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Daintree Ferry Priority Lane Will Open For Easter Holidays

The Daintree Ferry priority lane will re-open from Monday 5 April  to make it easier for Douglas locals to cross the river during the upcoming Easter holidays.

The Daintree Ferry priority lane will re-open from Monday 5 April 2021  to make it easier for Douglas locals to cross the river during the upcoming Easter holidays.

daintree river crossing

Douglas Shire Council and the Ferry contractors will keep the priority lane open until Sunday 18 April to cater for expected increased traffic over the Daintree River.

The priority lane services Douglas Shire locals who hold a ferry pass / concession card. It operates between 9:00 am and 4:30pm.


The Daintree River Ferry is a cable ferry that crosses the famous Daintree River. It provides sealed-road access to the northern section of the Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation and allows people to travel onwards to Cape York via the Bloomfield Track. It is the only cable ferry operating within tropical Australia and is situated some 50 kilometres north of Port Douglas.

The ferry is is operated by a commercial contractor on behalf of the Douglas Shire Council. It carries a maximum of 27 vehicles and takes about five minutes to cross the river.

The Daintree Ferry operates continuously between 5am and midnight, daily.

Fees for travel on the Daintree ferry are outlined in Daintree Ferry Fees 2020-2021


Daintree Ferry Operating Hours

Operates continuously between 5am & midnight, daily
There is a priority lane for locals & this operates between 9am & 4:30pm during peak season.


Daintree Ferry Fees & Charges

Fees for travel on the Daintree ferry are outlined in Daintree Ferry Fees 2020-2021 above.
EFTPOS is available at all hours.

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