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DAINTREE hugs the coast and stretches from Cape Tribulation in the north to Mossman in the south. It is bisected by the Daintree River with Daintree Village, up-stream on the southern side. The river can only be crossed by ferry, for a fee, which runs from 6:00am to midnight. Be wary of peak times of mid-morning from the south side. From 1 Nov 2014 for 4 months locals can get a Douglas Card from council for free ferry crossings.
GATEWAY PROJECT Douglas Shire Council has started work on developing a Gateway to Daintree. The first part is landscaping, tree planting, new signs and adding toilets to the area at the public pontoon just before the ferry on the south side of the Daintree River. Daintree Village is not included in the gateway project.
Daintree is a comfortable enough distance from Port Douglas for a day trip but to get the real hang of the place a night or two in Daintree would yield some rewards. How often will one get the priviledge to spend some time in an ancient rainforest? Not all of Daintree is National Park. The main drawcards are; the rainforest, crocodile spotting, birdwatching and botanical aspects.