Stop the bridge across the Daintree River  


A proposed bridge across the Daintree River will fuel further development of the World Heritage value rainforest along the Daintree coast and must be stopped.


  • Currently, the only way to reach the Daintree is by vehicular barge across the Daintree River. 
  • The local authority, Douglas Shire Council is exploring options for a bridge over the Daintree River.
  • A bridge will have an enormous flow-on effect. It will increase the number of vehicles and the hours of the day that they’re on roads. Vehicle strike is a killer of the Southern Cassowary and endangered species critical to the rainforest’s natural ability to regenerate.
  • An increase in traffic will lead to growth in property prices, increased demand for additional services such as energy supply, further fragmentation of highly sensitive ecosystems, and disturbance of terrestrial and aquatic environments.
  • The Daintree Lowland Rainforest in North Queensland is the oldest rainforest on the planet, with an unbroken evolutionary history going back over 120 million years to the first flowering plants. Let's not change that now.


People power has saved the Daintree time and time again and it will this time too. Sign the petition to demand the Douglas Shire Council to dismiss all proposals for a bridge over the Daintree River which will irreparably impact fragile ecosystems and the endangered animals that live within them.

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To Douglas Shire Council


Urgently put a stop to proposals for a bridge across the Daintree River and instead work to protect the region’s natural values.


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Building a bridge over the Daintree River will support further undesirable development. For decades, governments and NGOs have been investing in buying back blocks adjacent to the World Heritage Area to slow down development. And now the Douglas Shire Council has put a bridge back on the table.


A bridge over the Daintree has been floated on and off for decades and has been met with opposition from the local community and conservationists across the world.


A bridge poses a significant threat to the area’s biodiversity. There’s no doubt a bridge brings with it an increase in vehicular traffic to this internationally significant region. With a bridge will come the following impacts:


  • 24-hour access across the river means cars are crossing the river at all times of day and night, putting at risk already endangered wildlife.
  • The construction phase and inevitable road upgrade will disturb sensitive ecosystems, both terrestrial and aquatic.
  • The bridge is likely to increase the number and type of services available to residents and tourists of the Daintree, for example, deliveries and waste services
  • An increase in tourism development will increase road kills of native wildlife, including the endangered Southern Cassowary
  • Expansion to the road network will create an edge effect, opening up the rainforest canopy and further catalyzing the spread of pest plants and animals
  • Tourists currently visit the Daintree for its intact rainforest and genuine wildlife experiences. Additional infrastructure will undermine the region’s natural values


People power has saved the Daintree time and time again and it will this time too. We’re calling on the Douglas Shire Council to put a stop to development in the Daintree once and for all and to cease all proposals exploring a bridge across the Daintree River.




8,565 signatures
  • Veronica Andre
    signed 2024-03-17 15:43:44 +1100
  • Isobella Barker
    signed 2023-08-16 15:05:04 +1000
    Suggest that the Douglas Shire Council set up a visitor permit system [aprox $5/person] at the ferry crossing booth. Keep Nth Daintree to a restricted number of visitor permits on that road to Cape Tribulation per day and suggest Dry season only.

    Also important for Douglas shire council to reduce numbers of visitor vehicles[e.g.wildlife killers] especially because the Bloomfield track is mostly narrow with many hidden obstacles and can be quite treachuress during the spontaneous weather conditions of the Wet Troppics. I.e. it is not a road for the faint hearted nor inexperienced driver.

    Take a leaf our of Bhutan’s environmental & visitor management practices
  • Carolien Haverkamp
    signed 2023-08-15 10:31:30 +1000
    We want to preserve the Cassowaries
  • Kylee Delios
    signed 2023-08-07 22:55:05 +1000
  • Angela Aris
    signed 2023-06-24 16:54:58 +1000
  • Jess Radevski
    signed 2023-06-18 08:40:59 +1000
  • Tony Prout
    signed 2023-06-14 13:38:41 +1000
  • Ajayip Janes
    signed 2023-06-13 15:59:07 +1000
  • Maya Macpherson-Finn
    signed 2023-04-29 16:27:03 +1000
  • Heidi O'Connor
    signed 2023-04-23 16:14:25 +1000
  • Donna Petterd
    signed 2023-03-18 21:45:45 +1100
  • Claire Wilson
    signed 2023-02-11 09:20:24 +1100
  • Sue Lang
    signed 2023-02-04 23:05:34 +1100
  • John Dunn
    signed 2023-02-04 09:15:45 +1100
  • Sharnee Rawson
    signed 2023-01-28 09:56:53 +1100
  • Judy Betteley
    signed via 2023-01-23 10:30:03 +1100
    Do not touch our Daintree Forest. The Government has already done enough damage
  • Kerry Clifford
    signed 2023-01-18 11:06:52 +1100
  • Michelle Lowe
    signed 2022-12-26 14:12:58 +1100
  • Andrew Krassay
    signed 2022-12-06 22:50:56 +1100
    Please do not build this bridge, we need to preserve this precious area. Much more exciting for a tourist to cross over via the barge
  • Kathleen McCaughtrie
    signed 2022-11-21 14:12:21 +1100
    Human development is killing the planet.
  • Tonie Field
    signed 2022-10-23 17:20:09 +1100
    There has to be some places on this planet where the claws of capitalistic short term greed do not extend. The Daintree is such a place and is sacred.
  • Romano Lovric
    signed 2022-09-26 09:23:20 +1000
    Let the world be free. At least for the happiness of others you find your own happiness
  • Bar Thomson
    signed 2022-09-19 09:28:44 +1000
    Any scheme that puts economic growth before sustainability and material development before natural environment is building a road to permanent destruction. Douglas Shire Council, have courage – do something amazing, become a global beacon and role model, champion your unique, vital, beautiful heritage and build no bridge.
  • Luz Chaparro
    signed 2022-09-18 22:34:03 +1000
  • Kellie Gee
    signed 2022-09-06 20:32:16 +1000
  • Jasmine Owen
    signed 2022-08-21 16:39:39 +1000
  • Emma Brook
    signed 2022-08-19 10:51:53 +1000
    I may be young but after doing an assignment on this controversial issue, I am disgusted on how some people just want the bridge to increase tourism. I understand how locals are upset in traffic, but a second, larger and more cost effective ferry would we the better option. Tourism to big in the country and the Daintree too fragile to have to care for us so why aren’t we caring for it? The idea of a bridge is just awful.
  • Sue Strodl
    signed 2022-08-19 07:36:31 +1000
  • Ann Maree OBrien
    signed 2022-08-14 16:17:25 +1000
    Recently Visiting the Daintree, it is obvious that the saving grace to its survival so far, are many contributing factors BUT a major factor is that there is no easy way through and that the traffic is only limited to daytime and restricted hours- essential for the survival of wildlife species such as the cassowary, and physical barriers for feral animals.

    Do NOT Build a Bridge in order to PROTECT this National Park.
  • e e
    signed 2022-08-08 12:10:05 +1000