Mountains in the Daintree

Where to go

Daintree & Cape Tribulation

Step Away from Civilisation and Back in Time

In the Daintree and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef, mountains scrape the sky and life moves more slowly.

What I love about the Daintree Rainforest is that you never know what amazing creatures you’ll find here – from freshwater turtles and cassowaries to beautiful Ulysses butterflies

Lauren Dempsey – Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours

Alexandra Lookout


The Daintree is the place to immerse yourself in nature and disconnect from the modern world. It’s a raw, wild, ancient environment that resembles a real-life Jurassic Park, where it looks entirely possible that dinosaurs could emerge from the lush undergrowth.

Fan Palms in the Daintree


Covering 1200sq k between the Mossman Gorge and Bloomfield River, the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most complex ecosystems on earth. An estimated 180 million years old, it is tens of millions of years older than the Amazon and contains living examples of unique ancient plants as well as thousands of species of birds, animals and reptiles.

Southern Cassowary


Despite its rugged, untouched nature, the Daintree is easily accessible on a day-trip. Walk through the forest on hiking trails and wooden boardwalks, climb high above the canopy on ziplines, take a dip in the Emmagen Creek swimming hole or paddleboard along the still waters of the Mossman River. Huge cassowary birds peck their way through the undergrowth and one of the best places in Tropical North Queensland to spot crocodiles is along the Daintree River.

Kuku Yalanji experience on beach


The Kuku Yalanji people have lived in this region for 50,000 years and have a deep connection with the land. Take a tour with a local Indigenous guide to learn about the history of the rainforest, bush tucker and traditional medicine.

Sailaway boat on beach at Cape Tribulation


The remote headland of Cape Tribulation is where two UNESCO World Heritage Sites meet – the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The forest tumbles right down to the coast with just a thin strip of sand separating it from the clear blue water. And accessing the reef is simple … with great snorkelling around Mackay and Undine reefs.


  • Phone reception is limited in the Daintree, so take the opportunity for a digital detox.

  • There are backpacker and budget accommodation options in the Daintree, but also a handful of places that offer a unique brand of sustainable eco luxury. There’s little contact with the outside world and many produce their own power on-site.

  • Pay attention to crocodile warning signs posted around rivers, swimming holes and the ocean. While crocodile attacks are unlikely, you need to be sensible and respect the advice of park rangers.

  • It’s a good idea to stock up on food and essential supplies in Mossman and Port Douglas before heading north.

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Getting here

  • Car at Alexandra Lookout

    By car

    Self-drive or hire a car and explore the Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. The road is completely sealed and is two-wheel drive accessible. You’ll cross the Daintree River by ferry which is open from 6am to midnight each day. EFTPOS is available at the ferry between 8am and 4:30pm, seven days a week. At all other times, it’s cash only.

  • Tropic Wings but in Cape Tribulation

    By coach/bus

    Tours to Daintree and Cape Tribulation depart Cairns and Port Douglas, daily. Private transfers can also be arranged.


The perfect places to embrace nature and disconnect.