Daintree is in North Queensland 111 kilometres (69 miles) north of Cairns and 56 kilometres (35 mi)les from Port Douglas, Queensland.


The McDowell Ranges are close by and the Daintree River flows nearby. It takes its name from Richard Daintree, a pioneering geologist of British origin in North Queensland in the 1860s.


The local government area is the Shire of Douglas.