Daintree & Cape Tribulation 1 Day Self Drive Ideas
An early start will give you plenty of time for exploring the beautiful Daintree Rainforest!
The drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation will take approximately 2.5 - 3 hours.
80km along the Cook Highway to Mossman. In the centre of Mossman turn left into Johnston Road.
Check out the Mossman Gorge Centre
The Mossman Gorge Centre is a new Indigenous eco tourism development and the gateway to Mossman Gorge. Immerse in enchanting stories and rich Indigenous heritage. A 'must do' for every visitor to Mossman Gorge are the guided Dreamtime Walks, conducted by the Kuku Yalanji. Mossman Gorge and the Daintree Rainforest. Explore the lush tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, towering mountains and colourful flora & fauna.
We suggest driving up to Cape Tribulation and then making your way back down the coast, visiting some of these great attractions on your way back!
You may wish to stop for a Daintree River Cruise either on your way up or your way back depending on your itinerary (you don't want to leave it too late in the afternoon)!
Paddle Trek Sea Kayaking
If you plan to arrive in Cape Tribulation before 8.30am Paddle Trek Sea Kayaking have an excellent Morning Adventure Trek that departs at 8.30am for a 3.5 hour adventure.
Take to the magical waters of Cape Tribulation Bay in our sturdy one or two person kayaks and explore the unique environment of where the rainforest meets the reef.
Your experienced local guide will lead you around the magnificent Cape Tribulation headland while looking out for marine wildlife. You will land on Myall Beach for a rest, relax and morning tea.
On the way back to Cape Trib beach we explore the fringing coral reefs, taking in the stunning views.
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours
Jungle Surfing is a unique and exhilarating way to experience the beauty of the world-renowned Daintree Rainforest.
The tour itself takes around 1.5-2 hours from pick-up to drop off, and you’ll spend around 1-1.25 hours up in the trees, with plenty of time on each platform to experience the forest environment.
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm Tasting Tour
Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm Tasting Tour offer you an amazing collection of ten exotic tropical fruit to taste.
Enjoy spending time with local exotic fruit enthusiasts who will guide you through the menu and entertain you with stories about the fruit while you eat them.
Cooper Creek Wilderness Daintree Rainforest Tours
Cooper Creek Wilderness take you on a 2 hour tour through the depths of the Daintree Rainforest.
Boardwalks in the Daintree Rainforest
Check out our 'Hikes & Trails' category for boardwalks that you can take yourself.
Get along and experience the thrill of shooting a bow and arrow - 2 hour jungle archery session.
Daintree Discovery Centre
The Daintree Discovery Centre is an award-winning world class interpretive facility that allows visitors easy access to this unique rainforest wilderness via boardwalk tours, a 23 metre high Canopy Tower, Aerial Walkway and comprehensive Display Centre.
Daintree River Cruises
Take a cruise along the Daintree River with one of the excellent operators and spot a Salt Water Crocodile and other native fauna (we don't want to show any favouritism here - we think they are all great!).
Check out the 'Daintree River Cruises' category for options!
(boat pictured below is 'Solar Whisper')