We live in Cairns and where do you go for Holidays when where you live is the perfect Holiday Destination. We decided to take the children (4 & 9) up to see the Daintree and Cape Tribulation as they had not been over the Daintree as yet. Upon arriving at our booked destination (I wont give the name as I don't believe in bad mouthing a place) I paid for our two nights accommodation and then went to see our room (I wasn't expecting too much as I am aware of the remoteness of the Daintree and lack of essential services) but hello a tiny room with a double bed, double bunks painted concrete floor and a dingie old air conditioner no chair to sit on (because there wasn’t any room) or ANYTHING ELSE left me quite baffled. I don't mind paying for accommodation but at $145.00 a night for a box shared facilities (that were disgusting and dirty) is a bit over the top even for up here. I must admit the staff had no problems giving me a complete refund and off we went, up to the northern most accommodation place trying to find accommodation at Easter for Mum, Dad and two Children (Fun everyone likes to get away for the break). We had varying responses but all helpful and priced accordingly the real resorts with pool ensuited etc where what we expected to pay. Eventually we pulled into Cow Bay Hotel nearly the most southern accommodation.
To sum it up the pricing differences we had two nights accommodation with breakfast included for $120.00 per night.
Our room was ensuited with a fridge, tea, coffee & jug and Television, as mentioned before essential services are not available in Cape Tribulation the Generator was quite and supplied constant power with one power failure that lasted less than five minutes over the period of our stay.
I snuck off and went exploring (as I like to know what is around before introducing the Children to what is around).
There is a rainforest walk with supporting rope rail down to a cute little creak, swimming hole and waterfall (Crocodile free). When we did go to the creak the kids had a ball. Dad could sit and have a drink whilst the kids found water depths to their own ability.
Next door is a Ice-Cream place ($5.00 a tub) with tropical Ice-Cream Cafe and art gallery (we tried this on the Easter Monday very nice), the beach is five K down the road (we went fishing there but no luck (we never do), a short walk away is another cafe (didn't try this one).
Cathy, Dennis and their son William have been back at Cow Bay Hotel since November 2008 and are trying to build the Hotel back up again I cannot comment on the previous insidious comment Titled "Child Safety" only that the personnel and management that would have been at Cow Bay Hotel are no longer there.
I found the whole team and locals of Cow Bay friendly and nice, Easter eggs where being given out and exchanged by adults and children alike it was a wonderful atmosphere to experience.
On one night Cathy & Dennis's daughter played the guitar & sang in the rear family garden BBQ area which was very nice with our evening meal.
As an example of the hospitality of Cathy & Dennis the room next to us, after checking out and just as their room had finished being cleaned at about 11:00 they returned, one of the party suffering a migraine and were offered their freshly cleaned room for as long as required and no charge was requested. Also on our first morning my Husband wanted to take the Children to Cape Tribulation early in the morning and breakfast was made available to us when we got back about an hour after the nominated completion time no problems.
Our room was clean and big enough for the four of us and there are timber features everywhere the Cow Bay Hotel I feel is a lovely place for couples and families anyone wanting to experience the area without the noise of the backpacker set. (if you want something extra special Honeymoon etc. pay the extra for a resort)
Also we had our evening meals at the Hotel all up accommodation, breakfast and tea including lemonade for the kids and a drink for Dad was $361.00 for two nights I think this was definitely worth the drive and we now have another favourite economical place to visit on long weekends.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Cow Bay Hotel is an Oasis set in the middle of the Daintree Wet Tropics featuring the longest piece of timber bar in the world!! Historic photos of Cow Bay! Aussi food tasting during lunch and dinner time. Stop and have an overnight stay or just a cold beer with good pub food. Try our Thursday Night Pizzas in the Beergarden or in the beautiful lounge bistro. With bottleshop, 6 motel style units accommodating families, couples and backpackers!! Under new Ownership and Management January 2016. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cow Bay Hotel Daintree Region