Explore dense lowland rainforest as it merges into mangrove-lined creek habitat, all from the comfort of a boardwalk.
Meander along Marrja (meaning ‘rainforest’ or ‘jungle’) boardwalk and immerse yourself in dense lowland rainforest. Marvel at the change in sights, sounds and smells as it merges into a muddy mangrove habitat when you cross Noah Creek.
Daintree is home to most of the world's 19 primitive plant families. As you walk, look for signs along the boardwalk that label various plants and trace the evolutionary journey of plants. Spend time peering into the creek to look for fish and possibly eels. At low tide pause to listen to the bustling of crabs and other crustaceans on the muddy banks.
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 Marrja boardwalk 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 42km north along the Cape Tribulation road and pull into the Marrja car park, 6km past Thornton Beach.
- 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 Maarja car park.
Maarja boardwalk is wheelchair accessible with assistance.
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.
- Take care around cassowaries. Stay well away and never 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!
- Crocodiles are potentially dangerous and are found in the park. Be croc-wise in croc country.