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 $20. A multi-pass ticket for $40 allows 5 return journeys – a saving of $60. 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.

Public transport

Sun Palm Transport (Phone 07 4084 2626) offers regular daily services to Cape Tribulation, and tickets can be booked directly online.

The bus stops at the Cairns Airport to collect passengers. After 10.30am all air flights are met directly and passengers transferred to Port Douglas, where they can leave their bags at the office and explore Port Douglas on the local shuttle bus for free, while waiting for the 4.30pm departure to Cape Tribulation, arriving at 6.25pm. Usually, passengers will be dropped directly at their accommodation.

Coach tours

Jungle Tours visits Cape Tribulation each day, and offers a variety of packages. The tour stops along the way and visits several attractions.

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 the tasting online and receive a discount of $2 per ticket.

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.