Tidal information is given with the TV Weather on WIN News, nightly at 6:00 on Channel 9
The tides at the Daintree
River Mouth (Wonga Beach) are much the same as Port Douglas and very similar to
Cairns, being north of the tidal node (Mackay) the range is slightly less and they occur slightly later.
The Cairns Post and the Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette also have tidal information.
There are give-away tide tables. Caltex Wonga Beach
& Daintree Store usually have a supply.
The Queensland Department of Transport also produces a tide table book which is available from book stores and news-agents throughout Queensland.
The Daintree River is tidal up to the CREB Track more than 30 kms from the river mouth. Using Cairns tide as a base, tides occur later in the river. In the dry season use this as a guide only: Ferry 1 hour behind, Barratt Creek 2 hours behind, Daintree Village 3 hours behind.
Tides have an
effect on what wildlife you see in the Daintree River especially crocodiles. On
a high tide you cannot see into the tidal zone where the crocodiles are. Tour
boats can be restricted in where they can go at low tide but can range much
further on high tides. The tidal range can be just under 3 metres. These tides occur on the new and full moons. In between then are the neap tides with little range.
DAINTREE WEATHER PATTERNS Despite being well inside the Tropic of Capricorn
(Lat 16° South for Daintree as to 23.5° South for the Tropic of
Capricorn) Daintree has near temperate seasons or at least they are referred to
in that way. The bulk of our visitors will visit in our winter and spring.
Winter here is very pleasant, that is why people come and sometimes stay,
but it punctuated by the cyclic and predictable South-East Trade Winds. These
winds are worth taking notice of for wildlife viewing and also visits to the
Great Barrier Reef because they can be quite strong. For wildlife viewing windy
conditions are the amongst the most harmful and those windy conditions can be
avoided in the Daintree by going out before they arrive. This means early
morning at dawn and to a certain extent at dusk as the winds drop back again. Spring here is also very pleasant but by the time summer arrives it will
become un-bearably hot through the middle of the day. So for wildlife viewing
dawn and dusk become the best time of day for the lack of wind but also to avoid
the hot conditions in the middle of the day. Summer is hot here and visitors tend to stay away. Autumn is the Cyclone season. Statistically there will be two tropical
cyclones form out in the Coral Sea each year.