Daintree Rainforest Village – Getting Here


The best way to get to Daintree Rainforest Village campground and service station is to self drive. Daintree Rainforest Village is two hours drive north from Cairns City and the International Airport on the Cook Highway.

The Cook Highway, also known as the Great Barrier Reef Tourist Drive, has recently been voted as the world’s most scenic drive!


It is a breathtaking journey, winding along the edge of the Coral Sea, past Port Douglas and all the way to through the Daintree Rainforest and on to Cape Tribulation.

Follow the Great Barrier Reef Tourist Drive signs all the way to the country town of Mossman. From Mossman you will continue northward on the Mossman to Daintree Road until you come to the right hand turn onto Cape Tribulation Road and the Daintree River Ferry Crossing.

Your Daintree Rainforest adventure  begins at the ferry.

Crossing the Daintree River by Ferry

The vehicle ferry is the only way to cross the Daintree River. When you drive onto the ferry, you will often share the ride with all sorts of vehicles….caravans, tour buses, campervans and motorbikes, 4WDs with off road trailers.

Most weekdays also see delivery trucks on the ferry, bringing supplies to the off grid community on the north side of the river.

The ferry operates  from 5am to midnight every day…including Christmas day.

Thousands of visitors come to the Daintree Rainforest every year…with the biggest influx is in winter from July to September. The Daintree Rainforest is an iconic destination and because of its popularity you may have to wait a while for your turn on the ferry. This is the perfect opportunity to reset your body clocks to ‘Daintree time” and start enjoying a slower pace of life in the ancient rainforest you are about to enter.

Daintree River Ferry Costs

Find out the current Ferry prices here
Pay by cash or card at the ticket booth.

Ferry costs for Local Holiday Makers

If you live in Douglas Shire or nearby regions of Mareeba, Tablelands, Cairns, Cassowary Coast and Cook Shire you can use the Daintree River Ferry for free between the 1st of November and the end of February each year.

This is a great opportunity for locals to have inexpensive and relaxed camping experience in the forest during the Christmas school holidays.


Come and stay, you need more than a Day.

Set up your base camp here, in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest.

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