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Monday 19 February 2024

North of the Daintree reopens for independent tourists

The Daintree region in tropical Far North Queensland is back open to independent travellers after being closed for over two months following damage caused by Tropical Cyclone Jasper.

As of today, day visitors can once again head north of the Daintree River to take in the iconic views from the Alexandra Lookout (above) and visit attractions including the Daintree Discovery Centre.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Mark Olsen said it was great news that the road would open to Thornton Beach after being closed for more than two months, with only organised tours allowed to take people north of the river in recent weeks.

“Sadly the public still cannot head further north to Cape Tribulation and our thoughts are with the people who live and work there,” he said.

“After such a long wait for greater access to the Daintree National Park, I encourage accommodation providers to suggest their guests travel north and support the operators who will have faced 65 days without customers.

“There are guided walks, fishing tours, tropical fruit ice creams to taste and crocodile spotting tours open. Please check opening days and times as these vary with some operators starting later in the week.

“The Douglas Shire Card allows locals a free trip on the Daintree Ferry until February 28, and I encourage the community to make the most of this access."

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