Back Daintree 1 Day Self Drive Ideas


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)! 

Depart Early!
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. 

Mossman Gorge
80km along the Cook Highway to Mossman. In the centre of Mossman turn left into Johnston Road. 

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.

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
Coopers Creek Wilderness take you on a 2 hour tour through the depths of the Daintree Rainforest. 

Crocodile Express Daintree Wildlife Cruise
Crocodile Express was the first wildlife cruise operator on the river in 1979. Your cruise will take you along sections of this spectacular waterway with your guide pointing out wildlife and florat along teh foreshore and creeks. Our naturalist guide will interpret the importance of this amazing World Heritage location. a Cruise on the Daintree River is a "must-do" activity as part of your Daintree Rainforest experience. The vessels are well equipped, comfortable and stable in all weather conditions

Boardwalks in the Daintree Rainforest
Check out our 'Hikes & Trails' category for boardwalks that you can take yourself. 

Jungle Archery
Daintree Crocodylus ECO Adventureland have a new experience on offer in the Daintree - Jungle Archery

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.



  • Karen

    Posted: 19 Jun 2017 10:

    Can this route be followed in a hire campervan, or do hire companies not allow their campers here?

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