Oh my goodness ... only less than 100 wild cassowaries roaming the Daintree forest and we find one at 7AM peeking into our bathroom window!!! We followed it as it slowly made its way to the driveway and had a nice time watching it look for food. Another amazing thing we saw ... again from the bathroom window, is a rare white ringtail possum climbing a tree, this time at 10PM.
We stayed in the private cottage, set off from the mainhouse. The bathroom window looks out into the forest behind the B&B. If you hear skirmishes at night ... take this opportunity to shine a torch and you just might see the possum or something else. The B&B like most of the other B&Bs in Daintree are off grid (they have generators or use solar) and rely on rainwater. They are extremely 'green' and self sufficient, so you are encouraged to conserve resources which are extremely valuable in the area.
Kathy and Brad are warm and friendly hosts. They are an asset to Epiphyte. They used to be wildlife carers in Brisbane and have great respect for the forest. They gladly pre-arranged all my requested tours, nothing is too bothersome for them.
If you are thinking of where to stay, look no further. Mind you, this is a rustic and relaxing B&B, you will hear crickets and crazy laughing birds in the middle of the night, and see the occasional bug or spider in the bathroom. If you can't take this, then you might not want to stay in the forest at all.
Oh their music selection in the bedroom is amazing. Nice to play some latin tunes while sipping some vino on the terrace, looking out into the mountains.
For meals (like dinner), the 3 closest places would be Crocodylus Village, Cowbay Hotel and Lync Haven. You only have until 7:30 or 8PM to eat, all places close up early because they have to conserve power so plan well. We've eaten in all 3, Lync Haven would have to be your best bet for meals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beautiful Daintree rainforest accommodation near Cape Tribulation just 5 mins from lovely Cow Bay beach and overlooking the World Heritage Daintree national park. The main accommodation house is Queenslander style and has four en-suite rooms (single, standard double and large double/family size) each with private balconies, a large open-plan living area and extensive verandahs...the perfect place to relax and have a 'real' holiday!. For couples or small groups looking for even more privacy or independent accommodation, the Golden Orchid Retreat is a gorgeous self-contained cabin separate from the main accommodation house with views across the orchard to Noah's Range. Operating on solar power and rainwater as much as possible, the Epiphyte B&B has landscaped gardens to explore, views to take in and rainforest at the back door. Beautiful Cow Bay, where the rainforest meets the sea and reef, is a short drive away. A home away from home, The Epiphyte is airy, casual, friendly and breakfast featuring seasonal fruit is included in the room tariff. Help yourself to tea, coffee or a cool drink anytime. Play games, read a book, take in the stunning mountain views, swim, snorkel, visit the free board walks and/or join one of the many tours available in the Cape Tribulation, Daintree Coast area e.g snorkeling, fishing, canoeing, 4WD trips to Wujal Wujal, jungle surfing, night and day walks in ancient rainforest. It's a beautiful place to stay any time of year!! We'd love to share it with you. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Epiphyte Bed And Breakfast Daintree Region/Cow Bay