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Wonga Beach
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1
Persons: 1 or 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 46714
Region: Queensland

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Last Updated: October 18, 2017

We have a vacancy for a non-smoking single or couple commencing 25 October. At least one of you should have an outdoor, practical background and some experience with hand tools.


Our family home is just 135 metres from a sandy beach in the small community of Wonga Beach (90 minutes drive north of Cairns). We are located between rainforest clad hills and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. There is a small coral reef just 500 metres offshore and nearby are the beautiful sandy beaches and coral reefs of Low Isles and Snapper Island.

Weather permitting, we should be able take you out either sea fishing, snorkelling at Low Isle, exploring the Daintree river by boat, or the World Heritage Daintree rainforest, once a week.

Dave is well qualified from a safety perspective, being a PADI SCUBA dive master and a qualified Queensland marine coxswain (small boat captain). He has extensive fishing, diving, underwater photography and boating experience, holds a first aid certificate and is a lifelong birdwatcher.

We have a good-sized swimming pool, maintain a home gym and have 3 very different small boats, two of which you may use by yourselves if you have the necessary experience. Helpers who value peace and quiet have found ours a good place to chill out for a while. Having a car can be useful however we are not a base from which to sample the Port Douglas night life!


We are about 90 km north of Cairns, 30 km north of Port Douglas, 17 km north of Mossman and about 50 km south of Cape Tribulation. We will provide details of how to get to us when you contact us.


If you prefer to be frequently on your mobile phone when working, helping prepare meals or at meal times then this is not the place for you!

We like to host active outdoor people of a practical background who love nature and are happy to work on the land. Those who love seeing the sun rise and can start work early in the first cool hours of a tropical morning will fit in well here.

If we are to invite you to stay in our home with us, a photo on your profile or sent by email is expected.

Experience with hand tools, and interests in timber/carpentry/woodworking would be an advantage but not essential.

We do not normally take bookings more than one month in advance unless you have good timber working or chainsaw skills.


On our two small properties, we grow a selection of tropical vegetables, herbs and fruit. We bake wholemeal bread and eat mostly fresh whole, unprocessed, free-range home and locally-grown produce. We also make sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha (fermented foods/drink).

We do eat a lot of local fresh fish, mostly caught by us, so best do not apply if you don't like delicious fresh fish cooked to a variety of recipes (always happy to try yours:-).

Dave does a reasonable home-brewed beer whilst Julie doesn't drink alcohol and of course we run a drug-free household.


Originally from Papua New Guinea, Julie works in a government department in Cairns during the week and is home just for the weekends. Julie is the one to teach you how to husk, crack-open, and grate coconuts and make coconut oil and/or cream for use in cooking.

Dave, a biologist with post-graduate qualifications in fisheries management, is originally from Scotland. He has recently retired from a career in tropical coastal fisheries research, development and management.

We are just starting to cut timber from unwanted trees, mostly pioneer re-growth species such as wattles, as well as some introduced Caribbean pine, for the purpose of building a timber house for our retirement. Most helpers would be expected to assist but would not be expected to use our chainsaws without significant prior experience.

Recently Dave worked for three years managing the planting of 20,000 trees and establishing and managing nature refuges in the Daintree rainforest for the not-for-profit conservation organisation, Rainforest Rescue. Hence he does take a conservationist's approach to his timber cutting!


You should be prepared to stay for a minimum of two weeks subject to confirmation after a few days trial.

The work will be mainly back-up assistance to Dave whilst he is cutting timber from re-growth trees on private properties in or on the edge of the rainforest (see photos) and plantation pine trees on the tablelands. Its usually possible to have a good swim in a rainforest creek at lunch time. There may also be some landscaping and gardening work in Wonga Beach.

You would work on average 4 hours a day, excluding coffee/tea breaks and travel time including ferry time crossing the Daintree River, for every full day you are with us, either daily or on a flexible basis (by prior arrangement). This is in addition to helping with cooking and washing up, in return for your accommodation and all food. We would cook and eat together.

If you had your own car you would be welcome to take off for the weekends, providing your own food for the weekend whilst exploring the area, staying away Saturday night and returning Sunday evenings.

Be prepared, it is a quiet spot, no shopping nearby!


You will have your own double bed, bedroom, bathroom and toilet in the other half of the house. You are welcome to lock the middle, partition door and bedroom doors for your complete privacy. Laundry etc is of course free, subject to economic use in the evening.


These days we are only snorkelling at Low Isle, in a marine reserve, where fish are numerous and risks are minimal. We do not swim off our beach as this is the start of the stinging jelly fish season (hence we make good use of our swimming pool!).

We can also offer good quality, unlimited free WiFi, good will and good humour. If you would like to help, then we would love to hear from you! :-)

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