Cape Tribulation Accommodation - eco-accommodation in the Daintree
Rainforest National Park
Car hire and bus transport to Cape Tribulation
Getting to Cape Tribulation is easy now that the
road is sealed all the way, bus services runs daily between Cairns and
Cape Tribulation and all car rental companies now allow their hire cars
to go past the Daintree river up to Cape Tribulation.
Be prepared for lots of spectacular scenery, the road from Cairns to
Cape Tribulation has been named the Great
Barrier Reef Drive to recognize its outstanding scenic value, where
else in the world could you drive a highway wedged between two World
Heritage listed National Parks and cruise alongside deserted tropical
Below are some suggestions on how to get here.
Cape Tribulation lies at the end of the Great
Barrier Reef Drive, one of Australia's great coastal drives
with beautiful sea views along the way that runs from Cairns to
The most enjoyable way to get to Cape Tribulation
is your own hire car of course, even though a lot of things are
within walking distance and most tours pick up from Rainforest
Hideaway, there are many attractions between Cairns and Cape Tribulation
worth exploring where the bus would not stop and where a rental
car will give you the freedom to explore at your own leisure.
The road between Cairns and Cape Tribulation is a very scenic drive
- To explore further north of Cape Tribulation you definitely
need a four wheel drive. If Cape Tribulation is as far as you
want to go, a normal (2WD) rental car is all you need, as the
road has been sealed all the way since April 2001. If you are
planning to rent a car scroll down to see some useful car hire
links further down on this page. Refer to the maps
page to see how to get here or see some photos of the drive up
is the best place to start your search for a cheap hire car.
Ofcourse you can search all the major car hire companies one after
the other but you'll find it saves you a lot of time to simply
type in your car hire location and dates, and get presented with
an overview where you see all available cars next to their prices
to compare on one page. Can it get any easier?
If you choose a local Cairns company; some car hire
companies that my guests have been less happy about are A1 Carhire
and Cairns Older Car And Ute Hire.
The map below we have borrowed from GreatBarrierReefDrive.com.au, it shows you that the drive to Cape Trib is far from boring, along the way the road hugs remote beaches and there are many attractions along the way.
Bus to Cape Tribulation
Several bus companies do a door to door service
from Cairns accommodation, Cairns airport, Port Douglas accommodation
and Daintree Village to Cape Tribulation. Depending on the number
of people in your party and the duration of your stay in Cape
Tribulation it may be just as, or more, economical, to hire a
Please note that imetables and prices are subject
to change from time to time.
Cape Trib Adventure Bus
- This bus leaves Port Douglas at 08:30 and arrives in Cape Tribulation
around 10:30, and it leaves Cape Tribulation at 16:30 returning
to Port Douglas around 18:00.
Return fare is $100.- , you don't have to come back to Port the
same day, you can stay in Cape Trib overnight and return some
other day. Bookings on 0488 425 968 or online via capetribadventurebus.com.au
- This bus does a run all the way from Cairns to Cooktown, so
is a good option if you plan to head further north after your
Cape Tribulation stay. They depart Cairns at 07:00 in the morning,
arriving in Cape Trib about 10:30 but not every day, only on Monday,
Wednesday, and Friday, at the time of writing this page the one
way fare Cairns to Cape Tribulation was $50.90.- See
their website for up to date info and prices.
The return journey leaves Cape Trib at 10:10 on Tuesday, Thursday
and Saturday and arrives in Cairns around 13:30.
This bus also goes in to Port Douglas for drop off and pick up
This one will drop you off at Rainforest Hideaway,
most package deal buses will stubbornly not drop you off here.
If you book on a package deal bus, such as Cape
Trib Connections, Tropics
Explorer, and Jungle
Tours etc. ask where they will drop you off, most
of these drivers stubbornly refuse to drop you at Rainforest Hideaway
and will leave you at another resort, and even though the town
of Cape Tribulation is small enough to walk around a hike up the
hill to Rainforest Hideaway with your suitcases may not be that
Prepare yourself for a very scenic coastal drive
When driving yourself to Cape Tribulation along the Great
Brrier Reef Drive you can either do it in 2.5 hours from Cairns
or make a day of it, there are many attractions along the way
- Rex Lookout, just north of Cairns, spectacular views over the
- Port Douglas, if you are passing through on a sunday check out
the markets in the morning.
- Rainforest Habitat ( at the Port Douglas turnoff), have breakfast
with the birds, see the famous cassowary and learn more about
- Mossman Gorge.You can either do a self-guided walk along the
gorge or book a guided tour with Kuku Yalanji Dreamtime Walks.
An Aboriginal guide will take you on an easy 1 1/2 hour walk -
cave paintings, special sites, traditional Aboriginal plant use,
billy tea and damper. Learn about spiritual and cultural aspects
of the Kuku Yalanji world view. Bookings 07 4098 2595 or 07 4098
Mossman is also your last chance to find a bank, there are none
in Cape Tribulation. If it happens to be lunch time try Goodies
cafe in the main street.
- You can make a detour into Daintree Village, keen birdwatchers
might like to spend a night at Redmill House and go on Dan Irby's
early birdwatching tour but don't expect Daintree Village to be
the gateway to the Daintree rainforest, the forest around the
village was cut down a hundred years ago and now cows roam the
green fields. There is a timber museum with photos of the giant
red cedar trees they used to cut around here.
- Crocodile spotting cruises on the Daintree River or Coopers
Creek, at the river you will find several booking offices for
these cruises or for Cooper Creek phone (07) 40332052
- Alexandra Range Lookout (north of the Daintree river ferry),
stunning views out to sea, Snapper Island and the mouth of the
- Daintree Disccovery Centre with its treetop tower, (as a guest
of Rainforest Hideaway you get a discount on the entry fee, click
here for your discount voucher)
Tell them you are staying in the area, they will stamp your book
and you will be able to keep coming back for a whole week on one
- Daintree Icecream Company, despite its grand name is a small
shop, a must for ice cream lovers, home grown fruit flavours such
as mango, black sapote, sour sop, wattleseed.
- Fanpalm Road, opposite Lync Haven, just north of the Icecream
Company, this road does a loop from the main road, anywhere you
stop along Palm Road you will find thousands of majestic fanpalms
by just stepping off the road, there are some houses along this
road so pick a place that is not inhabited.
- The Daintree Tea plantation is visible on both sides of the
road which grows a tannin and pesticide-free tea that is available
in many outlets around Cape Tribulation, supermarkets elsewhere
in Australia and even on the internet.
- Cafe on Sea, a nice lunch stop on Thorntons Beach.
- Noah Beach National Park Campground, walk through the camping
area to find a huge long beach, most of the time deserted and
all to yourself or maybe a couple of other people.
- Marrdja broadwalk, a good walk to get an introduction to both
rainforest and mangrove ecosystems
Once you're across the Daintree river take it easy, there are
low speedlimits and some serious speedhumps to protect the endangered
cassowary who can very unexpectedly
step out on the road. These birds can be up to two metres tall
and should not be approached or fed if you do encounter them on
here to see a page of maps to help you find your way here.
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