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Wakken, Belgium
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

We spent 2 nights at Cow Bay Homestay, and I can highly recommend it! Marion was very welcoming and gave us great advice where to go and where to eat. We had the B&B to ourselves (and the gecko's of course!) and really enjoyed the peace & quiet - if you can call the rainforest quiet, that is :) breakfast...

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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review

It is really great to read your review, Charlotte. I hope it will help future travelers to plan their trip to our area, and even choose our B&B to stay during that time. Thank you,Marion

Brisbane, Australia
Reviewed 24 July 2016

A 6 night stay here in late June. We were met by a very welcoming Marion who was a perfect host throughout. She has an enormous knowledge of life in the Daintree and is a wonderful source of information on what to see and do and where to eat in the area. She was very helpful in making bookings for...

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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review

Great feed back and review- thank you very much. I like to return the compliment: you are fantastic guests to have in the house ! ...and interesting to talk to.

Reviewed 6 July 2016

Lovely home with very secluded setting in Cow Bay right in the rainforest. Marion was wonderful in making sure our trip to the rainforest was as rewarding as possible and could not have been more helpful.

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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review,it is good to have happy guests like you !

Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 20 June 2016

Our 4 night stay at Cow Bay Homestay was a wonderful relaxing start to our holiday. Marion is the perfect host - nothing is too much trouble. Marion has plenty of local knowledge and was able to give us lots of information about the Daintree area. You do need a car to get around but most great spots are no...

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SunshineCowBay, Manager at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review

Very happy to see that the Daintree did the ' magic ' for you. Thank you staying with us.

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Just bliss. Relaxing surrounded by lush gardens and rainforests. Breakfasts are fresh and delicious. You need a car to get around. A good umbrella is needed when it rains. We didn't have one but Marion supplied one for us. Try dinner at Lync cafe and motel. Delicious.

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SunshineCowBay, Manager at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write this great and very informative review. Yes, we always have the umbrellas ready, and often they are not needed !

Switzerland
Reviewed 22 May 2016

From Cairns via CPT Cook HWY Mossman. Continue north to the Daintree NP. In Cow Bay, tucked in the rainforest, is the B & B of Marion Esser. he house is situated in a tropical garden. It offers two rooms with shower room, and a dining-living room. Outdoors there is a garden terrace Contact the landlady. In the village you...

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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review

Great informative summary. Thank you very much for your visit here at Cow Bay Hoomestay B&B an your review!

Sydney, Australia
Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Me and my boyfriend just got back from a day trip through the daintree and cape tribulation. The ferry across adds to the wilderness feel and it's nature at its best. Beautiful climate and water holes to swim at and lots of rainforest walks and Mossman gorge with its canopy walk is beautiful too. We loved it :)

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Reviewed 2 January 2016 via mobile

Stunning timber cottage with most magnificent views of rain forest! Marion is a wonderful host, very interesting and caring. Nice chats, no phone reception, birds and rain. Absolute peace! The house is very clean and cosy. Breakfast was spot on. We had a great time here. Look forward to coming back.

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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review

So good to read your review. You sure had the full Rain Forest experience and loved it, like we do. Wishing you a great year for 2016 and may the holiday memories last for a little longer ! Thank you both for staying with us.

Aylesbury, United Kingdom
Reviewed 1 December 2015

We stayed with Marion and Brian in December 2014, had booked for 4 nights, but extended our stay for one more night (and skipped a night in Port Douglas instead) as we liked it so much. We wanted to see different habitats to collect flies (with permit) and Marion and Brian were great with their help and generosity! It was...

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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review

So great to read your review after one year of your stay with us here. You sure are welcome any time and hopefully soon. It was so interesting talking to you and finding out about our area from your specialist perspective. Thank you very much.

Sydney Olympic Park, Australia
Reviewed 18 October 2015

My partner and I stayed at Marion's place for 3 nights lately and we loved so many things about it: everything was so close, the stunning ice-cream from Floravilla just one minute driving, the empty and special Cow Beach (that for some reason tourists miss completely!!), the restaurants, the beautiful drive that every day took us to Cape Tribulation. And...

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SunshineCowBay, Owner at Cow Bay Homestay, responded to this review

Fantastic to read that you both enjoyed your stay here and the forest did 'the trick' providing you with a calm and relaxed experience. Loved you staying with us . Thanks and best wishes !.

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Amenities

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  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Beachfront
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
  • Smoking rooms available
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Parking
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Free Breakfast
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Cow Bay Homestay B&B is located in the world famous Daintree Rainforest and 5 minutes from Cow Bay beach and iconic Great Barrier Reef. 2 Hours drive north of Cairns, we are centrally located for all locally guided tours: half day reef snorkel , 4WD, walks, kayak, horse riding,jungle surfing, fruit tasting and numerous outdoor activities. Amazing timber pole house, large deck, polished timber floors, bifold-louvred doors opening into the garden, bed rooms with insect screens, fans, air conditioner and ensuites,quality linen and bedding, lounge chairs and daybeds with the best view, . Great for bird watching, lots of butterflies. Spot the cassowary in the garden, meet the bandicoot in the restaurants at night. Or...Just sit back and relax, read, daydream. Take a walk into the rainforest on our property spot the jungle perch in the fresh water creek. Here you can switch off, even digitally. The area north of the Daintree River has no grid power and we run on solar panels, batteries and back up generator. All your tour bookings can be arranged. Marion speaks German. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Cow Bay Homestay

Address: 160 Wattle CL, Cow Bay, Queensland 4873, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Cow Bay
Price Range: $202 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 2
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Cow Bay Homestay Daintree Region - Cape Tribulation
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“Cow Bay homestay B & B Daintree Rainforest Accommodation Marion Esser, 160 Wattle Close, Cowe Bay Old 4873”
 of 5 bubbles irenegasser, 22 May 2016 | Read review
“The two rooms are both great!”
  • it has air-con, but we only used if for 1 hour, we preferred to hear nature!
 of 5 bubbles BarbaraI153, 1 Dec 2015 | Read review
“There are two rooms in the complex. We had the one closest to the car park. It was spacious and very good.”
 of 5 bubbles EvelynSydney, 20 Sep 2015 | Read review
“Both rooms are spacious, clean and comfortable”
 of 5 bubbles AEllingham, 8 Sep 2011 | Read review
“Both rooms are super - fans not air con, but you don't need air con.”
 of 5 bubbles Reed064, 2 Aug 2011 | Read review
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