Daintree National Park (CYPAL) Tropical North Queensland

The Cape Tribulation section of Daintree National Park (CYPAL) is where the rainforest meets the reef. Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

Plans for a new Indigenous cultural tourism hub

Celebrating and sharing the unique and diverse culture of the Eastern Kuku Yalanjiwarra people, who are proudly caring for Jalun (reef) and Madja (rainforest). Photo credit: © Tourism and Events Queensland

Be inspired: Experience a feast for your senses at Mossman Gorge

If you’re looking for a cool change in the rainforest that both you and the kids will enjoy, along with an opportunity for a unique cultural experience, look no further than Mossman Gorge in Daintree National Park (CYPAL). Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Be inspired: Explore the tropics in ‘the Wet’—our top 3 ‘must dos’

Dramatic! Exhilarating! Invigorating! The wet season is an exciting time of year to explore the tropics of north Queensland. Photo credit: Paul Curtis © Queensland Government

Be inspired: Grab your boots and adventure outdoors—7 short walks around Cairns and Townsville

‘These boots are made for walkin’ and that’s just what they’ll do…’ If you like the sound of rambling through ancient rainforests, wandering along palm-fringed beaches and clambering around tropical islands, not to mention, spotting awesome wildlife, read on! Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Queensland Government

Things to do

    Image of a humpback whale breaching.

    Look for migrating humpback whales.

    Photo credit: © Queensland Government

    Camping and accommodation

    The only camping area in Daintree National Park (CYPAL) is at Noah Beach camping area, Cape Tribulation section. Camping is not permitted elsewhere in Daintree National Park (CYPAL).

    Other accommodation

    There is a range of holiday accommodation in and around Cairns, Port Douglas, Mossman and Cape Tribulation.

    For more information see the tourism information links.

    Walking

    There are a variety of walks at Daintree National Park (CYPAL). For more information see Journeys.

    Guided tours and talks

    The local Indigenous community offers guided Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks. For more information, see Mossman Gorge Centre.

    At Mossman Gorge, Dreamtime Gorge walks with Kuku Yalanji guides can be booked in advance or phone the Mossman Gorge centre on (07) 4099 7000 for more information. Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat Tours are available from Cooya Beach, phone (07) 4098 3437. Walker Family Tours (Wujal Wujal) can be contacted on (07) 4060 8069.

    For more information see the tourism information links.

    Picnic and day-use areas

    There are a variety of attractions at Daintree National Park (CYPAL). For more information see Attractions.

    Toilets and picnic tables are provided at the Mossman Gorge day use area. Toilets are wheelchair accessible.

    There are picnic areas in the Cape Tribulation section (PDF, 346.8KB) at Jindalba, Dubuji and Kulki. All three sites have toilets and picnic tables.

    Boating and fishing

    Marine waters adjacent to Daintree National Park (CYPAL) are internationally significant and are protected in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Zones in the two marine parks—the Great Barrier Reef Coast and Great Barrier Reef—provide a balanced approach to protecting the marine and intertidal environments while allowing recreational and commercial use. Check zoning information and maps before entering or conducting any activities in the marine parks.

    Fishing is permitted in all tidal creeks in Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park (CYPAL) except Cooper Creek, where fishing is prohibited.
    Fisheries regulations apply—information on bag and size limits, restricted species and seasonal closures is available from Fisheries Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

    Fishing is not permitted in the Mossman River, or any non-tidal creeks in Daintree National Park (CYPAL).

    Dangerous stinging jellyfish (‘stingers’) may be present in the coastal waters at any time, but occur more frequently in the warmer months. If you do enter the water, a full-body lycra suit or equivalent may provide a good measure of protection against stinging jellyfish and sunburn. Remember to be croc wise in croc country. Visit marine stingers for the latest safety and first aid information.

    Viewing wildlife

    Daintree National Park (CYPAL) offers an incredible range of wildlife viewing opportunities, from butterflies and jungle perch to tree kangaroos and cassowaries.

    See the description of the park's natural environment for more details about the diverse wildlife in Daintree National Park (CYPAL).