Open, pavilion house set in lush tropical gardens with huge verandah joining the living area with outside dining, pool and separate 2 bedroom villa.
House is solid and quiet, so guests can get up early and make a cuppa without waking others. Pool and veranda are very private.
3 bedrooms (2 Queen 1 King + cot and 1 x rollaway). Suits up to 3 couples, travellers, and families. Cot & high chair
Unspoilt and uncrowded, Cooya Beach is 10 min north bustling Port Douglas. 200m walk to beach.
Hacienda Cooya Beach.
We think it's the perfect place to de-stress - the house is relaxing and charming. It has a nice wow factor without being pretentious. Our friends and family love it. Guests also really enjoy the house. Its separate living areas and bedrooms mean you don't live on top of each other.
The house wraps around the swimming pool fringed with tropical gardens. The verandah has a number of areas for relaxing, coffee and dining from comfortable sofas, two dining areas, outside big screen TV, and a nook for two for brekkie, an evening drink or just a quiet place to read.
Telstra home ph(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Mobile phones. Telstra signal is strong. Other carriers such as Optus are very patchy - especially in the house (solid cyclone construction of house doesn’t help reception).
The guest information folder lists medical and police numbers.
• Mossman Hospital: 9 Hospital St, Mossman. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
• Port Village Medical. 17/11 Macrossan St Port Douglas. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
• Mossman Medical Centre. 37 Front St, Mossman. (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Police stations are at: Port Douglas: 31 Wharf St. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Mossman: Bow St. Tel (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Queensland Policelink number is 13 1444
We recommend keeping front gates locked whenever you leave the house and at night - just pull the gate to and make sure it is latched. Queensland is not immune to petty thieves, so protect your valuables, car keys, etc.
The house is in 2 villas, all under the one joining verandah. There are just 2 keys: one or the front gate, the other for all doors in the house.
We can usually help with early check-in and late check-out. Let us know if required.
Interaction with guests
We're always happy to help if needed and we have great helpers (cleaners and gardeners). Contact Lew Deegan (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or E: (EMAIL HIDDEN)
Other things to note
Trading Hours: Port Douglas & Mossman shops
Woolworths – Front St, Mossman
Mon-Fri | 8am – 9pm
Sat | 8am – 5.30pm
Sun | 9am – 6pm
IGA – Cnr Port Douglas Rd & the Bruce H/way
Open every day except Christmas day 7am – 8pm
Coles – Macrossan St, Port Douglas
Mon-Fri | 7am – 9pm
Sat | 7am – 5.30pm
Sun | 7am – 6pm
Mossman Butchers – 3 Junction Rd, Mossman
Mon-Fri | 6am – 5pm Sat | 6am – noon
Malone’s Butcher & Seafood
Mon-Fri | 9am – 6pm Sat | 7am – 2pm
Mobil Port Douglas, 13 Warner St – Open Daily – 24 hours
Shell Port Douglas, 10 Captain Cook Hwy – Open Daily – 24 hours
Mossman Markets: Every Saturday | 8am – 1pm (check around Christmas)
Port Douglas Markets: Every Saturday | 8am – 1pm (often later, check around Christmas)
Bugs and Bities
Many people imagine Far North Queensland is crawling with snakes and crocs and other nasties. It’s really not, but you need to be mindful when outdoors. The thing you do need to guard against most is insect bites.
Mosquitos and sandflies: We find there are very few mozzies, but heaps of sandflies. You don’t see or hear the sandflies, and the bites can take a day or two to come up. They are prevalent in gardens, parks, on the beaches, waterside restaurants, golf courses, etc. If you are prone to insect bites, use a repellent when outside. Mozzies can transmit diseases, so try to avoid bites. If you do get itchy bites, calamine lotion helps.
Spiders: Surprisingly, hardly any. Mind you, I check my shoes and boots if they’ve been outside overnight (but never found anything nasty).
Prevention: Please keep all flyscreens closed at all times to keep all bities outside. Use a personal insect repellent if outside for any length of time (Aeroguard Tropical Strength). If dining outdoors in the evening, citronella candles and mozzie coils are recommended.
Snakes: We’ve never seen one in Cooya Beach, but one of our neighbours had a small harmless python a year or so ago. That said, be mindful – it is a rural area. We have seen them on golf courses and occasionally on the roads. They are mostly nocturnal, so if you go walking in the evening or night, make sure you can see clearly where you’re walking and avoid bush paths and long grass.
Box Jellyfish and Irakanji. Jellyfish stings can cause death, although this is very rare. High risk season is November – May, but take notice of warning signs at beaches, swim in netted areas when provided and only swim where there are other people. Treatment for both box jelly and irakanji stings is to wash the affected area with vinegar, and seek urgent medical assistance.
Crocodiles: Saltwater crocs are common in the region, and they are lethal. DON’T swim in creeks, rivers or estuaries or walk on the edge of these waterways. Take notice of warning signs. Saltwater crocs can also inhabit the lower reaches of freshwater rivers, so be certain the area is declared safe before entering the water. You can treat bites with vinegar, but it won't help.
Sharks: Large predatory sharks are rarely a problem inside the Great Barrier Reef and attacks are very rare.
Prevention: Be croc wise. DON’T camp near riverbeds or walk too close to any river or creek. Only swim in patrolled beaches or in rivers and creeks declared ‘safe’ such as Mossman Gorge (10mins from Cooya Beach), Cassowary Falls (near the Daintree village), Spring Creek Falls (10 mins south of Port Douglas off Trezise Rd) and Cape Tribulation (there’s a ‘secret’ swimming hole behind Mason’s tourist info centre).
Smoking allowed outside. Pets only by prior arrangement.