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Work continues to restore the Daintree Ferry schedule to normal times as quickly as possible.
During the past week, no less than six agencies have been liaising closely with residents to map out the best course of action to clear an astonishing 4,300 cubic metres worth of debris with the least impact on travel times.
We appreciate the kind and understanding responses from many locals who understand everyone involved is doing their best in challenging times to meet the needs of the majority.
This is the latest plan which is obviously dependent on the weather:
  • Operations to remove silt and sand will begin overnight on Friday 12 January from 6pm until 5am.
  • This massive task will take 6 days with a dedicated workforce, when normally around 14 days would be allocated to such a big job.
  • The ferry schedule will then return to the regular 5am to midnight service.
Again, we thank those of you who’ve reached out to crews and expressed your gratitude.

It is greatly appreciated by those working hard in oppressive heat and difficult conditions, not to mention the key decision makers many of whom have barely stopped during the past month and always have the broader community’s interests at heart.

Please keep an eye on the Council’s Facebook, disaster dashboard and website for the most accurate and up to date information.

The Daintree Ferry is now open 6am to 6pm but is only available to:

• Locals living north of the Daintree River

• Essential services (road crews, tradies & delivery drivers)

• Tourists with accommodation booked between Forest Creek and Thornton’s Beach (proof of booking is required when boarding the ferry)

• Emergency Services

These restrictions are in line with QPWS’s closure of the Daintree National Park.

If there is an urgent need for someone else to travel on the ferry, a request can be made to Council via or please call 4099 9444.

The ferry is currently cash only – EFTPOS machines are still not back online.

Sand removal of the Daintree River will be completed overnight from this Friday until Thursday 18 January 2023 to ensure the ferry continues to operate.

We’ll provide updates as soon as there are changes to current restrictions.

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