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Car hire and bus from Cairns to the Daintree
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When you book through the above websites you are sure you deal with reputable car rental companies, without wanting to discredit the local businesses, we have received some not too happy customer reviews on Cairns Older Car And Ute Hire.
You can also download and print Mason's Cape Trib Tourist Information maps, but most car rental places will give you this map when you collect your hire car anyway. Daintree River to Cape Tribulation - Cape Tribulation only
Some approximate driving times:
There are quite a few buscompanies that go up to the Daintree
every day, picking up from Cairns accommodation, Cairns airport, Port
Douglas accommodation and Daintree Village all the way to Cape Tribulation,
or even further up to Cooktown. Depending on the number of people in
your party and the duration of your stay in the Daintree it may be just
as, or more, economical, to hire a small car as the bus fares are not
all that cheap.
Timetables and prices are subject to change from time to time so you are advised to check their websites for updates and email them to verify departure times.
Country Roads Coach Lines
- This bus does a run all the way from Cairns to Cooktown, so is a good
option if you plan to head further north after your Cape Tribulation
stay. They depart Cairns at 07:00 in the morning, arriving in Cape Trib
about 10:10 but not every day, only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday,
at the time of writing this page the one way fare Cairns to Cape Tribulation
was $46.- See
their website for up to date info and prices.
The return journey leaves Cape Trib at 10:10 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and arrives in Cairns around 13:30.
Sun Palm Coaches leaves Cairns daily at 07:00 and 13:00, arriving in Cape Tribulation around 10:25 and 17:25. They pick up from Cairns airport, some Cairns accommodation, all Port Douglas accommodation, (they only go into Daintree village on demand) and drop off at Rainforest Hideaway. One way fare Cairns to Cape Tribulation is $78.- p.p. , which makes renting a small car an attractive alternative considering it gives you the freedom to go and stop where ever you want. The return trips leave Cape Tribulation at 07:00, 10:30 and 18:00, getting into Cairns at 11:00, 14:00 and 21:30. See their website for more up to date details...
Package deals are
also available and are a very economical alternative to taking a normal
bus and booking your own accommodation, and you get to stop at some
places of interest.
You get picked up in Cairns or Port Douglas, and the usual stops include Mossman Gorge, a cruise on the Daintree river, a stop at the Alexandra Lookout, some boardwalks in the Daintree north of the river, the Daintree Icecream Company etc.
Companies such as Cape Trib Connections, Tropics Explorer, and Jungle Tours do package deals where you get your return transfer and one or two nights in a backpackers hostel all in one deal.
Tropical Horizons does the same thing but less targeted at backpackers and with more choice of accommodation.
There are other companies that do guided daytours to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
At Cow Bay there is an unsealed air-strip where you can
land small planes.
For details contact Daintree Airstrip, Cow Bay. Phone: 07 4098 9202
It is possible to take your boat to the Daintree but anchorage
off the coast between the Daintree River and Bloomfield River is fairly
exposed to the winds, there is shelter behind Cape Tribulation but on
the northside the best spots are taken up by the reef tour operators,
and on the southside it is pretty shallow.
Snapper Island has some good fishing and some beautiful reef surrounding it, and you can sail your boat up the Daintree river, but be aware of the ferry cables under water so give the ferry plenty of room, and Mike Berwick's power cable that overhangs the river.
Cooper Creek is off limits to all boats, except the crocodile spotting tour that has a special permit.
After you have crossed the Daintree river it is another
36km. to Cape Tribulation, due to the speed limits and winding roads
this can take you close to an hour, even without stops. Keep your
speed down to save the wildlife, especially the cassowary.
The first accommodation options when you arrive in Cape Tribulation are just past the above sign, about 500 metres down the road on your left is Camelot Close, up this road you will find Rainforest Hideaway B&B, and also Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm and Ferntree.
A bit further up the main road on the right is PK's Jungle Village and another four kilometres up the Bloomfield Track is the Cape Trib Beachhouse and the Cape Tribulation Sanctuary.