Cow Bay

After crossing the Alexandra Range visitors encounter the first bit of 'civilisation' north of the Daintree River at Cow Bay, located halfway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation and offering great beach and rainforest experiences.

The turn off to Cow Bay Beach is at Buchanan Creek Road. On the way you can observe the hills of the Alexandra Range (on the right) with its dark rainforest vegetation. Watch for birds, butterflies and cassowaries in this area. 

The three secluded bays of Cow Bay Beach are perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling on the inshore reefs and also fishing and beach walking. There are always shady spots on these beaches. Guided sea kayaking can be booked locally at Crocodylus Village.

Cow Bay is not a township but a place name derived from the farming of cattle in the area in the early days. The other idea is that Cow Bay is named after the dugongs (sea cows) which come to feed on the seagrass beds in the bay. Cow Bay had a colourful past of farming, logging and grazing. Today tourism is the main industry and sustainability is the main aim of the local community.

Local businesses in the Cow Bay and Diwan region offer various types of accommodation - resort style, backpacker, holiday houses, apartments, bed and breakfasts and camping. There is the Daintree Discovery Centre, home-made ice-creams, restaurants, cafés, art and craft, rainforest tours, tea growing, an air strip, horse riding, overnight sea-kayaking to Snapper Island, guided walks and the RACQ depot.

Cow Bay, Douglas Area

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Tea Tree Cottage

Daintree, Cairns Area
From AU$260.00 - 280.00
Tea Tree Cottage is an elevated, pole-framed structure, nestled in the foothills of the majestic Thornton Peak; this mountain (1374 metres), sacred to the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji, and shrouded with mystery and legend, dominates the Daintree rainforest skyline. Tea Tree Cottage, located midway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation (20 minutes north), in an area of the Daintree Coast renowned for its biodiversity and uniqueness as a refuge for rare, ancient and endemic flora and fauna, is an ideal base for exploring the World Heritage-listed rainforest, the Daintree National Park and, the somewhat underplayed jewels of the Daintree Coast, the quiet, secluded and pristine beaches.

Cow Bay Getaway

Daintree, Cairns Area
From AU$170.00 - 170.00
Cow Bay Getaway is a two bedroom home that sleeps up to six people. It is situated in stunning Cow Bay in the Daintree National Park approximately one hour drive North of Port Douglas. A short walk to the quiet Cow Bay Beach. Fully self contained kitchen has all the cookware required and a fridge. Cooking facilities include gas top indoor cooking, charcoal weber, gas barbecue and open fire for the outdoors. Electricity is supplied by a standalone solar power system, and they recommend to use power wisely to avoid starting the backup petrol generator which is also available for your use. All water is supplied by the rain, and they also ask you to conserve this resource as its supply is limited throughout the dry season.
From AU$150.00 - 150.00
Come see and experience natures masterpiece, The Daintree Rainforest Coast. Daintree Mountain View Retreat and Vanilla Beans offers a very private, spacious, homely, self-contained, family friendly two bedroom, solar-powered home for your Daintree Rainforest experience. This very private one and a half hectare property backs onto the beautiful, pristine mountain stream Hutchinson Creek where, if you are lucky, you may get to share your private swimming hole with a cassowary coming down for a cool drink. The retreat adjoins World Heritage Listed rainforest and overlooks the ever changing majestic Alexandra Mountain range, and is shadowed by the third highest mountain peak in Queensland, Thornton Peak. The retreat is located a short five minute drive to beautiful Cow Bay and the Thornton Beaches, and only two hours drive north of Cairns. Your hosts live next door and are only too happy to make your stay both memorable and enjoyable in this very special part of the Daintree Rainforest Coast in Tropical Far North Queensland. You are more than welcome to view the Organic Vanilla Beans growing on the property or being naturally dried depending on the time of year.

Cow Bay Homestay Bed and Breakfast

Cow Bay, Douglas Area
From AU$210.00 - 210.00
Cow Bay Homestay Bed and Breakfast is located north of the Daintree River in Cow Bay, and adjacent to the two world heritage areas, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The two guest rooms with ensuites offer great views into tropical gardens and rainforests as you wake up each morning to the surrounding nature. Both rooms are fitted out with fans, air conditioners in summer, insect screens, quality bedding, towels, linen and polished timber floors. Lounge areas are in front of each room. Rooms are serviced daily. During your visit you may relax on the cool veranda or on the timber deck spotting birds, stars, butterflies, swim in the fresh water creek, enjoy self guided walks along the creek and in the rainforest on the property. Here you can totally switch off: guaranteed no mobile coverage Plenty of self guided activities in the area and you can enjoy the large range of locally guided tours offering walks, sea kayaking, horse riding, fruit tasting, Four Wheel Drive, snorkelling, and jungle 'surfing'. Great breakfasts. Marion speaks German and can arrange all your tour bookings for you.

Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat

Diwan, Douglas Area
From AU$28.00 - 150.00
Lync Haven Rainforest Retreat Motel, Camping and Wildlife Experience in the Daintree, is a well established, family friendly and affordable rainforest property in Cape Tribulation, Tropical North Queensland. Situated on 20 acres of Tropical Rainforest, Lync-Haven offers a unique tranquil experience for every one catering for groups, individuals and families. Their tropical dining haven is a peaceful, relaxing place to surround yourself in offering a wide selection of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Lync-Haven's surroundings are alive with the sounds of native wildlife, many you can see inhabit this area, there is a collection of snakes, birds, lizards,kangaroos and crocodiles including Doris their salt water croc. Lync-Haven provides air-conditioned motel rooms with coffee and tea making facilities, fridge and all linen is supplied. The caravan and camping ground is set in their lush rainforest park where you can sit back and enjoy the sounds of the birds and other wildlife. Enjoy the tranquil environment while cooking in the camp kitchen with all utensils supplied. Powered and non-powered sites are available. You can bring your own dry wood and have a camp fire in the designated fire pits. Lync-Haven also offer outdoor movie nights in the rainforest (on selected nights).

Wait A While Daintree

Daintree, Cairns Area
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From AU$390.00 - 470.00
Wait a While Retreat is a stunning pole framed timber house offering private and secluded accommodation for up to nine guests in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, and only 600 metres from the picturesque Cow Bay Beach. Stay in one of the most beautiful houses in the Daintree Rainforest - the perfect place to relax and enjoy the rainforest and you have a choice of restaurants and cafes close by. Wait a While Retreat is just a few minutes walk from Cow Bay Beach where the reef and rainforest meet. The Daintree - Cape Tribulation region lays claim to being the only spot on the planet where two world heritage areas meet - The Great Barrier Reef and the North Queensland Wet Tropics. Wait A While Retreat in the Daintree is one of the largest single dwellings ever constructed in the Daintree Rainforest. Designed by award-winning, South African architect Gavin Paddock, and modelled on the traditional New Guinean long-house, Wait a While Daintree provides almost 500 square metres of living space.
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