All visitors traveling north of the Daintree River will need to ride the Daintree Ferry. The ferry serves as the gateway to the locations beyond the river inclduing the communities of Cow Bay and Cape Tribulation. Ticket information, pricing and pre-bookings can all be made at the Daintree Ferry website.
Driving yourself is the one of the best ways to leisurely explore this area.. If you are really short of time, a day in the Daintree can give you a glimpse of much that is here to be explored but, to truly experience and absorb this region, we really hope you stay a few days.
The various locations throughout the regions offer many options of accommodation and activities and are all a short drive from each other. Our locations page has detailed information and a sketch map to help you get oriented.
You can hire a normal sedan car to drive to The Daintree, and as far as Cape Tribulation.
This is the best transport option as the activities and scenery are spread evenly across the 80km strip of beautiful coastline from Wonga Beach, inland to Daintree Village and north across the Daintree River to Cape Tribulation.
All major roads are sealed and some minor roads are unsealed but well-maintained and suitable for normal cars.
You would only need a 4WD if you wanted to drive the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track beyond Cape Tribulation towards Cooktown, or the challenging CREB Track beyond Daintree Village which is for experienced 4WD drivers only. Both these Tracks may occasionally be closed following bad weather.
There is no regular public transport to the Cape Tribulation or Daintree Village region however Trans North runs a direct service to Cape Tribulation (but not to Daintree Village), coming up from Cairns on Monday, Wednesday and Friday - returning to Cairns on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. They pick up in Cairns around 7:30am and Port Douglas around 8:30am. The trip is dependent on the conditions of the Bloomfield Track to Cooktown so checking the schedules in the wet season is a must.
Daintree Discovery Tours visits Daintree Village everyday and they pick up from Port Douglas. Jungle Tours visits both Daintree Village and Cape Tribulation every day - there are a number of other operators who may not visit every day.
Tropics Explorer, Cape Tribulation Connections and Jungle Tours visit Cape Tribulation each day and offer a variety of packages and will also pick you up and drop you off if you want to stay. The tours stop along the way and visit several attractions. These tours pick up in Cairns around 7.30 am daily and return between 5pm and 7pm. They also allow return days to be nominated for those staying longer. Prices vary but are approximately $110 pp return.
The Daintree Marketing Co-Operative acknowledges the custodianship of the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef by the local Kuku Yalanji people whose rich cultures, heritage values, enduring connections and shared efforts protect our natural assets for future generations, and we pay our respect to elders past, present and emerging.
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