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Crocodylus Village

Lot 5, Buchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay, Cape Tribulation, 4873, Australia
#4 of 13 hotels in Cape Tribulation
Best (5.0 out of 5.0) 2 reviews
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Crocodylus Village

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on February 3, 2007

It cost us AU$23 per night sharing a 6 bed tent/hut. You really felt like an explorer.
I loved this place, you were right in the middle of the rainforest away from everyone else. They had a swimming pool, covered bar with huge wooden tables, a kitchen, though they served hot meals every day too.
The hostel had lots and lots of activities you could take part in, we booked a rainforest walk (AU$20 each) and learnt a lot about the wildlife and plants, had a nice cup of tea and some cake.
Also the highlight was the Sea Kayak trip, they do a sunrise trip and a sunset trip, we did the sunrise one getting up at 5.30am.
If forgot to put on any bathers so got really quite wet though didn't mind as it was nice and warm. We kayaked to an island, one which only the hostel is allowed to go on and snorkled amidst the amazing coral and fish then had a tropical lunch and kayaked back.
There is a self guided walk around the rainforest you can do from the hostel too, The Orange Walk, we got to see a lot of wildlife on this too- we even saw some turtles.

Directions: Cross the Daintree River by ferry, head north over the Alexandra Range for 14 kms, then turn right into Buchanan Creek Rd. Crocodylus Village is 2 kms from the turnoff.

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Immersed in Cape Trib Jungle

Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on November 17, 2006

My family and I recently stayed several nights at Crocodylus Villlage, near Cape Tribulation north of Cairns. We had orginally planned to stay only a couple days in the Cape Trib area. As soon as we crossed the Daintree River ferry and saw the Cape Triblulation jungle, however, we suspected that we might want to stick around a little longer. When we checked into Crocodylus Village, with its open-air bar and restaurant surrounded by ferns, palms, and vines, we extended our booking to six nights. The lodging is in big screen- and canvas-walled cabins. Each cabin is surrounded by enough jungle to have total visual privacy (some sounds do carry between cabins). The staff were friendly and helpful and the meals at the restaurant were good enough (not great, but we we not there for the food). We did several activities in the area, including a morning sea kayak tour (run by Crocodylus) with snorkeling and dolphins swimming right next to us, an overnight kayak/camping tour to Snapper Island (also run by Crocodylus and also with snorkeling), a great snorkel tour to the outer reef with Rum Runners (the highlight of the whole trip to OZ), "jungle surfing (riding zip lines through the trees), and a crocodile tour.

The whole Cape Trib area seemed like a world apart. If you want to buy T-shirts and eat in fancy restaurants, stay in Cairns or Port Douglas. If you want to really get into the jungle and the reef, I'd say go to Cape Trib and stay at Crocodylus.

Just a note comparing Crocodylus with Cape Trib's other big hostel - PK's Jungle Village. PK's seemed like a better party destination, while Crocodylus seemed better for families and for getting the feel of the forest.

Unique Quality: Great open-air restaurant and bar. Amazingly thick jungle. Great kayak tours.

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  • Crocodylus Village Hotel Cow Bay

Address: Lot 5, Buchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay, Cape Tribulation, 4873, Australia

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  • Swimming Pool
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free Parking
  • Kids Activities

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