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Transport in and to Cape Tribulation
The ferry across the Daintree river on the way to Cape Tribulation
Transport to Cape Tribulation
Unless you live in north Queensland you will have
to fly to the nearest international airport Cairns first.
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If you are still in your home country then you will need to get an international flight to Cairns, but be aware that although Cairns is an international airport, not too many airlines go straight in to Cairns, you will usually have to fly via Brisbane or Sydney.
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Want to fly all the way there? There is a small local airstrip where you can fly to with Daintree Air or even with your own plane! More info...
Car hire to Cape Tribulation
The Daintree - Cape Tribulation area is easily reached from Cairns and Port Douglas by car or coach service. Several door to door bus services depart Cairns and Port Douglas daily and reach Cape Tribulation in about three hours. There is a cable ferry crossing across the Daintree River operating from 6 am till midnight and now that the road is sealed all the way from the Daintree River to Cape Tribulation a conventional car is all you need, a four wheel drive is needed to go further north of Cape Tribulation. Driving time from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is about 2.5 hours and from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation about 2 hours.
Some car rental companies still object to their cars going to Cape Tribulation, ignoring the fact the road has been sealed all the way to Cape Tribulation since 2002, so check before you rent.
Driving your own car or rental car is without a
doubt the best way to explore the Cairns to Cape Tribulation /
Daintree area, there are many interesting and scenic places along
the way, and you will see how the two World Heritage areas (the
Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park),
meet eachother. The highway runs right along the coast in many
places and north of the Daintree river if you're lucky you may
even see the endangered cassowary cross the road, so keep your
speed down! You can rent your car in Cairns,
or Port Douglas and through
online reservation make sure your hire car is waiting for you
on arrival in Australia.
Once you have crossed the Daintree River on the ferry please keep your speed down, these birds can cross the road very unexpectedly and a collision with one of those birds would be disastrous, both for the bird and the local eco-system, your rental car and your wallet, and not to mention the risk of getting lynched by greenies!
The sign on the right shows a bit of creativity by local midnight artists, it looks like even the local council has a sense of humour as this graffiti has been here for years now.
There is a cable ferry across the Daintree river
that runs from 6 am till midnight.
Currently only Country Road Coaches runs bus services from your Cairns
or Port Douglas accommodation or airport to your acccommodation
in the Daintree, they usually run M0onday, Wednesday and Friday, email
or phone them for up to date departure times, their website is not always
up to date. They only leave Cairns in the mornings, so if you fly in later
in the day you will need to rent a car or find some accommodation
To get around in Cape Tribulation you can hire a mountain bike from one of the resorts. If you do not have your own wheels and you stay in Cape Tribulation itself you will find the beach, shops, bars and restaurants within walking distance of where you are staying, in other areas between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation you may find yourself a bit further from those services. Most tours will pick you up with courtesy buses from your accommodation but not all so check before you book.
Cape Tribulation is a place that you really need a few days for to fully appreciate, however if you are running out of holiday time and simply can not afford more than a day before you have to go home, you can do a day trip, seeing it in a day is still better than not at all, and it may convince you to return in the future for a longer stay.
There is a choice of tour operators that run daily tours to Cape Tribulation, some as day tours and others go all the way up the Bloomfield Track through to Cooktown. Click here for more info...