Escape the outside world and unwind in nature

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The Escape

Set amidst the rainforest, overlooking the Coral Sea, this child-friendly, artist-inspired eco retreat is a place for the whole family to rest, rejuvenate and be inspired by nature.

Nestled on a hillside with no nearby neighbours, Cow Bay Hilltop Escape feels like a million miles away.

Completely off-the-grid, and with limited mobile coverage, Cow Bay Hilltop Escape allows you to enjoy the simple things in life: an oversized deck, magnificent ocean views, salubrious sea-breezes and the sounds of the rainforest.

Step away from the world, enjoy the solitude and rejuvenate.

Built by artists to inspire their work, the property consists of a three-bedroom main house, a guest pavilion, and an artist’s studio, comfortably sleeping 7.

Spend your days enjoying the glorious ocean views, meandering through the private bush tracks, or hunkering down and finishing off that project in the quiet solitude.


The Cow Bay Hilltop Escape is owned by Australian couple Peter and Sarah Love.

After many years of traveling, Peter and Sarah realised they travel a little differently to others. Rather than making checklists of 'must-see' sights and attractions, Peter and Sarah travel by sleeping late, moving slowly, and enjoying local foods.

Inspired by these experiences they wanted to open an Australian retreat that encouraged this type of travel.

The Accommodation

The House

  • Two bedrooms, each with a comfortable queen bed and magnificent views of the Coral Sea and the surrounding Daintree Rainforest
  • Additional bedroom with king single bed
  • Open plan lounge, dining and kitchen
  • Fully-equipped kitchen stocked with basic supplies (Daintree Tea, coffee, olive oil, salt, pepper), cooking equipment (saucepans, cutlery, plates, cups), and coffee-making facilities (french press and an Italian espresso maker)
  • Dining table, with seating for 6
  • Enormous verandah with barbeque, seating for 8 and that glorious ocean view
  • A day bed for your afternoon nap
  • Original, custom-designed artworks
  • Landline telephone for local calls
  • Small library of books for children and adults
  • Supply of board games and card games to entertain young and old
  • Linen and towels included

  • The Pavilion

  • Private guest studio approximately 20 metres from the main house, surrounded by more stunning views of Cow Bay and the Coral Sea
  • Queen bed and settee
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Rustic outdoor shower (cold water only; shower with nature!)
  • Other features

  • Artist studio, stocked with basic art supplies to help you rediscover your inner artist
  • 800m of cleared bush tracks for exploring the surrounding rainforest
  • Telstra mobile coverage
  • Can provide children’s high chair and cot on request

  • Location and Directions

    Cow Bay Hilltop Escape is a 3 minute drive from Cow Bay beach in Cow Bay, Queensland. We are approximately 2 hours drive (121kms) north of Cairns, our closest airport.

    Cow Bay sits north of the Daintree River, approximately halfway between the ferry crossing and Cape Tribulation.

    Getting to Cow Bay

    1. Drive north on the Captain Cook Highway from Cairns, past Mossman to the Daintree Ferry
    2. Cross the Daintree River (only accessible via the Daintree Ferry)
    3. Then drive north along Cape Tribulation Rd for about 10km (12 minutes) until you reach Buchanan Creek Rd.
    4. Turn right onto Buchanan Creek Rd.
    5. Cow Bay Hilltop Escape is approximately 4.4km from the turnoff.

    Additional directions will be provided on booking the accommodation.



    There is a general store on Cape Tribulation Rd, about 10 minutes north of the Buchanan Creek Rd turnoff. Here you can buy petrol and some grocery essentials, but there’s not much in the way of fresh food.

    The closest supermarket is located in Mossman, approximately 40 minutes south of Cow Bay Hilltop Escape. We recommend stopping here to buy supplies on your way to Cow Bay Hilltop Escape -- however note that they close at 9pm on weekdays, 5:30pm on Saturdays and 6pm on Sundays!

    There are a number of cafes and restaurants nearby; additional details can be provided on booking.

    Things to do

    We are a 3 minute drive to the beautiful Cow Bay beach, and a 20-30 minute drive to Cape Tribulation.

    Although we love hanging out and spending time at Cow Bay Hilltop Escape, there are numerous wonderful attractions nearby. Take a look at Destination Daintree for an overview of the remarkable experiences available in the Daintree Region.

    Bookings and Rates

    The House

  • $295/night
  • sleeps up to 5 guests:
  • 2 x queen beds
  • 1 x king single
  • The Pavilion

  • Currently no additional cost!
  • sleeps 2 extra guests:
  • 1 x queen bed
  • Enjoy extra space by booking The Pavilion as well.

    (Cannot be booked without The House)

    Other information

    All bookings have a 3 night minimum.

    Check-in is at 3pm, giving you plenty of time to make yourself at home

    Check-out is 10am, plenty of time to watch the sun rise and enjoy a leisurely breakfast with your feet up.

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