Mount Alexandra Lookout: The view that frames the ocean

Mount Alexandra in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

When you travel across Australia, there will be no doubt you’ll come across many beautiful sites and beaches. If you are road-tripping around it can be easy to simply pass some by and never know they existed. So if you’re driving through from Cairns to the Daintree, I urge you to stop and stretch your legs at the Mount Alexandra Lookout. 

The History

Mount Alexandra is known as Walu Wugirriga by the local indigenous tribes. The name translates as “Look about” and the name couldn’t possibly be any more suited for this area. 

Its believed that Mount Alexandra got her non-indigenous name from Princess Alexandra, a Princess who married King Edward VII in 1863. Those with a keen eye will be able to see that there are many other spots in the area whose non-indigenous names will reference the Danish Princess.

Unlucky photography

While I visited I was fortunate enough to go when it was quiet and could enjoy the space to myself. It was just my tour group and another couple. Unfortunately for me, that couple had a drone and flew it right in the middle of the view. The photo I took at Mount Alexandra became one of my favourites for the entire trip. But later that week when it became my tablet background I got concerned by a small black mark. At first, I mistook it to be an issue with the screen. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be the drone in the centre of my view. Feel free to spot the drone in the photo below. 

Mount Alexandra in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland Australia

The Experience

Going on a tour involves a lot of stopping and starting. Sometimes you stop for a while, and sometimes it’s only for a few minutes. Mount Alexandra is the perfect place for that, there’s something about a beautiful view in the middle of nowhere that keeps bringing me back. A lot of experiences one after the other can be overwhelming. But my mind often goes to the moment just after we took the group photo. Leaning on that fence looking at the river stretch wind through the rainforest and out to sea. It’s easy to see the appeal of ditching city life and moving to the country.

The area doesn’t feel like it was a place that would be crowded with tourists every single day. You won’t find a lot to bring attention to this landmark. There’s simply a small car park with a sign attached to a fenced-off area to give some background information and highlight the view. I loved this, it really feels that they tried to disturb the area as little as possible. By keeping it simple it really lets the view speak for itself. The lookout is just a ten-minute drive from the Daintree River crossing on your way to Cape Tribulation.

I would personally consider Mount Alexandra Lookout an essential stop for any tour of Australia. I really can’t think of a reason why you wouldn’t. Not only does it have to be one of the most beautiful views I’ve ever seen, but it doesn’t cost a penny to visit. If you are driving across Australia there will be many times you pull over to stretch your legs, so why don’t you make one of your stops have a fantastic view?

Mount Alexandra Lookout FAQ’s

How much does Mount Alexandra Lookout cost to visit?

This viewpoint is free to visit. So if you are in the area you have no excuse not to stop off.

How do I get to Mount Alexandra?

The easiest way to book a tour is with Get Your Guide. I have used them on many of my trips and the process is always so easy. They have plenty of options to choose from. I have set up a widget below so you can check availability, I always select the prices in the local currency when I can. Or you can click here and check out more tours. By booking through my widget or link you won’t be charged any extra but I may receive a small commission which helps support the blog.

Is there parking available nearby?

Yes, parking is directly opposite the viewpoint and is free to park.

What time can I visit Mount Alexandra?

Mount Alexandra viewpoint is open 24 hours a day, so you can visit whenever you like. Visit in the day for lush jungles or at night for starry skies.

Is it wheelchair accessible?

Yes, the viewpoint is accessible for wheelchairs too.

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