How far is the Daintree from Port Douglas?

How far is the Daintree from Port Douglas?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 10/08/2021

Reading time: 3 mins

The Daintree Rainforest is one of Australia’s most beloved natural wonderlands: an ancient, sprawling tropical wilderness of gorgeous flora and fascinating fauna!

Crocodile Cruise on the Daintree

Whether you’re taking a guided tour with a member of the Kuku Yalanji people, going on a croc-spotting cruise with an experienced marine biologist or simply lazing around on the sublime Cape Tribulation, the Daintree Rainforest is a beautiful and spectacular place to traverse.

The Daintree is only 55 kilometres from the elegant tropical town of Port Douglas, making it a swift hour and a half drive before you’re right in the thick of this lush habitat, enjoying all the wonder it has to offer…

So, what are some of the amazing experiences that await you in the Daintree? And why should they put this incredible ecosystem around the top of your Aussie travel to-do list?

Let’s take a look below…

Amazing guided tours

The Kuku Yalanji people have lived in the areas surrounding the Daintree for thousands of years, and they provide unforgettable guided tours of the pristine Mossman Gorge (a part of the Daintree). These tours provide valuable insight into Indigenous life in the region, and you’ll leave with a newfound perspective on the local people and their spiritual connection to this most mystifying place.

As well as guided tours, you can also partake in a painting class with a local artist – you get to keep your new artwork!

Croc-spotting tours

The Daintree is known for many things (including being millions of years older than the Amazon!), but one of the things that excite travellers the most is the knowledge that they may just come across the forest, and Australia’s, most fearsome predator – the saltwater crocodile!

But, not to worry, as you will be able to spot these furious feasters from the relative safety of a Daintree croc-spotting cruise! Your knowledgeable guide (and experienced biologist), will point out these salty beasts as well as other incredible animals that live in the national park…

Chill out on Cape Tribulation

Emerge from the dense forest to find yourself on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches: Cape Tribulation. This coastline encapsulates the term “tropical paradise”, with turquoise waters leading onto a sandy beach and lush greenery growing for miles behind it!

You can chill out on the beach or go for an epic walk – it’s all part of your incredible visit to the most astoundingly amazing Daintree Rainforest.

Related article: How many days do you need in Port Douglas?

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.