Jindalba day-use area
Relax with a cuppa or picnic at one of the tables in this large rainforest-fringed day-use area at the foot of Mount Alexandra. Jindalba means ‘foot of the mountain’. Look around you for cryptic leaf-tailed geckos and Boyd's forest dragons clinging on tree trunks, and buff-breasted paradise kingfishers streaming through the canopy.
You may also be lucky enough to see a cassowary but don’t be tempted to share your picnic—be cass-o-wary! Once your energy is restored, set off on the Jindalba boardwalk or circuit track to truly experience this lush lowland rainforest.
This park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, famed for its exceptional natural beauty, outstanding examples of the record of life, evolutionary history and remarkable diversity.
At a glance
Getting there and getting around
The Jindalba day-use area is in the Cape Tribulation section of Daintree National Park, 100–150km north of Cairns.
- From Cairns, drive 104km north along the Captain Cook Highway to the entrance to the Cape Tribulation section of the park at the Daintree River crossing.
- The Daintree ferry operates 6.00am–midnight every day with a reduced service on Christmas Day and occasional breaks in service for mechanical repairs or during flooding.
- From the Daintree ferry, drive 16km north along Cape Tribulation Road then turn right into Tulip Oak Road (8.5km past the Mount Alexandra Lookout),and drive a further 1km to the Jindalba car park.
- Beyond the Daintree River ferry crossing, the Cape Tribulation road is narrow and winding. Drivers should keep left and watch for wildlife, particularly cassowaries.
- Conventional 2WD vehicle access is possible as far as Cape Tribulation, although high clearance is useful and caravans are not recommended.
- North of Cape Tribulation the unsealed road to Bloomfield is suitable only for 4WD vehicles due to steep grades and creek crossings. The road may be closed after heavy rain.
Park in the Jindalba car park.
Jindalba picnic area is wheelchair accessible. On the Jindalba boardwalk, wheelchair access to the creek is possible from the exit end only, near the disabled access parking bays.
When to visit
The park is open 24hrs a day but access to the Cape Tribulation section is limited by the Daintree River ferry, which operates from 6am to midnight every day with a reduced service on Christmas Day and occasional breaks in service for mechanical repairs or during flooding.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
Climate and weather
The Daintree region has one of the wettest climates in Australia. During the wet season, from December to April, there are heavy and frequent downpours. Some areas receive more than 6m of rainfall annually. Maximum temperatures through the wet season range from 27–33°C, with humidity often exceeding 80 per cent. The cooler, drier months from May to September are the best time to visit. The weather is pleasantly warm with reduced humidity. Maximum temperatures average 26°C.
Permits and fees
- If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding, fun run or adventure training, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
Domestic animals are not allowed here.
Staying in touch
Mobile phone coverage
Unreliable. Check with your service provider for more information.
- Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.
Read stay safe and visit with care for important general information about safety, caring for parks and essentials to bring when you visit Queensland’s national parks.
- Drinking water is not provided. Bring your own drinking water.
- Bins are not provided. Please bring rubbish bags, and take all recyclables and rubbish with you when you leave.
- Avoid stinging trees that are found occasionally alongside walking tracks around Cape Tribulation. Beware bites and stings.
- Take care around cassowaries. Stay well away and do not feed them as they can be dangerous. Be cass-o-wary!
- Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.
- Drivers should keep left and watch for wildlife, particularly cassowaries. Be cass-o-wary!