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Cow Bay Beach (North Queensland)

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
I am a travel writer and photographer with a passion for the great outdoors and food! I love travelling and discovering hidden gems... experience the journey on Instragram! @gypsy_compass
Published June 28th 2018
Don't have a cow man and visit this secluded bay beach
At Cow Bay Beach, it didn't take us long to realise that we were standing in the gateway of paradise - with the golden soft sands swept around across the beach and the towering thick lush forests surrounding the waters, as if they were guarding a treasure!

It is not always easy to find a secluded beach!


Cow Bay Beach is located between the magical Daintree and Cape Tribulation in North Queensland. It is a sight of paradise, where you can easily get lost for hours in its beauty. It is a feast your eyes cannot help but immerse themselves in with the incredible merging colours of beauty from the hues of the sea to the lush green surrounding forest and to the golden sands.

Glimpses of the beautiful beach can be seen from the pathway.


The walk from the carpark was delightful and once we reached the spectacular and sunny beach, we were blown away by its beauty and pure seclusion. We were the only human beings at the time to wander this piece of heaven without a sound or sight from other humans.

The walk to the beach from the carpark is short and pleasant.


Cow Bay is not a township but a place name derived from the farming of cattle in the area in the early days. Some say the name Cow Bay is named after the dugongs (sea cows) which come to feed on seagrass beds in the bay.

Check out those spectacular hues!


Cow Bay Beach is home to three secluded bays and is an open, east facing bay that contains three beaches separated by rocky spurs at high tide; however, it is continuous at low tide. During low tide, you can walk north around the headland to access more isolated beaches!

Welcome to paradise!


The main beach features a picnic area and carpark with plenty of trees hugging the back of the beach, providing shade as well as a picturesque backdrop. Relaxing, swimming and snorkelling can be enjoyed on the inshore reefs as well as fishing and beach walking.

Do check out the pathways leading to other hidden and wonderful spots


The beach is unpatrolled and there are currently no services provided by Surf Life Australia, so be cautious and take care of stingers during stinger season (end of November to March) if you choose to take a dip and enjoy the breathtaking waters.

Thick lush forest surrounds the beach as well as towering palm trees on the sands, making it perfect to sit and relax in the shade


The adjoining two northern beaches can only be accessed by foot or boat. All three beaches provide a wide, low gradient beach usually with low surf and no rips, making it ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

The colours of the ocean certainly mesmerise you!


Besides the rocky spurs and boundary headlands, you can find patches of coral reef off the middle and main beaches.

Fishing can be enjoyed best off the rocks at high tide.

Cow Bay Beach is the perfect day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of the hectic city and be welcomed to no crowds, no cars, no traffic jams and certainly no stress! It certainly is a true 'deserted beach' experience.

The long stretch of the sands makes it ideal to enjoy a lovely stroll.


There are various types of accommodation ranging from resorts, backpacker, holiday houses, apartments, B&Bs and camping nearby.

Near the carpark you will find sheltered and not sheltered picnic tables.


Daintree Discovery Centre is also nearby, which is certainly worth checking out. It is a self-funding eco-tourism facility that specialises in providing interpretive information about the beautiful Daintree Rainforest. There are boardwalks to enjoy including a self-guided tour using audio guide. Click here for more information.

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Why? Enjoy a secluded beach and its beauty.
When: All year round
Where: Buchanan Creek Rd, Cow Bay
Cost: Free
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