The SpaceReef Cottage is a stylish boutique home at the entrance to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. With its design inspiration drawn from the tropical north coast, it is splendid for family beach and nature holidays, couples' getaway, enjoying nearby adventure sports and activities or simply an escape from wherever you are, for some peace and quiet.
You'll discover the Cottage at pristine Wonga Beach following a scenic 90-minute drive north of Cairns. It is a romantic beach house in a laid back style. The modern conveniences of a contemporary home are provided, embellished with luxurious inclusions. Light and airy, Bedroom 1 has one luxury king bed and a sunroom with lovely garden views while Bedroom 2 has one luxury queen bed looking into the lush garden. There is one combined bathroom/toilet with a smart cubicle and an amazing twin-speed shower head, stone vanity top, and plenty of fluffy Egyptian cotton towels. A practical outdoor shower can be found near the foot wash area at the back of the house. All internal floors are tiled and themed artworks adorn the walls throughout.
For ease of living, you're provided with complimentary breakfast provisions and table service for 8. Check in on your emails from free WIFI/use of our computer, or settle down with the extensive library of DVDs or music from your docked mobile. Within an ambience of relaxation and tranquillity, you can tuck into a peaceful read, meditate in the sunroom, laze in your own private pool, cook a BBQ or simply enjoy a drink around the fire pit accompanied by the gentle nature reserve and its birdlife in the background.
Should you go exploring, you'll love coming back to Reef Cottage, to your creature luxuries, and completely unwind.....climate control and fully screened, outdoor shower, indoor wide shower head, soft Egyptian cotton towels, luxury hotel beds and bed linen, flat screen TV with Blu-Ray player, wide lounge and arm chairs, gourmet kitchen including Espresso maker (pods provided), board games and a locality specific book collection are some of the comforts you will enjoy in the house.
A well appointed beach holiday accommodation, Reef Cottage is designed with care for tropical relaxation, a haven with resources for you while you experience and engage with your amazing holiday destination.
It's the perfect resting point for your tropical getaway*.
*Please note our location description in Getting Around The Neighbourhood Guest AccessGuest bedroom access is according to number of persons booked i.e., two per room. If you require a different configuration, please contact us. Interaction with GuestsGuest privacy is respected at all times. If you need assistance, we can be reached through mobile telephone. We live half an hour's drive away. The NeighborhoodThe Beach
One of the finest beaches of the northern coast, Wonga Beach is just 200 steps from your front door. Stroll gently and take in spectacular Daintree mountain views in the north. The beach faces the Coral Sea, home of the Great Barrier Reef. At low tide, explore Wonga Beach's own inner reef with its tidal pools and interesting microcosms. Migratory shore birds seasonally visit and many tropical birds inhabit the beach forest where traversing walkways and a few historic sites can be found. We provide deluxe canopy chairs and picnic gear for you to while timelessly away at the beach. Back in the Cottage, catch the sound of waves at shore, soothing with each change of tide.
World Heritage Wonderland
There is enormous beckoning from the land and seascapes within this part of Tropical North Queensland and we're ideally located for you to explore two of Australia’s UNESCO World Heritage listed treasures. This area is known for fabulous outdoor living with unique leisure activities such as Great Barrier Reef visits, eco island trips, wildlife species spotting, birding, rainforest trekking, river sports, jungle surfing as well as its aboriginal culture.
Our Heritage listed Wet Tropics covers ancient wilderness from Mossman to Cape Tribulation, combining long mountain ranges, crystal clear rivers, waterfalls and dense rainforest tumbling into remote and untouched beaches laced with fringing coral reefs, the further north you go. If you travel south, the Atherton Tablelands offer a cooler change, and an encounter with picturesque lakes, deep water courses and pockets of native rainforest.
We are well set up with resources to assist your comprehensive touring of the area. Please refer to the Tours and Activities section for further information. Also, please see our Guidebook (minimise the Location map) in our listing. Getting AroundTransport
Reef Cottage is accessed using land transport and we recommend having a vehicle at your disposal as that will enable you to explore this amazing region. If you’re flying into Cairns and would like driving out of there, you may pre book your car and pick it up on arrival at Cairns airport. There are also car rental desks at the Airport. From the Airport, it is 94 km to Wonga Beach via a most scenic drive along the Captain Cook Highway, then the Mossman-Daintree Road to the Cottage.
Restaurants & Catering
For self-catering guests, our gourmet kitchen comes with quality kitchenware, appliances, condiments, coffee (powder & pods), choice of teas and sugar. Should you feel like dining out, being a short drive to Mossman, Port Douglas or Daintree Village, you'll be spoilt for choice of excellent restaurants and cafes. There is a list of eateries in the House Compendium at the Cottage. Additionally, you’ll be able to purchase quite a variety of ready cooked meals at Woolworths supermarket. The Wonga Beach IGA minimart sells hot snacks and casual meals.
The Cottage's location is superb for a relaxing, romantic holiday by an unspoilt beach and especially for touring two fascinating World Heritage listed areas. Reef Cottage has its own natural bird habitat whose vibrancy peaks in Spring. Wonga Beach is a residential suburb of remarkable serenity. There is a bottle shop, pharmacy, service station and minimart, just 2 minutes drive away. If you are looking for walking distance restaurants, bars and retail shopping, our location won't be suitable for you.
Tours & Activities
Brochures and guides are placed in the Cottage for your information. We are able to arrange small group private boat charter for exclusive reef and island touring. Our resources include videos, books, scouter binoculars and an iPad loaded with maps and guiding material to help you plan your travel itinerary.
Driving distances from Wonga Beach to nearby areas of interest:
Daintree River/Village - 11 kms - river cruises, hiking, wildlife sighting, fishing, birding, timber museum, art gallery, cafes
Upper Daintree - 20 kms – waterfalls, creek swimming, hiking, birding
Cape Kimberley - 22 kms - beach, kayaking
Cow Bay - 24 kms - interpretive centre, boardwalks, wildlife sighting, hiking, beach, kayaking
Cape Tribulation - 48 kms - reef visits, rainforest trekking, wildlife sighting, insect museum, waterfalls, creek swimming, mountain climbing, jungle surfing, beach, kayaking, horse-riding, cafes
Bloomfield - 86 kms - 4WD, waterfall, aboriginal art & culture
Whyanbeel - 12 kms - creek swimming, hiking, mountain climbing, birding, glass art gallery, cane farm tours
Newell - 14 kms - golf, exotic fruit farm
Mossman - 17 kms - growers' market, art galleries, organic food stores, restaurants, pubs and cafes
Mossman Gorge/River - 21 kms - rainforest trekking, birding, gorge/river swimming, river sports, aboriginal art & culture
Shannonvale - 20 kms - tropical fruit winery
Cooya Beach - 22 kms - aboriginal beach food gathering practices
Port Douglas - 35 kms - outer reef visits, beach, restaurants, pubs and cafes, shops, market
Julatten - 43 kms - safari birding, restaurant & pub
Mt Molloy - 51 kms - safari birding, rustic pub
Mareeba Wetlands - 88 kms - birding, wildlife sighting, canoeing, walks, creek swimming, winery
Mareeba - 93 kms - boutique coffee roasterie, coffee plantations, winery
Atherton Tablelands - 140 kms - national parks, lakes, waterfall circuit, birding, wildlife sighting, creek swimming, water sports, dairy produce, gourmet foods, distillery Other Things to NoteWeather
There are 2 seasons: Dry and Wet. For the Dry season (May to Nov), bring a few items of warm clothing. For the Wet season (Dec to Apr) bring lighter clothes. Mandatory: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, insect repellent. If you go trekking, wear comfortable, covered, rubber soled shoes otherwise walking sandals will do.
Long term averages:
Temperatures: Max 32.2˚C (89.9˚F) Min 25.5˚C (77.9˚F)
Seawater: Max 28.7 ˚C (83.7˚F) in Feb Min 23.2˚C (73.7˚F) in July
Annual Rainfall: 2,127.4mm (83.76 inches)