Lumholtz Lodge
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Lumholtz Lodge

9911 Kennedy Highway, Atherton, Queensland 4883 Australia
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Nestled in the heart of the delightful Atherton Tablelands, Lumholtz Lodge is a leisurely 1.5 hour drive from Cairns. Lumholtz Lodge is your home away from home, with the entire house at your disposal. Relax around the rainforest garden, unwind in the lounge or bird watch from the balcony. Tariff is $120/person/night-B&B only or $170/person/night-all inclusive with 3 course dinner and all drinks. Looking forward to welcome you to an amazing rainforest wildlife experience.
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Free breakfast
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Woodysmaverick wrote a review Sept 2023
Halstead, United Kingdom47 contributions18 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Like so many that have gone before me, it is hard to find the words to describe the magic of this place and the awesome host; Margit. From the moment you walk through the door you feel so welcome and at home.

The lodge is spotless and all the rooms are beautiful, all wrapped in the amazing rainforest with the wonderful sounds & tranquility it readily gives. My only regret is I wasn’t there longer!

I fell in love with the Pademelon, a specie I knew nothing about prior to going & the joeys are just adorable. Likewise the Tree Kangaroos are very special - Margit was rehabilitating a traumatised young male but to see the interaction was quite something.

Margit is constantly working for & with the animals but still managed to be an attentive, excellent host who feeds you like a 5 star restaurant! She really is incredible!

I feel truly blessed to have had the privilege to stay in this wonderful place, it most certainly was a major highlight of my trip. Thank you Margit - the world needs more people like you!
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Date of stay: September 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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markD6441XC wrote a review Oct 2020
Kenmore39 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Firstly Margit is an incredibly special person who opens her house to guests and wildlife. She is also a wonderful cook, so meals are delicious.
Some experiences are forever, so meeting Green Ringtail, Brushtail Possums, Pademelon, Wallabies closeup is special. However Nelson the wild but regular visiting Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo is a mega personality to meet.
Margits knowledge of all things natural is also amazing as she is a 24 hour a day carer and rehabilitates wildlife. To top it off you're central to Curtain Fig, Mt Hypamie, Crater Lakes etc
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Cheryl W wrote a review July 2022
24 contributions2 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is the second time I’ve stayed at Lumholtz Lodge and I can’t say enough good things. While in Margit’s home, I felt relaxed and at home. The food is beautiful. The animals an absolute joy. A privilege to see the care Margit gives to the orphaned animals. Margit is always keen to help you find the experience you are looking for. Looking forward to returning soon.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Margaret W wrote a review Jan 2022
Cairns, Australia16 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
What a wonderful experience with an exceptionally generous hostess, Margit. The accommodation is spotlessly clean and well appointed. The food is so plentiful, that now having come home, I think a 3 day fast is in order. Besides opening her home to us and preparing the wonderful meals Margit also generously gave of her time and shared her broad knowledge of the animals that call the Tablelands home. During our stay we interacted with a tree kangaroo, pademelons, different wallaby species, black footed rat, brush- tailed possum and several different birds. I recommend Lumholtz Lodge to anyone interested in wildlife.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Michael Williams wrote a review July 2021
1 contribution1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Margit offers a wonderful experience and accommodation in a rainforest setting. She has a vast knowledge and expertise to share with guests, along with seeing a lot of wildlife, including if you are lucky a tree kangaroo, Nelson. We so much enjoyed our brief time with Margit, in very comfortable and clean accommodation. Her meals were wonderful. Thank you Margit - when we return to the Tablelands we'll be sure to see if we can stay with you again.
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Date of stay: July 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Alicia F wrote a review Sept 2019
8 contributions1 helpful vote
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent two days at Margits Lodge in the Atherton Tablelands and were absolutely thrilled. Nowhere could we get SO close to animals - and the tree kangaroos shared the living room with us. Margit has many exciting stories to tell and she knows so much about her protegees. Also for children this is a very exciting place.

In the mornings we took a trip to the surrounding attractions of the Tablelands and in the evenings, Margit awaited us with her incredible hospitality and very delicious food. Then we were allowed to bottle-feed small kangaroos and enjoy the incredible nature that surrounds the lodge: As soon as it gets dark, numerous kangaroos and possums came to pick up their daily dinner in the garden ;-)

A MUST for every animal lover!!!
We hope that we can come back there someday.
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Date of stay: August 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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afong138 wrote a review Dec 2018
Sydney, Australia285 contributions198 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Geoff my hubby & I stayed here for 3 nights. It was an unforgettable & magical
experience to stay at this unique lodge in the midst of beautiful rainforest
surrounded by native wildlife. We established a special bond with 2 gorgeous
Pademelon joeys Charlie & Snoopy. Each day they followed us around &
jumped up on our laps for a cuddle. I even got to feed them with milk one night,
it was an amazing & special experience!
We were also very lucky to meet a female Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo Kimberly & her
female Joey Holly. Seeing them come in from the forest, first in the trees & then
close up in the kitchen was wonderful. The interaction between Kimberly & Holly & the lodge host Margit was unbelievable. The mum would jump up on her shoulder & Holly
would go to sleep on Margit’s chest inside her shirt ( like the pouch). It was just amazing.
We even got to meet the young male Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo Nelson one morning.
We learnt so much from Margit about the Tree Kangaroo & other Australian
native animals & birds. Margit is also an excellent chef, we had dinner with her
for 3 nights. Each night the meal was different, it was delicious & cooked to perfection accompanied by good wine. You need to book ahead for her to cook for you each night & pay extra but it is worth every cent. Free parking on site & free Wifi with excellent reception. It was a privilege to be able to stay in Margit’s beautiful house & to share her unique relationship with all the wonderful animals. Margit has been caring for sick & orphaned wildlife for many years & she is surely the Jane Goodall of the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo.
We will never forget Margit & this wonderful wildlife sanctuary & hope to return again
in the near future.
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Date of stay: November 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Margit C, Owner at Lumholtz Lodge
Responded 5 Apr 2019
Thank you so much for this wonderful review. As a host my main aim is to make guests feel the magic of the unique rain forest and its gorgeous animals. You write as if you were truly enchanted and even giving a bottle to a baby kangaroo was a true experience. Charlie and Snoopy are still inseparable and holly might have another joey in her pouch. We have every reason to believe that Nelson is the proud dad. I would very much love to welcome you again.
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Janet S wrote a review Mar 2018
Granville, Ohio90 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
An Australian friend of my husband (who is a animal behavior biologist) highly recommended that we stay at Lumholz during our trip to the Atherton Tablelands. I can say with confidence that Margit's little piece of rainforest paradise was a true highlight of our 44 day exploration of Australia. What a privilege it was to talk with Margit each night about tree kangaroos, conservation, zoos, politics, science, over a cold beer and glasses of wine. And that privilege was made doubly special by watching her care for and hand feed a rescued baby Echidna, sit with Dobby the anxious tree kangaroo, get to know Hamish the Pademelon and marvel at Kimberly who would come in each night with her joey. Her house is warm, filled with family photos and beautiful art work depicting all sorts of natural wonders. She was also so helpful about directing us to locations that she knew we would enjoy during our day time travels. A once in a lifetime experience that we will treasure.
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Date of stay: January 2018
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Margot does not take payment up front or credit cards, so it is best to bring full payment in...
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Response from Margit C, Owner at Lumholtz Lodge
Responded 18 May 2018
Thank you, Janet. It is very special for me that you enjoyed the wildlife so much. Three weeks ago we let Niffler the echidna go. He was not seen for days and then decided to come into the kitchen for his mince and egg ration that he supplements with ants and termites while roaming the forest. What a joy that he visits every few days now while he obviously settles into his natural environment. A very happy release for all involved. And Kimberley's joey Holly has become so responsive with people, pure joy. Thank you for appreciating my little world.
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Sharon - W wrote a review Jan 2018
Melbourne, Australia134 contributions143 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have no words to describe this place! We found Lumholtz Lodge after watching a documentary about tree-kangaroos. We ended up getting married there and try and visit at least once a year if we can. It's all about the beautiful host, Margit and the wildlife of course! There is wildlife LITERALLY at the doorstep! The rainforest is beautiful and you can sit on the verandah for hours and watch hundreds of birds and other animals.
The food is beautiful and the location is perfect for accessing other areas of the Atherton Tablelands.
If you are looking for a Ritz Carlton experience, this is NOT the place for you ... If you are looking for an experience where you could be nowhere else on earth ... You have hit the jackpot!
I travel for wildlife as part of my job and I'm always brought back to here.
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Date of stay: June 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: If you book in, you don't share it with other guests! It's just you and the host!
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Response from Margit C, Owner at Lumholtz Lodge
Responded 21 May 2018
Thank you for your lovely review.Since your wedding at Lumholtz Lodge you have been one of the most frequent and loved guests. Very magical when guests become like family. I always get so excited to read your bookings and look forward to the long evenings sharing the wildlife passion.
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mwardxb wrote a review Mar 2017
Leicester13 contributions12 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
On a 3 month tour of Australia back in 2015, our 1 night stay at Lumholtz Lodge still stands out as one of the most magical experiences we had. We were privileged to spend some time with Margit and her furry & feathered friends but especially the adorable Kimberley. As animal lovers we were in paradise. Margit is passionate and knowledgeable, the perfect hostess with the most interesting stories and anecdotes. We couldn't thank her enough for having us stay in her wonderful home. If only the UK was a little bit closer!!
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Margit C, Owner at Lumholtz Lodge
Responded 9 Apr 2017
Thank you so much for your lovely review. Very special that you remember even a single day so fondly. Kimberley the gorgeous tree kangaroo now has a joey, Monty, he just turned one year old. You would be delighted to see them interacting in the forest. They still come home in the evening, adding so much magic! Please look at the Lumholtz Lodge facebook page for some lovely photos of the tree roo family. I hope to welcome you again some day.
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Answer from markD6441XC
Kenmore39 contributions11 helpful votes
Its all great-Margit booked us in and this will be such a highlight
Cheryl W wrote a tip July 2023
24 contributions2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"You will likely wish you stayed a few days more."
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Janet S wrote a tip Mar 2018
Granville, Ohio90 contributions38 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Margot does not take payment up front or credit cards, so it is best to bring full payment in cash with you..."
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Sharon - W wrote a tip Jan 2018
Melbourne, Australia134 contributions143 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you book in, you don't share it with other guests! It's just you and the host!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lumholtz Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Lumholtz Lodge?
Nearby attractions include The Crystal Caves (4.0 km), Mt. Hypipamee National Park (2.4 km), and Lake Tinaroo (5.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lumholtz Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Lumholtz Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Lumholtz Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lumholtz Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Baba Curry, Petals & Pinecones, and Atherton Hotel.
Are there any historical sites close to Lumholtz Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Historic Village Herberton (14.2 km) and Rocky Creek Memorial Park (13.8 km).
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