Ocean Safari, Safari Lodge & Turtle Rock Cafe
The Ocean Safari office is located at The Turtle Rock Cafe, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia.
The drive north from Cairns or Port Douglas over the Daintree River and through the world heritage rainforest to Cape Tribulation is an unforgettable journey. Driving yourself in a car or campervan is the one of the best ways to leisurely explore this area. Following are approximate driving times from Cairns:
From Cairns to Port Douglas – 60 minutes
From Port Douglas to Mossman – 15 minutes
From Mossman to Wonga Beach – 20 minutes
From Wonga Beach to either South of Daintree Ferry or Daintree Village – 15-20 min
From North of Ferry to Cow Bay/Diwan – 15-20 min
From Cow Bay/Diwan to Cape Tribulation – 20-25 min
The Daintree ferry is the only way to cross the Daintree River and operates daily from 6am to midnight except Christmas Day (limited hours). The crossing takes about 10 minutes but there can be waiting times, especially during peak season (July to September). During these months the busiest hours tend to be mid morning to lunchtime, going north, and between mid afternoon and about 5 pm returning south. The cost is $24 return, however if you are staying for a while there is a multi-day pass for $48, allowing for 5 return trips. Please be aware that ATM facilities only operate between 8 am and 5.30 pm and outside these times it is cash only.
People travelling in Jucy, Apollo, Wicked or other campervans will enjoy staying at Safari Lodge. Offering campsites in the tropical jungle, it is the perfect base for guests with their own transport, opening up a world of activities and allowing for more exploration between Cape Tribulation and the ferry. People travelling in cars will find the Safari Lodge Huts a great place to stay, play and explore this famous region. Visit Destination Daintree for more information on how to get here and self drive itineraries, or download their visitor map.
Ocean Safari is included in some fantastic packages departing from Cairns. Active Tropics Explorer offers day tours and overnight tours with Ocean Safari as an optional add on, or opt for a package including overnight accommodation and an Ocean Safari tour.
Jungle Tours offers overnight tours with Ocean Safari as an optional add on. Choose from a range of packages including the Rainforest Meets the Reef package, Go Wild 2 Days/1 Night or the Go Wild 3 Days/2 Nights and add on an Ocean Safari tour for the ultimate reef and rainforest experience!
Tropic Wings offers a Cape Tribulation and Daintree Overnight Experience which also offers Ocean Safari as an optional activity.
The Cape Trib Adventure Bus provides transfers from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation from Monday to Friday, leaving Port Douglas at 8.30 am and arriving at Cape Trib at 10.30am, offering the perfect option for guests wishing to spend some time in Cape Tribulation before venturing out to the Great Barrier Reef with us on our afternoon tour. The bus then returns to Port Douglas on completion of the Ocean Safari tour. The return fare is $100 return and trips do not have to be taken on the same day. Bookings can be made by calling 0488 425 968 or contact us to make a booking for you! Download their brochure here.
Trans North operates a Coastal service between Cairns to Cooktown, which includes stops in Cape Tribulation. Leaving Cairns you travel north to Port Douglas and Mossman with stunning coastal scenery along the way. Soon after leaving Mossman you will cross the Daintree River on the ferry and continue north through the world renowned Daintree Rainforest, travelling through the Cow Bay before arriving at Cape Tribulation. Bookings for these services can be made by phoning (07) 4095 8644 during office hours. Download the timetable here (please note timetable is subject to change).