Cow Bay Home Stay | Luxury Family Rainforest retreat in the Daintree National Park

Exterior Australia Queensland Daintree Rainforest Cow Bay Homestay B&B
Outside of the Cow Bay Homestay B&B

When we are looking for places to stay and partners to work with, we always try to look for something unique, cosy, stylish and family friendly. We definitely found all of these factors at the Cow Bay Homestay B&B at Cow Bay in the Daintree Rainforest.

The Cow Bay Homestay offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, only two hours drive north of Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland, Australia. They are conveniently located with Cow Bay Beach on their doorstep and close to all the other attractions in the Daintree National Park. Read all about our Daintree Rainforest experience here 

After a few nice emails and Lion bumping into her at his work, we partnered up with the lovely Marion, the owner of the Cow Bay Homestay B&B, who invited us to stay for 1 night and experience this tranquil hidden gem in the Daintree Rainforest.

The Cow Bay Homestay, What a beautiful house!

Marion and her husband Brian bought the house in 1996 and developed it beautifully into a cosy, bright B&B. During their renovations they used a variety of timber, sourced locally, from the property and imported some. The Cow Bay Homestay B&B is a beautifully designed timber pole home and made for the tropical climate. Here are a few of the Timbers they used for the house.

Cypress Pine: Used for the house and floors

Silky Oaks: Used for all doors and windows

Rosewood: Used for louvered doors along veranda

Bamboo: Used for floor in lounge areas

River Red Gum: Their amazing coffee table

Sally Wattle: Used for the benches in bath rooms and office

Turpentine: Used for all the poles

Blue Gum: Frame of bi fold door to deck, front steps, window frames in Queen Room 2, and the surrounding bench on the deck.

Kwila: Vanity in Queen Room 2

White Oak: Bi folds to deck top windows

Apart from the use of so many natural products, the Cow Bay Homestay B&B house is powered exclusively by a modern solar/battery energy system with generator back up. There is no main power in the area north of the Daintree River and they use solar power, batteries and a generator as back up. There are fans in the bedrooms and veranda and during the wet season environmentally sound air conditioners. Some walls are bi folded louvers which when open provide a stunning view into the tropical garden. Another great thing about the Cow Bay Homestay, especially for people like me who have a very sensitive skin, is that they use HaRa cleaning products, the leader in chemical free cleaning. Good for human and nature.

There are only 2 rooms in the Cow Bay Homestay. Both are Queen Rooms. The room on the West side of the house sleeps 2 persons and the room on the East side of the house sleeps 3 persons and is a bit larger than the other one. They are both cosy and with a spacious private bathroom and airconditioner. And in front of your room, there is a little living area with seats, a bed and a lounge bench. If you book only 1 room, you have the change there are other people in the other room, and you have to share the other facilities like the kitchen, the living room and the deck, but if you book the 2 rooms, you have the whole house for yourself. We had the whole house for ourselves with us 3 in the triple room and Lions parents, who visited us for 3 months, in the double room.

Marion and Brian live close by in their own amazing property next to the Cow Bay B&B, but you can’t see their home, and you are still very private at the Homestead. As soon as we arrived, Marion warmly welcomed us, showed us around and told enthousiasticly about the house, the beautiful garden, the history and all the things to do in the Daintree Rainforest Area. Read more about things to do in the Daintree Rainforest here. 

Marion showed us everything we needed to know on the map, told us about the bush walk we could do that goes around the property, and made us a delicious cup of Daintree Tea.

After that we took in all the beautiful things we saw, the stunning home, the colourful garden, the interior, the deck with views to the Alexandra Range and the hills of Daintree National Park, the colourful birds and butterflies. We were only here for 1 night, but could easily spend a week here, just to relax, slinging away in the hammock in the middle of the living room, cooking up a storm in the massive kitchen, taking thousands of photographs, and just taking in the views.

We still did all those things though, but in just one day 😉

Later in the afternoon we had a little walk around the property. The garden alone makes for a nice hike as the property is massive! In the early evening we had a look at Cow Bay Beach, which is only a 15 minutes walk away of the Cow Bay B&B. Cow Bay Beach is known as one of the most beautiful and remote beaches in the Daintree Area and you can easily spent a few hours here, walking around and playing in the sand. Be aware of the crocodiles in the Daintree National Park and never go into or very close to the ocean in this part Far North Queensland.

Cow Bay Homestay at night

When the darkness came in over the Daintree Rainforest we relaxed in the lounge chairs, sat on the deck to watch a trillion of stars and listened to the sounds of the birds and the insects. The Cow Bay Homestay B&B lights up beautifully when its dark, which is a real joy.

We enjoyed the house in al her glory, and it was wonderful to have the whole place for ourselves so it felt like a cosy home away from home with our family. After a great night sleep and a walk around the garden in the morning we enjoyed a lovely fresh breakfast made by Marion. There was bread, cereal, fresh fruit, homemade jam, juice, coffee and tea. After breakfast we decided to pack our stuff and check out as we had the whole day in front us, exploring the Daintree National Park.

Do you want to stay at the beautiful Cow Bay Homestay B&B? Make sure you book soon as the busy tourist season starts in April and the Homestay is usually very popular. For more information head to their website or contact Marion by email at

Have you visited the Daintree Rainforest? Or is it on your bucket list? Read more about our experiences here

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  • You are totally right Riely! That perfectly described the Cow Bay Homestay B&B 🙂 Hope you can visit the Daintree Rainforest any time soon!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Hey Sandy,
    Thank you very much.
    Great to hear you liked the article about Cow Bay Homestay 🙂 It’s truely a beautiful place to stay. Hope you will visit one day soon!
    Have a great weekend!

  • Such a beautiful accommodation in the Daintree with its’ beautiful surroundings. It would be nice to rent out both bedrooms and have the house to yourselves for a weekend. The gardens outside the home seem like the idea spot for a morning stroll. A nice home to relax and take in the scenery.

  • The Cow Bay Homestay seems to be really gorgeous and beautiful and mainly there was kind of peaceful environment I think which is something everyone likes and no its something every wanderlust on a Traveller files in a place or Looks for in a place..cow bay Homestay is one place I would really like to visit, nice written!!

  • The homestay looks really peaceful, more like a Zen Temple. People in cities are ready to pay a fortune in sites like these. I had the chance to stay at Corbett National Park, very similar with Daintree national park.

  • Hi Reshma.

    Exactly right! The rooms of the Cow Bay Home Stay are nothing too fancy, but elegant, cosy and comfortable with a nice and spacious bathroom. It has all luxury you need for a comfy Rainforest experience. And the place is really serene indeed. In the middle of the Daintree Rainforest, this is truely a hidden gem 🙂


  • Cow Bay Homestay looks so gorgeous and secluded at the same time. Loved the pictures that look so serene. The rooms are not too fancy, instead look simple and elegant. And the fact that solar power is made of makes me like the place even more!

  • Hi Neha.
    The Cow Bay Homestay in the Daintree Rainforest is definately one to put on your list if you love to stay in homestay’s. Having the entire place to ourselves was extra special as it really felt living there of 2 days. What was your favourite homestay so far?


  • Such a beautiful and comfortable homestay in the Daintree. We have been staying in many homestays recently but not in one where we had the entire house to ourselves. This sounds so much more fun.

  • It really is! This is by far the most unique accommodations we have stayed in as a family, the amount of space and the massive garden are just amazing. We really had that Jungle Rainforest feeling, especially at night, when we heard all the animal sounds ( safe and sound from our veranda though 😉 )
    Have a wonderfull week.

    XXX Jo

  • Hi Maggie..

    Haha yes, he is really the cutest 😉
    Cow Bay Homestay is definately must go when you are in the Daintree! Never stayed in an accomodation so private and with so much space all for ourselves! We absolutely loved it! 🙂
    Enjoy your week


  • Looks so amazing, tranquil and peaceful Jo! Love that you had the entire place to yourselves too 🙂 It’s so great to come across these hidden gems while travelling isn’t it?! xx

  • Thanks so much Mal 🙂
    Yes, we were very lucky with Marion as a host at the Cow Bay Homestay. She knows how to treat her guests well! Unfortunately it was only for one night.. We could have lived there for a while 😉
    X Jo

  • What a wonderful stay at the Cow bay homestay! This looks like the perfect place to stay in the Daintree park! Would love to have that garden at our place 🙂

  • This sounds like a lovely family accommodation, looks so spacious and cosy at the same time! It’s great that you had the entire house to yourselves, I’m sure it added to the experience, didn’t it! And Marion seems to be a really good host, if it was nearer I’d surely pop in for breakfast 😉 Xx


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