Cape Tribulation Accommodation - eco-accommodation in the Daintree
Rainforest National Park
Welcome to the WWOOF page of Rainforest Hideaway, first for
those of you who are non-WWOOFers and have stumbled on this page by
accident this brief explanation, copied from the homepage of WWOOF.com.au
Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a great way to see
Australia. WWOOFers generally live with the host family, exchanging
4-6 hours of their labour a day, and learn about:
gardening and the skills of organic growing
the area they are visiting
WWOOF Australia and their hosts make travelling in Australia easy,
safe and more fun for both Australian and Overseas Visitors. .
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Rainforest Hideaway is not
a real farm but a house hidden away in two hectares of privately
owned rainforest with about 1000m2 of cleared land for a garden.
Two rooms are run as a bed and breakfast with guests from all
over the world experiencing sleeping in the rainforest for a night
What sort of work is there to be done?
This year in 2011 I want to establish herb gardens to grow mint,
lemongrass and a few more simple things. Also there is work maintaining
fruit trees, weeding, and planting some more banana trees.
Also this year I want to also extend the sculpture trail through
the rainforest, so there is lots of work landscaping, making walking
tracks, mixing cement for the sculptures etc.
Artists with an interest in this, and especially with some experience
in sculpture or cement work are very welcome!
A rare success! Two big healthy jakfruit from
What do you get?
In exchange for your time ( around 4 to 6 hours a day as is usual
with WWOOFing) you get your meals ( we usually take turns cooking),
cabin in the rainforest, the experience of living
in the middle of the oldest rainforest in the world, wildlife
encounters ( cassowaries, golden orbs, bandicoots, goannas, brushturkeys
Vegetarians are no worries, vegans are a bit too much trouble,
but breatharians are easily catered for.
Your hosts is: an ex-Dutchie who came to Australia in 1985 on
a 12 month working holiday visa and is still here, testimony to
what a great place this is. More info below...
The wwoofer cabin
Public transport before the road was sealed...
How to get here:
If you have your own transport and need some directions have
a look at the maps page.
After the "Welcome to Cape Tribulation" sign take the
first turn left into Camelot Close, keep driving up the hill,
first Moai on the left.
A very old photo from Holland above and a more recent
from Thailand to the right
Your host Rob was born in the famous cheese
town of Gouda in the Netherlands where he spent more than
20 years battling arctic conditions, until he started travelling
the world and found the pleasant tropical climate of north
My travels have taken me all over the world
until finally settling down in Cape Tribulation in 1993.
While holidaying at the backpackers I went for a walk, saw
a "For Sale" sign and started questioning the
locals on how you could buy land in the National Park. They
explained to me that blocks of land had been subdivided
in the early 1970's, about 10 years before the National
Park was even declared, and that these blocks were still
being bought and sold. So a few visits to real estate agents
and the bank later I found myself the owner of two hectares
of the world's oldest rainforest. I went back to Darwin
where I was making maps for a gold mining company, sold
my house, quit my job, and changed the Monday to Friday
office lifestyle for a home in the wilderness.
Things started off a bit basic, living in
the garden shed until the first stage of the house was up,
but gradually things grew bigger and bigger.
I had never built a house before, only a coffee table and
a pergola, but I figured any idiot can cut bits of wood
to the right length and then nail the ends together, and
so Rainforest Hideaway came to be.
Initially I occupied myself with building the house, then
became the local Harley tour operator, then a sea kayaking
guide, bus driver, long distance tour guide (Cairns to Darwin
6 day outback camping trips), a couple of weeks as a rambutan
packer at the local fruit farm and then a B&B owner:
I am a Gemini, described by the horoscope
as "Jack of all trades, master of none", which
is a good starsign for a B&B owner as you have to be
host, reception staff, cook, mechanic, electrician, cleaner,
website designer, book keeper and tour guide all at the
same time, and I also occupy myself with house building,
furniture making, drawing and painting, and am also a part
time computer nerd. In my spare time I do website work for
the local tourism association, have built this site, and
my project www.amazingaustralia.com.au
. If you take any good photos on your travels around Australia
that you'd be happy to share I'll be happy to add them to
I usually spend the wet seasons in Thailand,
my favorite little island was Koh Kham, now unfortunately
sold to developers, last year I spent some of the holiday
up in northern Thailand in Chiang Mai doing some Thai
massage courses and Thai cooking courses.
In 2008 I decided to get in to sculpture too,
these are all made of cement;
Rob and his Easter Island Moai
Two Moai guarding the entrance
A third Moai overlooking the big fishpond
The new mail box
The entrance to the house
The front steps
The latest project; a bridge on the new walking track to
Even on holidays in Thailand in 2010 I got
a bit creative....
How to make a coffee table......
Find a suitable bit of wood
Make some adjustments to the shape
Turn bit of wood to do same on other side
Remove some bits to achieve shape
Shape a bit more
Put coffee table on some rollers
Drive in to position
Voila! One crocodile coffe table!
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