Daintree, or Daintree Village, is a small settlement
of less than a hundred people on the banks of the Daintree River in
North Queensland, about 110km. north of Cairns.
The town was settled by timber cutters who came here looking for the
big red cedar trees in the 1880s, they cut down huge numbers of trees
and floated them down the river lashed together as rafts to take them
to the sawmills.
When the timber started running out and other industries such as dairy
and beef became the local livelyhood, all the produce was transported
by boat until 1933 when the road finally reached the village.
The village is named after Richard Daintree, who has spent several years
in the 1800's in Queensland as the Government geologist.
Nowadays the town lives on tourism and there are numerous tour operators
that take you out on the Daintree river to spot the big saltwater crocodiles,
as well as other birdlife.
Many serious birdwatchers come here specifically to spot birds on the
specialized birdwatching tours.
There are also some other tours such as 8x8 tours and nature walks.
Lovers of Big Things will surely want
to take a photo of the Big Barramundi
Although the town nowadays is not in the rainforest as
the timber cutters removed all the trees a long time ago Daintree Village
is still a very scenic place, and you can find rainforest nearby or
go for a drive through the scenic valley beyond the village
The town has three cafes, a timber museum, a souvenir shop and galleries
showcasing local arts and crafts, parks, picnic tables and public toilets.
Local shops sell tickets for the various river cruises and land-based
For accommodation, in the village and the nearby Daintree
valley, there are several bed and breakfasts and farmstays each offering
a unique location and experience which is mostly different from those
found in the rainforest. Other accommodation options range from the
local caravan park to a world renowned resort and spa.
While there consider a self-guided walk, to a beautiful
waterfall and swimming hole at Cassowary Falls on the Upper Daintree
Road, or an 8WD off-road rainforest and mountain tour.
Accommodation in and around Daintree Village
Daintree Eco Lodge
Near Daintree Village
Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa is combining nature,
culture & nurture in a true rainforest experience, nestled in
a valley, offering quality accommodation, cuisine with a native
twist, authentic Aboriginal.
Known as the "most pampering Ecolodge in the world with only
15 rainforest villas nestled in the rainforest all combine to present
true experiential travel. The villas are set in different levels
of the rainforest to experience differing aspects of the rainforest
from the floor to the canopy, and are designed to be an environmentally
Near Daintree Village
Daintree Valley Haven is a tropical retreat with 3
air-con self-contained cabins on a lovely secluded 30 acre property
in the Daintree River valley, 8 km beyond Daintree Village.
Each cabin is in a private spot overlooking a wetlands-dam and rainforest
and has a queen bed and convertible sofa for one extra adult, ensuite
with large shower, kitchenette with fridge, microwave, electric
cooktop, coffee plunger and all cooking utensils. A private verandah
overlooks the wetlands-dam and rainforest.
A daily breakfast basket is supplied and includes a platter of home-grown
In Daintree Village
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.
The four ensuite king and queen bed rooms are spacious and comfortable
and each has a wide verandah overlooking the extensive tropical
gardens. A two bedroom unit, sleeping four, is also available for
families. Rooms are airconditioned and there is a large salt water
The famous Red Mill House full breakfast is included.
An extensive wildlife, nature and travel library is available to
guests in the communal lounge and binoculars and field guides can
be borrowed for birdwatching walks and tours.
Conveniently located in Daintree, Daintree Riverview is a great
base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests
can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer.
With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to
the city's must-see destinations.
The facilities and services provided by Daintree Riverview ensure
a pleasant stay for guests. Guests of the hotel can enjoy on-site
features like pets allowed, tours, car park.
Daintree Riverview is home to 3 bedrooms, all tastefully furnished
to provide comforts such as shower, refrigerator, balcony/terrace,
Right on the Daintree River
Tranquility on the Daintree, your own private retreat
in the heart of the Daintree. As we only accept one booking at
a time, you will have exclusive use of the retreat, natural attractions
Private huge 3 storey tree house, swing, swimming pool, pool table,
table tennis, large library of DVD's, books, games, chickens to
feed, pat the horse, feed the cows, swim in rainforest streams
and waterfalls, fishing and much more.
Explore your own private exotic tropical fruit garden, savour
the flavour’s of fruit in season and picnic and swim at your own
private rainforest waterfalls Relax and unwind! Your own private
rainforest waterfalls-Niau Falls and Cascading Falls
Near Wonga Beach
Experience your stay within the zoo grounds, this
three star property allows you to enjoy the kind of holiday you
won’t find anywhere else. Surrounded by more than 140 species
of Australian animals, you have easy access to the zoo, a great
chance to encounter with unparalleled Australian Wildlife and a
perfect opportunity to observe the nocturnal inhabitants. Guests
staying overnight at Daintree Wild Bed & Breakfast will also
receive 50% discount on Zoo entry fare.
Tours in and to Daintree Village
Daytour to Daintree
Village from Cairns
Choice of three departures in the afternoon for your
return to Cairns. Free time in Port Douglas to explore the town
centre and 4 mile beach.
Mossman Gorge. Guided walk with naturalist guide through pristine
rainforest. The 4km walking trail includes an elevated board walk
and an oportunity to take a swim in the crystal rock pools of the
Light refreshments included.
Daytour from Cairns
or Port Douglas
Tropical Horizons runs a daytour from Cairns and Port
Douglas that incorporates both Mossman Gorge and Daintree Village.
They also visit Port Douglas and the Hartley's Creek Crocodile Farm
with the famous Croc Attack Show.
Half Day to Daintree
From Port Douglas
This tour includes a walk in Mossman Gorge plus a
1 hour Daintree River Cruise and snacks & drinks.
Arriving at the Daintree River we board onto an electric boat which
is quiet, and noiseless.
After the river cruise snacks and drinks are available at no extra
Plus there is plenty of time to swim in the pristine and refreshing
waters of the gorge in safety, with beautiful scenery around you.
Daytour to Daintree Village
from Port Douglas
Travel from Port Douglas to Mossman Gorge and enjoy
two hours free time to explore the rainforest trails of the pristine
Mossman Gorge. Swim in the cool crystal rock pools of the Mossman
Dan Irby's Mangrove Adventures offers Daintree River
cruises which are very personal and informative for both the amateur
and professional visitors all year round.
Dan personally conducts all the tours.
Dan Irby's Mangrove Adventures caters for tour groups of 2-10 people
on the Daintree River.
Daintree Argo 8x8
Stunning World Heritage Rainforest & Daintree River scenery.
The low-impact ARGO 8x8 climbs virtually inaccessible tracks through
rainforest canopies to summits with spectacular views. Small, personalised
eco-tours depart from our cattle property 1km from Daintree Village
on Upper Daintree Road. We go any day, any time.
on Wonga Beach
Wonga Beach Horse Rides offer the opportunity to ride
along beautiful Wonga Beach and through pristine rainforest. We
have two departures daily, 8.30am & 2.30pm, and each ride has
a duration of 2.5 hours. We cater for both beginner and experienced
riders and provide comprehensive tuition prior to departure. Complimentary
transfers are provided ex Port Douglas and Daintree Village. We
provide boots and helmets, all you are long pants, a short sleeved
shirt (no singlets) and a pair of socks.
on the Daintree River
Established in 1979, Crocodile Exress offers nature
lovers the best of the Daintree with one hour cruises departing
regularly from multiple locations on the river. Each passenger is
offered a "Croc Pass" to travel unlimited on any of our
cruises over a three day period from the saltwater mangrove and
rainforest habitat in the lower Daintree River or the freshwater
pasture lands and rainforest upstream from the Daintree Village.
There is lots of wildlife to be seen including birds, reptiles,
butterflies and crocodiles.
Daintree Village Map