About Destination Daintree
A settlement created in the 1870s by timber cutters, surrounded by farming and picturesque valleys.
Home to an amazing array of both saltwater and freshwater marine species, including the saltwater crocodile.
Between the river mouth and the cape is the 3.5 km long Cape Kimberley Beach.
Renowned for its scenic landscape, remote beaches, and World Heritage rainforest.
The CREB Track runs from near Daintree Village through Wujal Wujal via Roaring Meg Falls & is for experienced 4WDers with well equipped vehicles and recovery gear.
Cow Bay and Thornton Beach
Two small communities in rainforest environments, with wonderful deserted beaches.
Several accommodation options here including retreats and lodges.
The Bloomfield Track
A true 4WD Track with unimproved creek crossings, steep climbs and plenty of opportunity to get stuck if it is wet.
Here you can take long beach walks to the mouth of Cooper Creek and enjoy the swimming.
An extensive beachside suburb with one of the longest stretches of sandy beach in the area.
Drive through a beautiful valley with many acres of sugar-cane set against a lush backdrop of rainforested hills.
Tours & Attractions
The Daintree offers experiences for every taste and budget, whether you want to fill your days with adventure or slow down and soak in the amazing tropical ambience of our Rainforest, Reef and Beaches far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Browse through all the activities and tours offered by our members, many of whom are eco-accredited, who love to share with you their in-depth knowledge and experience of our unique environment.
Whatever your taste and budget, the Daintree has somewhere to stay which will suit you.
Traditional bed and breakfasts tucked into the rainforest or in a secluded valley – world-renowned eco-resorts – self-catering accommodation - cosy holiday homes by the beach – family-friendly resorts – budget caravan parks – beachside camping in the rainforest – self-contained cottages – backpackers' accommodation. It's all here waiting for you!
Restaurants, Shops & Services
Wherever you explore throughout the Daintree you will find a range of places to satisfy your appetite. Restaurants in the heart of the rainforest, overlooking cool rivers and pools, beside the beach, in a village or in an Aussie hotel.
Be prepared to try Daintree's local delicacies – the famous barramundi fish and even crocodile. And if you love tropical fruit you will love the Daintree! Explore her valleys and you will find passionfruit, pawpaw (papaya), lychees, rambutans, mangoes and dozens of other exotic fruits growing on local farms … and appearing on dinner plates everywhere.
Some restaurants specialise in local 'bush-tucker' sourced by our wonderful indigenous Aboriginal community – delicious and very different flavours you will find nowhere else.
Shops and Services
There are a number of smaller supermarkets, souvenir shops and services dotted throughout the Daintree, the main ones being at Cape Tribulation, Rainforest Village and Daintree Village.
However the closest major shopping centre is further south in Mossman where there is a large Woolworths, a full range of shops and a hospital.
Getting Here and Getting Around
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 Country Road Coachlines run a direct service past 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 7.30 am and Port Douglas around 8.30 am. The trip is dependent on the condition of the Bloomfield Track to Cooktown so checking the schedules in the wet season is a must.
Daintree Discovery Tours visits Daintree Village every day 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.
News By Destination Daintree
New era for Daintree Discovery Centre
By Destination Daintree
02 Aug 2016After almost 30 years under the ownership of founders Ron and Pam Birkett, the Daintree Discovery Centre has been sold to the Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust (ADBT). Peter Cameron, chair of the ADBT, said the Daintree Discovery Centre was an award-winning world class interpretive facility with an established reputation in the tourism industry and was an important acquisition for the Trust’s portfolio. ADBT, which is based in the Lower Gulf of Queensland, was established under the Gulf Communities Agreement negotiated between Century Mine, the Queensland State Government and Gulf Native Title groups.
Christmas Day Ferry times
By Destination Daintree
17 Dec 2014Merry Christmas to everyone and all the best for 2015!
On Christmas Day the Daintree River Ferry is taking time off to celebrate as well
These are the times the ferry operates:
7.30 am to 10.30 am
2.30 pm to 5 pm
Free Ferry for Locals
By Destination Daintree
15 Nov 2014Douglas Shire has introduced the Douglas Card for regional Far North Queenslander, YOU CAN apply ONLINE http://douglas.qld.gov.au/ Right now travel IS free on the Daintree River Ferry over the summer months. Just another reason why you should stay more than day SO why not check out – www.destinationdaintree.com , –AS THERE IS never enough time TO SEE IT ALL IN A day -
AND WE CAN OFFER YOU A COOLER CLIMATE...
Writer marks Daintree Blockade's 30th anniversary
By Destination Daintree
18 Nov 2013Thirty years ago, the then-Douglas Shire Council, with State Government support, spearheaded construction of a coastal road from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield, sparking what would become a defining event in Australia’s environmental activism and conservation movement: the Daintree Blockade.
Mossman writer Bill Wilkie was working at his local library when he heard stories about the environmental protest, second only to the Franklin River campaign as the largest in Australia’s history.
“I thought it was a great untold story, and I started digging for more information,” Mr Wilkie said.
Read More at thenewsport.com.au
DESTINATION DAINTREE ART PRIZE TO SHINE SPOTLIGHT ON DOUGLAS REGION
By Destination Daintree
21 Nov 2012Port Douglas, 20th November 2012 – The diversity, beauty and inspirational qualities of the Daintree will be showcased this Friday, November 23 2012 at the inaugural Destination Daintree Art Prize.
Organised by Douglas Arts Studio Gallery (known as DAB), the inaugural art competition has received overwhelming support from the Daintree community with more than 40 pieces to be displayed during the six-day exhibition.
Doug Ryan, executive officer of Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree said the art community had banded together to organise one of the largest exhibitions of its kind to be held in Port Douglas.
“We see it as a fantastic initiative to raise the profile of the Daintree and the art community of the region,” he said. “This is first class work all done by extremely talented local artists, and it will be a real highlight for those coming along to the exhibition.”
Organisers are expecting strong attendance for the opening this Friday with Australian TV and film actor Aaron Fa’aoso officiating proceedings on the night, including the announcement of the winning entries with a prize pool of more than $5000.
DAB president Alison Gotts said the diversity of the work entered showcased the depth of talent in this region. “We have water colours, prints, pen and ink, acrylics, there is a whole mix, it should be a great exhibit.”
Prizes will be awarded for best overall winner sponsored by Destination Daintree, best Daintree landscapes and seascapes sponsored by Cape Trib Camping, best Daintree flora sponsored by Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm,best Daintree wildlife sponsored by Exemplar Coaches and Limousines and best photography sponsored by Heritage Lodge & Spa.
Three special commendation awards valued at $250 will be awarded in photography, sponsored by Sunrise Cafe, Mossman, Bolt Burchill Tranter and Perrin Clarke Photography.
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours is sponsoring the Steve Walsh Peoples’ Choice award in honour of the founder of Jungle Surfing, who died tragically in 2010. Voting is now open for this award at www.facebook.com/DaintreeArtPrize and closes tomorrow, November 21, 2012.