Just returned from a wonderfull stay in the treehouse - it was amazing! Although Port Douglas is a very charming, calm and safe place to be, we spent most of the time in the house - sitting at the table in the kitchen window just talking, listening to music, eating nice meals and having fun. Just enjoyed being inspired by all the beautifull art, the sound of the birds, the palm trees right there and the nice climate - simply loved it! The house with the shared pool (although we were almost the only ones there), offered everything we needed. The day trip to Hartleys Crocodile Farm was perfect for the kids (aged 9 and 11) and so was swimming in the Mossman Grove. But best of all was the snorkel tour with Sailaway to Low Isles - couldn't be better! Had lunch at Cafe Barbados in the Marina - cozy seating, great view and fantastic pizza! Thanks alot for opening your home to us Matt and Tina - we hope to get back some time! All the best, The Olsen Family (Copenhagen, Denmark)
This is such a beautiful cottage! I loved the comfy bed, the reading material and all the natural light that flowed in. There was interesting artwork all over the place and I felt like I found something new everyday. It was so nice to have a peaceful night of sleep and wake up by the morning late. We had everything we needed. Thanks for creating such a beautiful space and sharing it - it has given me major house decor inspo. " Prameeta
"Our family loved the artistic, eclectic style of this house, the surrounding rainforest sounds and its close proximity to the beach and downtown. At the treehouse, there is so much to look at and many thoughtful touches - fantastic books, board games, kids toys, a well equipped kitchen and Tina provides a great compendium of information about Port Douglas and its environs. Our family also spent a lot of time at the pool, which is shared with several other houses -- but we never saw anyone. The treehouse is a perfect place to kick back and relax and access local attractions from snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef with Sailaway to exploring Four Mile Beach and enjoying Mossman Gorge, handfeeding kangaroos at the nearby Wildlife Habitat, and simply enjoying a great meal and some music in downtown Port Douglas. Tina even provided local babysitter recommendations - we got a night out and the kids adored their sitter! This house and Port Douglas is wonderful. We highly recommend the Artists Treehouse and Tina's collection of other holiday rentals look fabulous too (www.artistshouses.com). Thanks Tina and family!"
A warm, sultry, rainy week in July and the thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. So much to do and see, such a beautiful house and great base for adventure, such a lovely location with the beach out front and creek out back. We enjoyed foraging for coconuts on the beach which were delicious, loved the moon rises over the sea, the waves hitting the shore, geckos scurrying around us. We even had a green tree frog as a guest. We loved the pool. The house was the highlight of the whole holiday. All in all a thoroughly fantastic time and I'm certain we will be back. We would love to come back. I would love to book it out for the whole of winter next year? Can we??
We have had a wonderful, best ever holiday at the Artists' Beach House. The house is welcoming, comfortable and very interesting. We are sad to be sitting on the verandah, drinking early morning tea before leaving this morning. Great places to visit are with in a short drive away. Mossman Gorge - excellent, Daintree - interesting and fascinating, Port Douglas - fun. We loved walking the beach. We shall miss the Artists' Beach Front. Jennifer and Richard.
Sophie and her friends and family had a great stay at the Artists' Beach Front.
“Staying at the Artist's Beach Front really did feel like we were in a luxury home somewhere in paradise. The house has been beautifully decorated with unique art throughout. The pool, fans and fabulous air conditioning meant that we could relax in comfort. We had 8 adults and a baby who all fit comfortably with beds to spare. Tina and the wonderful Narda were constantly in touch to make sure that we had everything that we needed. The house is in a great location close to Mossman Gorge and the Daintree and not too far from Port Douglas. We highly recommend this beautiful house and will hopefully return ourselves some time very soon for our next North Queensland getaway. ”
“I can only find great things to say about this place. Great vibe, we'll prepared, clean and good location near to beach. Plenty of beds and couches to find a nook to have a snooze. Terrific for a larger group.. We had 7, but comfortable for a few more I think. Oh and yes..... the art. Not sure I had time to consider it all, but wonderful pieces all over the place. Warren”
“Y'all. This place is a hidden gem! Tucked away in Wonga Beach, this house is a little slice of Queensland paradise. If you're looking to get away from it all, relax, and enjoy the natural wonders of Queensland, the Artist's Beach Front is perfect. The house is beautiful and eclectic, with all the modern amenities, including wifi, cable, and updated kitchen and bathrooms. THE HOUSE: The pictures and description are accurate. There is a beautiful beach just across the road from the front. There are only a few houses on the street, so it is very quiet and the beach is generally wide open. There is a small pool in the back and with lovely french doors on all sides, you'll feel like you're enjoying nature just sitting at the dining room table. GETTING THERE: You do need a car to get here. It's a little over an hour north of Cairns airport and ~30 minutes from Port Douglas. But the roads are well maintained, easy to navigate, and fairly open, so it was an easy (and beautiful) drive, even for this American who's used to driving on the right. LOCATION: The house is ~15-20 minutes from Mossman, where there's a large Woolworths, so you can pick up any supplies you might need. It's easy to drive into Port Douglas if you want a day of shopping or to take a tour of the Barrier Reef. Many of the Daintree sights are within easy driving distance of the house, and it's actually better to just drive there yourself rather than take a tour, which typically leaves from Port Douglas and then heads back up to the areas around the house. If you want to be in the thick of the bars/restaurants, this isn't the place for you. But if you want to escape the rush and relax at a peaceful place, while still having access to many of the main attractions, this place is perfect. HOST: Tina is a wonderful host! Although she and her family were traveling internationally at the time, everything was sort and in order for my arrival. She was quick to respond to any questions I had by email. Additionally, she provides an information packet that covers most of the things that you would ask. I referred to it multiple times and found it very handy. BOTTOM LINE: This is the perfect place to get away from it all. Open the doors, listen to the kookaburras, and relax. ”
"Just as beautiful as the photos. Spotlessly clean and ridiculously comfortable. Perfect for our small and young family.
Wonga Beach is a divine little community, which we never would have discovered without renting here. So glad we chose to stay here rather than Port Douglas, which is too hectic for us.
Local activities include Hook-a-Barra and crocodile cruises, both of which we shamelessly enjoyed! And the Mossman markets, which are divine and very underrated.
Very grateful to Tina and Narda for letting us stay."
Marika and her friends just had a great stay at the Beach House
“We loved our stay at the beach house, beautiful relaxing space just like in the photos. The neighbourhood is very quiet, and beach access is fantastic. Tina was a wonderful host, answering all our questions and providing a lot of information about the local sights. The house style really suits the tropical feel, and has all that you need for a lovely holiday! ”
Fee and her family had a great three week stay at Artists' the Beach House:
The house was absolutely perfect - it felt like home from the minute we walked in and we really didn't want to leave. It had everything we needed - lots of nooks and crannies for escaping for a wee knit/read but great social spaces for precious family time. Cooking was a joy, eating outside in the evening was wonderful and sleep came easily.
We walked on the beach every single morning at sunrise - which I still miss now we're back in suburban Manchester!
Justine and her family had a great stay at the Artists' Treehouse.
“Wow! This house was so lovely, we were sad to leave after our 8 nights here. As soon as you step through the doors, it feels special, welcoming and homely. Positioned in a lovely residential road, just a short stroll into town and to the 'Four Mile Beach'. We had a couple of days when it lashed down with rain, which, in some places could turn out to be a bit of a nightmare on holiday with a 7, 13 and 15 year old in tow. However, thanks to the house being so well equipped with games, dvds, great internet connection, bose speakers to simply connect your phone to, it was actually great just chilling in the house for a while. The walls are covered in so much artwork which was inspiring to look at. In the evenings, it felt so relaxing as there are a number of beautiful lamps around the house which made it feel cosy. There's also a shared swimming pool which most of the time was empty. Great the house had 2 bathrooms plus a washing machine so I was able to check out with all our clothes clean :) Coming from London, we are not used to hearing the Kookaburras, and that was an experience in itself, I was amazed listening to all the different bird calls in the mornings. There were many restaurants in town to suit all budgets plus a huge Coles supermarket, and because the kitchen/dining area was so lovely at the house, I wanted to cook and eat in a couple of nights which we all enjoyed. The Whileaway bookshop in town was a lovely place to have coffee, cake, relax and look at the books. All in all - a wonderful stay - if you decide to book this house - you will love it :)”
Frederic and his family just staid at the Artists' Beach Front :
"Paradise is on a roll - we are having a fabulous time with lots of fishing off super wonga beach - up tomorrow at 6 am to try a new lure - more silverly while water clears up - a tip of a local guy we met on the beach!
You are right about the mantarays at Wonga beach! Just love wonga beach and your house... This is a dream holiday!!!
a touch of paradise - our son is entranced with your pool and I love the pool early in the morning when you get to hear all the noises of the forest and see the bats flying back from a night of hunting - walking on the beach is a dream and just being in your house with my parents, wife and son is so relaxing that the word that sums it up is happiness!!
Till now I have 600 photographs of cape tribulation, cow bay beach, river cruise, palm cove, hartleys crocodiles, port douglas attractions + lookout + 4 mile beach + marina + yatch club + Tin shed + sugar wharf & sunday market, we have also been to mossman gorge, tablelands (yungaburra, fig tree, lake eacham), Daintree village, mossman (beautiful smoothies at yum yums!) - friday train and sky rail and next monday dragon lady fishing! Still thinking over what to do about snorkeling - think I will keep it easy/simple and go to low isles...
Thank you again for having guided us towards The Artists' Beach Front - a special chapter we will treasure for ever!
David and Vanessa just stayed at the Artists' Treehouse:
"we loved our time at the Treehouse. The 10 days we had were pure bliss and the Tree house suited us down to the ground in terms of size and layout. The house is a credit to you in terms of the artfulness of it all - quirky, eclectic and the essence of the tropics. We were lucky to have a visit one day from a big green frog which the kids just loved.We were totally happy with the accommodation and the supplies of equipment, books, dvds etc etc. We tried out quite a few of the ’50 things to do’ and made sure we plenty to come back to Port Douglas again for! In short, we have had an awesome holiday and would love to come back to Port Douglas and the Treehouse ASAP ! Thanks again for making the Treehouse available, providing such informative compendium and the all round feel of the property."
Larissa just had a wonderful stay at the Artists' Beach House
“From our first glimpse of the Artist's Beach House we knew we were in for a fabulous time. Tina has created a beach-side paradise with a home that manages to stun and make you feel welcome at the same time. With hideaway nooks and spacious communal areas, the space accommodates everyone and we will have lasting memories of this holiday thanks to your beautiful house Tina. Our thanks to you for your thorough information, communication and tips on the local area. It truly was our home away from home and we had an unforgettable time. ”
Laurel just had a great week at the Artists' Cottage
“Tina was a fabulous host! She was quick and easy to communicate with and provided very pertinent and detailed information about the Cottage and activities in the surrounding community. On our arrival the cottage was open, very welcoming and clean. The Cottage was exactly as described. It actually was bigger than I had expected. The cottage is in close proximity to other homes but it felt very private. I found the neighbors and neighborhood quiet. There are 2 parking areas for cottage guests and we always found one available. Although another reviewer mentioned a building project on a neighboring lot, we did not see anyone at the building site during our 6 day stay. It looked like the major works at this site are finished. Tina has thought of everything. The Cottage is a visual smorgasbord of unique treasures. The front verandah was the perfect place to have a morning cuppa and an evening cocktail. The Cottage was the perfect place to call home for our visit to Port Douglas. I hope you open your home to us in the future.
The cottage was fabulous. Love the decor and your artistic expression. We were very comfortable. The bed was comfy. Loved the 50 things you must do in PD info. My favorites were the farmers market, GBR, yoga on the beach, the Daintree and watching the boats come in from the reef. It was fun-filled 50th!! ”
Jennifer and Richard staid at the Artists' Beach Front for three weeks.
We have had a wonderful time at the Beach Front. Our visitors have now both gone on to pastures new and we are left feeling very quiet and a little sad. However a great long walk on the beach restored our spirits and we are all ready for an early leave in the morning.
The house is beautiful and very comfortable and had all that we needed. The pool and deckchairs, sunbeds and table have been well used and the beach towels very luxurious. The bedrooms and bathrooms were spacious with excellent storage and very attractive to look at.
We shall certainly write a review expressing our delight! The area is great ...peace and quite but easy reach of Port Douglas, Kuranda, Mossman Gorge and Daintree. We did like Mossman and enjoyed coffee and breakfast a few times.We have been quite busy with visits to the Reef, open air cinema ( quite a joy) croc spotting river rides etc etc! Your 50 things to do ....list was very helpful. We have so enjoyed our visit to Australia, Beach Front being the icing on the cake.
Jennifer and Richard
Simon and Lisa spent a week at the Artists' Beach Front.
I love the house and location. It's the perfect holiday spot away from the crowds. It's like the Hawaiian holiday I've dreamed of that probably doesn't exist in Hawaii anymore! I think we'll be back.
Words by Roy Weavers
Many dream about a worldwide creative life but few manage to successfully live one especially when a young family has to be taken into consideration. But Tina Gonsalves together with husband Matthew Wild and children Pablo, 7yrs and baby Hugo have achieved exactly that.
Whilst in town from their latest worldwide travels, I popped in for a cup of tea at their very special Port Douglas Artists’ Beach House which usually serves as their home during their sojourns when here, to see if I could discern a little of what makes, ‘Life on the wild side,” so attractive .
This beach house is literally a temple to the arts with every spare space of wall decked out with artwork from both all over the world as well as pieces that friends and family have passed on to them, I suspect, in the certain knowledge that they will be cherished in the possession of these art lovers.
Tina is a world renowned artist and Matt is a skilled chef and making a living around the world is never a problem.
However their attitude towards planning their lives and their travelling is not quite as laissez-faire as it may look at first sight. They have holiday rental properties around Port Douglas which generate a rental income and an apartment in Berlin, Germany. Tina, the artist, is reluctant to admit she is famous in many parts of the world and that her artwork is much sought after, but it is true and Matt’s creative catering has a well-earned reputation so keeping the necessary pennies coming in whilst they indulge their travel passion does help oil the wheels.
But it’s not money that drives this individualistic family. Far from it, they are happy to travel anywhere in the world and make different countries their home. For them, they see their lifestyle more focused onexperience that matters and the material artwork collection is almost treasured more for the memories it evokes rather than its value.
Most traditional families would say the Wilds lifestyle sounds brave with such a young family but you soon discover that they have supreme confidence that the world’s everyday people they encounter are as welcoming and curious about them as the Wilds are of them and they have never felt any dangers. “Traveling with a young family, you are greeted with such warmth and smiles”. Pablo started travelling at 10weeks*he had a full passport by the time he was four. We took Hugo overseas at four months. The kids have got used to having their daily sleeps around chaos, on trains, tricycles, ferries, planes,. Its made them calm little confident beings, and Pablo is developing such curious nature about the world. Its been brilliant for them, and for us a parents. Hugo has been hugged and blessed by monks in India, to being passed around the ferry in the Philippines – its made him trust people, new smells, new tastes. I hope our kids see the world as their home, and that there are many different ways to live a life.
Tina believes it was her Mum and Dad who gave her the travel bug. My dad built a boat, sold up in Palm Beach, Sydney, and set sail around the world. He On the sail up north, they fell in love with Port Douglas, and bought property here before taking off on the world adventure. Matts parents also arrived in the early eighties, looking for a sea change, from Melbourne life. When Matt moved up here, was shocked at how much Port Douglas felt like paradise.
After studying art in Melbourne, Tina took off on her worldwide travels, exhibiting and undertaking artists in residencies around the world, but Port Douglas was always considered a home to return to - where all her family isMatt moved to Byron Bay for many years, where he owned a few successful restaurants. They met up again years later, when he was working in The Nautilus Restaurant and they soon realised they had the same passion for travel and life
Children have come along but as Tina reports, “7yr old Pablo sees the world as his home and baby Hugo loves the adventures. We travel a lot, we live between beautiful Port Douglas, amazing Berlin and the fascinating world.”
Their lives should be described as creative, refreshing and fulfilling. Their relaxed attitude towards travel is inspirational and their easy welcoming manner makes meeting them a wonderfully agreeable experience. They appear to have learned so much from each of their adventures that they try to infuse that into their lives. And that attitude is infectious. “It’s a big world out there, filled full of amazing people, cultures and incredible landscapes and it nice to feel the courage and curiosity to explore it as a family”.We actually have a simple life, but we do try and travel as much as we can.
They control their holiday rental business, Artistshouses.com even when travelling around. Both Tina and Matt agree that it is an easy responsibility to take on. Tina says, “We have travelled so much that we feel we know what travellers need to have good rental experience and vice versa. We like our guests not only to feel at home as soon as they enter our places, we like them to feel happy, creative and inspired. We like to create spaces that allow people to have great conversations and discover new sides of themselves. Our guest book is full of people rediscovering a latent drawing talent, or a songwriting talent. I think creating spaces that tap into that is important. The result is that many of the people who enjoy a holiday with us have become great friends. In fact we often get invited over for the evening which is really weird - having dinner in your own home, but then you get up and leave them to clean up!”
Matt says, “We have the Artists Beach House, our five bedroom holiday rental by the beach, We have the Three bedroom Artists Treehouse in town, and next door is the two bedroom Artists Nook. Our first home was the charming one bedroom, Artists Cottage. Many years ago we lived in Berlin, and we still have our fantastic two bedroom apartment on the East Side. Our rentals were never really intended to be a business, ,The properties grew from necessity to satisfy repeat business. “Each property is like a personal shrine of lifestyle and art. Most guests remark that it’s not like staying in a major resort. It’s more like staying in some a home, to which the Wilds response is, “ Thank God.”
Check out the Coastal Life and Design Blog for a great write up about Artists Houses.