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Top 4 must see beaches in the Daintree

The Daintree is lucky enough to have some of the most beautiful and pristine white sandy beaches in the world. It is the only place in the world where two World Heritage sites meet – the Daintree Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef. We’ve put together some of our favourite spots for you to explore and if you’re lucky enough you might even have the beach to yourself.

1 – Cape Kimberly Beach


Photography by Georgie at Jungle Surfing

Cape Kimberley is 7.5kms from the Daintree Ferry, nestled 10 minutes drive down a dirt road. This beach is lined with an array of tropical shells and drift wood but please respect the park rules and don’t remove anything other than your own rubbish. Snapper Island directly opposite the beach gets its name from being the shape of a crocodiles mouth.

2 – Cow Bay Beach


Photography with chandkatie on IG

Cow Bay Beach is situated 17kms north of the Daintree Ferry and is a very popular spot with the locals. On a clear day you can get amazing views of the mountain rand Thornton’s Peak. With 3 secluded beaches to choose from, it’s the perfect spot to spend a few hours or even a day.

3 – Thornton’s Beach


Photography by hey_jude_fnq on IG

One of the most picture postcard beaches in the Daintree, situated 18kms north of the Daintree Ferry and has direct access from the main road. Take a stroll on this white sandy beach, admire Struck Rock Island and stop for a coffee at the beach front cafe.

4 – Cape Tribulation Beaches


Photo taken by kats_tracks on IG

Cape Tribulation Beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the area and is situated at the most northern point of the Daintree (35kms north of the Daintree Ferry). Keep your eyes peeled for turtles in the fringing reef and make sure you take a walk up to the lookout point to admire the stunning rainforest and sea views.

More information and directions on how to get here to the Daintree in the map below

Crocodiles habitat the Daintree area so please be careful. For more information on how to be croc-wise please visit

Enjoy your time in the Daintree!

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