Area Guide - Essentials

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION    

GETTING AROUND

It is possible to hire a car from the Cape Tribulation Pharmacy. A number of places have bicycles for hire.

At Cape Tribulation, most things are located within walking distance of the centre, and courtesy transfers are usually provided by local tour operators. Further south at Cow Bay, a hire car is recommended.

FOOD AND DRINK

Three small supermarkets can be found on the Daintree Coast - two at Cape Tribulation and one at Cooper Creek.

There are cafes and restaurants scattered throughout the Daintree Coast, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. All resorts have their own restaurants, which are open to the public. All cafes and restaurants on the Daintree Coast are licensed. Mason’s Shop at Cape Tribulation has a take-away alcohol licence. There is also a hotel and bottle shop at Cow Bay.

 

ELECTRICITY
There is no mains electricity north of the Daintree River. Large resort properties usually depend on generators for power, and the smaller properties use alternative energy sources.

INTERNET
Internet access is available at several of the resorts and also at Masons Shop.. Cape Tribulation Resort has an Internet hot spot in the restaurant.


HEALTH
Cow Bay has a health clinic which is open during business hours and staffed by a registered nurse.

There is a pharmacy at Cape Tribulation which has a pharmacist on duty 5 days a week. The closest doctors and hospital can be found at Mossman.

 

CLIMATE - WHEN TO GO

The Wet Season usually arrives for Feb – March – April. Heavy rain may occur at this time, and causeways may be flooded for several hours.

The most popular time to visit the Daintree Coast is July and August and it is recommended that you book your accommodation before arrival.

October – November can often be the best time to visit the area – the sea is usually calm, visitor numbers are less, and the humidity is relatively low.

It can rain at any time during the year, but rain does not stop tours or activities. Most tour operators provide raincoats or umbrellas for visitors who do not have their own.

The closest weather station located at Cairns. View the data:

WHAT TO BRING
Travel light. Bring sunglasses, sunhat and strong shoes for walking. Light casual clothes, a rain jacket or an umbrella, a swimsuit, a long sleeve sweater for June and August. It rarely drops below 14 C at night.

 

MOBILE PHONES
There is no mobile phone coverage on the Daintree Coast.

FUEL
There is one petrol station on the Daintree Coast at Diwan, about 20 minutes drive south of Cape Tribulation.
MONEY
ATMs are located at Cape Tribulation and at Diwan at Rainforest Village. Most businesses accept credit cards.