Situated at the entrance to Mossman Gorge (the southern end of Daintree national park)
Mossman Gorge Bed and Breakfast is ideally located to explore:
the Great Barrier Reef,
Cape Tribulation - Daintree National park
and the Northern Atherton Tablelands.
Our modern timber tree top home combines stunning views and the experience of sharing your visit with a North Queensland family.
View from main guest verandah
Drumsara Plantation and the mountains of World Heritage Daintree
Minutes from the
walks and swimming holes of Mossman Gorge national park.
Native birds, butterflies
and other wildlife can be viewed from the split level verandahs.
Guests can relax
in our salt water pool set in tropical gardens.
Breakfast is served on the main verandah each morning.
Your hosts, Chris and Mandy Coxon met and married in the
Tropical North Queensland and have both worked extensively in the local tourist industry. The past
17 years of which we have spent setting up and running Mossman Gorge Bed and Breakfast.
We invite you to spend some time enjoying our tropical lifestyle, who knows you may never want to leave.
The whole top floor
of the house is guest space
Two large verandahs
Open plan, indoor/outdoor living and dining areas
Ceiling fans in all rooms and on main verandah
Saltwater swimming pool
Rainforest acreage with creek
Hammock and sun loungers
Extensive natural history library including: wildlife, travel, local history and diving
TV/DVD with a selection of Australian movie DVDs and satellite television
Binoculars and bird books
Telescope and star charts
Fiction books from classics to current best sellers
Large selection of board games
Tea and coffee making facility
Fridge/microwave/glassware, crockery and cutlery
Walking distance to shops and restaurants
Local tour information, tour desk and booking agent
Breakfast is served on the main verandah each morning at 8am. This allows our guests to take in the superb view across the valley to the mountains of Daintree national park and the Great Dividing Range, as it is lit by the morning sun and to be entertained by the many birds that also come for breakfast. Most mornings the verandah plays host to Kookaburras, honeyeaters, cat birds, friar birds and who ever else happens to be around at the time.
Early or packed breakfast can be arranged for those venturing out to the reef, departing on early morning flights or on other adventures
Freshly baked croissants, home made bread, Danishes, muffins or pancakes (changes daily)
Freshly made tropical fruit salad (in season savour mango, custard apple, lychee, rambutan, mangosteen, passion fruit and pawpaw as well as our staple banana, rockmelon, kiwi, pineapple)
Juice, milk (soy and skim milk as required)
Home made yoghurt
A selection of cereals
A selection of home made tropical fruit jams, marmalades and conserves
Toasting breads and muffins: rye, grain, fruit
Freshly ground coffee and locally grown tea
Gluten free, wheat free, yeast free are available for a small extra charge for those with special needs, please advise on booking
Standard Double Room:
Deluxe Queen Room:
Double Bed with all linen
Fully screened against insects
Electric alarm clock
Looks into the garden
Polished timber floors
Queen bed with all linen
Fully screened against insects
Looks out across the valley
Polished timber floors
Electric alarm clock
Green or wet season: November to April
Light weight clothing (cotton shorts/skirts/sarongs and cotton shirts) the lighter the better, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, small beach towel and swimmers, umbrella or if you have it tropical weight wet weather gear (normal wet weather gear is too heavy for the tropics), walking sandals or shoes you can wear in water.
Cool or dry season: May to October
Shorts for day wear and jeans/trousers for night plus a jumper/jacket, it can get cool in the evenings(you will be surprised just how cool it can get), small beach towel and swimmers, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent, walking sandals or shoes, umbrella just in case (after all it is the wet tropics).
You can't get a better reason than this or can you. Read on...
One of the most beautiful sections of Daintree national park, with its pristine swimming holes and rainforest walks and it's only a few minutes drive from the bed and breakfast. Spend a day relaxing by the river or enjoy a guided walk with local aboriginal guides at the KuKu Yalanji
Tour operators in Port Douglas have access to some of the best reef destinations in
North Queensland. Don't be tempted to visit an inner reef because it is a shorter trip, go the whole way and enjoy the clear waters of the outer reef, you won't regret it (reefs closer to the coast do not always have clear water as they are in shallow water and are directly impacted by wind and wave action and by coastal run off caused by heavy rainfall (something we get a lot of here in the
Wet Tropics ). Dive or snorkel, either is good fun. Visit in July and August and have the added experience of whale watching, Minke and Humpback whales visit every winter to calve in our warm tropical waters. Grace and Phoebe (above left) enjoying a snorkel with Marvin, one of Calypso's resident Maori wrasses.
Reef photos compliments of Calypso Reef Cruises, see contact details following.
With Solar Whisper electric wildlife cruises. Spot crocodiles, frogs, pythons and flying foxes, keep a tally of the many birds along the way, learn about the ecology of mangroves and just enjoy the majesty of the Daintree river.
Spend the day walking the wonderful rainforest tracks of Cape Tribulation. Enjoy its many peaceful beaches. Take the plunge into an icy rainforest pool. Try your luck at spotting the elusive cassowary and take a trip on the Daintree with Solar Whisper
Electric Wildlife Cruises. Spot crocodiles, frogs, pythons and flying foxes, keep a tally of the many birds along the way, learn about the ecology of mangroves and just enjoy the majesty of the Daintree
Short 45 second video of a family of cassowaries drinking taken by
Chris up at Cape Tribulation
You've done the outer reef, then how about a day on a tropical island. Low Isles is an idyllic sand cay just off the coast near Port Douglas. With a small fringing reef and resident turtles it is a peaceful place to spend a day.
A morning or afternoon spent with the local aboriginals taking a food gathering walk along the local foreshore ending with the cooking of what you have gathered. 5 minutes from us.
Spend some time at the Rainforest Habitat to see our fantastic birdlife (10 minutes from us) or get up close to a crocodile at Hartley's
Creek Crocodile Farm. (20 minutes from us)
To Cape Tribulation: For guests with only limited time, a day trip to the cape is perfect, we have a very good map on which we mark all the really good things to do.
A day walking and swimming in Mossman Gorge National Park.
Take a drive to Mareeba and Granite Gorge where the resident rock wallabies come in to be feed. Visit the Atherton Tablelands to sample some of the local produce eg coffee, tea, cheese, fruit and vegetables and local wines. (a day trip)
If you are here on a Sunday, the Port Douglas Markets are not to be missed.
Spend a day relaxing by the pool or on one of the many beaches in the local area.
Go horse riding, parasailing, bird watching, reef or estuary fishing, hang gliding, jet skiing.
Phoebe at Lunch with the lorikeets (below middle) at Rainforest Habitat.
A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a must to do whilst staying with us.
Some reasons to visit the reef from Port Douglas
tour companies choose to go to the outer ribbon reefs for the best diving and snorkelling sites,
these reefs being so far from the coast allows for the water to be crystal clear nearly all year round.
several award winning companies to choose from, visit trip advisor for latest reviews
new, state of the art, fast boats to get you quickly to the reef for maximum time diving and snorkelling
Port Douglas offers some of the best reef touring companies and dive sites anywhere on the Great Barrier Reef and
lucky for us Port Douglas is just a short 20 minute drive from the Bed and Breakfast
Whether you are qualified diver or a complete novice, there is a reef company to suit you.
Local tour companies offer day trips to the reef, some to three different sites for the more adventurous and
some to pontoons with semi subs and underwater viewing platforms.
All the diving tours are full day and most choose to go to the ribbon reefs near the edge of the continental shelf or just inside.
Have a look at some of our favourite diving companies which offer both diving and snorkelling.
If diving isn't for you then Snorkelling is also a great way to see the reef. You can choose between full day tours to the ribbon reefs or full or half day tours to Low Isles.
There are fast boats and sail boats, luxury and budget. Tours that do both diving and snorkelling or specialise just in snorkelling:
Reef sprinter www.reefsprinter.com.au
Low Isles - half day - for those with limited time the tour offers just an off the boat snorkelling tour with no access to the island
Both Chris and I are divers, I'm just an PADI advanced diver, while Chris however has made a career in Diving. He started off as a BSAC level one instructor whilst living in the UK.
Now after many years in the industry he is a PADI Master scuba diver trainer (EMR), which means he has worked his way through the PADI diving system from ordinary diver and on through
Master diver to Instructor. He also has a commercial diving qualification ADAS 2 (EANx indorsed) (RET)
Chris worked in the local tourism diving scene for many years, taking thousands of people on certified and introductory dives. He then went on to work for the government in the position of Principle diving inspector for Queensland.
Not many people have jobs like this, one that allowed him to dive off every tourist boat in the district and of course that meant he has dived on every dive site on offer to the general public.
All these years of diving has given us first hand local knowledge of the best dive sites and we can help you to choose a reef tour company that best suits your needs.
The best time of the year for the rarer of our feathered friends is from the beginning of September and on through the hot wet months of summer. The trees around our house ring with the calls of upwards of two dozen different species of birds. It is not uncommon to spot 30 or more species of birds in one day from the main guest verandah. You don't have to walk for miles to achieve this either, just a short walk through the house and out into the garden, is as far as you need go. For shear quantities of birds, then the winter months are sure to impress.
Our bird list contains only birds that have been sighted on or flying through our property.
To date we have 105 species of birds that visit our property during a twelve month period.
Allow us to send you on a self drive tour or an early morning walk in the national park. We can also arrange for Del Richards from Fine Feather Tours to collect you from our door and show you some of the more out of the way places.
Birding is good all year round, with an increase in migrant bird numbers starting in September and continuing on through to May. With the greatest numbers of resident birds and migrants coming together from around March on through until June/ July. It is not unusual to sight up to 105 species of birds on a full day birding tour. During the winter months our resident birds remain and are joined by a mini migration from the mountains to the west of us.
When travelling north from Cairns:
Turn left off Captain Cook highway at Johnston Road (this is the road to Mossman Gorge National Park)
Turn left into Coral Sea Drive
Turn right into Gorge View Crescent. We are lot 15 and have a large white sail over our drive way.
Stay longer pay less Standard double with tropical continental breakfast
2 to 3 nights
4 or more nights
Double (2 adults)
Children over the age of 10 (using a foldaway bed)
Deluxe queen with tropical continental breakfast
Double (2 adults)
extra person on trundle bed
Children over the age of 10 (using a trundle or foldaway bed)
Sorry we do not have not facilities for infants or small children
Rates are in Australian dollar and are per room, 2 adults sharing.
Rates include a tropical continental breakfast
All rooms have ensuite bathroom, ceiling fan, air conditioning and are fully screened against insects.
Guests at Mossman gorge bed and breakfast will require a car to enjoy all the area has to offer.
Note: The above prices are for cash payments only. Visa and M/Card payments incur a 3% surcharge.
Whilst we do take one night bookings, we recommend a stay of 4 nights or more to really appreciate what the Mossman area has to offer, we know that one or two nights is just not enough.
All prices include a delicious tropical breakfast.
Bookings are subject to the following conditions, please read carefully.
Credit card (visa and mastercard) details are required within 48 hours of confirmation email; bookings are not confirmed until these details have been received, no charge will be made to your card at that time. The credit card details will be held as a security only and the full amount of the account is payable on check out.
Cancellation policy applies, see below.
Check in time: any time between 2pm and 8pm, sorry but we do not do late check ins.
Check out time: before 10am.
Credit card payments incur a 3% administration fee.
Whilst we understand unexpected things can happen. To avoid unforeseen circumstances we recommend travel insurance. Cancellation must be made in writing, with a reply from us to confirm receipt of cancellation.
Cancellations received more than 28 days before the scheduled booking date will incur a fee of 5% of the total price.
Cancellations between 28 days and 14 days incur a 25% cancellation fee.
Cancellations between 14 days and 7 days incur a 50% fee.
Cancellations within 7 days incur a 100% cancellation fee.
Please Note: Should cancellation be due to bad weather the above policy stands, natural weather occurrences are sadly beyond our control, we highly recommend travel insurance.
Chris and Mandy met and married in Tropical North Queensland in the late 1980’s and have both worked extensively in the local tourist industry. Chris hales from Melton Mowbray, a small town near Leicester and having finished university at Girton College in Cambridge, made the move to
Far North Queensland. Mandy from Brisbane originally, was transferred to Cairns with Ansett airlines and couldn’t have thought of a better move to make.
For many years Chris worked as a diving instructor, while Mandy ran tourism retail outlets. We have lived here nearly 24 years now (17 of which have been spent running the bed and breakfast) and now have two lovely daughters and share our home with a small dog named Angel.
Chris has a masters in geography and is also a diving instructor, who turned a hobby of diving into a job and now works for the Queensland government developing and administering diving safety regulations. In this capacity Chris gets to dive along the north Queensland coast regularly and has a wealth of knowledge on the best diving and snorkelling sites in the far north.
Mandy is a qualified library technician who moved into tourism and retail when library life proved just a little too quiet, (it does mean however that we do have a fantastic selection of books as I can never throw a book away). Since moving to our current house, Bird watching has become a favourite past time (hard not too when
over 105 species of birds are seen on our block in a 12 month period).
A current bird list is always on display on our main verandah.
We love to share our home with travellers from all over the world.
We try to do what we can to keep our environment healthy.
We do have air-conditioning in the bedrooms and we ask you to use them wisely.
We don't change your towels every day and we do not iron your linen.
We have water saving devices in our bathrooms and line dry our laundry when ever
We recycle what we can and ask you to do the same whilst staying with us.
We use off peak power and energy efficient lighting.
We try to keep our carbon footprint as small as possible.
We now have solar power