The pictures depict a beautiful paradise - white sand, blue water, coral reefs; but in reality the beaches at the cape were not nearly as beautiful. Maybe we caught the beach at low tide, but the water appeared brackish and the sand greyish. The signs warning you about stingers and crocodiles rightfully put you off swimming as well. There is no access to the actual tip of the cape and the fact that the rainforest goes straight up to the coast isn't as exciting as it sounds, though a highlight was finding, and eating a ripe coconut. Other than having a quick look, there wasn't much to do.
The drive in a rental car from Cairns is about 2.5 hours and quite pleasant. Organised tours are overpriced. The ferry across a river to gain access to to the last 60 mins of the drive to the cape costs $23 return.
Overall, it was probably not worth the extra hour from the other Daintree attractions. The best part of the day was the earlier stop in Mossman Gorge where you can have a beautiful jungle walk and a dip in a crystal clear, crocodile free stream. If you want to see the Daintree and have a good time, Mossman it pretty much all you need to get it out of your system and avoid having to drive very far.
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