Things To Do

Do nothing, just relax and let the rainforest wash over you or enjoy the array of experiences far North Queensland has on offer.

Just round the corner up the magnificent Whyanbeel valley there are a couple of great eating places, Diane Cilento's Karnak Playhouse and Cafe, also displaying the Hoglund Art Glass and High Falls Farm, a tropical fruit orchard and restaurant perched out over the Whyanbeel Creek. If you’re interested in horticulture, there are some of our most respected tropical plant growers that will share their knowledge with you. The mighty Daintree River is only 20 minutes drive north where you can enjoy the many cruises available or take advantage of local experience and fish this spectacular waterway and see the huge crocodiles basking in the winters sun.

Drive further on to the quaint Daintree Village and enjoy its food and galleries.

You can cross the river on the ferry and enter the Daintree National Park, take a drive to Cape Tribulation and pass through one of the oldest rainforests on the planet. Along the way are many hidden restaurants, cafes and enviourmental walks.

For a little more action, Port Douglas is just 30 minutes south, you can enjoy its diverse cuisine, shopping, Fourmile Beach and Great Barrier Reef Trips, either fishing, diving or snorkelling.

Between the Daintree river and Port Douglas there are three small coastal villages Cooya, Newell and Wonga beaches, here you can walk for miles and miles along beautiful tropical beaches all to yourself. In May every year Port comes alive with Carnivale; two weeks of fun and festivities.

*minutes/mins – refers to average driving time required

Keeping Busy

  • Bird watching
  • Food Tasting
  • Daintree and Port Douglas
  • Fishing, river and estuary, reef fishing and big game
  • Wine tasting
  • Massages are available

Sue has a big network friends in the local area that offer Janbal visitors plenty of options.

Whyanbeel Valley - 10 mins

  • Highfalls farm restaurant and fruit tasting
  • Kanak Playhouse and Cafe
  • Hoglunds glass blowing demonstrations and gallery
  • Whyanbeel Arboretum, garden walks by appointment

Mossman - 15 mins

  • Mossman Sugar Mill Tours (during the harvest season)
  • Hardware, Butcher, Post Office, Hotels, Cafes, Restaurants, Hair Salons, Woolworths Hospital and most general needs
  • Mossman Gorge, boardwalks and guided tours
  • Winery, fruit wine tastings

Daintree Village - 30 mins

  • Assorted River Cruises
  • Daintree Timber Museum
  • Gallery
  • Cafes and Restaurant
  • Daintree Tea House-lunc
  • Daintree Echo Lodge

Daintree River Crossing - 30 mins

  • River Cruises
  • Fishing and photography cruises

Cape Tribulation - 1hr:30mins

  • Cross the River on the ferry and drive to Cape Tribulation through one of the oldest and pristine rainforests on this planet
  • Assorted eating venues from 5 star to Backpackers
  • Cow Bay Hotel
  • Cape Kimberley

Port Douglas - 30 mins

  • Many restaurants, catering for all tastes and budgets
  • Shopping both in town and at the Marina Mirage
  • Reef trips, snorkelling, diving or fishing
  • Game fishing charters
  • Beautiful 4-Mile beach
  • World class golf courses

Between Port Douglas and the Daintree River are 3 small beach towns where you can have the beach to yourselves

  • Cooya - 20 mins
  • Newell - 15 mins Golf course and shop
  • Wonga - 20 mins Service Station and shop


Travel up the Rex Range 5 mins South of Mossman to begin your journey touring the Atherton Tablelands pass through the towns of Mt Malloy, Mareeba, Malanda, Atherton, Milla Milla, Ravenshoe - Coffee, Wineries, Lakes, Quaint Hotels, Birdwatching, Dairies to name just a few!

Sue Bingley’s Rainforest Walks

Guided rainforest walks are available with Janbal owner and qualified nature carer Sue Bingley. Sue has worked as a landscaper in the Douglas Shire for 20 years and lived on the adjacent block to Janbal for 15 years, and has intimate knowledge of the local flora and fauna. This is a must for any guest and a great way to start your stay. Develop an understanding of the wonderful biodiversity of this unique eco system.


Cost: $25 per head, morning and afternoon tea can also be supplied at $12 per person. Click here for more info.

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