Frequently asked questions:
Do we need a four wheel drive?
NO. if you are only going as far as Cape Tribulation you will not need
a four wheel drive, only if you plan to head further north on the coast
road on the Bloomfield Track you will need one.
In the wet season a four wheel drive can sometimes come out handy when
water flows over the causeways in very heavy rain, a bit of extra clearance
from the road can make the difference between being able to get through
or having to wait a few hours for water levels to recede.
The local council finally managed to seal the road all the way to Cape
Tribulation by Easter 2002, it had taken them ten years to lay 36km.
of bitumen (the Chinese built their 5000 km. Great Wall of China in
ten years too....)
How do we get there?
For info on bustransport and links to online hire car reservations
For maps and driving directions click
Cooking facilities? Use of kitchen?
Jungle House has a basic kitchen to do your cooking. and our other
two cabins have basic barbeque cooking facilities.
The Daintree river Ferry ?
To reach Cape Tribulation you will have to cross the Daintree river
with the cable ferry.
This ferry runs up and down continuously from 6 am till midnight seven
days a week.
The current return fare in 2019 is $30.- per car. Keep yourself and
especially the kids away from the water's edge if you wait here, crocodiles
are quick and strong enough to drag horses in to the water so a child
is an easy snack.
How far is Rainforest Hideaway from the beach?
beach is straight down the road, to walk it will take you about 20 minutes,
in a car no time at all, see this map.
enough the nights are mosquitoe free! And don't ask me how I did that,
that's just the way it is, so enjoy. The house is all open and even
at night with lights on no mosquitoes come in, there just aren't any
around! We do get a few daytime mosquitoes in wetter times, but they
are the type that likes to hover around without actually doing any real
biting. Some people tell me on their second day yes, you were right,
not having believed me at all when I told them on arrival there are
here to read the cancellation policy.
we bring children, do you supply cots?
don't have cots, and children are welcome as long as they do not stop
other guests from enjoying the place.
and check-out time?
in is from 14:00 till 20:00, please get in touch with us if you intend
to arrive very early or very late.
is at 10.00 am.
fridges, TVs, DVD players, hair dryers etc.
need a huge amount of electricity, and Rainforest Hideaway runs on solar
power and batteries. The government won't supply electricity to Cape
Tribulation, north of the Daintree river only the mayor and his neighbours
enjoy mains electricity.
You will find that the rainforest with its massive evaporation of water
always keeps things cool, and only from late November to February we
actually need fans. Through the dry season I get more requests for extra
blankets than fans and we even use the fire place too on the chilly
dryers also use a massive amount of electricity despite their
small physical size, they will crash the solar power system within seconds.
TV could work on solar power but is not provided, most
people enjoy listening to the sounds of the rainforest, and one person
watching a loud TV would ruin this experience for everyone else, if
you can not live without TV then this is not the place for you. Most
Aussie TV is pretty boring anyway.
Fridges are also big energy users, and our solar panels
in a rain forest can't generate enough for a fridge in every room. We
can provide you with an esky and ice blocks or you can borrow some space
in our fridge.
bookings / trips to the Great Barrier Reef?
is quite a choice of different tours from Cape Tribulation, your host
Shane is happy to advise you on the most suitable ones for you and to
book any of these for you, either on arrival or in advance if you want
to be assured of a place on the tour.
More info on the tours here,
feel free to email me for
any more info.
used to be limited at Rainforest Hideaway, due to our remote location
there is no cable and the satellite provider charged by the download
which made it very expensive.
Fortunately thanks to the National Broadband Network we now have a satellite
dish with a more generous download, and you are welcome to share it,
each guest gets a quota of 100Mb per day.
Please see here for more info on Daintree
accommodation with free Wifi.
You will also find internet facilities down the road at the bigger resorts,
and the restaurant Whet.
most of Cape Tribulation mobile phones do not work, only out on the
point on the Cape or out on the ocean, more
is the safest rainforest in the world! Poisonous snakes prefer open
grassland and not the rainforest, and the only two species of poisonous
spiders in Australia, the funnelweb and redback, do not live around
here. So it is actually more dangerous to stay in Sydney with its funnelwebs
than in the jungle of Cape Tribulation.
In the water you have to be a bit more careful, from November till May
there can be box jellyfish that can deliver painful, potentially fatal
stings, so then you are better off swimming in one of the crystal clear
creek swimming holes around Cape Tribulation.
page is still under construction and more will be added soon.