Last Updated 05/11/2021.
Daintree Village lies on the south side of the Daintree River in Far North Queensland. To reach the village when driving north from Port Douglas and Cairns you will need to take a left and not take the turning towards the Daintree Ferry, stay on the Mossman Daintree Road. Daintree Village is about 110 Km north of Cairns, 35km north of Mossman, 55Km north of Port Douglas. The Daintree Rainforest really starts for drivers on the other side of the river, once you get off the ferry by car, then you will be heading into the Cape Tribulation part of the Daintree National Park. A collection of photos from Daintree Village and tourist information, to convince you to visit.
It’s a very pleasant drive (just off The Great Barrier Reef Drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation) to this little village and here you will find accommodation options including fairly expensive hotels, B&Bs and camping facilities. There are small shops, a tour booking desk and a couple of cafes for visitors. Daintree Village is undoubtedly a very pleasant place to spend a day or two and there are a few things to do in the village and nearby, using Daintree Village as a base. It’s a lovely spot to sit and admire the view, soak up the tranquility or maybe take some pleasant walks.
Daintree River Tours
Crocodile spotting tours depart from the jetty below Daintree Village and this is a very good place to see salt water crocodiles if you didn’t get a chance to take a Lady Douglas River Cruise in Port Douglas.
We have taken croc spotting tours from Daintree village a few times now and we’ve seen some very interesting birds and reptiles. This trip isn’t just for the crocodiles. You probably won’t see as many as in The Northern Territory, but we’ve always seen crocs on both The Lady Douglas and the Daintree River tours.
Daintree Village History
This part of the world was originally settled by timber cutters back in the 1870s. The red cedars of the region were highly prized and this industry burnt itself out. A woodcrafts store in the village pays testament to Daintree Village’s logging history.
After the loggers dairy farming came to the region.
Daintree Village Today
The red cedar cutters are long gone. Today the main focus of the village is tourism along with cattle farming. On the outskirts of the village you’ll likely see beef cattle, the traditional brahman cattle of the tropics. Even the livestock has to be adapted for tropical living.
The “Big Barra” is a tourist draw for local tourists on the hunt for a photo opportunity with Australia’s “big things”. They’ve moved it, it’s on the grass now. I seem to remember it used to be on the roof of a woodworking shop adjacent to its current location. Can anyone confirm that?
There are a few interesting little shops to take a look at in Daintree Village, including gifts and local artwork. The Croc Express Cafe is a quaint little spot to enjoy a lunch or snack, we recommend their cakes, coffee, and toasted sandwiches.
Hotels and Other Accommodation in or Near Daintree Village
There are quite a few places to stay in Daintree Village or nearby. As I doubt many people come up here without a car, motorbike or other transport, being right in the center of town probably doesn’t matter too much. My husband cycles here by bike from Port Douglas, it’s about 50 km one way. Accommodation options include:
- Daintree Village Hideaway
- Daintree Riverview Lodges
- Daintree Village Bed and Breakfast
- Red Mill House in Daintree
- Egret’s Rest
- Cloud 9
- Janbal Retreat
- Daintree Ecolodge
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Should You Visit
Daintree Village is well worth a look if you’re holidaying in Port Douglas or taking a north Queensland roadtrip. It would be lovely to experience some of the more interesting hotels and lodges up here, I’ve heard good things but we can’t vouch for them ourselves as yet. When we do, we’ll add our reviews to this post.