The coast road is considered the more scenic of the two routes, especially 4WD is highly recommended.
Leaving Cairns you travel north to the Daintree River, cross the river via ferry (there is a fee, $18 one way), then continue through the Daintree Wet Tropics rainforest to Cape Tribulation.
After Cape Tribulation the road becomes 4WD and climbs over the range (very steep with rocky creeks to cross) for 32kms until Bloomfield, cross the Bloomfield River bridge at Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Community and travel the now sealed road north through Ayton and along the edge of Cedar Bay National Park before reaching Rossville.
Turn right at the centre of Rossville into River Road for the 3kms to Home Rule Rainforest Lodge. The scenery is spectacular all the way! Please be careful of the wildlife on the road.
This road is 100kms longer than the coastal road, however is a similar in travel time.
This sealed road is easy access for all vehicles. From Cairns take the road to Mareeba via the Kuranda Range.
From Mareeba head to Mt Molloy and take the Mulligan Highway through Mt Carbine and past the Palmer River Roadhouse to Lakeland.
At Lakeland continue along the Cooktown Developmental Road/Mulligan Highway, past Little Annan Gorge, as far as the right turn into the coast road, Shiptons Flat Road, just before Black Mountain National Park.
Travel south along the Shiptons Flat Road past the historic Lion’s Den Hotel (4kms) to the Bloomfield track to Rossville (9kms). At the centre of Rossville, left turn into River Road for the 3kms to Home Rule Rainforest Lodge and the Festival grounds.
This 3kms is a gravel road but not 4WD only.
Drive safe any road you take, enjoy the surrounding and be careful to wild life!