Destination Daintree

Wonga Beach

Wonga Beach

 

  • An extensive beachside suburb with one of the longest stretches of sandy beach in the area

  • Behind sand dunes at the northern end there is a Melaleuca forest beyond which the mangroves and wetlands of the Daintree River system begin

  • Accommodation choices at Wonga include a budget resort, two camping grounds, cabins, beach house rentals and pool-side rooms at a wildlife sanctuary

 

Wonga Beach has a beautiful lush back drop of huge Calophyllum trees interspersed with Coconut palms. In 1770 Captain Cook named the northern bay’s continental Island Snapper Island and the near-by coral cay Low Isles. A 30 mile light house was installed on the smaller cay in 1898.

Looking south from Wonga Beach you can see Island Point which shelters the harbour entrance of Port Douglas. It looks like an island from offshore. The rainforest clad mountain range to the north is called Alexandra Range after a Danish princess who married the Prince of Wales. The rainforest clad mountain range behind Wonga Beach is called Dagma Range after Alexandra’s younger sister.

The Daintree River, Wonga Beach and the beach end of Alexandra Range form a natural funnel when the prevailing south-east trade winds are taken into account and explain why there are no sandflies at Wonga Beach and there are so many different species of mangroves in the Daintree.

There are three maintained graves along the beach. One belongs to a maritime hero Charlie Lifu and includes an inscription of his feats. It is near the Close that bears his name.

Behind the coastal vegetation is an extra-ordinary array of architecture. From the quaint owner built holiday and fishing shacks of the 1930’s to the newer multi million dollar homes.