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Cow Bay Homestay

160 Wattle CL, Cow Bay, Queensland 4873 Australia
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#2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Cow Bay
Cow Bay Homestay a 'traditional' B&B is located in the famous Daintree Rainforest and minutes toCow Bay beach and iconic Great Barrier Reef. 2 Hours drive north of Cairns, we are centrally located for all locally guided tours: reef snorkel , 4WD, walks,jungle 'surfing', fruit tasting and numerous activities. Amazing timber pole house, large deck, polished timber floors, bifold-louvred doors into the garden, bed rooms with insect screens, fans, air conditioner, ensuite, quality linen and bedding, lounge chairs and daybeds with views. The area is solar and generators.Great bird and butterfly spotting. Is the cassowary in the garden? Meet the bandicoots in the restaurants. Or ... just sit back and relax, read, daydream. Rainforest walk on the property; spot the jungle perch. Here you can switch off, even digitally. Breakfast is included and offers homemade breads, jams, tropical fruits , juice, fresh coffee and Daintree Tea. All tour bookings can be arranged. Marion speaks German.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Kids stay free
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Private check-in / check-out
Complimentary instant cofffee
Complimentary tea
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Sun deck
Laundry service
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Room features
Allergy-free room
Air conditioning
Separate living room
Bottled water
Cable / satellite TV
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Private bathrooms
Complimentary toiletries
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Room types
Mountain view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
Good to know
Great View
Languages Spoken
English, German
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Brian R wrote a review Oct. 2020
3 contributions
Marion was a delightful host & very informative. It was relaxing & we liked that the nature was away from our accommodation. Spotted a Cassowary walking in the gardens, Goanna & some birdlife. Breakfast was delicious with array of tropical fruits, breads & cereal. Being tucked away in the bush you will not get wi-fi service from Daintree through to Cape Tribulation but some areas you can make a call from your mobile if that is important.
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Date of stay: October 2020
122manfredr wrote a review Oct. 2018
Hannover, Germany18 contributions1 helpful vote
It was a very friendly stay in the homestay. The host was very friendly and gave us a lot of informations for trips in the daintree and beaches and also a few informations about Australia. The breakfast has been very delicious and various. The evenings at were amazing because of stargazing in the darkness.
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Date of stay: October 2018
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay
Responded 29 Oct. 2018
Thank you for your visit here and kind review and compliments on our B&B. I hope other travelers will find it helpful.
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Lesley M wrote a review Jul. 2018
Kent UK175 contributions77 helpful votes
My husband and I spent two,nights here. Our room was very much on the small side but comfortable and there is a large communal area. Warmer blankets might have been helpful. Marion was very welcoming and gave us lots of useful advice that made a difference to our holiday. Unfortunately she could do nothing about the weather which was very showery!!! The grounds of the house are beautiful and if the weather had been better I’m sure we would have enjoyed sitting out on the patio. Our stay included breakfast which we enjoyed along with our conversations with Marion .
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Date of stay: July 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay
Responded 6 Jul. 2018
Thank you for your complimentary review, Lesley. Yes, the weather we can't change.... There is always a down doona ready to use on the daybed in the lounge in front of the rooms.
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Bob H wrote a review Jun. 2018
50 contributions22 helpful votes
The male owner displayed arguably, the most rude and ill-mannered behaviour in any B&B in any place that I have stayed. Cow Bay Homestay B & B. In common with many places in the Daintree area, Cow Bay Homestay has no lighting in the parking area, or along the trail to the building for visitors, which is some 200 meters from the main house - dangerous. The person who greets you is Marion, a pleasant woman with a very strong German accent. The fixtures and fittings are somewhat dated and meant to imbue the place with an Indonesian feeling. There are two bedrooms (both of which are very tiny despite the large vestibule) for which the charge is the same. One is considerably larger than the other, wooden floors and blinds on the windows. Overall, sounds and looks OK. But do read on... There is nowhere (except the floor) to place any suitcase or backpack you may have brought with you, either in the bedrooms (one bedroom has a small sofa you can use if you need) or their respective bathrooms. Breakfast, which you can choose at what time it is served, is very largely based on the manageress’s garden produce as they have many tropical fruit trees but if you wish to have something different she is happy to oblige. All in all, an OK property, maybe a little isolated for some and not (in our opinion) really interesting. However, on our penultimate day I wanted to get some rest in the afternoon but was unable to do because of the racket (loud laughter and continuous over talking) from the owner’s house, which is several hundred metres away. So after about an hour or so I gave up and read a book with my wife on the deck. At about 5 pm my wife and I were joined by the young couple occupying the other room. Both being both visitors to Australia, and considerably younger than I, they were at first a bit shy but we soon struck up a good conversation for some 15 minutes or so. At this point, an elderly man came towards our group on the veranda. He stopped some 10 feet from the veranda and raised his left hand and, whilst waving it up and down, pointing at us individually. He raised his voice and said “not you”!, “not you”! “not you”! “but you talk too loudly” when this statement was issued his bouncing finger was pointing in my direction and he continued, ”can shut up”! This altercation took place over some five minutes or so. I did raise the points that firstly unlike himself, his guests were paying for the privilege of being there, and also because of the racket created by him and his cohorts that same afternoon, had been unable to get any rest. These comments fell largely on deaf ears. His only retort being then we must both be quieter! We left for alternative accommodation the following morning, a day early. Marion neither appeared during nor after the event even though she had been the only ‘host’ we had seen to that point. She had almost nothing to say the following morning when we saw her briefly on our way out. Not even goodbye! I have no way of knowing if it were just ill temper or some other cause, but his outburst ended our holiday, as well as causing real discomfiture for both ourselves and the other guests. I doubt we will return to the Daintree, which I feel, remains one of the most beautiful places on Earth spoilt only by this oaf’s disgraceful behaviour.
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Date of stay: June 2018
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: The room to the left, next to the office, is fractionally larger and sports a seat! Neither are...
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Dan M wrote a review Apr. 2018
Richmond, United Kingdom39 contributions17 helpful votes
The homestay consists of two B&B facilities with a shared area within a separate building on the owner’s property. We were luck enough to have the place to ourselves which meant we could spread out with our children without disturbing anyone else. Marion is a wonderful hostess and was a wealth of information and humour about the area and life in general! Breakfast is included, and consisted of fruit and cereal, a welcome change from other hotel breakfasts, some of the fruit and jams from her own garden. The house is gorgeous. This highlight by far is the exclusive access to the freshwater creek on the property which allows you to wade and even swim in some of the deeper holes. The children through that was ace! The property has a deck with enables you to sit outside and enjoy a drink while the children sleep. We didn’t spend long enough in this peaceful haven, and we would love to visit again. A truly hidden gem in the Daintree rainforest!
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay
Responded 9 Apr. 2018
Hi Dan and family, thank you so much for your enthusiastic review. It is really good, when our guests have fun and enjoying our B&B in the Daintree. You certainly were busy! Thank you for the lovely compliments.
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USD 128 - USD 164 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
AustraliaQueenslandDaintree RegionCow Bay
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cow Bay Homestay
Which popular attractions are close to Cow Bay Homestay?
Nearby attractions include Floravilla Ice Cream Factory & Art Gallery (4.0 km), Jindalba Boardwalk (3.2 km), and Cow Bay Beach (0.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Cow Bay Homestay?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Cow Bay Homestay?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a view of the mountains.
What food & drink options are available at Cow Bay Homestay?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Cow Bay Homestay?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Cow Bay Homestay?
Conveniently located restaurants include Daintree Ice Cream Company, Thornton’s, and Cj's Bar & Cafe.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Cow Bay Homestay?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and German.