Where do you stop between Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas?

Where do you stop between Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/07/2023

Reading time: 3 mins

Cape Tribulation is where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Port Douglas is a beautiful seaside town. And there is a lot to explore in between!

Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas are almost a two hour drive from each other. Between the two amazing places, there is so much to stop and see on the way. You can see the ancient Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge.

Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest tropical lowland rainforest in the world. The rainforest is about 180 million years old, that’s even older than the Amazon Rainforest! A way to explore the Daintree Rainforest is the Jindalba boardwalk. You’ll be walking through the lush ancient rainforest for about 45 minutes.

Alexandra Lookout

Alexandra Lookout is worth stopping to check out for the scenery! There are views of the Daintree Rainforest and the coastline where the forest meets the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll even be able to see the Daintree River below as it makes its way through the rainforest. If the sky is clear, you’ll be able to see Double Island in the distance.

Daintree River

The Daintree River weaves its way through the Daintree Rainforest. There is a fantastic cruise that takes you through the Daintree River. This cruise can go between an hour to an hour and a half while you relax and take in the surroundings. Keep watch of the water and riverbanks for any crocodiles too! There’s much wildlife that calls the river and rainforest home, but it’s not guaranteed what you’ll see.

Mossman Gorge

As you’re approaching close to Port Douglas, you can stop at Mossman Gorge. There is a cultural centre where you can learn more about the Kuku Yalanji land and culture. Mossman Gorge is part of the Daintree Rainforest, so it’s another way to explore more of the rainforest.

There are bushwalks at Mossman Gorge for you to explore the area. You can do the walk on your own or have a local Kuku Yalanji show you around. Or if you prefer swimming, there are pools in the area. It’s great to take a quick dip in the water after doing one of the bushwalks!

A great way to see some of these places is the tour of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest. It’s a great way to spend a day seeing some of the most scenic areas in Queensland.

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.