Cairns to Daintree

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesCairns
DifficultyDifficulty 1/5
Suitable For4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance110.49 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed66.45 km/hr
Travel Time1 hr 39 mins
Page Updated: 1 Nov 2013


The Daintree Village is a small settlement located 12km upstream from the Daintree River ferry crossing. If you're driving to Cape Tribulation you'll turn off before reaching the quaint village so its a little off the main tourist route. For 4WD adventurers looking for the start of the CREB Track, you'll need to come this way however as the start of the CREB is the Upper Daintree Crossing, which is just 9km further on past Daintree Village. The area is a wonderful place for a quiet overnight stay with many birds, frogs, and butterflies to delight the senses.

Using this trek note, you'll drive north from Cairns along the Captain Cook Highway, passing Port Douglas, and onto Mossman, so you could also take a side trip to Mossman Gorge or Wonga Beach on the way.

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Daintree Village was settled during the 1880s to provide services for the timber workers and dairy farmers. For the next 50 years the only means of getting supplies in and out of the Daintree Village was via the Daintree River, as there was no road up from Cairns. In 1933 the road to Mossman was opened which included putting a bridge across Barratt Creek.

Today the Daintree Village is home to around 100 people, with a 15-student school. It is the farming and tourism industries that sustain the town.


MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel SymbolWonga Beach.
4cyl 16 litres4cyl 18 litres4cyl 22 litres
6cyl 17 litres6cyl 20 litres6cyl 19 litres
8cyl 17 litres8cyl 18 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

Closest Climatic Station

Low Isles Lighthouse
Distance from Trek Mid Point 22.59km N
Mean Max. °C32.231.730.829.427.625.925.526.728.530.431.732.3
Mean Min. °C25.525.525.124.122.821.220.420.721.923.224.525.3
Mean Rain mm401.3418.9435.8230.798.862.335.637.236.945.591.1210.0
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

Services & Supplies

The following locations have various services And supplies:Wonga Beach


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Cairns to Captain Cook Hwy & Yorkeys Knob Rd
Driving: 11.45 km
Heading: 320°
Avg Speed: 53.42 km/hr
EST Time: 12:51
Captain Cook Hwy & Yorkeys Knob Rd to Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Driving: 0.59 km
Heading: 278°
Avg Speed: 47.28 km/hr
EST Time: 00:44
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to Ellis Beach
Driving: 16.84 km
Heading: 338°
Avg Speed: 57.56 km/hr
EST Time: 17:33
Ellis Beach to Pebbly Beach
Driving: 23.44 km
Heading: 318°
Avg Speed: 59.75 km/hr
EST Time: 23:32
Pebbly Beach to Captain Cook Hwy & Port Douglas Rd
Driving: 8.72 km
Heading: 318°
Avg Speed: 71.92 km/hr
EST Time: 07:16
Captain Cook Hwy & Port Douglas Rd to Mossman
Driving: 13.59 km
Heading: 309°
Avg Speed: 76.47 km/hr
EST Time: 10:39
Mossman to Dayman (Rocky) Point
Driving: 12.94 km
Heading: 31°
Avg Speed: 74.42 km/hr
EST Time: 10:25
Dayman (Rocky) Point to Wonga Beach
Driving: 4.96 km
Heading: 355°
Avg Speed: 69.95 km/hr
EST Time: 04:15
Wonga Beach to Junction Mossman-Daintree Rd & Cape Tribulation Rd
Driving: 8.23 km
Heading: 330°
Avg Speed: 89.07 km/hr
EST Time: 05:32
Junction Mossman-Daintree Rd & Cape Tribulation Rd to Daintree
Driving: 9.73 km
Heading: 301°
Avg Speed: 64.7 km/hr
EST Time: 09:01
Distance is GPS recorded distance based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.


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