Wonga Beach panoramic photo at low tide
WONGA BEACH WALK. Is on the way to Daintree ( Latitude South 16 deg 20 min, Longitude East 145 deg 30 min.) at the northern end of Trinity Bay. Cairns is at the southern end.
It is the only beach in Trinity Bay that you can walk along, without seeing artifacts, and really experience a wilderness feeling. It has a beautiful lush back drop of huge Calophyllum trees interspersed with Coconut palms.

First foot prints in the morning

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 of Low Isles 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 Dagmar Range after Alexandra's younger sister, Dagmar.
She married into the Russian royal family becoming Empress Marie Fedodorovna. The last three features were named by the discoverer of Daintree, George Elphingstone Dalrymple, a servant of the crown. George was careful enough to keep his masters happy by naming features after them but also considered his fellow mariners following in his wake. Island Point is a good example.
The two ranges and Wonga Beach form the boundaries of the Daintree Valley and could rightfully earn Wonga Beach the title Daintree Beach.
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. Firstly sandflies cannot operate in that sort of wind and mangrove seeds float and are taken along the surface of the water by wind and currents. They collect in the Daintree River estuary and along Wonga Beach because of this natural funnel effect.
Beachcombing along Wonga has it's rewards with these seeds and other flotsam which includes pumice originating in the subterranean volcanoes of the Pacific Ocean. There is a maintained grave along the beach. It belongs to a maritime hero Charlie Lifu and includes an inscription of his feats. It is behind the beach near the Close that bears his name.