The journey from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is
officially known as the Great
Barrier Reef Drive, to recognize the outstanding scenery along
the way, where else in the world could you see two World Heritage
listed National Parks, a long string of deserted tropical beaches
and indigenous Aboriginal culture all in an easy 140 km?
From the Smithfield roundabout on the north side of Cairns
simply follow the brown coconut tree signs
From Cairns: find Sheridan Street,
the main road that goes through all of Cairns, and start heading
north, Sheridan St. becomes the Cook Highway.
From Cairns airport or Port Douglas: turn right
when you get to the highway and head north.
On the north side of Cairns you will go through at least a dozen
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 or the brown coconut tree signs of the Great
Barrier Ref Drive.
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 heading 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;
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.
Once you are across 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 cassowary.
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".
About 200 metres past this welcome sign turn left into Camelot
Close, there is a sign on the corner pointing to Rainforest Hideaway.
If you arrive at night keep an eye out for the Ferntree Resort
sign, this is the only one lit up on this corner.
Proceed up Camelot Close past the Dragonfly and Ferntree until
you see the sign Rainforest Hideaway and the frog mailbox on your
This sign will tell you that you have arrived in Cape Tribulation.
Because there is no main street with shops some people drive
200 metres further you will see this sign on your left on
the corner of Camelot Close, at night the Ferntree sign
next to this is lit up.
Turn left here.
Proceed up Camelot Close until you see this mailbox on your