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Self drive tour

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Self drive tour


After much reading and research today we have decided during our stay in Port Douglas in October that we are going to make the most of our car hire and do a "self tour" to Daintree. Does the below sound do-able?

Leave Port Douglas hotel early morning and drive to Mossman Gorge, park up and do the hour self guide walking tour.

Leave Mossman Gorge and drive to Daintree Village, get some ice cream from the famous ice cream shop and then get on a daintree river cruise for 1+ hours.

After the river cruise cross the river by the car ferry and take a drive along the sealed roads leading up to Cape Tribulation, stopping off along the way at various view points and look out spots.

Head back to Daintree Village for a spot of dinner and then return to Port Douglas.

What do you think? Is it too much to do in one day? We are not heavily into discovering the rainforest in huge depth (ie - plant types etc etc) but we would love to soak up the scenery and say we have been to such a natural beauty.


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1. Re: Self drive tour

It would be a very long and rushed day. I'd suggest Mossman one day and the daintree the next. The daintree also has some beautiful beaches to check out and there is jungle surfing which is a unique way to see the canopy of the rainforest. It is a beautiful and unique area so rushing through it would be a shame and you would end up rushing if you try to attempt everything in one day. Another option might be do Mossman and then drive to daintree and stay one night then return the next day.

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2. Re: Self drive tour

PD to Cape Trib is around 80km. So the round trip with a few detours will be less than 200km. This is not a national highway and there is a car ferry in the middle. But you shouldn't spend more than 4 hours driving. That will leave plenty of time for what you want to do. I have done this trip several times usually from Cairns (a couple of times from 200km south!) and have never been stressed for time. This is a great day trip to show first time visitors the layout of the area.

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3. Re: Self drive tour

I think what you've suggested is definitely possible as a longish day trip. The roads are easy to navigate and all bitumen.

Mossman Gorge is beautiful and the walks are very easy and short.

Cape Tribulation is stunning and there are boardwalks that take you through the rainforest to the beaches, etc.

There's also gorgeous Cape Tribulation beach, which is worth a stroll along.

If you want to stop for afternoon tea there used to be a little cafe at Thornton Beach that overlooks the water. Very pretty. Try the Daintree tea too. It's so clean and fresh tasting compared to others.

We loved it so much we still order it and have Daintree Tea mail it to us.

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4. Re: Self drive tour

I have done your itinerary above in a day with heaps of time available...we actually had dinner back at PD.

It depends how long you want to do walks for...and not being into all rainforest's "Greens information" then you will comfortably have a wonderful day trip.

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