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Ferry Cross the Daintree – For Free!

November 9, 2017 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

It’s just five minutes long but the Daintree River Ferry crossing takes travellers to another world – and for the next four months it’s free to regional residents.

The short crossing is the big divide between the magical Daintree region and the rest of the world, and the Douglas Card, available to people living from Cardwell to Cooktown including the Atherton Tablelands, enables free travel on the ferry until February 28.

Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree executive officer Tara Bennett said the card was an enticement to “local” people to see the beauty, adventure and relaxation available in their northern backyard.

“The free ferry ride makes it that much easier for regional residents to pop up for a weekend visit or take a bit more time to enjoy the more than 25 attractions from forest zip lining to croc spotting to night bush walks to

Great Barrier Reef trips,” Ms Bennett said.

The cable powered ferry near the end of the 140-kilometre-long Daintree River is the only way to reach the region by road all year round.

Beyond this river gateway lies the world’s oldest living rainforest, spectacular beaches, unique animals including cassowary and tree kangaroos and numerous river pools and waterfalls to beat the summer heat.

There are also more than 40 places to stay and a number of restaurants and cafes to choose from.

As a further enticement to get out and explore, Ms Bennett said TPDD would be offering one lucky person the chance to win a Digital Detox mini break for two adults valued at more than $2000.

The competition is designed to shake off the stresses of the technology charged world and relax in paradise. Go to to enter.

*The Douglas Card is available from the Douglas Shire Council and residents can apply on its website. The ferry charge is usually $26 return and the free ferry travel is available to private motorists.

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