Daintree Ferry
Daintree Ferry
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About
The Daintree River Ferry is a cable ferry that crosses the famous Daintree River. It provides sealed-road access to the northern section of the Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation and allows people to travel onwards to Cape York via the Bloomfield Track. It is the only cable ferry operating within tropical Australia and is situated some 50 kilometres north of Port Douglas. The ferry is is operated by a commercial contractor on behalf of the Douglas Shire Council. It carries a maximum of 27 vehicles and takes about five minutes to cross the river. The Daintree Ferry operates continuously between 5am and midnight, daily.
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HowSoonIsNow3
United States103 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
You must cross this river and thus use this ferry if traveling by car to enter the Daintree rainforest. It's $46 roundtrip for a 5 minute ferry ride. There is nothing scenic nor romantic about it. Cross your fingers that you arrive when there is little traffic. I'd happily pay that amount of money for entry into the rainforest (it is spectacular) to help with upkeep and conservation (there is no charge for entry into the rainforest), but this feels like an utter rip-off. Build a bridge and limit the number of entries each day via tickets if the idea is to reduce the number of visitors.
Written 4 September 2022
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Ryan W
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Couples
This is a rort to control access to the daintree and exploit tourists who are supporting the local economy. We all have paid good money to be here and locals have additionally paid taxes - paying $30 to cross a tiny river is ludicrous. After travelling the world I can say this part of Australia is certainly unique- not for good reason.
Written 21 June 2021
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Keep It Real
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The ferry is small and holds only a few cars at a time. The drive on the North side of the ferry is amazing and worth the ferry ride. The ferry costs $20 round trip for the 5 minute ride which seemed steep, but what do I know about how much it costs to run it? I can't complain since you can't cross the river without it!
Written 30 March 2020
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Rexx F
Melbourne, Australia18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
It's the only way to cross the river, so Pony up the cash and cross. For those complaining about the price, I counted at least 10 staff who did a great job of getting cars on and off the ferry as quickly as possible, it's a smooth operation. A bridge may happen one day, or a second ferry service, this topic has been passionately debated by the Council and the community for years.
Written 21 April 2022
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AmaSteff
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Family
After waiting an hour in the queue, we had barely even moved and still had half a kilometre of traffic to wait in. I can’t imagine how long we would have been waiting so after a long drive to go and see the rainforest we had to just give up on the idea and turn around. So very disappointing - surely a bridge could be built or there could be more than one ferry to cope with the demand? It is ridiculous to be charging people 26 dollars each way when they are having to spend most of their day just waiting for this ferry. We were very disappointed to miss the Daintree but by the time we got over there we would have been out of time anyway.
Written 15 July 2022
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AucklandWiz
Auckland, New Zealand2,185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This is the only way across the Daintree River on the way to Cape Tribulation. It’s all a bit of no fuss Gus as the ferry goes backwards and forwards constantly, so no long waits. It runs on a pulley so nice and quiet also. Wew got a return ticket for about $20 odd dollars from memory.
There are a couple of Crocodile type watch cruises from here also if you want to cut your trip up north up a little.
Written 11 March 2020
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Laura M
Rockhampton, Australia144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I have never been on a car ferry before, so I was very excited to cross the river into the rainforest. It was a very quick process and staff were very efficient. Yes, there was a substantial cost ($45 for a return ticket) so you wouldn't want to make multiple trips across in a short time frame, however, it is a part of the experience of heading into the rainforest and I found it very enjoyable, especially on a clear day with nice weather.
Written 21 September 2022
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robertglas46
Wonga Park, Australia155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We wanted to visit Cape Tribulation during our stay in Port Douglas. Unfortunately we picked a very wet day so we couldn’t do too much. The river crossing is not cheap but it’s effective and gets you to the other end quickly. Coming back there were only 3 cars on the ferry and we crossed in no time. It’s a pity that you have to stay in your car and are not allowed to get out and take some pictures.
Written 2 March 2020
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michael186311
Canterbury, UK521 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I'm not sure why people review a ferry but here goes. We pitched up on spec, we didnt wait long before driving onto the ferry. A smooth ride of about 15 mins is all it takes to get you to the other side and into the Daintree proper.

I certainly wouldn't describe this as a tourist attraction and if you want to get to the other side you have to use it. Rather steep pricing I thought.
Written 16 October 2022
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hhx2_12
Cairns, Australia1,828 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
It's the only way going over the River to Cape Trip.
The crossing takes less than 7 min and waiting time wasn't bad. We were the 5th car going on. But I don't know how long the waiting time will be in peak season and no Covit.
Return ticket is $31 and you can pay with Credit card before going on the ferry, its a drive through Info.
Staff was friendly and when you are lucky you even can see Crocs.
You have to stay in the car all the time.

Toilets were just over the River on the left.
Written 26 September 2020
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