Daintree Region Guide

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DAINTREE FERRY
DAINTREE FERRY
SELF DRIVE
SELF DRIVE
SEALED ROAD
SEALED ROAD
WET SEASON
WET SEASON
COACH TRANSFERS
COACH TRANSFERS
DAILY SERVICE
DAILY SERVICE
TOUR OPTIONS
TOUR OPTIONS
CREEK CROSSING
CREEK CROSSING

Getting There

Updated: 25-Mar-2007

Air:
Domestic and International visitors can fly direct to Cairns, where a number of transfer options to Cape Tribulation are available. An airstrip in Cow Bay provides access for planes and helicopters. Of course, the primary reason for taking this method of travel is so you can get a birds eye view of the pristine rainforest.

Self Drive:
Public transport is limited throughout the Daintree region, so we highly recommend hiring a vehicle and self driving. The majority of attractions and activities are well spread out between the Daintree River and Cape Trib Beach, which is an hour’s drive. There are many dining opportunities also in the Daintree, so hiring a vehicle will provide a greater flexibility so you can get the most from your stay.

The Daintree Ferry provides access into the Cape Tribulation area. This is accessible by conventional vehicles except during periods of heavy rain. The road is sealed as far as Cape Tribulation. Crossing the Daintree River via a vehicular ferry is an experience not to be missed. This ferry operates from 6am to midnight each day.

Vehicle users can be assured that a 4WD is not required to drive through the Daintree Rainforest, however the Bloomfield Track which begins at the northern side of the rainforest, is suitable only for 4WDs.

Limited fuel access is available, so it is best to fuel up beforehand.

It is a two-hour drive (approx.120 km) north of Cairns to the heart of the Daintree World Heritage area. Drive north out of Cairns along the Bruce Highway (Hwy 1). Continue on past the Port Douglas turnoff to Mossman (1 hr 30 mins). From Mossman continue north on the main highway past Wonga Beach (15 minutes from Mossman) and 10 km later turn right to reach the Daintree River ferry. From here it is a 1 hour journey to Cape Tribulation beach.

Drive Guidelines

  • Please drive safely and carefully while in the area. If you wish to stop, pull over and park safely, not on the road. Sometimes it is safer to walk back to the attraction.
  • It is safe to drive at night, providing you obey the speed limits and keep a sharp lookout for wildlife. Wildlife is usually only killed by speeding drivers.
  • Please respect private property while in the area.
  • During heavy rain, water does run over the road. Please be careful and check the depth before crossing. The water usually recedes quite quickly once the rain has stopped.

Coach Transfers:
Coach transfers are available between Cairns and Cape Tribulation daily. We recommend Sunpalm Transport who operate scheduled coach and bus transfer services between Cairns, Port Douglas, Daintree, Cape Tribulation and Cooktown as well as an airport shuttle service from Cairns Airport to most resorts.

Transfer time is approximately two and half to three hours from Cairns. Transfers from Cairns depart daily at 7:00am and 10:30am only.

Cape Trib Connections offers a similar service daily, but combines budget overnight accommodation with a guided tour in the package. You can choose a 1, 2 or 3 night stay at the accommodation of your choice.

You will journey from Cairns to the Daintree Mangroves Animal Sanctuary followed by the Mardja Boardwalk, before being dropped off at your accommodation. The journey is fully guided and you will be collected from your accommodation at a similar time on your departure day. This option is ideal for single travelers or those on a budget.

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