Red Mill House was opened in 1992 and was Douglas Shire’s first Bed and Breakfast.
The house itself is a traditional Queenslander built in the early 1920’s from locally harvested and milled Red Cedar timber. Later in the mid 1990’s a separate building “Tremaine” was added to include an additional four rooms. The original house is steeped in history of a bygone era and is situated in the unique riverside village of Daintree
Set in the lush surrounds of 1.5 acres, the garden was originally established as a tropical orchard. Some of the fruit trees first planted over 50 years ago remain and compliment the Australian native tropical trees, palms and bushes. The grounds have been landscaped in a deliberate casual structure. This allows for the best observation of the flora and fauna in the garden and around the large pond area.
Bird species include North Queensland endemics, such as the Macleays & Bridled Honey eaters, Pied monarchs and Victoria’s Riflebird. Regularly seen feasting on the fruiting trees are the Wompoo fruit doves & Double Eyed Fig Parrots. The Little Kingfisher and Azure Kingfisher can also be spotted taking a quick dip in the pond. At dusk mammals such as the Spectacled and Little Red Flying Fox roost in the nearby trees. The Northern Brown Bandicoot & Long Nosed Bandicoot is a regular evening visitor.
The focus of Red Mill House has always been to attract birdwatchers, nature lovers and those looking for a relaxing tropical rainforest experience. As a family run business, we have combined many years of travel and adventure with comprehensive hands on industry experience. This combined with a great love of the environment, conservation and bird watching allows us to host your stay with enthusiasm and excitement. Daughter Holly is Red Mill House Manager and has years of experience and an academic background in Sustainable Tourism Marketing. Holly and partner Jordan, a marine biologist, are keen active birdwatchers in the region and along the coastal area between Daintree and Port Douglas. They are continuously broadening their knowledge and look forward to sharing their observations and your adventures.
We at Red Mill House are at the hub of a network of birding specialists, naturalists and tourism professionals who can help you leave the area with the best possible memories you could have hoped for in the region. Whether you’re a twitcher, a lister, an observer, a wildlife photographer or simply want a peaceful retreat, our family at Red Mill House will certainly strive to fulfill your needs.
Jim & Tina, Holly & Leilana look forward to hosting you in their very special brand of hospitality in the true spirit of Tropical North Queensland.