Self-Drive Adventure From Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation

in Australia

Tour operators ferry travelers between Queensland’s Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation each day, but their services are expensive. The round trip along the famous Daintree Rainforest tends to cost between $150 and $200, including admission to the various attractions along the way, and it passes in the blink of an eye. If you prefer a more leisurely journey that’s kinder on your wallet, why not take the wheel and drive yourself? An Aussie road trip is a wonderful way to discover this part of Queensland.

Start your journey with a hearty breakfast at one of Port Douglas’ popular cafes. The eateries in the dining strip of Macrossen Street, including Cafe Fresq, Cafe Ecco, and Underwraps, all open early enough to serve up your favorite nosh before you set off.

After half an hour in the car you’ll be ready to stretch your legs, and Mossman Gorge provides an ideal opportunity. Parking is free, and a free shuttle bus will take you from there to the national park’s entrance. It’ll take around an hour to explore the park’s hiking trails, and a little longer if you fancy a swim in the river.

From Mossman Gorge, head north towards the Daintree River. The car ferry crosses the river every 15 minutes, and can handle 40 vehicles at a time. Expect to pay around $20 for the return journey. This is the most expensive part of your journey, but it pales in comparison to the prices the tour companies would charge you!

Cape Tribulation, Queensland

Cape Tribulation, Queensland

From there it’s another 30 kilometers to Cape Tribulation, although the winding roads will make it feel much longer. It will take the average driver around three-quarters of an hour to reach the sand, but this beautiful beach is worth the wait. Remember to pack your sunscreen and swimsuit to really take advantage of this unspoiled Queensland paradise!

[Image Source: Tamsin Slater/Flickr]

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