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Frequently asked questions on Cape Tribulation and the Daintree


Below is a list of frequently asked questions about Cape Tribulation, the Daintree and Rainforest Hideaway, please see if your question is there and if not, feel free to email me with your questions!


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Off grid eco accommodation in the Daintree

Frequently asked questions:


Do we need a four wheel drive?

NO. if you are only going as far as Cape Tribulation you will not need a four wheel drive, only if you plan to head further north on the coast road on the Bloomfield Track you will need one.
In the wet season a four wheel drive can sometimes come out handy when water flows over the causeways in very heavy rain, a bit of extra clearance from the road can make the difference between being able to get through or having to wait a few hours for water levels to recede.
The local council finally managed to seal the road all the way to Cape Tribulation by Easter 2002, it had taken them ten years to lay 36km. of bitumen

How do we get there?

For info on bustransport and links to online hire car reservations click here.

For maps and driving directions click here.

Cooking facilities?

Yes all our three accommodation have gas stoves, utensils and table setting for two.

Groceries can be purchased either in Mossman Woolworths or Coles in Port Douglas. Locally there is a Friendly Grocer and Mason's Store at Cape Tribulaton and Rainforest Village Shop at Diwan.

The Daintree river Ferry ?

On the highway turn right at this sign

Cars entering the Daintree river ferry

To reach Cape Tribulation you will have to cross the Daintree river with the cable ferry.
This ferry runs up and down continuously from 6 am till midnight seven days a week.
The current return fare in 2021 is $33.- per car. Keep yourself and especially the kids away from the water's edge if you wait here, crocodiles are quick and strong enough to drag horses in to the water so a child is an easy snack.

How far is Rainforest Hideaway from the beach?

The beach is straight down the road, to walk it will take you about 20 minutes, in a car no time at all, see this map

Cancellation policy

Click here to read the cancellation policy.


Can we bring children, do you supply extra beds or cots?

Unfortunately our accommodation is not suitable for children under 12 years. We only cater for two persons in each cabin and the treehouse and are not able to supply extra beds or cots.

Check-in and check-out time?

Check in is from 14:00 till 18:00, please get in touch with us if you intend to arrive very early or very late.

Check-out is at 10.00 am.


Air-conditioners, TVs, DVD players, hair dryers etc

We have fans in all our rooms. We are unable to provide air conditioning or TV due to our being off grid. You ar also unable to use any high powered items like hair dryers and toasters in the rooms

Tour bookings / trips to the Great Barrier Reef?

There is quite a choice of different tours from Cape Tribulation, your host Shane is happy to advise you on the most suitable ones for you and to book any of these for you, either on arrival or in advance if you want to be assured of a place on the tour.
More info on the tours here, feel free to email me for any more info.

Internet / Wifi

Wifi is available to the cabins close to the reception area. No wifi at the Treehouse however your mobile will work out there so feel free to use your own mobile data or mobile internet.

Mobile phone reception

Since October 2020 we have mobile reception here at Cape Trib - as long as you are on the Optus or Telstra network.

Dangerous animals

This is the safest rainforest in the world! Poisonous snakes prefer open grassland and not the rainforest, and the only two species of poisonous spiders in Australia, the funnelweb and redback, do not live around here. So it is actually more dangerous to stay in Sydney with its funnelwebs than in the jungle of Cape Tribulation.
In the water you have to be a bit more careful, from November till May there can be box jellyfish that can deliver painful, potentially fatal stings, so then you are better off swimming in one of the crystal clear creek swimming holes around Cape Tribulation.

This page is still under construction and more will be added soon.