Tropical North Queensland may be most famous for its reef, but some of the area’s greatest treasures are found inland among the ancient coastal rainforest. Your full-day adventure begins with pickup at your Palm Cove, Cairns or Port Douglas hotel and a drive along spectacular coastal roads to Mossman Gorge.
Here, meet your local indigenous guide and set off through the enchanting rainforest on a guided, 1.5-hour nature walk. Learn about the ecosystem through the lens of aboriginal culture as your guide relates dreamtime stories and points out plants used for traditional medicine and bush tucker. Refresh during a tea and damper break while chatting with your guide about local tribal customs. (Please note that the walk is suitable for all fitness levels but is not handicap accessible.)
Next, take a short tour through the historic sugar town of Mossman on the way to lunch at Silky Oaks Lodge, a luxurious resort tucked away on the banks of the Mossman Gorge River. Dine on fresh fish and local produce, served in the riverside Treehouse Restaurant. Vegetarian options are also available.
In the afternoon, delve deeper into the ancient rainforest with a 1-hour cruise down the Daintree River. Learn about the forest’s exceptional biodiversity and keep an eye out for tree snakes, tropical birds and saltwater crocodiles lurking just below the surface!
Finally, take a spin through Port Douglas and learn how this historic fishing village has become a popular holiday destination. Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off back at your hotel in the early evening.