UNLIMITED free ferry trips across the Daintree River are now on the cards for Far North Queenslanders.
Douglas Shire Council is again offering locals and those living in surrounding regions a chance to register for a ‘Douglas Card’.
Mayor Julia Leu said it was a fantastic opportunity for residents to cross one of the most densely populated mangrove estuaries in the world.
“This is the only cable ferry operating in tropical Australia,” she said.
“The river is surrounded by a beautiful, ancient rainforest and is home to a rich variety of wildlife such as crocodiles, barramundi and turtles.” The Douglas Card is available to residents living in Douglas Shire Council area, Mareeba Shire Council, Tablelands Regional Council, Cairns Regional Council, Cassowary Coast Regional Council and Cook Shire Council.
The card allows free travel on the Daintree Ferry from November 1 until February 28 every year.
“Douglas Card holders can use their cards for years to come during the same period,” she said.
More than 102,000 return trips and 22,000 one-way trips were booked on the ferry during the 2016-17 financial year.
The Douglas Card is restricted to fare categories including Motor Car and Utilities (private use), Pedestrians and Bicycles, and Motorbikes.
The Daintree Ferry operates daily between 6am and midnight.
The ferry, located 50 kilometres north of Port Douglas, can carry up to 27 vehicles and takes about five minutes to cross the river.
It gives access to the northern section of the Daintree National Park and to Cape Tribulation and north.
Douglas Card applicants need to provide photographic identification and additional proof of residency with their application.
Application forms can be found HERE