The Australian Geographic nominated Wonga Beach as one of the top 50 inspirational destinations of Far North Queensland in Feb-2017.
Situated between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation, Wonga Beach township is on the coastline of the Daintree National Park. It is a residential suburb by the beach enjoying all urban conveniences - grid electricity, town drinking water, mobile phone reception, TV reception, public telephones etc. After you cross the Daintree River northward, you'll find the quality of life changes noticeably.
Having grid supply of electricity in Wonga Beach means you can experience air condition comfort and not have to worry about power availability. Alternatively, windows can be screened and it won't affect free air flow. Pests such as mosquitoes are kept at bay, there are no leeches and ticks are easily managed.
At Wonga Beach, the rainforest is at a shoulder to the lowland and birds are plentiful in an undisturbed habitat. On the beach itself, there is no building and no commercial activity. The coastal frontage is green and the forest thickens during the Wet Season. When the Dry comes, the undergrowth thins and powdery white sand is revealed. Gentle breezes blow by, and during low tide the wide shallow sea floor is revealed. And the beach is often unvisited!
“Wonga Beach is one of tropical north Queensland's best kept secrets.
At the entrance to the Daintree Valley, Wonga is overlooked by the mid-morning invasion of the Daintree rainforest by tourists. From Rocky Point, at the southern access of Captain Cook Highway, to the Daintree River in the north, Wonga Beach is easily accessible and has the best beach walk in the district. On the way to Daintree, Wonga Beach (Latitude S16˚ 19' 14.874", Longitude E145˚ 24' 20.151") is in the northern end of Trinity Bay. Cairns is at the southern end. It is the only beach in Trinity Bay that you can walk along without seeing artefacts, and really experience a wilderness feeling. It has a beautiful lush backdrop of huge Calophyllum trees interspersed with Coconut palms. In 1770 Captain Cook named the northern bay's continental island Snapper Island and the near-by coral cay Low Isles (a noted Great Barrier Reef location). A 30 mile light house was installed on the smaller cay in 1898. Lighthouse flashes are still seen from Wonga Beach at night. Looking south from Wonga Beach you can see Island Point which shelters the harbour entrance of Port Douglas. The rainforest clad mountain range to the north is called Alexandra Range after the Danish princess who married Albert Edward, Prince of Wales who later became King Edward VII. More rainforest clad mountain range behind Wonga Beach is called Dagmar Range after Alexandra's younger sister. Dagmar married into the Russian royal family becoming Empress Marie Feodorovna. The last three features were named by the discoverer of Daintree, George Elphinstone Dalrymple, a servant of the crown. The two ranges and Wonga Beach form the boundaries of the Daintree Valley and could rightfully earn Wonga Beach the title Daintree Beach." Adapted with permission from writings by Chris Dahlberg©(local wildlife expert).
Wonga Beach township is around 5 km in length and divided into North (Old) and South (New) Wonga. As you approach the suburb travelling upwards, you'll pass the boat ramp at Rocky Point. Then the Wonga community park with public amenities such as playground, skate park, BBQ etc appears. You'll soon meet South Wonga with a little shopping hub including the Caltex petrol station, mini-market and hot takeaway, cafe, pharmacy and liquor store (only 2 minutes from the Cottage!).
Reef Cottage Wonga Beach is located at South Wonga where there is a coral reef called Bell Reef - see photo above. Not much has changed to the nature of the beach since we first came in 2004.