Located at the entrance to the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef, it is a property with attention to comfort and touches of luxury. Close to the beach, you will find it appealing to relax amongst its amenities and also be near to a wide range of leisure activities.
Reef Cottage is a stylish boutique home at the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. A former fishing weekender, it has been extensively renovated, drawing its inspiration from the tropical north coast. Our accommodation is splendid for beach holidays, couples' getaway, as a hub for nature/adventure pursuits or simply as an escape from wherever you are, for some peace and quiet.
You'll discover the Cottage at pristine South Wonga Beach following a scenic 90-minute drive north of Cairns. It is a romantic beach house in a laid back style. The modern conveniences of a contemporary home are provided, embellished with luxurious inclusions. Light and airy, Bedroom 1 has one luxury king bed and a sunroom with lovely garden views while Bedroom 2 has one luxury queen bed looking into the lush garden. There is a gourmet kitchen (more below) and one combined bathroom/toilet with a smart cubicle. A practical outdoor shower can be found near the foot wash area at the back of the house. Themed artworks adorn the walls throughout and all internal floors are tiled.
For ease of living, you're provided with complimentary breakfast provisions and table service for 8. WIFI and use of iPad is free. Relax with our extensive library of DVDs or music from your docked mobile. Within an ambience of tranquillity, you can tuck into a peaceful read, meditate in the sunroom, laze in your own private pool, cook a BBQ or simply enjoy a drink on the deck or around the fire pit accompanied by the gentle nature reserve with its birdlife in the background.
Should you go exploring, you'll love coming back to Reef Cottage, to unwind with your creature luxuries.....climate control and fully screened, outdoor shower, indoor wide shower head, soft Egyptian cotton bath towels, luxury hotel beds and bed linen, flat screen TV with Blu-Ray player, wide lounge and arm chairs, fully equipped kitchen including Espresso maker, locality specific library and board games are some of the comforts you'll enjoy in the house.
A well appointed beach holiday home, Reef Cottage is designed with care for tropical relaxation, a haven with resources for you while you experience and engage with your amazing holiday destination.
It's the perfect resting point for your tropical getaway. Please note *Location description below.
One of the finest beaches of the northern coast, Wonga Beach is just 200 steps from your front door. It faces the Coral Sea, home of the Great Barrier Reef. Stroll gently and take in spectacular Daintree mountain views in the north. At low tide, explore South Wonga Beach's coral reef with its tidal pools and interesting microcosms. Migratory shore birds seasonally visit and many tropical birds inhabit the beach forest where traversing walkways and a few historic sites can be found. We provide deluxe canopy chairs and picnic gear for you to while timelessly away at the beach.
WORLD HERITAGE WONDERLAND
There is enormous beckoning from the land and seascapes within this part of Tropical North Queensland and we're ideally located for you to explore two of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage listed treasures (Great barrier Reef and Wet Tropics). This area is known for unique leisure activities such as reef tours, eco island trips, wildlife species spotting, birding, rainforest trekking, river sports, jungle surfing as well as its aboriginal culture.
Ancient wilderness stretches from Mossman to Daintree/Cape Tribulation, combining lofty mountain ranges, crystal clear rivers, waterfalls and dense rainforest tumbling into untouched beaches laced with fringing coral reefs, the further north you go.
The Cottage is well set up to assist your comprehensive touring of the area. Our resources include brochures, videos, books, scouter binocular and an iPad loaded with guiding material to help you plan your excursions in this wonderful part of Australia. We are able to arrange small group private boat charter for exclusive Great Barrier Reef and island visiting.
With best regards from your hosts,
Shane & Mei
CATERING & RESTAURANTS
In-house chef services may be arranged upon request. For self-catering guests, our gourmet kitchen comes with quality kitchenware, appliances, condiments, coffee (powder & pods) and choice of teas. If you're dining out, a short drive to Mossman, Port Douglas or Daintree Village, will lead to a great choice of excellent restaurants and cafes. Additionally, you’ll be able to purchase a variety of pre-packed meals at Woolworths supermarket. The Wonga Beach IGA minimart sells hot snacks and casual meals.
The Cottage's location is superb for a relaxing, romantic holiday by an unspoilt beach and especially for touring two fascinating World Heritage listed areas. Reef Cottage has its own natural habitat with butterflies and birds whose vibrancy peaks in Spring. Wonga Beach is a residential suburb of remarkable serenity. There is a bottle shop, pharmacy, service station and minimart, just 2 minutes drive away. If you are looking for walking distance restaurants, bars and retail shopping, our location won't be suitable for you.
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Driving distances from Wonga Beach to nearby areas of interest:
Daintree River/Village - 11 kms - river cruises, hiking, wildlife sighting, fishing, birding, timber museum, art gallery, cafes
Upper Daintree - 20 kms – waterfalls, creek swimming, hiking, birding
Cape Kimberley - 22 kms - beach, kayaking, fishing
Cow Bay - 24 kms - Daintree interpretive centre, boardwalks, wildlife sighting, hiking, beach, kayaking
Cape Tribulation - 48 kms - reef tours, rainforest trekking, wildlife sighting, insect museum, waterfalls, creek swimming, mountain climbing, jungle surfing, beaches, kayaking, horse-riding, cafes
Bloomfield - 86 kms - 4WD, waterfall, aboriginal art & culture
Whyanbeel - 12 kms - creek swimming, hiking, mountain climbing, birding, art gallery, cane farm tours
Newell - 14 kms - golf, exotic fruit farm
Mossman - 17 kms - growers' market, art galleries, organic food stores, restaurants, pubs and cafes
Mossman Gorge/River - 21 kms - rainforest trekking, birding, gorge/river swimming, river sports, aboriginal art & culture
Shannonvale - 20 kms - tropical fruit winery
Cooya Beach - 22 kms - aboriginal beach food gathering practices
Port Douglas - 35 kms - outer reef visits, sailing, beach, restaurants, pubs and cafes, shops, market
Julatten - 43 kms - safari birding, restaurant & pub
Mt Molloy - 51 kms - safari birding, rustic pub
Mareeba Wetlands - 88 kms - birding, wildlife sighting, canoeing, walks
Mareeba - 93 kms - coffee museum/connoisseur visit, winery, coffee plantations, creek swimming
Atherton Tablelands - 140 kms - national parks, lakes, waterfall circuit, birding, wildlife sighting, creek swimming, water sports, dairy & organic produce