Daintree National Park Entry Fee (2024)

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There is no entry fee for the Daintree National Park, it is free to enter other than the privatised sections like the Mossman Gorge. There are two main parts of the Daintree National Park, Mossman Gorge is south of the Daintree River, the Daintree Rainforest extends north of the river through Cape Tribulation.

In early 2024 visitors can enter the Daintree north of the river, and some attractions (like the Daintree Discovery Centre) are open, but the road is still closed just north of Thornton Beach. This can change daily if we have more rain. The wet season isn’t over yet. We went up there in February, tours were still running, most of the boardwalks are closed, we could access Cow Bay and Thornton Beach.

Daintree National Park roads creek crossing
A creek crossing within the Daintree National Park

In this post we explain the best ways to visit the Daintree National Park and how much it costs to visit. We also give you a useful map.

Daintree National Park

The Daintree National Park is between 80 and 150 Km north of Cairns, in Tropical North Queensland. (source)

It is easy to enter the Daintree National Park in your car, or to take a guided tour.

Daintree National Park View
A Daintree National Park viewpoint, with a view of the rainforest and the mouth of the Daintree River. This photo was taken at the Alexandra Lookout.

Daintree National Park is Cape York Peninsula Aboriginal Land or CYPAL and is made up of the Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation sections, with the Daintree River and Daintree Village cutting between the two.

Daintree National Park Map

We’ve marked the Daintree National Park’s location on the map here. We’ve added pins for the attractions in the Daintree.

Daintree National Park Admission Fees

While the Daintree National Park is free to visit, there is no admission charge, visitors do need to pay to visit Mossman Gorge, or to use the Daintree River Ferry to cross to the north side of the river.

South of the river you can’t really drive through the Daintree Rainforest, north of the river you can.

North of the river you will find the Daintree Discovery Centre, beautiful unspoiled beaches, designated

boardwalks few natural swimming holes and a scattering of tourist facilities and hotels.

There are crocodiles in the Daintree National Park, so please don’t think these beaches are a good place for a swim. There are swimming holes that are considered safe. You can swim at Port Douglas’s Four Mile Beach, check the status of Stinger Season.

The Daintree National Park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics of Queensland, it was listed in 1988.

How To See Daintree National Park

It is very easy to visit the Daintree National Park from Cairns, Port Douglas, or Palm Cove. If you have your own car you can simply drive up to the ferry, just north of Wonga Beach.

If you prefer to take a tour, we list some of the best ways to see, and experience, the Daintree National Park below.

Daintree National Park Tour Bus
Daintree National Park Tour Bus (Daintree Discovery Tours, our first choice below)

There is no to very little transport in this region, you can’t simply catch a bus to the Daintree and there is no train line north of Cairns. Your best options for visiting the Daintree are below.

Daintree National Park Tours and Tickets

We think the best Great Barrier Reef tour from Port Douglas, is this one.

Daintree Discovery Tours are a good choice as they take you to Mossman Gorge, for a cruise on the river, and to the Daintree north of the river on a day tour. This tour is only available from Port Douglas, people staying in Cairns or Palm Cove can drive up and join the tour in Port. This is a great tour, including an Aboriginal “welcome to country” with the Kuku Yalangi. Book here.

From Cairns, book a full-day tour to Mossman Gorge and Daintree, including an optional river cruise and indigenous experience. Book here.

If you’re staying in Palm Cove, book a full-day tour to Mossman Gorge and the Daintree here.

From Port Douglas you can visit Mossman Gorge without a car, book the shuttle to Mossman Gorge (return) here and enjoy the walkways and freshwater stream independently.

From Port Douglas, book a half-day (morning or afternoon) tour to Mossman Gorge and the Daintree River. This is a cheaper option and great if you’re short of time. Book here.

To book a crocodile and wildlife cruise on the Daintree River, you need this link. for Solar Whisper (near the ferry), or this link for Bruce Belcher Cruises (towards Daintree Village). These two are usually the same price, both are 1 hour cruises.

To take a night walking tour in the Daintree Rainforest, spotting wildlife in the dark, go here. This particular tour is for families with young kids, there is also an adult tour.

It’s also possible to go trekking in the Daintree National Park, look here.

How Much Does it Cost To Visit Daintree Using the Daintree Ferry?

At the time of publication (March 2024) the cost of the Daintree Ferry for a motor vehicle was $47 Au return. You can normally pay this at the ferry itself, or book online.

River ferry to Daintree National Park
What’s the river ferry like to the Daintree National Park? This is it. It’s a drive on drive off ferry, the crossing takes about 10 minutes.

Obviously, these costs can change at any time, so check, and book, at the Ferry’s own website.

How Much Does it Cost To Visit Mossman Gorge?

The admission price for Mossman Gorge is currently $14 Au for an adult. This is actually the cost of the shuttle bus to the gorge from the car park and visitor centre. Visitors are not allowed to go to the Gorge without paying for the shuttle. Children are cheaper, babies, toddlers and infants are free.

Obviously, prices and terms change, please check for yourself at the Mossman Gorge website.

Do You Need a 4×4 or Offroad Vehicle to Enter the Daintree National Park?

Many of the roads within the Daintree National Park are sealed and good. You can drive for a long way into the park without a 4 wheel drive vehicle. There are still a few creek crossings further into the park.

Can You Stay in the Daintree National Park?

Yes, there are various hotels, campsites, lodges, and campgrounds within the Daintree National Park and near the park.

Accommodation options include the award-winning Daintree Eco Lodge (click through to check it out, but this one is expensive!). The Daintree Ecolodge is south of the Daintree River, making it convenient for Port Douglas if you plan to take a reef trip.

A cheaper place to stay in the Daintree is Daintree Heritage Lodge, this place has rainforest cabins at a moderate price point. It gets rave reviews, particularly for it’s natural freshwater swimming hole. See it here. This rainforest lodge also has family rooms.

For more information on the Daintree Rainforest, River, and National Park, hit the “Daintree” tab here.

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Alyson Long
Alyson Long is a British medical scientist who jumped ship to chase dreams. A former Chief Biomedical Scientist at London's West Middlesex Hospital she started in website creation and travel writing in 2011. Alyson is a full-time blogger and travel writer, a published author, and owns several websites. World Travel Family is the biggest. A lifetime of wanderlust and over 6 years of full-time travel, plus a separate 12 month gap year, has given Alyson and the family some travel expert smarts to share with you on this world travel site. Today Alyson still travels extensively to update this site and continue her mission to visit every country, but she's often at home on her farm in Australia.

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