Destination Daintree

Daintree River Ferry

 

Driving Times 

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 Wonga Beach to either South of Daintree Ferry or Daintree Village  -  15-20 min

From North of Ferry to Cow Bay/Diwan  -  15-20 min 

From Cow Bay/Diwan to Cape Tribulation  -  20-25 min 

 

The Daintree Ferry

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 coverage

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.