Destination Daintree

Daintree River Ferry

Covid update - May to June 2020    The Daintree Ferry will be re-opened to all traffic from 5 am on Saturday, 16th May, and will be free of charge until 30 June 2020.  If you live within the current government-regulated 150 km radius we would love to welcome you!


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 (25 December 2019, from 7.30 am to 5 pm only)

The crossing itself takes about 10 minutes but there can be a waiting times, especially during the peak season (July to September). During these months the busiest hours tend to be mid morning to lunch time going north, and between mid afternoon and 5pm returning south.

The cost for cars is $30 return.  If, however, you are staying for a while there is a Multi-day Pass for $59, allowing for 5 return trips. Fees for travel on the ferry are outlined in Daintree Ferry Fees 2019/20   

EFTPOS is available at the ferry between 8am-4:30pm seven days a week. At all other times users of the ferry need to pay cash unless they have a concessional card.

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 until February 28 annually with a free “Douglas Card”.  The Douglas Card also gives the holder two free bus passes at Mossman Gorge.


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.