tiny blood suckers. Every lodge is perfectly appointed and privately positioned through the ancient northern NSW rainforest. Every need has been thought about and every comfort has been provided in the base rate for every lodge. Just the feeling of waking up amongst Millenia old harder trees and chirping birds blows my mind every time. The food that gets prepared and delivered every day is amazing home-cooked style delicacies that relax and satisfy. The views from each lodge are breathtaking yet unique and provide a sedating setting for all. The level of luxury in each lodge is akin of any 6 star resort or lodge and offers amazing value for money when compared to other similarly equipped stays. They set out tea light candles throughout the lodge before your stay, a free bottle of wine on arrival and a free games room with a fully stocked blu ray library. It is the kind of place that has to be seen to be believed and gets under your skin. I mean that in a good way not the leech getting under the skin kind of way :)
rb26dett741, Port Hedland
17 February 2018
We only arrived yesterday afternoon for our 2 night stay but we are blown away! A very warm welcome from Katherine, check in done, then given directions to drive to the front door of our beautiful and so very private chalet. Undercover parking, important with the storms hanging around. Our air conditioned chalet is just beautiful, very well appointed, our very yummy dinner for last night and this mornings breakfast in the fridge, cold water, milk, a beautiful bottle of Moët already chilled. The bed is just so comfy, looking out to the rainforest, no need to close the blinds.
The bathroom also very beautiful and all amenities supplied. A large marble both and of course our own outdoor pool. I have gone to heaven!!!!
Very highly recommended.
Julie S, Alstonville
16 February 2018
So I’m not normally one to write reviews whether it’s good or bad, but I feel Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat really deserve one. My partner and I stayed here for 2 nights for Valentine’s Day. From the moment we drove onto the property to the time we left the retreat 2 days later we received nothing but a 10/10 service. We stayed in the luxury mountain view lodge and it was better then we could have ever imagined. We had dinner both nights while there and wow the food was absolutely amazing as well. There is not 1 thing I could fault about this place. My partner and I travel quite a lot and stay in some beautiful places and we both have agreed this has been one of our favourite. So I would like to say a massive thank you to CCRR for giving us a beautiful few days away. I would definitely recommend this place to everyone I know, and we will be back.
12 February 2018
We stayed in the Luxury Rainforest Lodge for one night and it was amazing. Just the perfect romantic getaway in the rainforest. Candle light dinner, glow worms, private pool, spa bath. You can take a trip through the creek and then have a rest in one of the hammocks over the creek.
MissShanz89 (Cedar Lodge, the Luxury Rainforest Lodge)
5 February 2018
We had the Lamington Mountain Lodge over the weekend which overlooked the forest. Beautifully appointed MASSIVE free standing private villa (think Qualia) lovely plunge pool. Spotless. All mod cons. Double sided fireplace.
Easy drive up car port. Very private. Booked again in July for a winter weekend break. Highly recommend.
Kathy P (Lamington Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)
24 January 2018
We spent 5 nights here in this 'hideaway heaven'. I know there were other bungalows around the resort only because I saw a map, each one is hidden from the other, the only way we knew others were staying there was through the canopy of the forest at night we could see one light and one night we ran in to another couple whilst we were looking at glow worms by the creek (where the hammocks hang!) The two (precooked) evening meals and the 5 breakfasts we pre-ordered were delivered quietly when we were not around. This was an experience of a lifetime! The whole 'scenic rim' area the retreat is set in is filled with endless trails, waterfalls and beaut little cafes... of course after a day out bushwalking we returned to champagne and a spa in our bungalow... this was as good as it gets for me!!
Room Tip: Any bungalow is hidden from the next. We had a rainforest canopy one.
Scott V (Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)
Beautiful bungalow in the treetops! They have thought of everything you could possibly need. Amazing! A must visit destination to get away from everyday life!!
10 January 2018
Every single comfort has been thought of while staying here. Every need has been thought of and covered. The most relaxing and private retreat, i think we only saw about 3 people our entire stay.
The mountain view lodge is just gorgeous. The stone floored bathroom, huge granite tub and all of the luxurious products. The balcony and plunge pool kept us cool with our champagne in hand. The meals all supplied were absolutely by far the best meals we have eaten, all easily made up by us on the bbq or heated in microwave. Anything at all we needed or requested crystal creek supplied it. I will most definitely be back to try the snuggly fireplace and heated flooring in winter! Thank you Crystal Creek for the most beautiful memories we created for our honeymoon. Our wedding didn't quite go to plan due to wet weather, so we were able to re-create our romantic dream right there with stacks of tea light candles everywhere, our first dance again, and romantic candle lit dinner.
This place can be described as A slice of heaven pretty much in our own back yard! Highly recommend Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat to everyone!
Kimmy Faulkner (Luxury Mountain View Lodge)
9 January 2018
Thank you for making such a beautiful place that we could celebrate with a fairytale anniversary for my partner and l. I will be recommending this place to all my friends and family.
Nicole and Brandon (Booyong, a Rainforest Canopy Bungalow)
8 January 2018
I planned our trip to this place as a surprise on my wife’s birthday. This place is heaven. Everything about this place is just perfect. The location, convenience, privacy, food, activities, facilities, luxury and especially the staff made this place one of its kind. My wife enjoyed the surprise and we will come back for sure.
7 January 2018
Thank you for such a magical weekend away. Couldn't have imagined a better way to get engaged. We will be coming back with my fiance, friends and family.
Corrine and Saxon (Byron Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)
5 January 2018
Being at Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat gave us the opportunity to experience and do many of the things we don't get to do in our weekly lives in Brisbane. Pristine rainforest walks, beautiful accommodation, creek, bike riding and amazing meals with a view every time!! We loved it!!
We stayed in the Tambourine mountain view lodge for three nights after Christmas - absolute bliss! The room was stunning with uninterrupted views of the rainforest, a solar heated plunge pool, luxurious bathroom, kitchen and all the amenities we needed to disconnect. We chose to self cater using the BBQ to cook all meals and apart from doing the rainforest walk (watch out for leeches!) on the final morning did not leave the lodge. The only slight let down was the bedding which is in desperate need of replacing. Pillows were old and flat and the sheets were grey with age. This didn’t stop us having a great time and we’ll definitely be back. Thank you to Crystal Creek staff for a memorable stay!
Natalie H, Perth WA (Tambourine Lodge, a Luxury Mountain View Lodge)
Wasn't sure what I was signing up for, but this place is truly breathtaking, and so much more than what I could have imagined. A perfect combination of the secluded beauty of the Gold Coast hinterland and the luxurious accommodation, purpose built to be completely submerged in the divine beauty of nature that surrounded, Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat is a must visit place for all who want to enjoy the world heritage Australian rainforests. I was here with my wife for our 10th marriage anniversary and stayed two nights, and we were both in awe of the surroundings, spent a lot of time just enjoying the clouds coming in through the trees as the tropical rain interrupted the many walks available around the accommodation. I would highly recommend this retreat if you want to disconnect from the craziness from your everyday life and enjoy a few days appreciating the breath-taking world we live in. Mark, Stefan and Kathryn were fantastic hosts and made sure that we had everything we needed to make the stay memorable. 10/10