The Botanical Ark Retreat is the original residence of the Carle Family and is now available for holidays and retreats.

Voted one of the top 10 holiday choices in Australian House and Garden Magazine, The Botanical Ark Retreat is a private holiday home surrounded by award winning exotic, tropical gardens.

The Botanical Ark Retreat was designed for embracing the tropical lifestyle of North Queensland, Australia and is available for exclusive holiday rental. 

Accommodating up to eight guests in four bedrooms, The Botanical Ark Retreat features beautiful timber furniture, wide verandahs and all of the mod cons that are necessary for a relaxing and well-deserved holiday.

Your holiday experience at The Botanical Ark Retreat is complete with

  • Absolute privacy 
  • 4 bedrooms (1K with marble ensuite and spa bath, 2Q and 2s) 
  • 2 bathrooms 
  • Gourmet kitchen featuring a walk in pantry, espresso machine, dishwasher, microwave and gas cooktop and electric oven
  • Television with AUSTAR, DVD, CD player, ipod dock 
  • Freshwater swimming hole with private sandy beach and 2 sun lounges 
  • Extensive Award Winning Gardens – WINNER of Australia’s Best Backyard in 2007, Winner of Gourmet Traveller Jaguar Award for Innovation in Travel, Winner of Slow Food Award, Italy 
  • Ceiling fans.  The master bedroom has A/C
  • Extensive library with books, magazines, CD’s, DVD’s and games 
  • Art collection 
  • Large verandah for entertaining with hammock 
  • Indoor and outdoor dining, Gas BBQ 
  • Telephone and WiFi access 
  • Full laundry facilities 
  • All linen including beach towels provided 
  • A complimentary service is provided for stays of 8 nights or more 
  • In House Catering, In House Spa Treatments, Yoga, Meditation and Babysitting are available on request 
  • Comprehensive Tour Compendium available 
  • Arrival pack – tropical flowers, exotic fruit, chilled wine, chocolates and amenities
$650.00 per night  2 guests
$750.00 per night  4 guests
$850.00 per night  6 guests
$950.00 per night  8 guests


Cleaning fee  - $450 per stay

Minimum Stay - 3 nights

Maximum guests - 8

Please note that although WIFI is available, it is via satellite so has restricted downloads.  Please enquire if you require further information on this.

Optional Extras


The Botanical Ark Retreat is located withing the gardens of The Botanical Ark.  Private, guided tours are available on request and subject to availability.  Please contact your host for further information and rates.


The Botanical Ark book is available for purchase.  Please contact your host should you wish to purchase a copy.

**Please note that the property features some medicinal and potentially poisonous plants and also areas of unfenced water gardens and a swimming area.  Children must be supervised at all times whilst staying at the property.

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“The dedication and hard work that has gone in to creating this wonderful Botanical Ark does not go unnoticed" Victoria, Australia

“Thank you for the most wonderful Christmas break that we will never forget". New Zealand

“We loved every moment!! If only we could stay longer to take in more detail". Sydney, Australia


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