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  • Location:Cairns or Port Douglas, Australia
  • Duration:11 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Best Cape Tribulation, Daintree River Cruise and Bloomfield Track Small Group Tour

Take a day trip from Cairns or Port Douglas to cruise the Daintree River and explore the Cape Tribulation rainforest. You'll have free time at Cape Tribulation to take a guided walk, drive the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track and go for a swim in the Coral Sea.


  • Day trip to the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation in the Daintree National Park
  • Guided cruise on the Daintree River
  • Informative commentary from your naturalist guide
  • Australian barbecue lunch with wine
  • Free time to explore Cape Tribulation
  • Pickup and drop-off from centrally located Cairns and Port Douglas hotels

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Best Cape Tribulation, Daintree River Cruise and Bloomfield Track Small Group Tour

Daintree River Cruise, Tropical North Queensland

Your naturalist guide will take you north along the scenic route to Mossman, where lush farmland contrasts with coastal scenery as you approach the majestic Daintree River. After a break for morning tea it's all aboard for an informative river cruise. Relax and enjoy the Daintree's splendor as you learn about estuarine crocodiles and mangrove forests, and enjoy nature at its best.

After your cruise you'll ascend the Alexandra Range and pause for panoramic views of the tropical rainforest merging with the Coral Sea. While your lunchtime barbecue with homemade salads and Australian wine is being prepared, you can take the opportunity to swim in a tranquil freshwater stream. You'll spot fish and turtles in the creek, butterflies and exotic birds in the trees, and perhaps see goannas on the forest floor ' all at your luncheon site.

After lunch there is no set timetable or schedule, so throw away your watch and enjoy elevated walks through Cape Tribulation with your experienced guide, with ample time for questions and photographs. Travel along the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track and swim in the Coral Sea at Cape Tribulation (seasonal), where "the Rainforest meets the Reef".

On your return journey there will be a short afternoon refreshment stop where you can pat a kangaroo, have a beer or sip a cup of local tea, feeling fully refreshed from your "Rainforest Experience" at Cape Trib.

Customer Reviews

Karen Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Great tour - our guide, Matt, was very knowledgeable. The tour had a lot of enjoyable different parts to it - thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and tasting the different tropical fruits as well as the swim in the freshwater hole.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The intimate nature of this tour combined to the unique route the tour takes combine for a recommended experience. The buses are low-capacity and the guide was friendly. We took multiple photo opportunity stops and the food provided was good and provided opportunities to try new things.

Hong Kong

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

A lovely day trip to Cape Tribulation. Start with the cruise tour, it is excited to find crocodiles hiding under the water and mangroves where they came in different sizes. The naturalist is good enough to brief the group with the life of crocodiles. Afterwards, it is forest broad walk into Cape Tribulation with another naturalist Cathy. It is very amazing to have her introducing the rainforest and wildlife inhabitants. She is v knowledgeable and has great passion for nature. It is also a v memorable experience to watch her imitating a bird calling in the wild and the bird called back (responding to her call). To Chinese, it is like nature and Cathy are united in one. Isn't is amazing!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Excellent trip! Great narration by the guide. A lot packed into one day, but never felt rushed.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

This was an amazing day. I liked the variety of things to do and the guide really knew is stuff so we learnt a lot about the area we were visiting. Obviously seeing Cape Tribulation was the best bit but I also really enjoyed swimming in the creek and the delicious BBQ lunch.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

john rocks

United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2009

This was a brilliant day even though it was raining; it kept stopping each time we were about to get out. Well worth it.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2013

Tour was great, we seen everything in one day that most would spend a week viewing. Only downfall was not very good airconditioning in the tour bus and the 1 hour trips became uncomfortable.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2011

this tour was not described properly on the web site, and likely would not have taken it



4 star rating: Recommended April 2009

This tour was very good.
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