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PK's Jungle Village provides a range of accommodation types for backpackers, families, and couples traveling through the Daintree Rainforest near Cape Tribulation in Queensland, Australia.
Located within the Daintree Rainforest and just over a kilometer from Cape Tribulation, PK's Jungle Village location is remote, to say the least. Port Douglas is the nearest city to the hostel, located south by just shy of eighty kilometers, or an hour and a half by car. When traveling from the south, a continuous-service ferry must be taken in order to access the park.
Due to its position in the rainforest, few dining options exist in the surrounding area aside from an adjacent IGA convenience store/market. Numerous boardwalks through the rainforest can be reached within fifteen-minutes' drive of the hostel. The beach can be reached with ease from the hostel, which provides a cleared boardwalk to access it. Care should be taken in the beaches and coasts, however, as the entire region of Australia is known for the presence of saltwater crocodiles.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Dorms at PK's Jungle Village are organized to accommodate eight people in a four-bunk arrangement. Overhead fans provide circulation throughout the rooms, which are in duplex-style huts across the property. The rooms are generally spacious, although travelers greater than about six feet tall will likely be a bit cramped to sit upright in the bottom bunks.
Although some rooms and accommodations within PK's are equipped with en suite bathroom facilities, the dorms and adjacent camping sites share an external bathroom facility located in the centre of the property, adjacent to the laundry facilities and kitchen. Bathrooms are clean overall, and the shower heads are of good quality, and hot water is consistently available. The bathroom is large enough to accommodate large volumes of guests, suggesting that it is of reasonable size even during popular times of the year to visit.
Campgrounds are also provided on the property for PK's Jungle Village, which provide an economic alternative to dormitory accommodation. The sites are generally sand-based and cleared of vegetation, although due to the high precipitation of the area year-round and low elevation, the area seems to be prone to select areas of standing water following rains.
The kitchen is of adequate size to accommodate large numbers of bodies, although useful counter space is notably lacking. Large refrigerators are provided for guest food storage, as are several cupboards. Only a couple stoves and sinks are provided in the kitchen, respectively, creating notable bottlenecks in the efficiency when large volumes of guests may use the facility.
Common dining areas are provided adjacent to the kitchen. Picnic-bench design and sizes result in the monopolization of all tables by only a few guests, although additional seating areas are provided around the property for socializing and smoking, respectively.
A bar and grill area is present at the centre of the property, alongside a swimming pool which is open for use by guests. Overall value of meals from this bar and grill are strongly inflated, presumably due to the remote nature of the hostel. Several billiard tables and seating areas ensure that the bar is often lively and a popular evening spot for guests.
Few can compare to PK's Jungle Village's proximity to the Daintree Rainforest or coastal access near Cape Tribulation. However, due to this remote locale, the price of amenities such as wireless internet and food at the partner bar and grill may be high. Overall, the facilities are of good quality, but notable restrictions exist in the capacity of the kitchen for large crowds.
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A Hoosier Abroad
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Published on 2017-08-22
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One of my best stays!
Cape Trib is such a beautiful place, and this hostel was the perfect place too stay. Our room was not a 5 star room, but there was nothing too complain about it. Lots of showers and toilets, and a big kitchen. It's a 5 min walk too the beautiful beach, and the place is so beautiful that you shouldn't be spending all day in your room. The staff are all awesome and same with majority of the guests as well. The bar is lots of fun, and is far enough away from the rooms, that you can't hear everyone if you are trying too sleep. Thoroughly enjoyed my stay here and would recommend this hostel if you are staying in Cape Tribulation.
I came here and few years ago and it was great now the new cambodian owners have really destroyed the atmosphere it used to be about the rain forest now they are trying to turn it into a night club not to mention how rude the managers are and how sleazy they look trying to pick up the young travelers it makes me sick. I will never stay there again.
Average -- no facilities
Great beaches/walks but impolite/rude receptionist at front desk.
We stayed in a standard room. They described it as large -- it wasn't very spacious though, not much room for anything other than the double bed and bunk. There was no furniture in the room aside from beds, which were very saggy. A bedside table at least would have been nice. The walls were paper thin, and the floors interconnected -- when our neighbours walked around their room, our beds would shake. The window didn't have a flyscreen, which meant we had to close it overnight to avoid all the mosquitoes (there were so many mosquitoes). The bathrooms were quite old and rundown (missing tiles, peeling paint, everything just seem worn) and hadn't been properly cleaned, there was mould and soap scum everywhere. The basins also don't have hot water, which isn't great for shaving. As it's got its own bar, it's a licensed venue, so you have to buy drinks at the bar and you can't consume any alcohol anywhere outside the bar. It would be nice to be able to drink in the gardens or in the meals area. The meals area could do with more seats -- there are more tables than there are seats. The hostel also takes a $20 deposit for everything -- keys, towels, sheets. And those poor people camping -- the sites are tiny, barely big enough for a two person tent! On the plus side, the gardens were nice and well kept. The air-con in our room was quiet and worked well (even though it looked very old and rusty). The location is great -- so close to the beach and with the grocery and pharmacy nearby.
In summary, be prepared to pay for backpacker vibe and location and don't expect things to be particularly clean, reasonably priced, or comfortable.
Very nice place
Nice place, helpful staff, not far from the beach. Good base to enjoy the beautiful Cape Tribulation. The food in the bar could have been better, but that's the downside of getting away from civilization. Also, you might see some big spiders, much bigger than what you thought possible. They are however harmless and I found them to be an interesting curiosity.
We were here for one night at the start of December 2004 and had an enjoyable stay. Due to our short time here, we didn't use many of the amenities but everything else that we experienced were absolutely fine. The dorm we were in was an outdoor cabin but it was clean, fairly spacious, and thankfully there were no spiders or snakes in sight. By chance, we saw some guys we had met in Cairns so had a good night in the bar and, overall, the atmosphere in the place was good. The location is the best feature though as you are only a few minutes by foot to Myall Beach which gives great views of the Cape. I would recommend hiring a car to come here though as it is far more convenient and you can do your own thing at leisure. Make sure you visit the swimming hole near Emmagen Creek (no crocs) and explore as much of the rainforest and Daintree National Park as possible. However, the list of dangerous animals in the area is alarming -- sharks, jellyfish, poisonous snakes, and spiders, saltwater crocs, and cassowaries. Avoid these and you'll have a lot of fun!
Jungle is Massive - wicked wicked!!! Only joking - in all seriousness, I had a really good time here when I stayed in May 2005. In fact, I had only intended on staying for 2 nights but was here for nearly a week in the end, partly as a result of Liverpool's triumph in Europe I was on a bit of a drinking session, and partly as I just wanted somewhere to relax and chill out. The dorms here are actually wooden huts within the jungle which is very cool indeed, and the bar can be great fun at night. I watched a great game of interstate rugby, NSW vs QLD, obviously supporting queensland seeing which state we were in!!! Another bonus with pk's is that you are only a few steps away from what is virtually your own beach - it is so long so large and so tranquil, you could very easily slip off and be on your own if you felt you needed some space. The only downside to PK's and the reason it only got 4 stars was the price of everything!! The food and drink are an absolute rip off, with staff and owners giving the old excuse about the delivery costs etc associated with delivering goods all the way to cape trib, but come on......this is 2006 for gawd's sake!! Things hardly have to be bought up by horse and cart do they?!! Nevermind, the fact is I'd really recommend this place to anyone, with the proviso that you take your own food and buy it from whichever large town you were last in!!
Situated in the heart of Cape Tribulation is PK's Jungle Village. It is quite a large resort with its own on-site bar and restaurant, however being in the middle of a National Park, it is a fairly quiet place.
The hostel offers dorm rooms, double/twin rooms, as well as camping facilities for a cheap price. The dorms are fairly large and very clean with fewer bugs and spiders than one might of expected as all dorms are outside cabins. The bathrooms are also very clean with plenty of sinks, showers, and lavatories, so you will never have to queue for one.
The hostel is also located next to a convenience store, which is handy to buy meals to cook yourself. It is also worth eating at the hostel's restaurant as the food is very good and cheap. The backpacker kitchen is moderately clean, however not only do you have to put down a large deposit and pay a fee for plates and cutlery, it's also very under-equipped with few pots and hobs to go between many backpackers.
Other hostel facilities include internet access, pool tables, swimming pool, and laundry. The main reception can book you onto any tours/activities you may want to do such as horse riding or kayaking.
Overall, PK's Jungle Village is a very nice hostel, convenient for accessing all the attractions of Cape Tribulation. However the main coach companies do not visit the area, so to access PK's you will either need to drive there, catch the bus from Port Douglas, or arrange an organised tour.
The best accommodation, the best of everything, the best stay. 100%
Could be the best positioned place in Australia
Drive or stay on the bus and arrive there in the rainforest,
If you want a good day, a lift up the Bloomfield track and on the way a swim in the rockpool then to Cooktown ,(and back)
Thanks good people, how beautiful it was
Amazing hostel! Loved it. Right next to the beach, only 2 mins walk through the forest to get there :)
Really nice staff. Rooms good. Beautiful hostel. Would definitely stay here again or recommended it to anyone.
This place is closed, took a deposit and I don't know how to get it back. No correspondence that they are still closed, luckily I found out just before leaving and found alternate accomodation. I'm sure the place was great and will be again but let people know you are closed and refund any $.
It was fairly quiet during my stay but it was out of season.This hostel has a good vibe and is in a beautiful location.
amazing location on the beach, friendly atmosphere, great facilities, very friendly and knowledgeable staff. thanks for a fantastic stay!
Liked: Location, price, facilities, proximity to other attractions Didn't like: Nothing to dislike
Liked: The hostel itself is beautiful and a great way to experience the rainforest. The bar staff are totally awesome and so helpful and great fun. Love how close it is to the beach. Didn't like: There is one girl who works both on reception and was doing breakfast in the morning we were there. She is without a doubt the worst staff member I have ever come across. So rude and very unhelpful. This is the second time we have been to P.K's however, we left the first time after being greeted by her at reception. Other than this one staff member we love the place.
Liked: Nice location Didn't like: You get what you paid for a dorm room....close to bar and not much sleep ....
P.K's Jungle Village is situated in an unique part of Australia where two world heritage lised area's meet, the Great Barrier Reef and The Daintree Rainforest.We are right in the forest and a three minute walk away from pristine beaches.There is a wide range of activities on offer such as horseriding, seakayaking, guided nightwalks through the jungle and dive/snorkel trips.You can relax by our tropical pool, have a boogie on our dancefloor or a drink at our bar.Come stay,play and enjoy!
Location and Contact
3 hour car ride from Cairns, 4 hour bus ride from Cairns.
3910 Cape Tribulation Road, on the corner of Avalon Street, Cape Tribulation,
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