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Cow Bay

After crossing the Alexandra Range visitors encounter the first bit of 'civilisation' north of the Daintree River at Cow Bay, located halfway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation and offering great beach and rainforest experiences.

The turn off to Cow Bay Beach is at Buchanan Creek Road. On the way you can observe the hills of the Alexandra Range (on the right) with its dark rainforest vegetation. Watch for birds, butterflies and cassowaries in this area.?

The three secluded bays of Cow Bay Beach are perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkeling on the inshore reefs and also fishing and beach walking. There are always shady spots on these beaches. Guided sea kayaking can be booked locally at Crocodylus Village.

Cow Bay is not a township but a place name derived from the farming of cattle in the area in the early days. The other idea is that Cow Bay is named after the dugongs (sea cows) which come to feed on the seagrass beds in the bay. Cow Bay had a colourful past of farming, logging and grazing. Today tourism is the main industry and sustainability is the main aim of the local community.

Local businesses in the Cow Bay and Diwan region offer various types of accommodation - resort style, backpacker, holiday houses, apartments, bed and breakfasts and camping. There is the Daintree Discovery Centre, home-made ice-creams, restaurants, caf?s, art and craft, rainforest tours, tea growing, an air strip, horse riding, overnight sea-kayaking to Snapper Island, guided walks and the RACQ depot.?

Cow Bay: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Daintree Discovery Centre


A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River.

The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

From the top of the 23 metre high Canopy Tower you can see spectacular orchids and if you're lucky you might just spot a python curled up in a giant basket fern. The spectacular Aerial Walkway provides unprecedented access to the mid level rainforest. You may see a Cassowary with a clutch of chicks wandering along the creek below.

The Display Centre has a DVD theatre with films on conservation, cassowaries, crocodiles and more. Interactive computer kiosks have animated DVD's and the Jurassic Forest walk, featuring simulated life-like dinosaurs from 100 million years ago to more recent mega fauna.

Self guided audio tours feature interesting information of how the traditional local Aboriginal people made good use of the natural features of the rainforest.




Cape Tribulation Road,
Corner of Tulip Oak Road
Cow Bay, QLD, 4873

Located 3.4K from Cow Bay

Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park


Cape Tribulation, in Daintree National Park, is famed for steep rainforested mountains sweeping down to long sandy beaches and turquoise coastal waters.

One of the most biologically diverse areas in the world, this park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the coastal waters are within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. At Cape Tribulation, rainforest meets reef, and two world heritage areas collide, in spectacular style!

The Cape Tribulation section of the park stretches in a narrow strip from the Daintree River in the south to the Bloomfield River in the north and the dense upland rainforest that cloaks the coastal range contains many ancient plants and animals.

Camp at Noah Beach camping area and explore the park on walks ranging from the 650 metre return Jindalba boardwalk through tropical lowland rainforest, to the 1.2 kilometre return Marrja boardwalk through rainforest and mangroves. Experienced and well-prepared bushwalkers can tackle the 7 kilometre return Mount Sorrow ridge trail. Keep an eye out for cassowaries and drive slowly through cassowary territory. Remember to be croc wise around creeks and beaches.




Cape Tribulation Road
Daintree, QLD, 4873

Located 8.4K from Cow Bay

Sweet Farm Tours


Their unique Australian Farm Gate Experience offers an educational journey covering everything you ever wanted to know about Australian Origin Cocoa a working Sugarcane Farm, Australian grown Vanilla and a Koala Food Tree Plantation.

They offer personalised Farmer Guided Tours. Tour bookings are essential by phone or online. Enjoy Australian Origin Chocolate tastings and Fresh Sugarcane Juice on all tours.

Sweet Farm Tours is an ideal location for large and small, social, corporate and school groups.

Explore their Chocolate and Gift shop which has an extensive range of Australian Origin Chocolate and local products.




333 Miallo Bamboo Creek Road
Mossman, QLD, 4873

Located 19.7K from Cow Bay

Cow Bay: Events

Wildlife of Australia's Rainforests


The wet tropics of northern Queensland are the last remaining part of the huge forest that once dominated half of Australia. This lush landscape is home to species like cassowaries, parrots, pythons, possums, tree kangaroos, and primitive-looking reptiles, many of which live nowhere else in the world.

On this expedition you will work with ecologists to help shape our understanding of how changes in our climate are altering the landscape and what this means for species in the area. You'll explore lowland rainforests, spectacular mountains covered in cooler upland rainforests, beaches, and coral habitats just off the shore. You will try your hand at a variety of research techniques, including bird surveys, lizard surveys, frog surveys, and nocturnal wildlife spotting.

You can join this expedition for one or two weeks, spent at different long-term locations.


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Daintree, QLD, 4873

Located 15.0K from Cow Bay

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