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.

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Royal Private Hotel

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$75.00 - 145.00
The First Lady of Charters Towers was built in 1888, the Royal is now a family owned and run Hotel offering a warm, friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Situated in the heart of the township, the Royal is within a short walk to shops, restaurants, medical centre, visitors information centre and licensed venues.

Big4 Aussie Outback Oasis Holiday Park

Charters Towers, Charters Towers Area
From AU$105 - 150
Now dog and pet friendly, Big4 Aussie Outback Oasis is a popular accommodation choice for visitors or workers to the Charters Towers region. The property is set on 10 acres of parkland and is a birdwatchers paradise.

Kernow Charters Towers

Queenton, Charters Towers Area
From AU$149 - 280
Kernow Charters Towers offers a high standard of one and two bedroom serviced apartments with a unique, homely, heritage feel and a bit of history thrown in. Set on 200 acres and only five minutes from the centre of the town, the 15 newly refurbished apartments have King and Queen beds throughout, and all bedrooms have ensuites.

Charters Towers Tourist Park (Top Park)

Mosman Park, Charters Towers Area
From AU$34.00 - 160.00
Charters Towers Tourist Park situated approximatelty two kilometres from the Historic City Centre. Set off the main highway they offer a relaxed quiet stay with peaceful setting . They accommodate for all your caravan needs, shady grass sites, concrete sites and ensuite sites.
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