The Daintree River and Ferry Crossing
The Daintree Rainforest is located 110 kilometers north of Cairns, immediately across the Daintree River. Do not be confused by the terminology, as ‘Daintree ’ is used very broadly. There is frequent reference to the Greater Daintree National Park (stretching from Mossman Gorge to Bloomfield River) and Daintree Village, about 12 km upstream from the ferry crossing, on the south side of the river. But there is only one Daintree Rainforest that can actually provide the undisputed evidence of the oldest surviving rainforest in the world at the meeting place of two World Heritage areas.
There are a number of beautiful beaches within a 30 minute drive of Stonewood Retreat including Cow Bay Beach, Thornton’s Beach, Noah Beach, Coconut Beach, Myall Beach and Cape Tribulation Beach. The nearest of these beaches is Thorntons which is a mere 5 minutes drive north along the main road. Thorntons Beach also has a small cafe called Cafe on the Sea. Rainforest reaches to the edges of all these sandy tropical beaches and most have patches of fringing reef just offshore for those keen on snorkeling or fishing.
Cape Tribulation is located 35 kilometres north of the Daintree River and about 20 minutes drive from Stonewood retreat. It is usually the turn-around point for most day-visitors to the Daintree Rainforest, as 4WD is needed to continue further north.
In 1770, Captain Cook was sailing northward up the east coast of Terra Australis, charting the coastline. Undoubtedly distracted by the awe-inspiring, rainforest-clad beauty of the majestic landscape, he struck the Great Barrier Reef. In his despair, he named the most prominent peak Mt. Sorrow and the nearest headland ‘Cape Tribulation’.