About Destination Daintree



Daintree Village

A settlement created in the 1870s by timber cutters, surrounded by farming and picturesque valleys.

Daintree River

Home to an amazing array of both saltwater and freshwater marine species, including the saltwater crocodile.

Cape Kimberley

Between the river mouth and the cape is the 3.5 km long Cape Kimberley Beach.

Cape Tribulation

Renowned for its scenic landscape, remote beaches, and World Heritage rainforest.

CREB Track

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.

Thornton Beach

Here you can take long beach walks to the mouth of Cooper Creek and enjoy the swimming.

Wonga Beach

An extensive beachside suburb with one of the longest stretches of sandy beach in the area.

Whyanbeel Valley

Drive through a beautiful valley with many acres of sugar-cane set against a lush backdrop of rainforested hills.


Tours & Attractions

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.

Accommodation Options

Accommodation Options

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

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

Getting Here and Getting Around

Drive Yourself

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.

Car Hire

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.

Public Transport

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.

Coach Tours

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

Daintree Discovery Centre

By Destination Daintree

02 Aug 2016

After 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

Christmas Day Ferry times

By Destination Daintree

17 Dec 2014

Merry 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


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