The Kyoto Mountain Lodge of the Treehouse

100% Recommended
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In the Byron Bay Hinterland, Kinabalu, 25 minutes from Byron Bay, wake up on top of a mountain to the sunrise and one of the most extraordinary views in Australia looking over the valley all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Please note, being originally THE ORIGINAL LIVING QUARTERS FOR THE EARLY SETTLERS. What is provided is primarily immersive nature-based experience. It is not 5 star, and is very rustic, however, with the most incredible views! The property is immersed in the virgin jungles of Inner Pocket. Definitely for Wild Nature lovers only!

Our home, Kinabalu Farm, is managed as a Private Conservation Park and the income I earn from this help us look after this very special place not to mention repair & regenerate the Gondwana rainforest here at Kinabalu. Planting my favourite rainforest trees is my passion. I'll give you a tree to plant:)

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Features and Amenities

2 bedrooms
3 beds
1 bathroom


  • Check in after 2pm
    Check out before 11am
  • Weekday minimum booking: 2 nights
    Weekend minimum booking: 2 nights
Cancellation Policy: 

Receive a 50% refund of the total booking amount (minus service fee) up until 1 week prior to check-in.

STRA Registration: PID-STRA-29649

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Drive up to the top of the mountain for 3kms in an all-terrain vehicle (4WD) ... or walk. The drive is not for the faint-hearted! The road up to the top of the mountain is *very rough* and especially steep in the first part, so an appropriate 4 wheel drive with good clearance and not to mention good driving skills are required to reach the pinnacle.

*Please bear in mind all lifts on arrival and final departure from the car park is provided by arrangement and is included in the price*. Other trips by arrangement will be charged $30 each way. Please also note, driving here requires extreme 4 X 4 experience! I highly advise taking the freely available rides.

This is off the beaten track, wild bush mountainous terrain, overlooking the ocean and a deep jungle valley below, surrounded by the Inner Pocket Nature Reserve. So do your shopping beforehand.

Experience a fully-equipped off-the-grid, hilltop jungle Safari 1/2 hour from Byron Bay and wake up to the Golden Sunrise over the vast ocean perched on top of a mountain, at the end of a most gorgeous valley there lies in a secret forest overlooking the majestic Pacific is called "Kinabalu". The abode of peace & tranquillity.

Surrounded by a Rainforest Sanctuary & National Park, you have absolute privacy and one of the most extraordinary locations of the area and in Australia. If pristine walks into old growth forest & wild beautiful nature or swimming in the natural waterfalls is your thing...this is it.

The Kyoto (Hut) was originally built in 1976 as a habitable barn by the early settlers. Its choice was governed by the sight of the early sunrise over the ocean.

In the Kyoto Lodge there are two double bed bedrooms. The main bedroon occupies the whole top floor with its own lounge and bathroom attached. The lounge there can be made into a very comfortable bed for a single. Downstairs there is another cedar lined bedroom with a double bed, and in the lounge double camping style foam mattress in front of the open fire place. There is also another double bed in the downstairs lounge in the form of a couch that converts.

A shower & toilet is available here with another on its way. The shower is an outdoor garden type built into a tree trunk *so not for the shy*. Or you may like to take an Epsom salt bath inside, in the old antique enamel bathtub.

You'll also enjoy full connectivity ADSL internet, a large range of books, well equipped cooking facilities, a yoga deck, and a view that's hard to beat.

Be prepared as you would as if you are going camping.
This accommodation is RUSTIC, SIMPLE & BOHEMIAN and handmade in nature, in a building that is not completely finished at this stage! The dwelling was built in 1976 and 'officially' is NOT defined as a habitable dwelling. Byron Shires newfound focus on bringing into acceptance the many hundreds and thousands of habitable dwellings has been a challenge for the Council. We are currently obtaining all the necessary approvals presently :) As with a lot of Byron Shire there are thousands of these dwellings here built in the 60s and 70s.

PLEASE NOTE also THIS IS NOT 5 STAR accommodation, though we aim to please, there is still much to do. The photos reflect the attributes of the interior and the garden area outside the Kyoto lodge is still work in motion, very basic and unestablished, with some building materials stacked around the side at this stage, and no sealed pathways. ***Having full mobility is essential for your safety in this environment, and is *not suitable for the elderly or young children* without constant adult supervision.***

Please take note. You will take complete responsibility for your children!

Please bear in mind that the terrain is wild and this is NOT an urban environment. Walking trails are bush tracks and to all intents and purposes must be considered, in legal terms, a number of bedrooms being an extension of the main house.


Bring your food and comfort requirements, I suggest also an umbrella, a torch, and appropriate walking shoes not to mention some mosquito repellent.

Also, be aware this is a hand-built home constructed in the 70s, is on top of a mountain in the middle of dense wild forest and mountain terrain. The shower is in a tree stump out in the open in a private area. There are no concrete pathways, railings on decks, just natural bush tracks and a most welcome rustic charm :) The early settlers were not as fussy about such matters so in a sense gives it its own characteristic charm. We are working on it now.

Please be prepared with the appropriate attire, wet weather gear and make sure you are fit enough to negotiate steep, uneven and sometimes slippery ground.

Please note the facilities are rustic and simple in an unfinished building. To all intents and purposes, this is still a BUILDING SITE and defined by Council as being NON HABITABLE. While it certainly is very habitable ;) for legal purposes for the moment, it is defined as a expanded dwelling. i.e an extension to the main house known as the Treehouse.

You enter this AT YOUR OWN RISK.


Bear in mind the location is on top of the mountain and the road is VERY rough so all transport to and from the pickup point is provided, if required. If additional transport is required to and from Byron Bay or the airport, a fee of $40 or $50 RESPECTIVELY.

It may be possible to bring your pet, please ask at time of booking.


POSTPONEMENT OF BOOKINGS requested within 10 days of booking will be declined.


  • Base Price $240 / night
  • Weekend Price $250 / night
  • Cleaning Fee $60
  • Security Deposit $200
  • Extra People $25 / night after 2 people
  • Discounts 
    20% discount for bookings of 8 nights or longer

    30% discount for bookings of 21 nights or longer

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The 'Treehouse' of Kinabalu, Inner Pocket, is a very special & unique place. Welcome to one of the most spectacular views of the ocean and of the Shire of Byron Bay. Kinabalu is primarily managed as a Private Conservation Park with a human touch. Welcome to one of the most unique locations in Australia. Come taste the magic.
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