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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
Queensland
Australia

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Mount Cotton, Redland City Area
From AU$135 - 370
The multi-award winning Mt Cotton Retreat nestled on a 20 hectare private bushland nature refuge provides the perfect setting for a high quality getaway. A romantic interlude, a quiet refuge for stressed business people or a fantastic venue for family reunions.

Lamb Island Holiday Cottage

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From AU$125 - 125
Absolute water front holiday bliss. Set above the bay, on the south - eastern end of Lamb Island, "Wyrd" has water views across to Russell and Stradbroke Islands. The upper level of this unique cottage contains two bedrooms with a king-size bed in one and two singles in the other.

Gindabara

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Cleveland Visitor Villa Motel

Cleveland, Redland City Area
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From AU$165 - 230
Conveniently close to Brisbane and the Islands situated in beautiful Cleveland. Enjoy their executive apartments for real comfort and privacy. Each townhouse style Villa offers bath and two bedrooms upstairs with the lounge, dining and kitchen downstairs.

The Grove on Russell

Russell Island, Redland City Area
From AU$115 - 145
The Grove on Russell offers comfortable and affordable accommodation for visitors travelling to the Southern Moreton Bay Region. Located on Russell Island just 40 minutes drive from Brisbane and one hour drive from the Gold Coast.

Lamb Island Bed and Breakfast

Lamb Island, Redland City Area
From AU$180 - 180
Lamb Island Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully appointed, split level, two bedroom cottage only metres from the sheltered waters of Southern Moreton Bay. Lamb Island is only one and a half hours from the Brisbane Central Business District, one hour from both Brisbane and Gold Coast Airports and just a short 20 minute ferry ride from Redland Bay.
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