Information on the Daintree

cassowaries walk around this daintree accommodation

The Daintree is a wilderness area unlike any other, ancient rainforest run from the mountains right down to the blue waters of the Coral Sea.
Scientists believe that this rainforest has survived unchanged for at least 120 million years and many plant and animal species exist here that are found nowhere else on the planet.
The Daintree rainforest is on UNESCO's World Heritage List, and it adjoins the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park which is on the same list.
The area offers spectacular natural scenery, and while most photographers prefer the sunny days, the rainforest is an awesome place in heavy rains too.
Since the 1980's when the Bloomfield Track blockade put the Daintree in the headlines around the world, various governments at all levels have made efforts to protect the Daintree rainforest, some succesful, some not so, and some downright controversial with measures not respecting the rights of the population that lives in this area. While the government might have been succcesful in preserving the natural beauty of this area, the community continues to suffer the economic consequences of kneejerk reactions to save the rainforest.
The local community wants the Daintree to become a true eco-tourism destination and they want to get rid of their generators and connect to the grid like the rest of Australia, but the Queensland Government stubbornly maintains the status quo.

How to get to the Daintree

tours and activities close to your Daintree accommodation

To see the Daintree properly you do need to go across the Daintree river on the ferry, further south is not quite the same.
To get to the Daintree from Cairns follow Sheridan Street along and continue to drive north along the Cook Highway. If you start from the airport or Port Douglas simply turn right when you get to the highway. The drive up along the coast is one of spectacular scenery that rivals the Great Ocean Road.
Follow the highway along and pass through Mossman, which will be the last town with all the facilities like post office, banks, supermarket, doctors, hospital etc. before you head in to the jungle.
About 25 km. north of Mossman you will see a sign at a T intersection, indicating to turn right to the Daintree ferry and Cape Tribulation. (If you go straight here you end up in Daintree Village which is the end of the road, a scenic detour but it will not get you to the ferry).
When you have turned right here it is another 5 km. to the Daintree river where you need to purchase a ticket for the ferry crossing.
The local council uses their monopoly position on this ferry to make some extra money and you will be charged $26 for a return fare on this short river crossing, or you can buy a booklet of ten trips for $46 if you expect to do more travelling through here.

North of the Daintree river you will feel like you are in another world, it is recommended that after leaving the ferry you pull over to the left and let the traffic get away, it will be a much more enjoyable drive all by yourself with the windows down than riding in a convoy watching only the bumper bar of the car in front of you.

 

What is in the Daintree

sculptures on the trails around this accommodation in Cape Tribulation

The Daintree is full of natural beauty, rainforest, boardwalks, beaches, and some man made attractions.
Shortly after the ferry there is the Alexandra Lookout, on a clear day you can see all the way to Port Douglas from here.
Next on the right is the Discovery Centre and the free Jindalba Boardwalk just behind it.
Continue up the road and about 11 km.north of the river you come to the locality of Cow Bay. There is the Cow Bay Hotel on the right, followed by Floravilla on the corner which makes exotic ice creams. On this same corner you can turn right to get down to Cow Bay Beach.
Drive further north along the main road and you will see on your left the Daintree Icecream Company, a popular stop for made exotic fruit ice cream.
Next is the Daintree tea plantation where you can stop to learn a bit about growing tea and also purchase some Daintree tea.
At Turpentine Road you can turn left to go and see the Daintree Insect Museum which has an amazing collection of insects and butterflies from around the world.
Further up the main road you will come to Thornton Beach where there is a licensed cafe right on the beach, and you can do crocodile cruises on Cooper Creek.
Continue and you will get to the Marrdja Boardwalk, which is worth a look, beautiful forest and mangroves.
Noah Beach is next on the right, there is a camping ground here but you can park by the road and walk through to see this spectacular beach.
After this you cross the Noah Range and will see Coconut Beach on the right, a pristine beach where you can walk for miles.
And now it is only a short jump to Cape Tribulation, first you will see the Cape Trib Shop where you can find groceries and alcohol, a cafe, and a beautiful swimming hole in Myall Creek.
A little further up the road is the Dubuji Boardwalk on the right, a mix of rainforest and mangroves to be seen here as well as a massive scrubfowl nest of about ten metres across. This is also the beach access to Myall Beach.
Straight opposite Dubuji Boardwalk is Camelot Close, here you will find Rainforest Hideaway B&B for your accommodation, and the sculpture trail to explore.
Just a hundred metres or so up the main road is the CBD of Cape Tribulation; the Boardwalk Takeaway, PK's backpackers, and the small Friendly Grocer supermarket. Next door to PK's is the Snake House where you can view some pythons.
Now it is only another minute or so drive up the road to turn right in to the car park at Cape Tribulation Beach, with good views of the cape that gave this little town its name.

Information on Cape Tribulation

cassowaries walk around this daintree accommodation

Cape Tribulation is the furthest north you can go without a fourwheeldrive vehicle, and it is a compact area that even those without wheels can easily get around in, accommodation, shops, bars, restaurants, beaches and National Park walks are all within a convenient radius to get around on foot.
The picture above shows the "town" of Cape Tribulation, as you can see it is not all that developed, but most essential services are there.
Within a short distance of Rainforest Hideaway B&B you will find most things you need.

Eating and drinking:

Whet Restaurant - open all day from 11 AM till late, lunch and dinner at set times, drinks and coffee available all day. On the main road between Camelot Close and the Cape Trib Shop.
Mason's Cafe - at the Cape Trib Shop, burgers and exotic meats.
Boardwalk Cafe - in the Cape Tribulation CBD, burgers, wraps and drinks.
Cassowary Cafe - in Ferntree Resort on Camelot Close, pizzas and meals.
Cape Trib Camping: between Camelot Close and Cape Trib Shop, pizzas.
PK's Jungle Village: in Cape Tribulation CBD, pizzas and other meals.
Cape Trib Beachhouse - three km.north of Cape Tribulation CBD, various meals.

Shops:

Friendly Grocer next to PK's, Mason's Cape Trib Shop on main road, and Rainforest Vilage IGA on main road half way between ferry and Cape Tribulation.

Bottle shops / alcohol:

Mason's Cape Trib Shop during day time, PK's Jungle Village until later in the night.

Fuel:

Only one place north of the river at Rainforest Village.

Post:

The Cape Trib Shop is an agency for Australia Mail, although you can also buy stamps at PK's and leave mail there. Note that mail is only collected from Cape Tribulation on Tuesday and Friday morning so instead of posting here you might be better off taking it with you to post in the city if you don't stay all that long...

Phone:

There are public phones at the Boardwalk Takeaway and PK's Jungle Village.
To use your mobile you might get reception out at sea if you're on a boat, on top of Mount Sorrow, sitting on the cape half the time, or on the top of Noah's range halfway between Cape Trib and Noah Beach.

Internet:

While it is a bit slow in Cape Tribulation, you will find free Wifi at Rainforest Hideaway B&B and in Whet restaurant. Other resorts that offer internet are Ferntree, PK's and Beachhouse.

map of cape tribulation