'The Daintree' refers to the coastal lowland area stretching between the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers, home to the most diverse range of plants and animals on the face of the planet. Driving through the lush rainforest, you may not realize that this region is also a beach lover's paradise, and you will often find long expanses of golden sandy beaches, largely deserted. Oh, you want to see crocodiles?

NOTE: In this region, visitors should be particularly careful venturing near riverbeds or creeks. This is most definitely CROCODILE TERRITORY. Only swim from a beach or elsewhere if it is signposted as being safe to do so. For more information on crocodile safety, and other potential dangers, please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page.

The World Heritage listed rainforest of the Daintree area is the largest expanse of rainforest on the continent, covering over 1,200 square kilometres. Many of the plant species found here are believed to date back to when Australia was part of Gondwanaland, and was covered with dense rainforest... over 135 million years ago. As Australia's climate changed, there were fewer and fewer places where the rainforest could survive, but the Daintree region provided one last refuge for this unique ecosystem. This is a true nature lover's paradise, abundant with tropical birds and butterflies. The Daintree is home to over 3,000 plant species, and about a third of Australia's 315 mammal species - 13 of which are found nowhere else in the world. But of course, the most famous (or infamous) resident of these forests is the giant saltwater crocodile.

Most visitors stop and visit the Daintree on the way to Cape Tribulation. For nature lovers, the Daintree will simply blow your mind, and if you explore the area a little, you will soon appreciate why movie producers have chosen this location for the filming of some of your favourite movies.

. Taking a river cruise is essential and this is the most likely place to see a saltwater crocodile in the wild (keep your toes out of the water).

Public transport in this part of Tropical North Queensland is somewhat limited, to say the least, and we recommend visitors consider hiring a car so they can enjoy the splendour of the Daintree region at their own pace, stopping where and when they choose. Fill out the enquiry form on our CAR HIRE page, and we'll do your research for you, finding you the absolute best deal available on the rental vehicle you need.

Driving from Cairns, motorists should allow an hour and a half to reach the Daintree River crossing (or from Port Douglas, one hour). You will pass through the laid back little sugar farming town of Mossman, where a left hand turn and a pleasant fifteen minute drive will take you to beautiful Mossman Gorge, where the Mossman River emerges from under the rainforest canopy, cool and clear in a series of swimming holes. Mossman is the main commercial hub of the region, and as such the traveller should be aware that many services available in Mossman may be in short supply once you head further north.

For example, Mossman has a hospital, and a number of pharmacies. North of the Daintree River there are no banks, newsagencies, major supermarkets or hardware stores until Cooktown. There are ATM's at the Wonga Caltex Service Station and Daintree Palms Beach Resort. NOTE: There is no longer an ATM at the Daintree Store, but there are EFTPOS facilities. There is also no grid-connected electrical power to the Daintree - Cape Tribulation area and there are over 200 households rely on renewable energy systems such as solar power.

A tour on the Daintree river, in Tropical North Queensland. From Mossman, you will wind your way through vast expanses of canefields, and during the June to November season, you may have to stop occasionally at the cane-train crossings. The highway forks just south of the Daintree River, left to Daintree Village, right to the ferry crossing and on to CAPE TRIBULATION and (if you have a four wheel drive vehicle) COOKTOWN. When you leave the ferry, you will have a much more enjoyable drive if you allow the local traffic to overtake you.

Daintree Village itself is a tiny community of no more than 100 people, a sleepy village on the southern bank of the Daintree River. Originally the base for gold rush pioneers and those timber-cutters who came to the area in search of the red cedar which once were a distinctive landmark, Daintree Village is a very laid back town with a rural atmosphere. Until 1933, when the road to Mossman was complete, the village could only be accessed by the river. For the visitor, Daintree has a choice of cafes and restaurants, and a couple of souvenir stores and arts and crafts galleries. There are also free electric barbeques in the village's pleasant little Pioneers Park. In addition to the caravan park there are seven other accommodation properties in the Village area including B&B's, a world-famous eco-resort, farmstays and tropical retreats.

The Big Barramundi, Daintree VillageIt seems that no matter where you go in Australia, big things are bound to be found eventually. North Queensland is no less and boasts a few big things of its own. Daintree is home to the Big Barramundi, a testimonial to the most desired fish in the area. The Big Barramundi is perched above the entrance to the Big Barramundi Barbecue Gardens. If you want to find out where the rest of the BIG THINGS are in North Queensland, follow the link.
NOTE: The Daintree River Ferry operates from 6:00am until midnight. Fuel is not available in Daintree River, so fill up at Mossman or Wonga on your way north.


If you're like most of us, you've come to the Daintree to see Australia's apex predator, the saltwater crocodile, in its natural environment! Australia's saltwater crocodiles are a living dinosaur, best viewed from the safety of a boat. Once again, we stress the importance of staying clear of riverbanks and creeks while you are in the Wet Tropics. Crocodile attacks on humans are thankfully rare, but they do happen!

There are a number of experienced and dedicated tour operators running nature cruises on the Daintree. Some of them operate from a spot just a few hundred metres south of the ferry crossing, and others operate out of, and near to, Daintree Village where the River is narrower and more winding and offers a somewhat different experience to the majestic open expanses further downstream near the ferry.

There are many different cruises, so you can be sure you will find one suitable for your and your family's taste. Some Daintree River cruises capture the ambience of a tropical river system during early morning or dusk. Others pack in the crocodile spotters, by the busload, during the day. One outfit specialises in wildlife at dawn and yet others concentrate on fishing and photography.

But there's much more to the Daintree Rainforest than croc spotting. Activities include horse-rides, guided rainforest walks, and 4WD Argo tours up the valley hillside to experience incredible 360 degree views of the whole region. Fishermen and birdwatchers will have the time of their life. About one third of Australia's 190 or so species of endemic freshwater fish can be found in this area throughtout the year. Gobies, Rainbowfishes, Perchlets and even Barramundi can be found here.

Cape Tribulation Road, Lower Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 7131

Glide up quietly to crocodiles!

Cruise the Daintree River (Julaymba) spotting wildlife on a quiet clean solar electric boat "Solar Whisper". Get closer to nature....hear, smell and experience without noise and fumes. Know that you have enjoyed seeing crocodiles and other wildlife without having any impact on it.

We have a 99% success rate* for spotting crocodiles, excellent birding opportunities and other wildlife possibilities such as snakes, frogs, crabs and fish.

Your experienced interpretive guide is accustomed to the nuances of the river, rain-forest and mangroves and can spot an incredible variety of wildlife that you would not necessarily see on your own.

Solar Whisper is fitted with the unique 'CROC CAM' to help show well camouflaged crocodiles and wildlife.
Phone (07) 4032 0077
Fax (07) 4032 0055

We carry travellers..... not tourists!!

Billy Tea Safaris is an Advanced Eco Accredited Operator specialising in small tours *maximum SIXTEEN passengers* per custom built high clearance 4WD vehicle with extra-large viewing windows.

Family owned business for 36 years which runs 4WD personalised day tours to the World Heritage Rainforest of Cape Tribulation, Daintree and part of the Bloomfield 4WD Track.

Enjoy a one hour Daintree River Cruise, guided Board Walk, BBQ lunch, hand feed wallabies, a refreshing freshwater swim, tropical fruits and Billy Tea and Damper, ancient forest and flora and fauna. Visit Cape Tribulation Beach.

Billy Tea Safaris also operates an Outback tour to the town of Chillagoe, this historical tour will step back in time to explore the 400 million years old Chillagoe Caves on a 1.5 hour tour with your National Park Ranger. Including a cruise at Mareeba Wetlands, Aussie Pub Lunch, agriculture land, historic mining towns, and viewing of Aboriginal rock art, flora and fauna.
Phone 1300 32 10 19

Premium personalised tours in small group comfort!

Discovery Tours Australia is a family owned and operated touring company with over 30 years of touring experience here in beautiful Far Northern Queensland and beyond.

EScape the crowds and immersing yourself in the beauty and vastness of what Australia truly has to offer, with scheduled and private tours for families, groups of friends, individuals and businesses who want to experience Far Northern Queensland or the Northern Territory.

Discovery Tours Australia specialise in small group tours leaving no rocks unturned in this expansive country with exclusive permits to breathtaking locations! We can personalise any charter and offer private tours! Anything from 1/2, Full or Multi Day touring options.

Driver guides are passionate and the best in the business, with an excellent safety record and a proven history with countless happy customers. We supply an experienced Guide to ensure your trip goes smoothly, utilising their bush skills and imparting their wealth of knowledge. As well as being fun and informative, these tours will introduce you to the wonders of indigenous culture, fauna, flora, botany, geology and history of our totally amazing continent.
Phone (07) 4047 9097

A huge selection of Cairns day tours and charter services!

Nestled in mountaintop rainforest splendour just to the west of Cairns, Kuranda has been enchanting visitors for years. Accessible by train, cableway or road, the charming 'Village in the Rainforest' presents a bevy of tropical delights.

From the traditional appeal of the famous Kuranda Markets to the cool sophistication of roadside cafes and restaurants, Kuranda has something to suit everybody.

Soar above the rainforest canopy in your Skyrail Gondola, be initiated into the ancient world of the Tjapukai Aboriginal people, or go back in time on the historic Kuranda Railway.

Step into the colour and excitement of the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and Birdworld, be smitten by the Koalas in Koala Gardens, meander through local art galleries and Aboriginal Artefacts, or simply savour a locally made tropical fruit ice cream.

Down Under Tours offers a large variety of Kuranda Tours catering to every schedule and incorporating the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjapukai Cultural Park and Rainforestation.

Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa
20 Daintree Road
Phone (07) 4098 6100
Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa offers a series of different Aboriginal experiences for their guests, from Aboriginal guided rainforest walks to art classes and Dreamtime story telling.

2856 Daintree Road, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 7717
Welcome to our boutique facility on the banks of the Daintree River. We are all Queenslanders and are keen birdwatchers and have a good eye for crocodiles and tree snakes. Small personal groups with Bruce's decades of experience on the Daintree River.

5 Stewart Street, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 6120
Crocodile Express operates a one hour, one and a half hours or a two and a half hours cruises on the Daintree River. Their guides are local naturalists.

PMB 4, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 6115 / Fax (07) 4098 6208
Departing early morning or late afternoon, Daintree River and Reef Cruises will take you to the most charming part of Daintree River.

Phone (07) 4090 7017
Dan Irby's offers Daintree River cruises which are very personal and informative for both the amateur and professional visitors. Join Dan for a Daintree River Tour and you will see and learn about the interaction and importance of the fascinating plants and animals found only here.

Public Wharf, Daintree
(400 metres before the ferry crossing)
Phone (07) 4090 7638
Whether you are a novice fisher, experienced fly fisher, young or senior, naturalist, photographer, or a family group, you can be assured of a personalised, relaxed and easy going charter with Jamie and his enthusiastic personality.

Phone (07) 4098 2878 / Fax (07) 4098 3716
The Daintree Discovery Tour will show you the most significant areas of the Daintree National Park, including the township of Mossman and the Daintree River, where you will enjoy a fantastic cruise. The tour will also take you to Cape Tribulation, where the Rainforest meets the Reef and to the heart of the oldest continual living rainforest on earth.


Phone (07) 4098 7272
The Sanctuary is a great day out from Port Douglas or Cairns for families, individuals and groups wanting to see, touch and photograph wildlife set within wetland reserves and purpose built aviaries with first class amenities for your comfort.


Phone / Fax (07) 4098 6224. Open from 10:00am to 4:00pm, seven days a week.
The Timber Museum, if you want to learn more about the town's timber milling history, with photos of the massive red cedar trees that timber cutters cut down, is worth a visit. The museum also holds an exhibition of carpenter's tools and techniques as well as a woodworking shop where you can purchase beautiful pieces of wooden furniture made with local timbers.


Pioneers Park, in the main street of Daintree Village and close to the jetty, is a perfect spot to enjoy an Aussie style barbecue while spotting birds. You can start the day by having breakfast along with the birds and other animals in the park, where you can make free use of one of the electric barbecues available and refill with water as many bottles as you want from the free tap. The village received a Tidy Towns award for its clean water.

Once you have finished your breakfast and are full of energy, you can take one of the two of Daintree's walks that start at Pioneers Park. One of them is the Daintree Village natural walk which takes you along Stewart's Creek Road, take the first track to the left, on the edge of Pioneers Park and go past the water treatment plant. The walk will offer you magnificent views of the Daintree Village and the Daintree River. The other walk is aimed more for birdwatchers, also along Stewart's Creed Road.


Hundreds of bird lovers arrive to the area every year to see more than the 430 different species of birds that either inhabit or pass through the area. This number is more than half the bird species for the entire continent. Lesser Sooty Owls, Macleay's Honeyeaters, Pied Monarchs, Victoria's Riflebirds, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfishers, Great-billed Herons, Little Kingfishers, Black Bittern, Mangrove Robin, Lovely Fairy-wren, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Red-necked Crake and of course, the Southern Cassowary, classified as an endangered species, are some of the birds that can be spotted. The Cassowary Husbandry Workshop is a must for everything you ever wanted to know about captive cassowaries. For more information about birdwatching in Daintree, please refer to our birdwatching section.

We recommend you to wander around the village early in ther morning or in the late afternoon, the best times to see the amazing birds that inhabit this area. Have a look at the power lines, where you will spot Sacred Kingfishers and White-breasted Woodswallows. If you go for a stroll in the night, you won't miss the Blue-winged Kookaburras and Bush Stone-Curlews, and, occasionally, a Papuan Frogmouth. These are just a few of the birds that can be seen around Daintree Village, but there are many many more.

The Daintree River is famous among locals for its amazing birdwatching possibilities. There are a number of tours available to take you along the river and discover for you the fantastic birds that have made of this river their home. Among the species that can be found are the Great-billed Heron, Little Kingfisher, White-bellied Sea-Eagle, Brahminy Kite, Black Bittern and so on up to 40 or 50 different ones.

This road is a birdwatcher's favourite, allowing any of you to see even 50 different species of birds along the way. Some of the ones that can be spotted are Spotted Catbird and Victoria's Riflebird, plus Kingfishers, the Black Bittern when in season, Papuan Frogmouth and Lesser Sooty Owl, these last two only seen at night.

From Stewart Creek bridge, the upper Daintree Road travels for another 10 kilometres until it reaches the Daintree River at Baird's Crossing. Different birds have made this area their home, some of them, among others, are Kingfishers, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Cuckoo-Shrikes, Fairy-wren, Flycatchers, Monarchs, Grey Whistler, Honeyeaters, etc.


The Daintree region is internationally recognised as one of Australia's most spectacular locations to see and enjoy different species of animals. From birdwatching to fishing, from butterfly to crocodile spoting, the area is a haven for all the visitors that want to experience nature at its best.

But fish and birds are not the only animals that can spotted. Butterflies spoting is a beautiful way of spending a relaxing afternoon, keep an eye for the male Birdwing butterfly, with its colorful wings where gold, black and green are combined to form spectacular designs. And in the Lower Daintree River Estuary, one of the most gorgeous eco-systems in Australia, an amazing diversity of terrestrial and marine animals co-exists together. An experience not to be missed!!!

However, the stars of the area are the Crocodiles that can be found in the Daintree River. Although there are two species of crocodiles in Australia, only the "salties", freshwater crocodiles, inhabit the river. The population of crocodiles is around 70 and the largest one found is about 5 metres long. The best time to see them is during the dry season, in winter, when the water is cold. You can take one of the many tours available to spot crocodiles and other reptiles that are present in the area as well, such as lizards and snakes. And birds as well!


Daintree accommodation varies from affordable motel rooms to modern resort accommodation. There is also a great range of home style bed and breakfast accommodation in Daintree, not to mention a caravan park with cabins, and a number of spacious, family friendly holiday homes. Scroll down or use the buttons on the right to choose your style of Daintree holiday accommodation.


20 Daintree Road, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 6100 / Fax (07) 4098 6200
Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa - offers award winning, unique tree house style resort accommodation in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest World Heritage region, just 40 minutes drive north of Port Douglas on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.


Stewart Street, Daintree Village
Phone / Fax (07) 4098 6119
Daintree Riverview Cabins are inexpensive Daintree Village accommodation in the form of en-suite cabins in an elevated position with uninterrupted views of the Daintree River, Daintree Valley and the rainforest-clad mountains beyond.


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17 Stewart Street, Daintree Village
Phone (07) 4098 6021 / Fax (07) 4098 6023
Daintree Village Hideaway accommodation is a blend of lush tropical gardens, deluxe tropical cabins, casual sophistication, modern amenities and warm, friendly hospitality. Enjoy the rustic guest lounge, bar and kitchen facilities conveniently locacted next to the pool.

Phone (07) 4098 7272
Great value B&B for visitors interested in wildlife, no matter the season, no matter the weather. Awake to the view of World Heritage Daintree Rainforest on one side and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on the other.

Red Mill House, Daintree Village
Phone / Fax (07) 4098 6233
Red Mill House in Daintree Village, Tropical North Queensland offers deluxe Daintree accommodation to travelers who are interested in nature, wildlife and conservation.

Stewart Creek Road, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 6206
Daintree Valley Haven is the perfect hideaway for couples, birdwatchers, honeymooners and nature-lovers - or to simply escape and relax for a while during a busy holiday schedule.

Three self-contained, air-conditioned B&B rainforest bungalows on a lovely secluded 30-acre property near Daintree National Park.

8 Stewart Creek Road, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 6020
This waterfront property's large decking area afford one of the most spectacular panoramic views of the World Heritage listed Daintree River.


Stewart Street, Daintree Village
Phone / Fax (07) 4098 6119
Daintree Riverview Cabins also have a camping ground on the lower area by the river - the ground is level with lush lawns, shady trees and 2 free undercover BBQ's.