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72 Holt Road
Garners Beach
Mission Beach
Queensland 4852 Australia

Sanctuary Retreat
Mission Beach, Cassowary Coast Area

Indicative Rate* $65.00 to $165.00 Accommodation Only

07 4088 6064
1800 777 012


Sanctuary Retreat is an affordable accredited eco-tourism rainforest sanctuary, Eco-lodge and Yoga Retreat at Mission Beach, North Queensland, half way between Townsville and Cairns.

Set on over 50 acres of lush tropical rainforest overlooking the Coral Sea, Sanctuary is as much a refuge for travellers as it is for wildlife. Designed to minimally impact on the outstanding natural values of the environment, Sanctuary offers guests an intimate, yet comfortable rainforest experience in a unique setting.

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Sitting high on a hill to catch the cooling breezes and views across the forest to the Coral Sea beyond, the Sanctuary Long House Restaurant and Bar captures the essence of the tropics. Polished hardwood floors, high ceilings with fans lazily shifting the balmy air and a large balcony situated perfectly to watch the sunrise heralded by a dawn chorus or a full moon appear out of the sea at sunset.

Accommodation is in either secluded forest huts or deluxe canopy cabins nestled under the rainforest canopy. Sanctuary offers guests a unique insight into the ecology of a tropical rainforest along with the knowledge that by staying at Sanctuary, they are contributing to the conservation of plants and animals found nowhere else on earth.

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Property Details


  • Bar
  • Camp Kitchen
    Camp Kitchen
  • Car park
    Car park
  • Communal Facilities
    Communal Facilities
  • Laundry
  • Pets not allowed
    Pets not allowed
  • Restaurant - Licensed
    Restaurant Licensed
  • Safety deposit box
    Safety deposit box
  • Shop
  • Swimming Pool
    Swimming Pool
  • Tour Desk
    Tour Desk
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks
  • Water Sports Gear
    Water Sports Gear


  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Fishing
  • Meditating
  • Nudist/Naturist
  • Swimming
  • Walking

Other Information

Open from 0800 to 2100, seven days a week.

Sanctuary Retreat regret that they cannot accommodate children under the age of 11.

The steep terrain on which Sanctuary Retreat is located means that guests should be able to navigate the 10 minute uphill walking trail to reach their accommodation.

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations more than 72 hours prior to booking, the deposit will be refunded less a AUD22.00 handling fee. For cancellations less than 72 hours prior, the deposit will be forfeited unless the room is sold again, less AUD22.00 handling fee.

Entity Facilities

Restaurant - dine inside or outside under the stars. There are excellent a la carte menus specialising in fresh produce and great coffee. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available for all in house guests, as well as a choice of homemade snacks.

Internet facilities are available as well as a lounge with reference books and boardgames.

Entity Restrictions

For advance reservations, Sanctuary cannot accept bookings for less than two nights. If you are unable to alter your timetable, then please feel free to call us on the day to check availability for a one night stay.

For cancellations more than 72 hours prior to booking, the deposit will be refunded less a AUD22.00 handling fee. For cancellations less than 72 hours prior, the deposit will be forfeited unless the room is sold again, less AUD22.00 handling fee.

Tariffs are room only rates and include all taxes.

How To Get There

Please let them know how you will be arriving in Mission Beach and your expected time of arrival. When you arrive in the carpark, you will notice a shelter with a telephone in it. Lift the handset and a Four Wheel Drive vehicle will come down to transport you and your luggage to Reception.

On the other hand, if you just have light things, then the sign that says "Forest Walk" will lead you via a beautiful (but steep) rainforest walk to Reception. The distance is 600 metres and will take about ten minutes but please don't attempt in the dark or if you have heavy luggage.

Many car rental agencies operate in both Cairns and Townsville. Sugarland Car Rentals also has a depot in Mission Beach for one way rentals - Telephone (07) 4068 8272.

Please arrive at Sanctuary in daylight hours where possible, to enable you to get your bearings in the rainforest before it comes alive by night. You may arrive anytime after 10.00 a.m. Your room will be available by 2.00 p.m., though earlier if possible. Last orders for the restaurant are taken at 7.45 p.m. (please telephone ahead if you plan to arrive after dark and wish to dine in the restaurant.) Last Check in is at 9.00 p.m.

Pet Extract

Pets are strictly forbidden at Sanctuary Retreat. As the property is on a protected Cassowary habitat, introduced animals are not allowed on the property.

Tariff Text

Tariffs are room only rates and include all taxes. A complimentary pick up and drop off can be given to all guests on arrival at coach station or car park.

Rainforest Hut

Elevated boardwalk

Capturing the cool, green light of the rainforest, accommodation is in elevated secluded forest huts nestled in the rainforest canopy. Each hut sleeps two in either double or twin occupancy. A minimalist design maximises the sights, sounds and smells of the rainforest whilst giving some personal space to those creatures you may prefer not to sleep with.

In keeping with the Sanctuary low impact philosophy, buildings are designed and constructed to ensure that the vegetation and bird life is disturbed as little as possible. Adjoining huts are connected by boardwalk to protect the forest floor. Huts are simply furnished with either one double or two single

beds, a bedside table. Ceiling light and fan. Small balcony/boardwalk. Quality shared bathroom facilities in longhouse.

Bedding Configuration

One bedroom or motel room
Capacity: 1 - 2 people
Bed Types Available: Double Bed


$65.00$85.00Adult Room Only

Deluxe Canopy Cabin

Canopy Cabin interior

For those interested more in creature comforts, the deluxe canopy cabins may be for you. Larger than the rainforest huts, these cabins are stylishly appointed with polished wooden floors and handmade natural timber features. The canopy cabins have a studio style bedroom and lounge area, a private balcony with table and chairs and Mini Bar and tea and coffee making facilities. The ensuite has a spectacular glass-walled shower looking out high in the trees. With twin, triple or queen bed options, the canopy cabins offer superior accommodation in an entirely natural environment.

Bedding Configuration

One bedroom with lounge
Capacity: 1 - 3 people
Bed Types Available: Queen Size Bed, Single Bed


$145.00$165.00Adult Room Only

* Please note: These rates are indicative based on the minimum and maximum available costs of listed products and services. To obtain a firm price from the provider, please use the contact the operator. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.