Destination Daintree

Thornton Beach

Low tide at Thorton's Beach

  • Car parking and picnic areas set amongst coastal vegetation

  • Cafe nearby

  • At the southern end, between Cow Bay and Diwan, is Cooper Creek, one of Australia's richest mangrove systems

  • Cooper Creek cruises and guided walks


Driving north past the war memorial, over Hutchinson Creek (which is great for swimming), Alexandra Bay State School is on the right. The landscape changes from cleared land to reforested areas, to fruit orchards and tea farming. The local supermarket is well stocked and is the only fuel station north of the Daintree River.

Continuing north the forest closes in again. Enjoy the beautiful views of the lower ranges of Thornton Peak. Next stop is Thornton Beach. Here you can take long beach walks to the mouth of Cooper Creek. The picturesque backdrop of Struck Rock (offshore from the beach) adds to the experience of this lovely stretch of coast line.