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“A GEM OF A PROPERTY IN A PERFECT LOCATION.”
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Reef Cottage at Wonga Beach
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28 reviews
Reef Cottage at Wonga Beach
Entering our Cottage
View from dining area into the lounge
Romantic theme in the Cottage
Lounge with TV, BluRay player and mobile phone dock
Looking towards gourmet kitchen
Kitchen stove area with Espresso maker
Luxury Bedroom 1, sunroom at end
Luxury Bedroom 2 - tropical serenity
The sunroom, another place to relax or meditate in
Bathroom with a rainforest view
Cool bathroom reflections
Outdoor setting on back deck
Socialise at fire-pit with BBQ nearby
The plunge pool, intimate and quite deep
Backyard garden, scrubfowl nest in distance
Outdoor shower and foot wash area
You're only 200 steps from a pristine beach
Lazy morning with rippled sand at South Wonga Beach
Gone to the beach!
Coral flats of Bell Reef at South Wonga Beach
Swimming in the Mossman Gorge should be experienced by all
The sprawling Tranquility Falls at Upper Daintree
Rare capture of Cassowary bathing in remote Cape Tribulation creek
Velvet rainforest and pristine beach meet aquamarine dream at Cape Tribulation
Snorkelling at Cape Tribulation, just off Mackay Sand Cay, is amazing
Private charter boat with guests ready to tour the Great Barrier Reef
When you're in the Reef.....(at Opal Reef)
Reef Cottage's location is central to places of interest all around.
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Holiday Rental House -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4
Wonga Beach, Daintree Region, Queensland

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JillandHo...
Colne, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“A GEM OF A PROPERTY IN A PERFECT LOCATION.”
Reviewed 30 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015
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A GEM OF A PROPERTY IN A PERFECT LOCATION.

It's a week now since we left Reef Cottage and we're now continuing our two-year world trip.

Reef Cottage was our thirtieth rental home through various rental agencies. Rarely do all the elements come together as they do at Reef Cottage.

Firstly it's location: only two minutes walk to a gorgeous unspoilt tropical beach.

Then there's the immaculate safe and enclosed garden, which has direct access to a protected reserve with it's pretty creek. We loved following the creek to join the beach at a remoter location, where we paused to enjoy the heavenly views of the Low Islands. I can still hear the waves and the chorus of exotic birds.

A bonus to this wonderful restored fisherman's cottage is that the owners have invested heavily in protecting all habitable areas from annoying creepy crawlies. The house and garden are meticulously maintained. The photos are accurate in their portrayal of the imaginative and artistic interior design. This is unique and actually quite sophisticated. It's also much more spacious inside than the photos suggest.

The cottage is so seductive we could hardly tear ourselves away. The owners have provided a library of expensive books about the area collected over thirty years. There are even lovely children's story books. We devoured those books and it added immensely to our understanding of this World Heritage tropical rainforest.

Reef Cottage is only twenty minutes from the Daintree River ferry which will take you into a paradise a world apart and a journey you will never forget. Add to that the proximity to Port Douglas, Mossman and Palm Cove and the location couldn't be bettered.

Lastly a word about Mei.the owner. She's Chinese and has a gift for sharing and radiating her enthusiasm for life. Take time to learn from her extensive knowledge of the area. I have never met a holiday home owner so gracious and generous. I won't give details here, you will have to find out.

This gem of a cottage is full of surprises just like its owner.

Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
30 Oct 2015
Thank you for your appreciation and kindness in keeping our home so well during your stay. We enjoyed our hosting experience tremendously and would love to be of service again. Happy travels!
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clarissa3...
Melbourne, Australia
1 review
“Great Tropical Escape”
Reviewed 10 September 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Our six night stay at Reef Cottage was amazing. This holiday cottage was so comfortable and well maintained. We received such a warm welcome from our host Mei and it was lovely that she shared her wealth of knowledge of the local area and beyond. Breakfast provisions were excellent. The variety of equipment such as BBQ, beach chairs, pool etc available for guests to use was great. Thank you Mei for sharing your cottage with us; we had a very relaxing and enjoyable stay.

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Liked best: The attention to detail
Liked least: Leaving such a beautiful tropical paradise
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Management Response
11 Sep 2015
It was absolutely a pleasure to accommodate you and your family. We're pleased that you used the Cottage as a hub to relax while undertaking quite extensive exploration of the region. You're welcome back any time.
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Awalton07...
London, Canada
1 review
“Rainforest meets reef at this beautiful vacation home in Wonga Beach!”
Reviewed 10 September 2015 for a stay in August 2015

If you are looking for a clean and modern home base to explore Far North Queensland, look no farther than Reef Cottage. We travelled here with our two children ages 10 and 12 and were looking for a comfortable rental with all the amenities to make our time in Far North Queensland as enjoyable as possible. Reef Cottage is exactly as pictured and so clean that we felt at ease straight away. From our first inquiry through to check in, Mei proved herself a good communicator and a helpful host. She was very flexible with our check in time and was a wealth of information about the local Daintree region. Reef Cottage has everything you could need to make the most of your vacation, from a full beach kit (chairs, cooler, beach ball, frisbee), to a great little plunge pool and barbecue. There is an extensive library featuring books on local flora and fauna. The property is impeccably maintained and there are lots of opportunities to spot local birds and insects. Wonga beach is just a short walk away and looks like something straight from paradise with palm trees and sand that goes on for miles (quite literally). The only thing that took some getting used to was the sound of birds calling to each other at night. Having stayed at many vacation rentals, we can say that Reef Cottage was the most professionally presented and well done in all regards.

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Liked best: Cleanliness and amenities
Liked least: Birds at night
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
13 Sep 2015
We genuinely enjoyed hosting your family and especially remember your thoughtfulness in keeping our home in perfect order. Our mission is to provide accommodation with attention to comfort and touches of luxury. We’re pleased to be able to provide a place for you to feel at ease when you and your family are so far away from home. More than that, it’s a great compliment to us that you treated our home with such respect. We would really love to have you back at the Cottage again.
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Rhonda_Vi...
Adelaide
2 reviews
“Peace Personified”
Reviewed 1 September 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Host Mei was exceptionally helpful right from the start, emailing directions to the property in addition to tips for enjoying the scenic drive from Cairns to Wonga beach. On arrival Mei met us at the property and made us feel extremely welcome. She offered to email more information in addition to what was in the compendium with Reef Cottage; an offer we great fully accepted and found very useful. Mei provided excellent breakfast provisions in line with our dietary requirements with some thoughtful extras that were above and beyond what we expected.

Reef Cottage is well equipped with everything one requires for a comfortable home away from home. The decor is fresh, clean and modern with lovely artwork and homely touches throughout. There is a great collection of books suited to a wide variety of tastes, a DVD collection and I'm sure plenty of other entertainment options that we never had time to explore.

Positioned approx 150m from beautiful Wonga beach in front and with a delightful creek at the back fence (complete with an amazing orange footed scrub fowl nest), Reef Cottage is a wonderful example of "Rainforest meets Reef" that the area is famous for. Wonga beach itself is a lovely quiet spot, perfectly situated between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation for day trip exploring of the region.

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Liked best: The convenient, quiet position plus the thoughtfulness of the decor and provisions.
Liked least: That payment was required in USD, although Mei assures me she will explore other booking options.
Travelling group: Other
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
9 Sep 2014
Hi Rhonda,
Thank you for a kind review. We're happy you enjoyed your experience at Reef Cottage and its surrounds. Just a small adjustment to your observation - the distance to the beach from the front of the Cottage is 200 steps or 75 metres only! Regarding payment, I've researched "Information for international users" - Flipkey's policy (being a US company) provides that although I'm able to create a payment request to a traveller in Australian dollar, all amounts will be displayed to my guest and processed in U.S. dollars. We hope to see you again despite this minor inconvenience.
Kind regards, Mei
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