THE CANOPY TREEHOUSES& WILDLIFE RETREAT
The Canopy offer boutique treehouse accommodation set in 100 acres of pristine ancient rainforest. Nestled in the heart of the Atherton Tablelands renowned for its lush tropical waterfalls, fresh fruits and local produce every weekend at one of the bustling markets. The Treehouses are surrounded by walls of ancient trees, birds and rare species including Tree Kangaroos Platypus and Cassowaries.
This award-winning eco-friendly accommodation is the perfect base to explore what the area has to offer.
Relax in our pristine private rainforest with your favorite book or share the balcony BBQ with friends. Reconnect with nature and wildlife on a walk along one of our private tracks to fill your lungs and heart with clear fresh air. The Canopy Treehouses will give you a true sense of home and comfort in the wilderness !
About the Canopy
Originally all the land on the Atherton Tablelands was covered with rainforest. European Settlement began in the 1900’ and most of the rainforest has since been cleared. Thankfully, the land that the Canopy Rainforest Treehouses and Wildlife Sanctuary now occupies was saved from the clearing out by it first owners, the Hogan brothers (i.e. the Hogan Road).
After their death, the land was purchased by local Dairy Farmers Pat and Val Sheehan in the mid 20th century. The Sheehan’s were doing very well and acquired the rainforest block simply because it bordered their farm. The Sheehan’s never found the need to use the land and our rainforest survived clearing for a second time!
Harry and Sandra Walker purchased the block in 1979 from Pat and Val Sheehan, who were subdividing their dairy farm. They owned all the land from the rainforest – on both sides of the river – up to the highway. Initially a small house was built at the end of the bitumen on Hogan’s Road and then the main house in the forest was finished in 1990.
The constructions of the treehouses began in July 1997 and were completed in April 2001, and the Bower House was completed in November 2002.
The current owners purchased the property from the Walkers’ in January 2005. They are reforesting the adjoining land where The Bower is situated and this will increase the habitat area by some 30 acres when complete.
The Canopy has raised a lot of interest from scientists since 1985. C.S.I.R.O. and various universities and students have used the rainforest for research since 1985. One of these studies by the C.S.I.R.O. has shown that this rainforest, has consistently over a 2-year period, produced 4 to 7 times the amount of fruit than other study sites in nearby rainforests.
This rich source of food along with the general deforestation in the area accounts for the phenomenally high density of wildlife in this rainforest.
Food & Wine
Curtain Fig Tree
What to do on the Atherton Tablelands
Described by Sir David Attenborough as “the most extraordinary place on Earth”, the Wet Tropics World Heritage, Area is the world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest.
Alandscape so biodiverse, this ancient forest is a living breathing window into the past, where you’ll find flora and fauna over 100 million years in the making.
The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in Queensland is an Australian natural icon—and nothing short of spectacular. Stretching more than 450km from Townsville to Cooktown and meeting the Great Barrier Reef at many places including Cape Tribulation and Bingil Bay, it is the only place in the world where two natural World Heritage Sites meet. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, spectacular diversity of wildlife and hundreds of scenic tracks to explore, the
Wet Tropics is an outdoor lovers’ playground, with white water rafting, drift snorkelling and hiking all in a day’s fun.
WHERE ARE WE LOCATED ?
247 HOGAN RD
We are located a senic 90 min drive from Cairns, in the centre of the Atherton Tablelands.