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Driving To The Daintree Rainforest

If you have your own vehicle you can drive to meet tours in the Daintree. Allow 2.5 hours from Cairns and 1.5 Hours from Port Douglas to reach Cape Tribulation.

Cairns To Port Douglas | 1 Hour
The Cook Highway north of Cairns offers beautiful scenery ranging from secluded palm fringed tropical beaches, hidden coves and rugged headlands to the rich green of lush sugar-cane fields and rainforest covered mountains. This spectacular one and a half hour drive to Daintree Village takes you through the coastal villages of Ellis Beach and Wangetti to Rex Lookout, for a sweeping view south along the coast to Cairns that simply must be photographed.

Port Douglas to Mossman | 30 mins
It is around a thirty-minute drive north of Port Douglas to Mossman, a pleasant little town set amongst the lush cane fields.

Mossman to Daintree Village & Ferry | 20 mins
The highway leaves the coast at Wonga Beach for a 15-kilometre drive through the forests of the Dagmar Ranges, and then into Daintree Village.

Daintree River Ferry
The Daintree Ferry provides access into the Cape Tribulation area. This is accessible by conventional vehicles except during periods of heavy rain. The road is sealed as far as Cape Tribulation. Crossing the Daintree River via a vehicular ferry is an experience not to be missed. This ferry operates from 6am to midnight each day.

Daintree River Ferry to Cape Tribulation | 40 mins
After crossing the Daintree Ferry you travel through lowland and tropical rainforest passing road junctions for Cape Kimberley and Cow Bay.

There are some excellent coastal views and several tourist attractions. The road runs over several high capes and alongside attractive beaches. Camping spots and accommodation are available. A small general store is located at Cow Bay.