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Visitors welcomed back to the Daintree on Monday

Independent day visitors can head north of the Daintree River from 5am on Monday 19 February to see the iconic view from the Alexandra Lookout and visit attractions such as the Daintree Discovery Centre.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen said it was great news that the road would open to Thornton Beach after being closed for more than two months, with only organised tours allowed to take people north of the river in recent weeks.

“Sadly, the public still cannot head further north to Cape Tribulation and our thoughts are with the people who live and work there,” he said.

“After such a long wait for greater access to the Daintree National Park, I encourage accommodation providers to suggest their guests travel north and support the operators who will have faced 65 days without customers.

“There are guided walks, fishing tours, tropical fruit ice creams to taste and crocodile spotting tours open. Please check opening days and times as these vary with some operators starting later in the week.

“The Douglas Shire Card allows locals a free trip on the Daintree Ferry until 28 February and I encourage the community to make the most of this access.

The new road conditions for Alexandra Range to Thornton Beach are:

  • The Daintree Ferry is open from 5am to midnight.
  • Alexandra Range is open with a single lane from 5am to midnight.
  • It is open to vehicles under 12.5 metres in length and less than 25 tonnes.
  • Vehicles towing caravans, trailers or campervans must measure less than 12.5 metres or less than 25 tonnes.
  • Vehicles will be able to stop at the Alexandra Lookout. When leaving the lookout, vehicles will need to wait to join the end of the queue, and this will be under traffic control.

What is open from Monday 19 February


Daintree River Cruises

Food & Beverage


Points of interest

  • Alexandra Lookout
  • Cape Kimberly Beach
  • Cow Bay Beach
  • Thornton Beach

Daintree Tours (south and north of the Daintree River)