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Daintree & Cape Tribulation

Step Away from Civilisation and Back in Time

In the Daintree and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef, mountains scrape the sky and life moves more slowly.

To me, walking through the Daintree Rainforest is like taking a step back in time. From the dry, arid landscape of today’s Australia, to the broad-leafed Gondwanaland

James Boettcher – FNQ Nature Tours

Daintree Ferry Travel Tip – From July to September, there are often delays crossing the Daintree River, particularly between 10am and noon travelling north and between 3pm to 5pm travelling south. To avoid queues, travel before 10am & return in the evening. The ferry operates daily from 5am to midnight. More information here.

Alexandra Lookout


The Daintree is the place to immerse yourself in nature and disconnect from the modern world. It’s a raw, wild, ancient environment that resembles a real-life Jurassic Park, where it looks entirely possible that dinosaurs could emerge from the lush undergrowth.


Covering 1200sq k between the Mossman Gorge and Bloomfield River, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. An estimated 180 million years old, it is tens of millions of years older than the Amazon and contains living examples of unique ancient plants as well as thousands of species of birds, animals and reptiles.

Emmagen Creek daintree rainforest


Despite its rugged, untouched nature, the Daintree is easily accessible on a day-trip. Walk through the forest on hiking trails and wooden boardwalks, take a dip in the Emmagen Creek swimming hole or paddleboard along the still waters of the Mossman River. Huge cassowary birds peck their way through the undergrowth and one of the best places in Tropical North Queensland to spot crocodiles is along the Daintree River.

Kuku Yalanji experience on beach


The Kuku Yalanji people have lived in this region for 50,000 years and have a deep connection with the land. Take a tour with a local Indigenous guide to learn about the history of the rainforest, bush tucker and traditional medicine.

Cape Tribulation National Park


The remote headland of Cape Tribulation is where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet – the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The forest tumbles right down to the coast with just a thin strip of sand separating it from the clear blue water. And accessing the reef is simple … with great snorkelling around Mackay and Undine reefs.


  • Phone reception is limited in the Daintree, so take the opportunity for a digital detox.

  • There are backpacker and budget accommodation options in the Daintree, but also a handful of places that offer a unique brand of sustainable eco luxury. There’s little contact with the outside world and many produce their own power on-site.

  • Pay attention to crocodile warning signs posted around rivers, swimming holes and the ocean. While crocodile attacks are unlikely, you need to be sensible and respect the advice of park rangers.

  • It’s a good idea to stock up on food and essential supplies in Mossman and Port Douglas before heading north.

Discover More

The Daintree and Cape Tribulation are all about the outdoors – hike through ancient rainforest, paddle down remote rivers and discover the timeless Indigenous connection to the land.

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Getting here

  • Car at Alexandra Lookout

    By car

    Self-drive or hire a car and explore the Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. The road is completely sealed and is two-wheel drive accessible. You’ll cross the Daintree River by ferry which is open from 6am to midnight each day. EFTPOS is available at the ferry between 8am and 4:30pm, seven days a week. At all other times, it’s cash only.

  • Tropic Wings but in Cape Tribulation

    By coach/bus

    Tours to Daintree and Cape Tribulation depart Cairns and Port Douglas, daily. Private transfers can also be arranged.


The perfect places to embrace nature and disconnect.

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