Here are some approximate driving times starting from Cairns:-
From Cairns to Port Douglas - 60 minutes
From Port Douglas to Mossman - 15 minutes
From Mossman to Wonga Beach - 20 minutes
From Cow Bay/Diwan to Cape Tribulation - 20-25 min
The vehicle ferry is the only way to cross the Daintree River.
It takes about 30 vehicles and operates daily from 6am to midnight except Christmas Day (limited hours).
The crossing itself takes about 10 min but there can be waiting times especially during peak season (July to September). During these months the busiest hours tend to be mid morning to lunchtime, going north, and between mid afternoon and about 5 pm returning south.
The cost is $24 return. If, however, you are staying for a while there is a Multi-day Pass for $48, allowing for 5 return trips - a saving of $72.
Please be aware that ATM facilities only operate between 8 am and 5.30 pm - at other times it is cash only.
Douglas Shire Council offers locals residing in the regions of Douglas Shire, Mareeba Shire Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Cook Shire Council free travel on the Daintree Ferry from November 1, 2014 until February 28, 2015 with a free “Douglas Card”.
Douglas Card holders are entitled to a range of discounts and benefits with local business operators in the Daintree Village and Rainforest region. Please download the brochure here for discounts information.
Mobile phone (cell phone) access is very limited throughout the Daintree - Telstra offers the best coverage.
There is good coverage as far as Rocky Point, just south of Wonga Beach then none at all until the Ferry area. Daintree Village has good coverage but not past the Village. There is limited coverage in the Ferry area and limited access north of the Daintree River, mainly available at high points along the coast.
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