Rainforest accommodation, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 146

The unspoiled township of Daintree lies in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland, at the heart of the Daintree River catchment basin surrounded by the McDowall Ranges. Daintree began as a logging town in the 1870s. Now tourism is the major industry with the Daintree River and World Heritage rainforest nearby. Saltwater crocodiles can be seen in the mangrove-lined creeks and tributaries of the Daintree River.

Visitor Information

5 Stewart St; (07) 4098 6133


Nearby national parks

  • Daintree National Park

    With its stunning scenery of rainforest-clad mountains sweeping down to long sandy beaches, Daintree National Park is one of the most...more

  • Barron Gorge National Park

    One of the state’s most popular places, Barron Gorge National Park offers lush tropical rainforest in a rugged mountain setting of...more

  • Wooroonooran National Park

    Part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Wooroonooran National Park boasts the two highest mountains in Queensland, along with wild...more

Nearby towns

  • Mossman

    The town of Mossman, in Far North Queensland, is set among green mountains and fields of sugarcane. Originally named after the explorer Hugh...more

  • Port Douglas

    Port Douglas lies on the serene waters of a natural harbour in tropical North Queensland. Once a small village, it is now an international...more

  • Palm Cove

    Serene Palm Cove, north-west of Cairns, has white, sandy beaches and streets lined with palm trees. It is essentially a resort village, with...more

In Town

Timber Gallery: hand-crafted pieces from local woods exhibited and sold. Also displays showcasing local history, including logging past; Stewart St.

Eliza's Rainforest Gallery: handmade pottery of pixies, elves and gnomes; Stewart St.


Daintree National Park Arguably Australia's most beautiful and famous rainforest. The lush tangle of green protected within it is an incredible remnant from the days of Gondwana, forming part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. This park, which is split into 3 distinct sections – Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and Snapper Island – will dazzle visitors with its diverse landscapes, which, apart from beautiful rainforest, include canopies of sprawling fan palms, deserted mangrove-lined beaches and boulder-strewn gorges. The Mossman Gorge section takes visitors into the rainforest’s green and shady heart via an easy 2.7 km walk to the Mossman River. The Cape Tribulation section is a rich mix of coastal rainforest, mangroves, swamp and heath.

Daintree Discovery Centre: informative displays for visitors; a boardwalk and aerial walkway passes through the rainforest canopy; 11 km SE.

Wonga Belle Orchid Gardens: 3.5 ha of lush gardens; 17 km SE.

Cape Tribulation: spectacular beaches and reefs. Reef tours and horseriding on beach can be arranged at visitor centre or Mason's Shop in Cape Tribulation; for details call (07) 4098 0070; access via Daintree River cable ferry (car ferry runs 6–12am).

River cruises: to see the saltwater crocodiles and plentiful birdlife; details from visitor centre.

Horseriding tours: in Cape Tribulation; (07) 4041 3244.

Travellers note: Beware of estuarine crocodiles that live in the sea and estuaries; never cross tidal creeks at high tide, swim in creeks, prepare food at water’s edge or camp close to deep waterholes. Beware of marine stingers between Oct and Mar.

Fishing spots near town

Julatten 37 km

Fishing is where you find it, and sometimes you find it in unlikely places. Between Mount Molloy and Mossman in the Rex Ranges at a place called Julatten, I came across a couple of people fishing in a pond. I pulled over... Find out more

Cairns 89 km

Many international game anglers regard Cairns as the game fish capital of the world, with plenty of big black marlin – the Holy Grail of gamefishing. Granders or Julies, call them what you will, these huge female... Find out more

Trinity Inlet 94 km

The Cairns region offers more than gamefishing. South of the city are rivers like the Russell and Mulgrave; to the north are the Daintree and Mowbray Rivers. Anglers heading inland will find opportunities like the famous... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Daintree Discovery Centre 11 km

This multi-award-winning ecotourism centre is a great place to learn about the legendary Daintree rainforest. There are elevated boardwalks, an aerial walkway, a canopy tower and a large interpretive display centre with... Find out more

Reef tours 30 km

As with elsewhere on the reef, there is the luxury of choice for diving or snorkelling trips, particularly from Port Douglas. However, remember the reef is not just offshore and involves a boat trip. Among the... Find out more

Wildlife experience - Cairns 72 km

Combine several of the Cairns area’s main wildlife attractions into one seamless day out: the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail, Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Book through... Find out more

Indigenous tours - Cooktown to Cape York 87 km

Guurrbi Tours offers an award-winning tour with Willie Gordon, Nugal-warra elder, Guugu Yimithirr speaker and author, on which you will visit a series of sacred rock-art sites that you otherwise cannot see. There are... Find out more

Savannahlander 88 km

This small two- or three-carriage train heads out across the savannah country from Cairns to Forsayth on a four-day round trip, allowing you to get off at towns and see key places, such as Undara, along the way. You can... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Sea Temple Golf & Country Club 35 km

Technological advancements in agronomy and construction equipment have opened up new frontiers and landscapes for golf course designers during the past 40 years. One course designer who has never shirked a tough... Find out more

Paradise Palms Country Club 70 km

‘Paradise’ is appropriately named. Situated 25 minutes north of Cairns, and just off the Captain Cook Highway, this is a beautiful golf course. The rainforest-covered Great Dividing Range dominates the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


Like the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa it is attached to, this restaurant offers a very special opportunity to discover the native products of this area. The menu includes items like wild bush herbs, jus made from native... Find out more

Croc Eye Cafe

Situated in the Daintree Village, the Croc Eye Cafe offers a variety of options that will tempt you to try this surprisingly tasty member of the white meat family, from a crocodile bacon sandwich to crocodile pasta. But... Find out more

Breweries around town

Blue Sky Brewery 89 km

After a significant period between drinks, Cairns once again has a working brewery with the opening of Blue Sky Brewery in 2008. Located in the heart of the city, the microbrewery, bar and restaurant complex has six... Find out more

Campsites around town

West Point camping area (boat-based camping) 19 km

A favourite with sea kayakers, this sandy campground on Snapper Island, 20 km north of Port Douglas, has space for up to 24 campers. The day-use area on the south-west side of the island has picnic tables and a pit... Find out more

Noah Beach camping area 20 km

Noah Beach campground is in a secluded spot just 50 m from the beach, about 8 km south of Cape Tribulation village. Throughout the Cape Tribulation section visitors will find facilities such as picnic areas, boardwalks... Find out more

Cedar Bay camping area (bush camping) 49 km

This campground is just east of Centre Garden at the southern end of the beach. Access is via the Home Rule or Gap Creek walking tracks, or by boat. Generators are not permitted and gas/fuel stoves are preferred. Bring... Find out more

Home Rule Rainforest Lodge 55 km

Camp on the riverbank at this site on the Cooktown–Bloomfield Rd in Rossville. From Cape Tribulation, drive 50 km to Bloomfield (across the Bloomfield River) and along the edge of Cedar Bay National Park to reach... Find out more

East Hope Island camping area (boat-based camping) 59 km

This small sandy campground is on the western side of East Hope Island, accessible by private or commercially operated boat. Each of the 3 separate sites holds up to 4 people. There are no walking tracks on the island,... Find out more

Palmer River Roadhouse 60 km

This scenic campground on an old 1870s goldmining site is on the Mulligan Hwy (Peninsula Developmental Rd), about 150 km north-west of Mareeba and 30 km south of Lakeland. Up to 17 000 diggers lived in the area in the... Find out more

Lions Den Hotel 61 km

One of Cape York’s iconic pubs, the Lions Den offers excellent riverside camping on its spacious property with plenty of shade and natural surrounds. Powered campsites have access to an amenities block and... Find out more

Lakeland Caravan Park 65 km

Lakeland Caravan Park is at the junction of the Mulligan Hwy and Peninsula Development Rd in the town of Lakeland, between the Laura and Normanby rivers. On site you’ll find a small internet cafe with 3... Find out more

Speewah Campground 77 km

This campground is in the conservation park adjacent to Barron Gorge National Park’s western boundary. It is reached from the Kennedy Hwy, 10 km west of Kuranda, then a further 6 km east to the site. You can also... Find out more

Granite Gorge Nature Park 86 km

Formed millions of years ago by ancient volcanoes, the boulders at Granite Gorge are a natural wonder well worth checking out. Some, allegedly, are shaped like animals. The tent sites are shady; safari tent accommodation... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Pinnacle Village Holiday Park 14 km

This absolute beachfront park is 22 km north of Mossman. There are plenty of shady trees and a great expanse of green lawn. It is a good base from which to explore the local region. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Pandanus Van Park 31 km

This park is just 2 km from the centre of Port Douglas, on the main road into town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Port Douglas Glengarry Holiday Park 38 km

The park is located in a peaceful location about 10 km south of Port Douglas off the Captain Cook Highway. It is a nice park, tucked away from the busy centre of this popular tourist destination. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Ellis Beach Oceanfront Bungalows 63 km

This small, absolute beachfront park is 30 km north of Cairns. Ellis Beach was voted the cleanest beach in Queensland and has a patrolled swimming area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Lake Placid Tourist Park 78 km

This park is about 10 km north-west of Cairns, on the bank of the Barron River. Enjoy the covered barbecue area, and the Skyrail terminal, a major attraction, is nearby. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Cool Waters Holiday Park 84 km

Located in the foothills a few kilometers out of Cairns, this is a quality park with very good facilities. Pets are allowed, but small dogs only. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Cairns Crystal Cascades Holiday Park 85 km

This good quality park is easily accessible and only about 5 km from the centre of Cairns. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cairns Sunland Leisure Park 86 km

Located in suburban Cairns, this park is easily accessible and is a good base to spend a few days. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Cairnsvilla and Leisure Park 87 km

The park is 4 km from the centre of Cairns, set in a quiet area with beautiful tropical surrounds. It has very good facilities including a mini-mart and a TV room. It is an ideal park for a holiday.... Find out more

Big4 Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort 91 km

Enjoy the excellent facilities of this quality park, on the southern approach to the city 7 km from the centre of Cairns. There is a cafe, free minigolf, tennis and aqua aerobics, and the list continues. Bookings are... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

One of the first and still one of the finest in the booming north Queensland spa scene, this world-famous spa hideaway specialises in therapies and cuisine inspired by the world’s oldest living rainforest and the... Find out more

Daintree Valley Haven

Three well-separated self-catering cabins on a large property in the Daintree River Valley offer a quiet escape for couples, birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts in this hosted accommodation. Swim in the clear swimming... Find out more

Daintree Wild B&B

Stay in a zoo, literally, but in style. This B&B has four rooms with French doors opening onto a patio overlooking a saltwater pool. It is set in 4 hectares of tropical gardens and within the boundaries of the... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa 2 km

If you are in need of some pampering, this is the place to go. With strong and proud links to the Aboriginal heritage of the site – a women’s healing place – the Eco Lodge has 15 sumptuous villas set... Find out more

Daintree Wilderness Lodge, Alexandra Bay 10 km

Set in fan-palm rainforest, the eight bungalows here, accessed by raised boardwalks to protect the forest floor, are partially solar-powered by 20 solar panels, and a biocycle system breaks down all waste on site. As... Find out more

Daintree Rainforest Retreat, near Cow Bay 11 km

When the owners here decided to reduce their carbon footprint by installing 48 solar panels, the generator’s monthly diesel consumption changed from 1600 litres to 200 litres. By revegetating a rainforest on their... Find out more

Kingfisher Park Birdwatcher’s Lodge 38 km

Guaranteed to get keen birdwatchers excited, this eco-accredited establishment at Julatten is renowned as one of the best birdwatching spots north of Cairns, with rare endemic species seen around the pool. For six months... Find out more

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