Getting to Cape Tribulation

Where is Cape Tribulation?

Cape Tribulation is located on the Daintree Coast, north of the Daintree River, and is surrounded by Daintree National Park, which is part of the Daintree Rainforest World Heritage Area.

The Daintree River

This is the main point of entry. A car ferry makes continuous crossings during the day, from 6am until midnight. A return ticket is $24 and a multi-pass ticket for $48 allows 5 return journeys – a saving of over $60 (note this is a cash only service, no EFTPOS is available). The ferry
crossing takes about ten minutes. The road north from the ferry to Cape Tribulation passes through amazing rainforest scenery, with winding roads and some great views of the coastline.

Road Conditions

The road is fully sealed all the way to Cape Tribulation - a 4WD vehicle
is NOT required.

Car Hire

You can hire a normal sedan car to drive to Cape Tribulation. This is the best transport option as the activities and scenery are spread evenly across the 40km strip of beautiful coastline from Cow Bay to Cape Tribulation.

Public transport

There is no public transport to the Cape Tribulation area however Country Road Coachlines do run a direct service coming up from Cairns on Mon/Wed/Fri and returning to Cairns on Tue/Thu/Sat. They pick up in Cairns around 7.30am and Port Douglas around 8.30am. The trip is dependent on conditions of the Bloomfield track to Cooktown so checking the schedules in the wet season is a must.

Coach tours

Tropics Explorer, Cape Trib Connections and Jungle Tours visit Cape Tribulation each day, and offer a variety of packages. The tours stop along the way and visits several attractions. All tours pick up in Cairns around 7.30am each day ONLY

Travel times

These times are estimated driving time only:

  • Daintree Ferry to Cow Bay - 20 minutes
  • Daintree Ferry to Cape Tribulation - 50 minutes
  • Cow Bay to Cooper Creek - 10 minutes
  • Cow Bay to Cape Tribulation - 20 minutes
  • Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield - 60 minutes
  • Cape Tribulation to Mossman - 70 minutes
  • Cape Tribulation to Port Douglas - 90 minutes
  • Cape Tribulation to Cairns - 2 hrs 30 minutes
Book a Jungle Surfing Tour and a Jungle Adventures Nightwalk as a COMBO and save $10

Entry ticket allows return visits for 7 days at no extra charge — just get your guide book stamped on departure. The Family Pass includes all your children.

Buy a multiday ferry pass and receive 5 return car/ute trips for $40, a saving of $60.