Car hire from Cairns & Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation
The drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is a very scenic drive
Book your rental car online and have it waiting
for you at Cairns airport on arrival! The road from Cairns to Cape Tribulation
is now sealed all the way so any normal hire car can make the journey,
no need to hire a four wheel drive. Nothing beats the freedom of having
your own rental car and stopping when and where you want.
Cape Tribulation is located 140 km. or 2.5 hours from
Cairns, and 80km. or 1.5 hours from Port Douglas, at the end of the
spectacularly scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive. The Daintree river ferry
operates continuously from 6 am till midnight and costs $25.- return.
See the maps page for
some directions to Cape Tribulation, all car rental offices in Cairns
have maps available too.
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How to get to Cape Tribulation;
From Cairns: find Sheridan Street,
the main road that goes through all of Cairns, and drive north,
Sheridan St. becomes the Cook Highway.
From Cairns airport or Port Douglas: turn right
when you get to the highway and drive north.
On the north side of Cairns you will go through some 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.
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 driving north after Mossman and following the signs to
Cape Tribulation. After 20 minutes or so you will see the sign
below, indicating you will need to turn right to the ferry.
(You could make a scenic detour in to Daintree Village but don't
expect this to be the village in the rainforest, it is surrounded
by cleared land with grazing cows, to see the world famous Daintree
rainforest you will need to cross the Daintree river on the
On the highway about 25km. north of Mossman
turn right at this sign
Cross the Daintree river on this ferry,
it runs continuously from 6 am till midnight.
After you have crossed 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
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".
This sign will tell you that you have arrived in Cape Tribulation.
Because there is no main street with shops some people drive
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Office location: 19 Camelot Close, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National
Park, Queensland, Australia.