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Boutique beach cottage, Daintree and Great Barrier Reef

Bedrooms 2
Space 145 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Fully self-contained 2-bedroom house for beach holiday & recreational travel


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 pristine South Wonga Beach following 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. WIFI and use of iPad is free. 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.


There is enormous beckoning from the land and seascapes within 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 brochures, books, videos, scouter binocular and an iPad loaded with 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 touring 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 and cafes. Additionally, you’ll be able to purchase a variety of pre-packed meals at Woolworths supermarket. There is a coffee house at the Wonga Beach shops and the IGA minimart also sells hot snacks and casual meals.

Bed Configuration

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, cafe, pharmacy and liquor store. 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.


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

More Details

Shane & Mei
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Calendar last updated:
19 April, 2018

About Shane & Mei

We are avid nature lovers and have an interest in travel, music, books and anthropology.

Shane & Mei purchased this house in 2004

Why Shane & Mei chose Wonga Beach

In 2004 while on holidays from Sydney, we chanced upon Wonga Beach and were taken by its purity. The simple looking fisherman's cottage facing the beach was up for sale so we bought it without hesitation. This part of Australia was (and still is), like a remote paradise in the South Pacific islands, but has remarkable access to modern living. It was an impulse buy, which was to change our lives eventually.

What makes this house unique

9 years later, we moved to North Queensland permanently and decided to renovate the cottage. We kept the beach house frame, built a heritage facade and designed interiors with a theme covering the Coral Sea and the rainforest. Outside, we laid lawn, paved walkways, stone beds and a tropical garden. Reef Cottage is an escape for guests as we have given thought into fitting deluxe amenities not normally found in a small family holiday home. As well we provide resources that assist enjoyment of recreational activities in our tropical paradise.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Wonga Beach, Australia

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 145 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please refer to additional house rules in the Rental Agreement
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed , Can be split into 2 king singles
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , Queensize
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • long term rentals available
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • forests
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Outdoor canopy chairs Fire pit and brazier Portacot (charges apply)


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Boutique beach cottage, Daintree and Great Barrier Reef
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Relaxing, tranquil, perfect

  • 5 of 5

This was the holiday house we were looking for, we were on a family holiday after getting married so were looking for something a bit special where we could relax. We felt like we were staying in a luxury resort while having the privacy of being in our own house. It was such a peaceful stay. A few meters away from the beach in a very quiet street. We stayed in September and found the house did not require aircon (which is there if needed) due to the well designed cooling features. We were able to have all the windows open and enjoy the wonderful sounds of the birds and wildlife night and day. The pool is saltwater and left you feeling refreshed, we were pleased that the pool sat under a fair amount of shade in the afternoon. The beds were very comfortable and we all slept soundly during our stay. The house was incredibly clean and was cleaned mid stay as we were there for 10 days. The host is very friendly and passionate about the area and provided a wealth of information. Every room was beautifully presented and exceptionally maintained. The hosts have filled the house with everything you could possibly need.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend it, while the photos show it off, it is so much better in real life and had more space than I had expected.

  • Review Submitted: 13/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a kind and thoughtful review of your stay at Reef Cottage. You understood our ethos and design concepts and respected our home with that appreciation. We devote much of ourselves to ensure that we offer a genuinely relaxing home of quality for our guests. Thank you for looking after our holiday home and giving us such a lovely hosting experience. You will always be welcome at Reef Cottage.
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Medford, OR

Immaculate cottage in great location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I just completed a 6 night stay at Reef Cottage. We now understand why previous reviews have been so good. This home away from home is perfectly furnished and equipped and reflects Mei’s good taste and meticulous attention to detail. The location is perfect for exploring the area, spending time on the nearby beach or just hanging out on the property. Be sure to take advantage of Mei’s wealth of information about the area. Two of her specific recommendations, Mojo’s Restaurant and Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruise are highlights of our stay in Australia.

  • Review Submitted: 31/05/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was an amazing hosting experience for us as we found kindred passion for nature and shared similar taste in music as well. We are so glad you and your wife enjoyed our home and used every opportunity to visit the surrounding rainforest and rivers. Thank you for looking after our holiday house so well. Mei loved watching that very interesting slide show of wildlife from your travels and we both will miss you.
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

A little piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Reef cottage is perfectly and thoroughly appointed with all things big and small. Most important was a comfortable bed and pillows covered in soft white linen plus the rooms are air conditioned. Kitchen has everything laid out so its easy to find utensils dishes glasses etc to cook up a great meal. Plenty of special spots to relax, round the pool, on the back deck, the front sun room, loungeroom or the quaint sitting room off the master bedroom. A large selection of books dvd's, cd's and information literature on local attractions plus an ipad full of info about flora and fauna. The cottage is spotlessly clean and comfortable. Enjoy your stay!

  • Review Submitted: 26/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you and your mother had a really relaxed stay at Reef Cottage as we strive to provide a true home for guests. Although you’ve been this way before, you took the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful world heritage protected surrounds again. Thank you for the exceptional care you took of our holiday house - we appreciate your attention and respect. You will always be welcome back.
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Wonga, Queensland, Australia

Peaceful, tasteful, quiet

  • 5 of 5

We really loved our stay over Christmas at Reef Cottage and we found it to be a comfortable, functional, peaceful and exquisitely decorated property with such easy access to the beach. All the sights are very close by (Daintree, Cape Trib, Port Douglas) and Mei, our host, was most helpful in providing info on where all the interesting things to see and do are and we ended up going on a fabulous fruit tasting at Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm thanks to this info! Love love loved it! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay!

  • Review Submitted: 10/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're delighted that you enjoyed the Cottage and its facilities very well. Also, you embraced the beach, Daintree Region and its leisure activities with remarkable enthusiasm. Thank you for respecting our home and looking after it as if it was your own. You're lovely visitors and we would welcome you back again.
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Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Wonderful holiday home.

  • 5 of 5

If you are reading this, looking for somewhere to stay whilst exploring north Queensland, look no further. This cottage must be, by far the best there is.

Mei, the owner is a lovely lady who has obviously put a huge amount of time and effort

into creating the perfect holiday home and she has thought of everything. My wife and I

stayed for six days and loved every minute. The only downside - you won't want to leave. Thank you Mei.

  • Review Submitted: 26/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're really pleased you both "chilled out" at Reef Cottage. We look forward to seeing you again.
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London, UK

Exceptional cottage for exploring North Queensland

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 6 night stay at Reef Cottage! Having stayed in numerous rental properties, mainly in Europe, this was by far the best we have ever stayed in. Superbly equipped for indoor and outdoor living, pristinely clean and only 200m from the gorgeous wild and undeveloped Wonga beach. Beautifully quiet and restful (apart from the lovely wildlife sounds) and in the perfect location to explore the wonders of north Queensland - Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Atherton Tablelands, Cassowary Falls, Karunda and of course the Great Barrier Reef Lots of information provided in the cottage regarding all the activities available in the vicinity - and Mei can provide additional information if needed. Cannot recommend highly enough and would definitely revisit if I return to Australia. Thank you Mei.

  • Review Submitted: 13/06/2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a lovely hosting experience for us. We would welcome you back anytime.
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Nearest Airport
91 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
17 Kilometres
Julaymba Restaurant and Bar (Daintree Eco Lodge)
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Mossman Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.35 Kilometres
Mossman Daintree Road
Nearest Restaurant
17 Kilometres
Julaymba Restaurant and Bar (Daintree Eco Lodge)
Nearest Beach
0.08 Kilometres
Wonga Beach
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Beach, GB Reef, rainforest

200 steps to the beach. Wonga Beach’s central location is ideal from where visitors may explore our UNESCO World Heritage hinterland. Driving times - 1) 30 mins south to Port Douglas for Great Barrier Reef cruisers, adventure sports, marine activities 2) 15 mins south west to Mossman for National Park visit, swimming, river sports, aborigine cultural tours 3) 15 mins north west to Daintree Village for waterfalls, crocodile and bird watching cruises, historic timber gallery, old- timers 4) 45 mins north to Cape Tribulation for National Park, creek swimming, boardwalks, remote beaches with fringing coral reefs, adventure and sport 5) 45 mins south west to Julatten/Mount Molloy for extensive birdwatching, exotic specie spotting, outback tours.


Rates & Availability

Contact Owner

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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