Cow Bay (+Diwan) Suburb Snapshot

Located halfway between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, Cow Bay offers lush rainforest and white sandy beaches. Crossing the Daintree ferry, the suburb is located 45 kilometres from Mossman and 65 kilometres from Port Douglas.

Located 10 minutes from Cow Bay, the coastal locality of Diwan has a population of 153 people (2016 census) with a surface of 24.5 km2 (9.5 sq mi). Alexandra Bay State School is located in Diwan and is a government primary school for boys and girls.

LGA & Postcode:
Shire of Douglas, 4873

29.3 km2 (11.3 sq mi)

Population (census 2016):

Living in Cow Bay:
Cow Bay Beach is one of the most beautiful and remote beaches in the Daintree area .

The three secluded bays of Cow Bay Beach are perfect for relaxing, swimming and snorkelling on the inshore reefs and also fishing and beach walking

Cow Bay had a colourful past of farming, logging and grazing. Today tourism is the main industry and sustainability is the main aim of the local community.

Local businesses in the Cow Bay and Diwan region offer various types of accommodation – resort style, backpacker, holiday houses, apartments, bed and breakfasts and camping.

There is the Daintree Discovery Centre, home-made ice-creams, restaurants, cafés, art and craft, rainforest tours, tea growing, an air strip, horse riding, overnight sea-kayaking to Snapper Island, guided walks and the RACQ depot.

Real estate market statistics:

The median sale price of houses in Cow Bay is $405,000 with a median price range of 14,08% over the past year (January 2022-January 2023). (Information retrieved from

The predominant age group in Cow Bay is 50-59 years. Households in Cow Bay are primarily childless couples and are likely to be repaying $300 - $449 per month on mortgage repayments. In general, people in Cow Bay work in a trades occupation. In 2011, 84.1% of the homes in Cow Bay were owner-occupied compared with 70.6% in 2016. (Information retrieved from CoreLogic)