How to get to & get around Cape Tribulation & Daintree

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How to get to and from Cape Tribulation & Daintree


Cairns airport is located approximately 111km to Daintree and 138km to Cape Tribulation. Sun Palm Transport Group (Phone 07 4087 2900) operate airport shuttle bus services to here from Cairns Airport.

  • Qantas (Phone 13 13 13) has flights from Cairns to most major cities around Australia.

  • Virgin Australia (Phone 13 67 89) has flights from Cairns to Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Townsville.

  • Jetstar (Phone 13 15 38) has flights from Cairns to most major cities around Australia.

Various international airlines have flights from overseas destinations to Cairns.

Bus ServicesBus/coach services

  • Sun Palm Transport Group operate bus services to Daintree and Cape Tribulation from Cairns and Port Douglas. Phone 07 4087 2900.

  • Country Road Coachlines also has a bus service that runs from Cairns to Cooktown stopping at Port Douglas, and various places throughout the Daintree/Cape Tribulation. Phone (07) 4045 2794

DrivingDriving here

The Daintree National Park is located 160 kilometres north of Cairns and begins at the Daintree River in the south and goes up to the Bloomfield River in the north. The Daintree River is the major point of entry in the south and there is a car ferry that makes continuous crossings throughout the day from 6am until midnight.

The road is fully sealed all the way to Cape Tribulation, so you do not need a 4WD vehicle unless you intend to continue north on the coast road (Bloomfield Track) past Cape Tribulation to Cooktown.

From Cape Tribulation to the Bloomfield River causeway it is about 32kms. This road (the Bloomfield Track),  is suitable for 4WD only and can be treacherous, particularly when it has rained. This should only be driven on by experienced drivers. A better option to explore this part of the Daintree is by organised tour.

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How to get around Cape Tribulation & Daintree

Public TransportPublic transport

Sun Palm Transport (phone 07 4087 2900) makes it possible to travel from Cow Bay or Cooper Creek to Cape Tribulation for the day.