Tranquil Cooktown Retreat

Immerse yourself in tranquillity on the Endeavour River Cooktown, QLD. This adults-only bed and breakfast is set amongst lush tropical gardens and located a short 10 minute drive from Cooktown town centre.

5 Queen Rooms

Perfect for couples or a group of friends with 4 x Queen Rooms all with ensuite shower and a shared toilet next to your room or 1 x Deluxe Queen Room with full shower ensuite and toilet.

Breakfast Included

Paperbark Retreat offers a full continental breakfast, included with your booking. Home-cooked dinners are also available, as an optional extra and can be arranged once you settle in and relax.

Resort Style Pool

Cool off in our resort style pool, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and native bush. This incredible pool offers a peaceful retreat, perfect for a swim or simply unwind under the gazebo with a book.

About Us

A tropical oasis on the banks of the Endeavour River

Paperbark Retreat (formerly known as Barradise Lodge), is situated on the banks of the Endeavour River. This sprawling country lodge is wrapped in a large verandah, offering shaded outdoor lounge areas complete with fans, tropical gardens and resort-style swimming pool. The adults only accommodation includes three queen rooms, each with TV, ceiling fans, air-conditioning, ensuite shower and seperate toilet (toilet is next to the room) one deluxe queen room with full ensuite (shower and toilet) and one twin single room (two king single beds).

Queen Rooms

Each room features a comfortable queen sized bed, air-conditioning, TV, clothes rack and ensuite shower (toilets are next to rooms).

Shower Ensuites

Each room has an ensuite bathroom with shower, hair dryer, toiletries and basin. Toilets are located outside the 4 standard rooms.

Resort Style Pool

Cool down in the outdoor pool, surrounded by tropical gardens, then grab a book and relax in the gazebo or on the sun lounges.

Lounge Area

A communal lounge area is located adjacent to the kitchen, complete with TV, assortments of books, playing cards and board games.


Operating as a Bed & Breakfast, Paperbark Retreat offers a selection of local produce for breakfast. Additional meals available on request.

Indoor Dining Area

Adjacent to the communal lounge area is a large dining area, which can comfortably seat 8 guests.

Outdoor Dining Area

Paperbark Retreat offers plenty of outdoor spaces to relax, including the large outdoor dining area which comfortably seats 6.

Tropical Gardens

The lush tropical gardens at Paperbark Retreat, including palms and orchids, are great to explore for some peace and tranquility.


Cooktown is unique for its close proximity to a myriad of angling environments, from the outer reef to the rivers – this is fishing paradise!


Guest Reviews

My partner and I recently visited Paperbark Retreat and it was the perfect little getaway we needed. Tony & Sue could not of been more accommodating, starting with a beautifully decorated room, freshly brewed coffee in the mornings and a campfire under the stars at night. It’s the perfect little mix of luxury & good old fashioned service! If you’re looking for a getaway & need a recharge definitely check them out. Looking forward to getting back there very soon!

Tanya & Jared

Cairns, QLD

We had the pleasure to spend some time at Paperbark Retreat, set amongst beautifully maintained grounds. Paperbark’s accommodation was well presented, comfortable and clean. The hospitality was second to none, Tony and Sue make you feel part of the family. We were picked up from Cooktwon Airport and within. 5 minutes arrived at the accommodation. It is located right on the river and within minutes of arrival we were throwing a line in – the Barramundi always taste better when you catch it! We will be returning.

Dan & Deb

Tamworth, NSW

I travelled from Cairns to Cooktown for a break and stayed at Paperbark Retreat. What a beautiful place. So relaxing and the hosts Sue And Tony were just such beautiful people. The property is just so nice. Everything was clean and neat and the pool is just amazing. The rooms are fantastic and the bed so comfy. They offer you cooked breakfast or or cereal and fresh fruit. I would and will recommend this place as a getaway to everyone and I would not hesitate in visiting again. Thank you Sue and Tony.

Jezy Burgiel

Cairns, QLD

Sue WoolfendenSue Woolfenden
00:10 06 Oct 23
A fabulous place to stay when you visit CooktownTony and Sue are wonderful hosts and give lots of helpful information for where to visitSue's breakfast deliciousThanks Sue and Tony we will be back !
Elvira RügerElvira Rüger
06:36 16 Aug 23
...was the best decision we did for staying in Cooktown!! Tony and Sue are wonderful!! design.. wherever you look!.. sure..their place will see us again...!!!
Jenny HannahJenny Hannah
06:37 09 Aug 23
We had the pleasure off staying at Paperbark Retreat . What an amazing setting, surrounded by beautiful gardens. The rooms were beautifully decorated and very clean and comfortable with everything you needed for your stay.Breakfast was on the deck with a huge selection of local fresh fruit, cereal, bacon and eggs. Sue's freshly baked muffins every morning were delicious and the fresh brewed coffee topped it off.Sitting by the pool amongst the gardens was very relaxing after a day of sightseeing, a great spot to enjoy an afternoon drink and swim.We had some delicious home cooked meals at night with Sue and Tony, Sue is a great cook and there was always a really nice dessert after.Sue and Tony were great hosts, had a great knowledge for the area. We will definitely be back.
Terry RyanTerry Ryan
10:10 03 Aug 23
We recently had an absolutely wonderful stay at Paperbark Retreat! The peaceful and serene rainforest surroundings were exactly what we needed to unwind and relax after our long road trip from Melbourne.Our room was bright and airy, extremely comfortable, and beautifully decorated with Sue’s lovely artwork. Sue and Tony were incredibly friendly and helpful, always willing to answer any questions we had or offer suggestions for things to do around Cooktown.With the wide veranda around the building, we enjoyed our extravagant breakfast outdoors every day despite the wet weather. Sue’s homemade fig muffins which she sent us away with, are to die for. Travelling with our Cavalier Milly we were always made to feel welcome.We would highly recommend Paperbark Retreat to anyone looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating getaway – we would love to return!Prue and TerryMelbourne
Unicorn 23Unicorn 23
21:36 27 Jul 23
Truly a tropical paradise! Tucked away in serene beautiful gardens.Our lovely hosts Sue & Tony were terrific - with a cuppa on arrival, such helpful info on the areas, places to see, the attractions.We were invited to have dinner with them along with another couple (guests).If your looking for that 'piece of tranquility', tropical exploration and discovering the beauty of Cooktown and its history do take a trip up. Highly recommend.Thank you Sue & Tony @ The Paperbark Retreat' Cooktown
Richard MorrisonRichard Morrison
10:41 21 Jul 23
Kim and I stayed 5 nights at Paperbark Retreat in mid-July and it was absolute paradise. Our hosts, Sue and Tony extended us wonderful hospitality. The tranquil environment, lovely garden, well appointed and extremely comfortable rooms and delicious breakfasts and evening meals and pool were all outstanding. Nothing was any trouble for our kind hosts to make our stay perfect.We also had the opportunity to enjoy truly memorable interactions with the other guests (conversations and laughter !) but also could enjoy quiet times at the Retreat admiring the tropical surrounds as well as exploring the many highlights in the Cooktown areaThank you Sue and Tony for making our stay so enjoyable.Richard and Kim
Tony HarrisonTony Harrison
06:33 21 Jun 23
What an absolute gem. The accommodation is fantastic and Tony and Sue go beyond to make you welcome. We stayed 2 nights but wished it was longer. We thoroughly recommend Paperbark Retreat

Amenities &

Queen Rooms
Air Conditioning
Tropical gardens
Lounge Area
BBQ Area
Shared Laundry
Pool + Gazebo
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Cooktown is the perfect base for your Cape York adventure. With its rich history, must-do Aboriginal tours, world-class fishing, and gorgeous scenery.

1133 Endeavour Valley Road Cooktown Queensland 4895

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