Silky Oaks Lodge is Busily Recruiting Ahead of Spring Re-opening

As works progress on the refurbishment of celebrated Tropical North Queensland luxury lodge Silky Oaks Lodge, Baillie Lodges is now looking to recruit its team ahead of its October 1 opening.

A full suite of staff is needed for the luxury lodge, which is being refurbished by parent company Baillie Lodges with works expected to run to more than $15 million, on both improvements to the lodge and suites and to delivering a premium guest experience of the Daintree Rainforest.

Local TNQ-based staff are ideally sought for a wide range of roles, which include duty managers, chefs and kitchen staff, guest services positions, food and beverage service roles, housekeeping staff and spa therapists.
For potential recruits, a wonderful opportunity exists to work at a world-renowned luxury lodge as part of a broader team at Baillie Lodges, with the potential to build a career in hospitality and to gain experience in sister properties, each in spectacular destinations.

The expanding Baillie Lodges collection also currently includes Longitude 131° at Uluru Kata-Tjuta, Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge on Vancouver Island and New Zealand’s iconic Huka Lodge. Baillie Lodges’ flagship property, the award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island was destroyed in the 2020 bushfires and its rebuild is currently in planning.

Silky Oaks Lodge Manager Sonya Boaden said there was a lot of buzz about the TNQ community and across the travel community as the new-look lodge nears completion.
“We’ve had delays with the project due to the pandemic but works are starting to take shape in earnest now, and so the really fun and essential stage begins: creating our opening team,” Ms Boaden said.

“Baillie Lodges has a very rewarding ‘family’ feel so there are lots of opportunities to join a terrific team of hospitality professionals, learn a lot and have lots of fun along the way,” she said.

Cairns-based construction company Prime Australia is leading the project given the company’s wealth of experience in TNQ and has engaged many local tradespeople.

The new-look Silky Oaks Lodge will feature inclusive rates, premium suites, contemporary finishes and a stylish experience of the World Heritage-listed Daintree, with Port Douglas-based architect Gary Hunt engaged for the design and Amanda Pike of Pike Withers for the interiors.

The magnificent Daintree Rainforest and tranquil Mossman River will remain the star attractions, with the landscape’s cool influence reflected indoors. Custom furnishings by local designers will evoke a real sense of the tropical north.

Silky Oaks Lodge will continue to work with valued local tour operators to offer guests a swag of adventures of the surrounding Daintree Rainforest, Great Barrier Reef and Cape Tribulation.

Those interested can apply by emailing Lodge Manager Sonya Boaden on


Baillie Lodges is an intimate portfolio of luxury lodges setting new benchmarks for premium experiential travel. Set in exclusive locations of unique natural or cultural significance, the boutique properties appeal to the discerning global traveller seeking a remarkable experience.

The Australia-based collection was founded in 2003 by James and Hayley Baillie and includes Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, Capella Lodge on Lord Howe Island and Silky Oaks Lodge at the Daintree Rainforest.

Flagship property Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island was destroyed in the 2020 bushfires and its rebuild is currently in planning. In 2019, an affiliate of KSL Capital Partners acquired Baillie Lodges with the aim to further expand the unique collection of luxury lodges.

Most recently, Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge on Canada’s Vancouver Island and New Zealand’s Huka Lodge joined the portfolio, marking the collection’s foray into international waters.

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Baillie Lodges’ Australian properties are honoured as members of Luxury Lodges of Australia.

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