Planning a family holiday in the Daintree?
Here's some information to help you make it a success, from family friendly
accommodation to tours that offer family discounts.
The Daintree is a good safe family holiday destination as long as you
observe a few basic rules:
Do not allow your children to go to the water's edge of the Daintree
River and other mangrove lined creeks, this is crocodile territory,
and even though you may not see crocodiles, they probably see you! A
crocodile can swim under water at high speed without a ripple on the
surface, and burst out with enough speed and power to take horses and
Playing on the beach is no problem, it is simply not in the crocodile's
behaviour to attack on a beach.
During the summer months, roughly November till May, there can be box
jellyfish in the ocean, keep out of the sea or wear a stinger suit.
Don't let your kids feed the cassowary if you are lucky enough to bump
in to one.
Accommodation for families
The B&Bs are usually not set up for children, but
there is a good choice of holiday
homes available to rent which will give you more privacy and freedom,
and the opportunity to cook your own meals.
Resorts with swimming
pools can be another good choice, but probably not PK's, which caters
more for the party-hard crowds. And there are also several camping
areas in the Daintree for the more adventurous.
Rainforest Hideaway at Cape Tribulation
normally operates as a B&B, but you can also have the place
to yourself for a family of up to 6 people.
Please note that there are several unfenced fishponds, so you need
to keep an eye on your children.
This unique jungle style house will give you both comfort and an
insight into living in the rainforest on solar electricity and water
from the creek, and away from mobile phone reception and hair dryers.
Being deep inside the Daintree rainforest also guarantees abundant
wildlife; bandicoots, birds, frogs, goannas, and even the famous
cassowary pay a visit here!
A 4 star rainforest retreat secluded in the heart
of the Daintree National Park in the lush tropics of Far North Qld.
This 3 bedroom timber home offers spectacular views over the rainforest
canopy, a private mountain swimming hole and luxurious outdoor spa,
making this the perfect honeymoon escape or a chance for the whole
family to discover the beauty of this natural phenomenom.
Easy access is available to activities such as Wildlife River Tours,
Fishing, Bird watching, Sea Kayaking, Jungle Surfing, Horse riding,
or simply relaxing on one of the worlds most inviting beaches......where
the Rainforest meets the Reef.
Redmill House is located in Daintree Village, about an hour south
of Cape Tribulation by car, and offers you AAA 4 star rating, great
friendly service and excellent facilities.
A two bedroom unit, sleeping four, is available for families. Rooms
are airconditioned and there is a large salt water swimming pool.
The famous Red Mill House full breakfast is included.
An extensive wildlife, nature and travel library is available to
Thornton Beach House has a stunning location on Thornton
This holiday home is surounded by the World Heritage
From the verandah enjoy ocean views or take a short walk to the
This luxury timber house sleeps up to six people, and includes facilities
like T.V entertainment room, Pay T.V and DVD's, B.B.Q, and a corner
bath on the front verandha.
Book six nights and receive 7th night free and receive complimentary
bottle of wine and cheese plate on arrival.
Wait A While
Wait A While holiday home is a stunning timber pole
home only 600 metres from Cow Bay Beach.
The home offers private and secluded accommodation for up to 6 guests
This is one of the most beautiful houses in the Daintree Rainforest,
designed by award-winning, South African architect Gavin Paddock,
and modelled on the traditional New Guinean long-house.
With almost 500 square metres of living space this is a very spacious
Baku Beach House
Baku Beach House overlooks uninhabited coral fringed Snapper Island
and has views beyond to Port Douglas and Cairns. Nestled in a 3
acre haven of tropical gardens and surrounded by Daintree Wet Tropics
World Heritage Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park,
the position is exclusive and unique. The unspoilt beach extends
from a beautiful rainforest clad rocky headland in the north, some
3 kilometres to the famous Daintree River mouth to the south. We
do request a min 3 night stay, although we will accept 2 nights
if this is all there is available on our calendar.
Daintree Seascapes is located high on a hillside right
in the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and enjoys stunning
views over the Coral Sea.
This holiday home enjoys spectacular ocean and mountain views from
all rooms and verandahs and it is only a ten minute stroll to Cow
The house has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and can accommodate
up to six people.
Daintree Cascades contains two self contained cottages.
The Round House comfortably sleeps four people, while The Cottage
is primarily aimed at couples or young families. If you have a large
party, you may wish to rent both houses and enjoy your stay in style.
This property is very comfortable and a perfect romantic or executive
getaway... listen to the sounds of the rainforest around you, and
forget about the hussle and bussle of the city!
Cape Trib Beach House, Cape
Budget accommodation right on Cape Tribulation Beach,
the Cape Trib Beach House puts you of some of the oldest rainforest
alive today while still being right on the edge of the coral sea.
You can swim right off the beach and see living coral reef, with
schools of bright fish. Wander through the forest and you spot
the elusive cassowary or one of many other rare creatures that
make this forest their home.
The motel suites reflect the environment in which
we live, with bright airy decore, high ceilings with fans, kitchenette,
comfy queen size beds or lounge chairs and cane chairs on the verandahs.
We also have a large saltwater swimming pool open till 10:00pm.
If you are lucky enough to bring back a Barramundi or a Reef fish,
make use of our free gas B.B.Q.
If not, perhaps buy a crocodile, kangaroo or beef steak to grill
on the bbq yourself.
Lync Haven Retreat
Set on 40 acres of pristine rainforest,Licenced Restaurant,
Camping Facilities,BBQ area,camp kitchen,walking trails, animal
sanctuary,Tour booking office for the many various activities available.
Situated 16klms. North of the Daintree River Ferry Crossing, on
the Cape Tribulation Road
Cape Tribulation Resort
This lodge offers natural accommodation, where guests
can truly escape in the most exquisite of natural surroundings without
sacrificing any modern comfort. Every detail has been considered
to ensure a unique rainforest experience.The resort offers its guests
sumptuous cuisine, tropical cocktails and jungle juices in a stunning
Ferntree Rainforest Lodge is set back in the heart
of a lush rainforest and is just a short stroll away from the beach
as well as from the spectacular mangrove boardwalks. It features
low, pitched buildings that are set harmoniously within a dense,
green landscape. The lodge rooms are comfortable and some of them
offer garden or pool views.
Cape Trib Campground
Cape Tribulation Camping was established in 2004 and
caters for tents, campervans and caravans.
This camping ground has absolute beachfrontage on Myall Beach (Cape
Tribulation's central beach) with powered and unpowered sites and
all amenities needed to make camping an enjoyable experience.
Facilities include a fully equipped camp kitchen with free BBQs,
gas cook-tops, urn with boiling water always ready for that cuppa,
hot showers, laundry, beach showers, public telephone, kiosk/reception,
cold drinks, ice and ice-creams.
Tours for families
This is a selection of tours that give family discounts,
Cape Tribulation WIlderness Cruises that does crocodile spotting on
Cooper Creek also does family deals but online bookings are not available.
Most crocodile spotting tours run for an hour to 1.5 hour which is a
good length to avoid the kids getting bored.
with Ocean Safari
For those with less time the Ocean Safari runs a half
day tour out to the Great Barrier Reef for some unforgettable snorkeling!
Child discounts and family deal.
and online bookings...
at the farm
Learn about the most bizarre and interesting tropical
exotic fruits from all corners of the world and taste them too !
Children from 4 to 14 years get a discount, under 4 is free on the
condition that you move away if your child becomes noisy which makes
it hard for others to hear the guide.
More info, availability and online bookings...
More tours to be added soon, still checking with
tour operators on family deals available.
Click through to Daintree Tours
and see if the tour you want to do offers deals for children and
Things to do with families
You can't go wrong with a visit to the Daintree Icecream
Company, try homemade icecream with such flavours as soursop, wattle
seed, mango, and a lot more that you have never even heard of!
Find the Daintree Icecream Company on the main road between Cow Bay
and Cooper Creek.
There is another homemade icecream place in Floravilla on the corner
of the main road and the road to Cow Bay Beach.
Besides sea kayaking tours you can also hire your own
kayak for a famly adventure, at Cape Tribulation Camping and the Cape
In Whet, Cape Tribulation's favourite restaurant, there
is a small 25 comfy seats cinema upstairs, which shows movies at 2PM,
4PM and 8PM. Especially on rainy days, which can happen in a rainforest,
a great idea!
At Lync Haven they have some kangaroos hopping around
in a fenced off area.
In Cape Tribulation there is the Snake House, free entry
to see some pretty big pythons!
And of course there are numerous beaches to play around
on and rainforest walks to do.
Compared to other destinations there are perhaps not a lot of attractions
specially for children, so if your children are not interested in nature
based activities then perhaps the Daintree is not the right destination
for your family....