For wildlife lovers and birdwatchers, it’s well worth taking the 20km each-way detour from the Mossman-Daintree Rd to tiny Daintree village, set on a plateau of farmland on the Upper Daintree River. Croc-spotting cruises are the main event. Try long-running Crocodile Express; Daintree River Wild Watch, which has informative sunrise birdwatching cruises and sunset photography nature cruises; or Daintree River Cruise Centre.
The boutique ‘banyans’ (treehouses) of Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa sit high in the rainforest a few kilometres south of the village. Nonguests are welcome at its superb Julaymba Restaurant, where the menu makes expert use of local produce.