The beautiful Great Barrier Reef eco-lodge, owned by Trailfinders founder Mike Gooley, is up for sale

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Former ‘World’s Best Remote Hotel’ for Sale: Trailfinders founder founder Trailfinders founder’s beautiful Great Barrier Reef eco-lodge is on the market and comes with its own helipad

  • Bloomfield Lodge is set amidst Queensland’s lush rainforest, next to the azure waters of the Coral Sea
  • The current Cape Tribulation estate owner is ex-SAS officer and Trailfinders founder Mike Gooley
  • He bought the lodge in 1990, invested over AUS $ 20 million – and turned it into a world-class eco retreat

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As for ‘location, location, location’, this extraordinary property has it all – and it could be yours.

Bloomfield Lodge – a former Forbes Magazine World’s Best Remote Hotel – is set amid Queensland’s lush rainforest and next to the azure waters of the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef. Access is possible by sea – it has its own pier – by helicopter to a special helipad or by plane to an airport for exclusive use.

The current owner of the Cape Tribulation estate is Trailfinders founder Mike Gooley, but the travel pioneer has decided to market it and it is now up for auction by Sotheby’s International Realty.

Bloomfield Lodge - a former World's Best Remote Hotel - is up for auction by Sotheby's International Realty

Bloomfield Lodge – a former World’s Best Remote Hotel – is up for auction by Sotheby’s International Realty

The current owner of the Cape Tribulation Lodge is Trailfinders founder Mike Gooley, who has spent millions turning it into a chic eco retreat.

The current owner of the Cape Tribulation Lodge is Trailfinders founder Mike Gooley, who has spent millions turning it into a chic eco retreat.

The current owner of the Cape Tribulation Lodge is Trailfinders founder Mike Gooley, who has spent millions turning it into a chic eco retreat.

The former SAS officer bought the lodge in 1990, invested over AUS $ 20 million (£ 11 million / $ 15 million) in it – and turned it into a world-class eco retreat.

The resort covers three acres of Daintree Rainforest and runs along 656 meters of Weary Bay’s shoreline.

The ad says, ‘Nuzzled in the Ancient Rainforest are 18 suites, each with picture-postcard views over the crystal clear waters of the Coral Sea and mountain ranges. Guests’ amenities include a swimming pool, nature trails, games room, fitness center, day spa, gazebo spa, library brimming with regional historical memorabilia, and an open-air restaurant and bar. ‘

The resort covers three acres of Daintree Rainforest and runs along 656 meters of Weary Bay's shoreline

The resort covers three acres of Daintree Rainforest and runs along 656 meters of Weary Bay's shoreline

The resort covers three acres of Daintree Rainforest and runs along 656 meters of Weary Bay’s shoreline

Bloomfield Lodge operated successfully under the banner of Small Luxury Hotels of the World for ten years

Bloomfield Lodge operated successfully under the banner of Small Luxury Hotels of the World for ten years

Bloomfield Lodge operated successfully under the banner of Small Luxury Hotels of the World for ten years

Nestled in the ancient rainforest are 18 suites, each with a postcard view of the Coral Sea

Nestled in the ancient rainforest are 18 suites, each with a postcard view of the Coral Sea

Nestled in the ancient rainforest are 18 suites, each with a postcard view of the Coral Sea

Sotheby’s says the new owner may want to reopen the celebrated resort, or “ keep it as an ultra-exclusive private pampering retreat. ”

According to the auction company, Bloomfield Lodge operated successfully under the banner of Small Luxury Hotels of the World for a decade and “ attracted an international clientele who traveled all over the world to reach their vacation destination. ”

Unsurprisingly, it was also a popular destination for Australian travelers.

Bloomfield Lodge ‘attracted an international clientele who traveled around the world to reach their holiday destination’

A source told MailOnline Travel that Mr. Gooley, who founded Trailfinders in 1970, ran the lodge along mixed lines, rented out a few lodges, but always kept a few available for friends and family.

Sotheby’s adds that the area is ‘rich in historical and cultural significance,’ with Weary Bay named by Captain James Cook and his men, who ran aground there in 1770.

They rowed ashore from Endeavor Reef, where they were trapped, to determine if the Bloomfield River was a suitable place to make repairs.

Mr. Gooley, who founded Trailfinders in 1970, ran Bloomfield Lodge along mixed lines, rented out a few lodges but always kept a few free for friends and family

Mr. Gooley, who founded Trailfinders in 1970, ran Bloomfield Lodge along mixed lines, rented out a few lodges, but always kept a few free for friends and family

Mr. Gooley, who founded Trailfinders in 1970, ran Bloomfield Lodge along mixed lines, rented out a few lodges, but always kept a few free for friends and family

Weary Bay (pictured), overlooking Bloomfield Lodge, was named by Captain James Cook and his men, who ran aground there in 1770

Weary Bay (pictured), overlooking Bloomfield Lodge, was named by Captain James Cook and his men, who ran aground there in 1770

Weary Bay (pictured), overlooking Bloomfield Lodge, was named by Captain James Cook and his men, who ran aground there in 1770

Access to Bloomfield Lodge is possible by sea - it has a private pier - by helicopter to a dedicated helipad or by plane to an airport for exclusive use

Access to Bloomfield Lodge is possible by sea - it has a private pier - by helicopter to a dedicated helipad or by plane to an airport for exclusive use

Access to Bloomfield Lodge is possible by sea – it has a private pier – by helicopter to a dedicated helipad or by plane to an airport for exclusive use

Last year, Trailfinders was named Holiday Provider of the Year by the consumer choice brand Which?

Which? said it selected Trailfinders for the award as a result of the company’s “tremendous response to customers affected by the effects of Covid-19.”

In 2019 the company was named Travel Brand of the Year.

It also ranked number one in Which? In July 2020.

For more information about the Bloomfield Lodge auction, visit queenslandsothebysrealty.com/1P2137/1-esplanade-cape-tribulation

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