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Maps of the DaintreeFind your way to Cape Tribulation with these maps
Driving directions: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 then try Discover Car Hire to find a cheap hire car.
From Cairns: find Sheridan Street, the main road that goes through all of Cairns, and start heading north, Sheridan St. becomes the Cook Highway.
From Cairns airport or Port Douglas: turn right when you get to the highway and head north.
On the north side of Cairns you will go through at least a dozen roundabouts, if you are new to Australia remember that traffic entering the roundabout gives way to traffic that is already on the roundabout. On these roundabouts follow the signs for Mossman and Port Douglas.
This is where the scenic part of the Great Barrier Reef Drive starts. This is the official name this road has been given in recognition of the spectacular scenery along the 140 km. from Cairns to Cape Tribulation; tropical beaches, fantastic sweeping ocean views, resorts, tourist attractions, World Heritage listed rain forest, Aboriginal culture, a cable ferry, the Great Barrier Reef, crocodiles, this road is packed with attractions all the way to Cape Tribulation!
After about one hour from Cairns you will pass Port Douglas on your right hand side, and another 15 minutes or so later you will pass through Mossman.
Keep heading north after Mossman and following the signs to Cape Tribulation. After 20 minutes or so you will see a sign, indicating you will need to turn right to the Daintree ferry.
The Daintree ferry runs continuously up and down from 6 AM till midnight, but there could be delays in peak season or school holidays.
Once you are across the Daintree river it is another 36km. to Cape Tribulation, due to the speed limits and winding roads this can take you close to an hour, even without stops. Keep your speed down to save the wildlife, especially the cassowary.
On arrival in Cape Tribulation you will first see the signs for the Cape Trib shop/info centre, and 500 metre further the sign "Welcome to Cape Tribulation".
About 200 metres past this welcome sign turn left into Camelot Close, there is a sign on the corner pointing to Rainforest Hideaway.
If you arrive at night keep an eye out for the Ferntree Resort sign, this is the only one lit up on this corner. Proceed up Camelot Close past Ferntree until you see the sign Rainforest Hideaway on your left.
The distance from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is 145 km. (2.5 hours) and from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation about 80 km. (1.5 to 1.75 hours).
Meet Your HostA bit about the place and who you stay with
I was born in NSW, grew up mainly in South East Qld. I have lived in Brisbane city and for 7 years in Charleville in Queensland's outback. I also lived in Toowoomba for 20 years. I came to North Qld a few years ago and have recently taken over the management of the awesome Rainforest Hideaway. I enjoy meeting the many International tourists and locals alike. I would like to welcome you to my home in the beautiful rainforest at Cape Tribulation.