Are you teaching a class, exploring the environment, or working on a research project? When do you want to visit? Are your dates flexible?
Our station manager will work with you to establish dates and times and what you need to make your visit a success. We'll let you know what you need to do and promise to make it as easy as possible.
Your health and safety is our priority. Ensure that you print and complete the safety induction before visiting the Daintree Rainforest Observatory and bring it with you on the day.
If you're unsure about anything, please let us know.
The trip from the city of Cairns to the Daintree Rainforest Observatory is made by car or bus. The trip is about 138 km (86 miles) and takes around 2½ hours. This trip includes a ferry across the Daintree river. The fee and opening hours for the ferry is described on the ferry service web page. The final part of the trip includes a short section of unpaved road. If you are driving yourself, we recommend printing these driving directions to avoid errors as mobile / cellular phone reception is unavailable during portions of the trip.
When at the Observatory, bear in mind that Internet access is via a satellite link with constrained bandwidth; scientific usage our data connection is prioritised over recreational use. There is no cellular phone reception at the Observatory itself and reception in the nearby townships is limited. We are hours away from hospital services and medicine supply.
The northern Queensland coast is subject to tropical cyclones from November to April, and their occurrence is unpredictable. Cyclones may affect scheduling.
It's a scenic trip to the Daintree Rainforest Observatory but take care as wildlife are in abundance, especially around dawn and dusk. Take care around cassowaries and be aware of native wildlife such as spiders and snakes.
On arrival, visit the main office building and let the Station Manager know that you have arrived.