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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
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
Published on Aug 22, 2017
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.