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Car hire from Cairns & Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation

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The drive from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is a very scenic drive

Book your rental car online and have it waiting for you at Cairns airport on arrival! The road from Cairns to Cape Tribulation is now sealed all the way so any normal hire car can make the journey, no need to hire a four wheel drive. Nothing beats the freedom of having your own rental car and stopping when and where you want.

Cape Tribulation is located 140 km. or 2.5 hours from Cairns, and 80km. or 1.5 hours from Port Douglas, at the end of the spectacularly scenic Great Barrier Reef Drive. The Daintree river ferry operates continuously from 6 am till midnight and costs $25.- return. See the maps page for some directions to Cape Tribulation, all car rental offices in Cairns have maps available too.

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When you book through the above websites you are sure you deal with reputable car rental companies, without wanting to discredit smaller local companies, we have received some not too happy customer reviews on Cairns Older Car And Ute Hire.

How to get to Cape Tribulation;

From Cairns: find Sheridan Street, the main road that goes through all of Cairns, and drive north, Sheridan St. becomes the Cook Highway.
From Cairns airport or Port Douglas: turn right when you get to the highway and drive north.
On the north side of Cairns you will go through some roundabouts, if you are new to Australia remember that traffic entering the roundabout gives way to traffic that is already on the roundabout. On these roundabouts follow the signs for Mossman and Port Douglas.
After about one hour from Cairns you will pass Port Douglas on your right hand side, and another 15 minutes or so later you will pass through Mossman.
Keep driving north after Mossman and following the signs to Cape Tribulation. After 20 minutes or so you will see the sign below, indicating you will need to turn right to the ferry.
(You could make a scenic detour in to Daintree Village but don't expect this to be the village in the rainforest, it is surrounded by cleared land with grazing cows, to see the world famous Daintree rainforest you will need to cross the Daintree river on the ferry.

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On the highway about 25km. north of Mossman
turn right at this sign

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Cross the Daintree river on this ferry,
it runs continuously from 6 am till midnight.

After you have crossed the Daintree river it is another 36km. to Cape Tribulation, due to the speed limits and winding roads this can take you close to an hour, even without stops. Keep your speed down to save the wildlife, especially the cassowary.
On arrival in Cape Tribulation you will first see the signs for the Cape Trib shop/info centre, and 500 metre further the sign "Welcome to Cape Tribulation".

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This sign will tell you that you have arrived in Cape Tribulation.
Because there is no main street with shops some people drive straight through!

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