Located at the entrance to the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef, Reef Cottage 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.
A former fishing weekender, Reef Cottage has been extensively renovated, drawing inspiration from the Queensland northern coast. Our accommodation is splendid for beach holidays, couples' getaway, as a hub during recreational travel or simply as an escape from wherever you are, for your own repose.
You'll discover the Cottage at South Wonga Beach through a scenic 90-minute drive north of Cairns. It is a romantic beach house on a spacious allotment. 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. There is an iPad for your use with unlimited WIFI. Relax with our extensive library of DVDs or music from your docked mobile. Within your comfortable surroundings, you may tuck into a quiet read, meditate in the sunroom, laze in your own private plunge pool, cook a BBQ or simply enjoy a drink on the deck or around the fire pit accompanied by the gentle little nature reserve in the background.
Should you go exploring, you'll love coming back to Reef Cottage, to unwind with your creature comforts - climate control and fully screened, outdoor wash area, 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 gourmet kitchen including Espresso maker, locality specific library and board games are some of the amenities 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 peacefully 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 of this part of Tropical North Queensland. Reef Cottage is an ideal base for extending your exploration into two of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage listed sites (Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropics). This area is known for unique leisure activities such as reef tours, eco island trips, rare species spotting, birding, rainforest trekking, swimming in the wild, river sports, jungle surfing as well as its aboriginal culture.
We are avid nature lovers and have stocked the Cottage with resources including natural history and science books, videos, scouter binocular and guiding material to help you plan your excursions in this wonderful part of Australia. Small group private boat charter can be arranged for your exclusive tour of the Great Barrier Reef and her islands.
With best regards from your hosts,
Shane & Mei
Catering and Restaurants
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. At Wonga Beach shops, there is a coffee house and the IGA minimart sells takeaway food. In addition you'll find pre-packed meals for sale at Woolworths supermarket (15 mins away).
Advance notice is required if separation of the king bed into 2 king singles is needed.
Reef Cottage's location is lovely for enjoying a relaxed, romantic holiday by an unspoilt beach and especially for exploring two fascinating World Heritage listed areas. The Cottage is in a beach residential suburb with its own natural habitat of birds and butterflies whose vibrancy peaks in Spring. Just 2 minutes away are the Wonga Beach shops - service station with mini-market, pharmacy, liquor store and cafe. A short drive further leads to a community park with BBQ, playground/skate park, toilets etc and a boat ramp. If you are looking for walking distance restaurants, bars and retail shopping arcades, our location will not be suitable for you. A car is essential for travelling around.
TOURS & ACTIVITIES
Driving distances from Wonga Beach to nearby attractions:
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, restaurants, exotic fruit farm
Bloomfield - 86 kms - 4WD, waterfall, aboriginal art & culture
Whyanbeel - 12 kms - creek swimming, hiking, mountain climbing, birding, art gallery, cane farm tours, restaurant
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 tours
Port Douglas - 35 kms - outer reef visits, sailing, beach, restaurants, pubs and cafes, shops, market
Julatten - 43 kms - safari birding, convenience store
Mt Lewis - 46 kms - pristine Wet Tropics rainforest, rare wildlife, birding, spotlighting, 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