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“No need to go far to see a wild cassowary and a rare white ringtail possum” 5 of 5 stars
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The Epiphyte Bed and Breakfast
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   22 Silkwood Road | Daintree Coast - Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873, Australia   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Cow Bay B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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16 hotel reviews
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“No need to go far to see a wild cassowary and a rare white ringtail possum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

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.

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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.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

My wife and I spent a few nights there recently, and greatly enjoyed staying there and meeting both the caretakers (owner was traveling when we visited), as well as the other guests. The house is in a quiet and serene setting, and our room was spacious, clean, and comfortable. The caretakers, Brad and Kathy, are both wonderful, and very helpful in finding things to do, and making bookings when necessary. The location is reasonably convenient -- about 30-40 minutes up to Cape Trib, and 20 minutes down to the ferry.

We had a really great time and would stay there again on our next visit to Daintree.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is a great place to stay if you want a real, rainforest experience! We stayed in the private cabin, and I'd recommend paying a little bit more and choosing this. It was really private and cosy, and we enjoyed spending time on the verandah, taking in the sights and sounds of the beautiful Daintree rainforest. The tropical breakfast was delicious and it was interesting to chat to Brad and Cathy about life in this beautiful, remote part of the world.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I have just stayed at this B&B and it was excellent. We are on our honeymoon and I had booked accom at Cape Tribulation that ended up being so diabolical that we cut our financial losses and left without spending more than an hour there. We then had a, "what do we do now?" moment and headed back towards Port Douglas. We saw a little street sign pointing to a B&B so we nervously followed it. The B&B at the end of the 'yellow brick road' was Epiphyte.

We were greeted amiably by host Kathy who showed us around the place. Our situation was a little tricky given we had our 11 month daughter with us but Kathy happily discussed the logistics of where to bath bub and get organised. As it turned out, the venue was perfect! We could relax in the communal lounge area while bub slept happily in the bedroom.

We found the facilities to be perfect for what we were looking for. The communal deck - with an awesome outlook over the nearby mountain range - facilitates the congregation of guests and the bedrooms are reasonably spacious. The continental breakfast was a good start to the day and, again, allowed story-swapping between guests.

We found this place virtually by accident, but would enthusiastically recommend the venue and the hospitality of Kathy & Brad to anyone.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

We stayed for about week with my mom and my auntie in november 2012. it was great, awesome tropical fruit breakie everyday, wonderful hosts, very helpful. Christina and Peter you are the best :) Comfortable, clean rooms, it was nice to have our own balcony too. Not to mention the good pricing, we stayed 6 days do we had one night free! If I go back to Daintree I will stay there again for sure! It was such a relaxing and agreable place that it was hard to leave!

Cécile, Chantal and Véronique

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I'd booked it for a couple of days and ended up staying nearly a week....I just couldn't move on! A great place to chill

Kathy, Brad and Brendan, their son, were wonderful hosts with lots of local knowledge, including flora and fauna ~ I didn't get to see the cassowaries that visit them regularly but that's only because they happened to come when I was out!

You'll find lots of interesting things to do in the area, which Kathy and Brad can organise if you want, and sometimes get you a discount.
And I really can't recommend the Coopers Creek Rainforest tours enough ~ check them out...

http://www.daintreerainforest.net.au/
or
http://www.ccwild.com/

A very magical place....now if Epiphyte was in Coopers Creek, that really would be heaven.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Was put onto the Epiphyte by a mate who had been there before. Was quietly impressed. Would love to go back and see more of the sights as others who were there said they really enjoyed their day trips (I just needed some time to relax and spent most of the time reading). Very friendly and social. The managers looked after me well and the rooms were very clean and neat, without being 'spartan'. A great escape from it all. Will definitely go there again soon to do more of the adventure stuff.
No complaints!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 22 Silkwood Road | Daintree Coast - Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873, Australia
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Location: Australia > Queensland > Daintree Region > Cape Tribulation > Cow Bay
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Cow Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — The Epiphyte Bed and Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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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