Destination Daintree

Self-Drive Itineraries

With so much to see, it's worth spending some time planning your self-drive itinerary beforehand. Remember to plan time to stop and take in the environment, do a river cruise, walk the beaches and soak up the lush, rainforest surrounds.

Our downloadable Daintree Visitor map can be very useful for your planning.  We have listed here a quick summary of things you find in each location:


Wonga Beach

WONGA BEACH (20 mins north of Mossman, 15 mins from Wonga to Ferry)

  • Beachside suburb
  • Accommodation –  caravan park, holiday home
  • Beautiful uninhabited beach
  • Fish-farm – catch your own 

DAINTREE VILLAGE and VALLEYS (20 mins north of Wonga Beach, 20 mins from Village to Ferry)

  • Tiny historic village
  • Wide range of accommodation options
  • Crocodile-, bird-watching and nature river cruises, dawn, dusk and throughout the day
  • Small historic township with cafes, galleries.
  • Nearby walks to beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes
  • Free historical Village walk
  • Free electric BBQ in Pioneer's Park
  • Scenic drives through lush farming country and rainforest

Daintree Ferry Landing on North Margin

DAINTREE RIVER FERRY  (40 mins north of Mossman, 20 mins from Village to Ferry)

  • This is the main point of entry to the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree National Park.  Ferry prices and Driving Information. The ferry crossing itself takes about ten minutes. The road north from the ferry to Cape Tribulation passes through amazing rainforest scenery, with winding roads and some great views of the coastline.
  • Range of crocodile- and nature-watching river cruises, dawn, dusk and throughout the day 

Discovery Centre - Tower

COW BAY and DIWAN (15-20 mins north of Ferry)

(stop at the lookout at the top of the Alexandra Range en route)

  • Wide range of accomodation and restaurant options
  • Daintree Discovery Centre
  • Insect museum
  • Ice-cream factories
  • Tea plantation
  • Access roads to Cow Bay and Cape Kimberley beaches
  • Jindalba boardwalk (free)
  • Guided day and night walks
  • Wildlife cruise on Cooper Creek
  • Fuel station and small supermarket
  • Medical facility 

Cape Tribulation Beach

CAPE TRIBULATION (45 mins north of Ferry)

(stop on the way at Thornton Beach, Marrdja Boardwalk, Noah and Coconut Beaches)

  • Wide range of accommodation and restaurant options
  • Small supermarket
  • Tropical fruit-tasting
  • Half-day reef tours
  • Bat and Snake houses
  • Dubuji and Kulki Boardwalks (free)
  • Myall and Cape Tribulation Beaches
  • Mt Sorrow walk (strenuous – free)


EMMAGEN CREEK and BEACH (15 mins north of Cape Tribulation on gravel road)

  • Picturesque creek and picnic area
  • Beautiful beach
  • Specialist Tour operators can take you up the track to Wujal Wujal falls or Cooktown if you want to explore it without your own 4WD