Winner of the HMAA Award for Excellence
“Queensland’s most unique accommodation”

Tropical North Queensland Tourism Awards Finalist “Deluxe Accommodation”

The Summit Rainforest Retreat has B&B rooms, 1 Bedroom Apartments, or  Holiday Houses with or without Conference Room facilities on the Atherton Tablelands in a luxurious setting, for you or your groups private indulgence.  Click on the main image at right to take the Google Street View Virtual Tour.

Your accommodation options are:

1. The Summit Rainforest Retreat: can be booked as a fully self contained 3 or 5 bedroom holiday house sleeping up to 16 people and featuring an inground heated plunge pool/spa and open fire place on the deck or can be booked as a 1 bedroom apartment (sleeps 4) in a luxurious, “nature lovers” setting. WiFi connection is available throughout the property for multiple devices.


2. The Summit Rainforest Retreat Apartment:  separate to the main building, self contained and sleeping up to 4 people and perfect for couples or small families on a budget. If this option is booked, you have private use of the entire Retreats deck, view, heated plunge pool & spa. The Apartment itself looks into the Crater with its Mabi Rainforest. WiFi connection is available throughout the property for multiple devices.


3. The Summit B & B Holiday House:  stunning timber floors and features of this large 4 bedroom Queenslander – non hosted so you have full use of the property and grounds, couples or groups of 4 can book as a 1 or 2 Bedroom B & B option or families can book the whole house which easily sleeps up to 10 persons with full kitchen, lounge room and inground sparkling pool. WiFi connection is available throughout the property for multiple devices.


4. Atherton Bluegum B & B:  located a minute or so walk away from the other properties you can book as a large, comfortable bed & breakfast room for 2, with private ensuite and satellite TV, or for families or small groups book as a 2 bedroom apartment that sleeps up to 6, Facilities include sparkling pool & all weather poolside BBQ as well as self drive itineraries.


Ideal for singles, couples, families, groups, multiple couples, weddings, conferences, meetings & seminars etc. Packages for accommodation and conferences are available, so that you can mix business with pleasure. WiFi connection is available throughout the property for multiple devices.

Atherton and The Summit are at the heart of all the Atherton Tablelands/Cairns Highlands Attractions & Activities. Nothing is more than a 30 min drive, you are very central.

The Summit Rainforest Retreat is unique, in its quality, the number of guests it can cater for, its position and the native fauna & flora that surrounds it. An exceptional bed & breakfast, holiday house and conference room on the Atherton Tablelands.


The Summit Rainforest Retreat is located in the Cairns Highlands, also known as the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, Australia. The retreat is situated on the summit of an extinct volcano and commands the highest point in Atherton.

You will love the tranquil rainforest setting with its 180 degree panoramic views. Walk through the rainforest to the centre of the crater, enjoy the spectacular scenery, use the “conference room”, or relax by the pool/spa whilst you sip a cool drink.

The Summit B&B (check availability and rates here) has a slightly lower altitude on the properties slope, but still with magnificent views, this dwelling can be booked as individual B&B rooms or as an entire holiday house.

The extended local area is an ecological wonderland of delight for the traveller. It is one of the most diverse regions in Australia with 4 distinct landscapes within a very small area. A highlight is to visit “Platypus Bend” only a 15 minute drive from Atherton & The Summit, it is a 71 ha private property which is registered as “Land for Wildlife”.

Walks and canoe hire are available to get up close and view native rainforest with some of its inhabitants, such as platypus, Lumholtz tree kangaroo’s, echidna’s, green ring tailed possums, pademelons, Johnstone river turtles, fish and lots more, without the tourist “hordes” found at other sites.

The Atherton Tablelands is ideal for Mountain Bike riding, plans are in place for this region to be a leader in such pursuits as Mountain Biking to complement other activities as walking, kayaking and road cyclists. The first Urban Downhill race was staged on the 22nd Oct 2016 with great success.

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