Wompoo Eco Retreat opened 12 months ago. The Mangosteen Bungalow was the first one completed and we have recently opened the Rambutan Bungalow (see separate listing). Reviews have been very positive, especially the indoor/outdoor bathroom which everyone loves. The bungalow's construction uses rammed earth to ensure a cool interior and designed to maximise views of the mountain ranges from the bedroom and bathroom.
The bungalow has private undercover seating with self contained cooking facilities. The proximity of each bungalow provides privacy for our guests. Elevated on a hill to capture tropical breezes, the property has stunning views to Thornton Peak, Cape Tribulation and the Coral Sea. We are located in close proximity to beautiful Cow Bay Beach, numerous waterholes, mangroves and rainforest boardwalks.
Wompoo Eco Retreat gets its name from the `Wompoo Fruit Dove’, a beautiful dove with an amazing purple breast, and green, yellow and white markings. This bird has a very unusual call. Listening to the Wompoo is like listening to a human conversation, but seemingly muted and far away. Our retreat is so named due to the presence of this lovely bird.
A significant area of the property has trees with discrete open spaces as well as tranquil spots to enjoy the flora and fauna. Further, there is a creek, meandering through Wompoo that ensures a welcome retreat for quieter contemplation.
We provide our guests with good quality produce, and where possible, source it locally. At Wompoo Eco Retreat we take advantage of our remoteness and living “off the grid” by providing bird watching binoculars rather than a television.
Guests have access to -
- King size bed with quality bamboo/cotton & linen
- Outdoor undercover self - catering facilities
- Handmade soap (made on the property by your hosts)
- Wi-Fi (available on request)
- Continental breakfast of local fruit, bread and condiments including, museli, plunger coffee,
an assortment of local Daintree teas and biodynamic milk
We are a friendly couple who respect people's privacy. Our house is 20 metres away from the bungalow. Guests are more than welcome to come up to the house if they have any questions, would like any advice on the area or need to access the wi-fi. We also take bookings for reef trips and other activities in the area.
Wompoo Eco Retreat is just five kilometres from the beautiful Cow Bay Beach. Other easily accessible places are Hutchinson Creek, the Daintree Discovery Centre, Coopers Creek Wilderness tours, Canoe Tours, tropical ice cream outlets and a yoga retreat. Reef trips from Cape Tribulation can be arranged by your hosts and is only a 30 minute drive away.
There are a number of restaurants and a hotel in the area, however, if you would like to eat in at your accommodation the bungalow is equipped for self catering. We recommend purchasing supplies either in Cairns, Mossman or Port Douglas. There is a small convenience store in Cow bay. With prior arrangement, a range of beverages can be made available.
During the two hour drive from the Cairns International and Domestic Airports, you will travel the scenic Coral Sea coastline till you cross the Daintree River by ferry. Once aboard the iconic ferry you can sense the change of pace as you slowly switch off and start your journey of digital detoxing. The return cost on the ferry is $24, you can choose to purchase a visitors book if you want to have the option of multiple trips/
It is because of the eco values of this area that we choose to live here, yet want to share this place with you. We reduce our human foot-print with thought placed on how we live. The spring water on our property is from an artesian fracture with no pesticides or herbicide input, and is tested, therefore safe for drinking. We generate our own solar power, but in times of high electricity demand, or little sun we may use the generator for short periods. You will notice the limited number of power points and the higher reliance on gas, this is to minimise power usage. We ask that high powered devices like hairdryers and shavers are not used. Check in from 2pm, check out 10.00am.
A compost bin is provided for your food scraps. These will be placed in our compost and eventually end up in the garden.
We respect your right to smoke, however, it is not permitted inside the bungalows. Smoking is allowed on the deck area PROVIDED THAT all windows and doors remain closed. An ashtray is provided and we request that all cigarette butts, ash, tobacco or any used smoking product is disposed of correctly. Please don’t take any soiled ashtrays inside the accommodation.