Delightful and affordable Daintree

Pristine rainforest, cool mountain streams and a surging river, the dramatic Mossman Gorge and the rugged Bloomfield Track ensure a memorable travel experience in Queensland’s Daintree. 

Whether you self-drive (4WD only for the Bloomfield Track) or take a tour, the Daintree connects visitors with nature and with the traditional owners of the region, the Kuku Yalanji people.

The World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park covers 900,000 hectares and starts once you cross the Daintree River on the car ferry, about 80km north of Cairns. The park is comprised of two sections easily accessible to visitors, Mossman Gorge in the south and Daintree Village and Cape Tribulation in the north.


Daintree Village, on the southern banks of the Daintree River, has some lovely little galleries and cafes to explore. The more adventurous can take a croc-spotting tour. Dan Irby’s Mangrove Adventures runs wildlife and bird-watching tours on the Daintree River; the best are the night tours. Tours (two hours for $55) are in a small boat which gives access to hidden tributaries along the river.

The 4WD-only Bloomfield Track winds through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country; don’t miss a stop at Bloomfield Falls, outside Wajul Wajul. At the end of the track, have a drink at the Lion’s Den Hotel (established in 1875), where you can also stay in cabins or the camping ground.    

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Explore Mossman Gorge in the southern part of Daintree National Park. The new world-class visitor centre, Mossman Gorge Centre, owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation and the Mossman Gorge Aboriginal community, provides entry to the spectacular gorge, and has an indigenous art gallery, cafe and souvenir shop.

Rainforest walks with Aboriginal guides are available for an extra cost, giving an insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of the Kuku Yalanji people.  

About 10km north of the Daintree ferry crossing, the Daintree Discovery Centre gives easy access to the rainforest on boardwalks and an aerial walkway to a 23-metre high canopy tower.


Indulge at Daintree EcoLodge & Spa, where the treatments are inspired by local indigenous therapies and the signature treatment is called Walbul-Walbul (the butterfly). 

It’s worth the effort to get to one of the world’s most remote luxury lodges, Bloomfield Lodge. This five-star getaway for a maximum of 34 guests is up-river, accessible only by light plane to an outback airstrip, followed by a boat trip to the lodge (altogether about two hours from Cairns).  It’s a perfect spot if you want to get away from mobile phones and internet access, and the lodge can also organise day trips to the Great Barrier Reef.


Written by Lee Mylne