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  • Location:Cairns, Palm Cove or Port Douglas, Australia
  • Duration:10 - 11 hours

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Experience the wildlife, mountains, sea and rainforest that define the Wet Tropics of Queensland on this diverse full-day tour from Cairns or Port Douglas. Hand-feed kangaroos and observe other native creatures at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, and explore the World Heritage-listed biodiversity of Daintree National Park. Take a guided nature walk through the rain forest of Mossman Gorge, savor a delicious lunch at Cape Tribulation, swim in the Coral Sea and cruise down the beautiful Daintree River during a fantastic day of exploration.


  • Full-day tour to Daintree National Park including Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation, from Cairns
  • Visit Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas to see koalas, kangaroos and other native animals up close
  • Stop at several locations in UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park
  • Take a guided walk through the rainforest at Mossman Gorge and a 1-hour cruise on the Daintree River
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch at Cape Tribulation Beach House
  • Have time to swim or stroll at gorgeous Cape Tribulation Beach

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The friendly and informative guides make this well-organized tour a stellar experience. See national parks, exotic wildlife and famous beaches on this highly photogenic excursion from Cairns.

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What You Can Expect

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary Day Tour

Rainforest Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary, Port Douglas

Honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1988, Daintree National Park is a great destination for sampling the exceptional biodiversity of the Wet Tropics of Queensland. Your full-day adventure begins with pickup at your Cairns or Port Douglas hotel and a scenic drive north along the rugged Coral Sea coast.

Your first stop is Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, an eco-park where you can observe the unique wildlife of Australia’s rainforest, wetlands and grasslands. Browse the well-designed habitats to observe cassowaries, koalas and crocodiles, and hand-feed friendly kangaroos and wallabies. 

Continue on to Mossman Gorge on the southern border of Daintree National Park. Take a guided nature walk through the rainforest, keeping an eye out for native species like the Ulysses butterfly and Boyd's forest dragon. Observe the lush landscape from platforms above the Mossman River and learn about the customs of local Kuku Yalanji people.

Cross the Daintree River on a ferry, and make your way to Cape Tribulation. Admire spectacular views from Mt Alexandra Lookout, where you can see all the way to the Great Barrier Reef on a clear day. At the Cape Tribulation Beach House, stop for a delicious lunch featuring your choice of steak, locally caught barramundi or a vegetarian option.

After lunch, enjoy leisure time to stroll along the white sandy beaches and boardwalk at Cape Tribulation, swim in a nearby tropical pool or take a dip in the Coral Sea (depending on the season).

Finally, take a 1-hour cruise along the Daintree River, where you can spot saltwater crocodiles, reptiles, exotic birds and butterflies that make their home in the mangrove wetlands. On the return drive south, make one last stop at Rex Lookout before your full-day tour concludes with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Our tour guide was fabulous. He was very informative and really looked after us. This was a great day out seeing Mossman gorge, wildlife park which was excellent and cape tribulation which was absolutely stunning . Unfortunately we didn't see any crocs but it was a lovely boat ride down the river. Would highly recommend this tour. Oh and of course lunch was delicious we had the Barra.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a great time and saw so many different areas on this trip. The weather was perfect and we loved the stop at the Sanctuary where we spent a lot of time hand feeding the kangaroos and wallabies.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had a great time exploring one of the most beautiful places in the world and making new friends!

Adeline B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We enjoyed the tour very much and the Wildlife Sanctuary provided the opportunity to get up close to some of the native wildlife -kanagroo, wallaby, koala, emu, cassowary, alligator, birds etc.
Great lunch as well.

JB Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful day......Daintree rainforest was amazing, great lunch at Cape Tribulation, trip on the Daintree River where we saw some crocodiles.
Our guide Daniel made the day absolutely fantastic for us all...a great big thank you Daniel.

Timothy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent Trip. Got to pet kangaroos at the wildlife place. The beach at Cape Tribulation was amazing and not crowded at all. Even saw a massive 4-5 meter saltwater croc on the river cruise.

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fantastic trip, well organised. Ran sport arrived on time and guides were both knowledgable and friendly

Helen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had an excellent time. Very impressed with everything we saw. Our tour guide Daniel was an absolute delight.

Lucy United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our tour guide Daniel was lovely. Picked us up from our Port Douglas hotel and drove us to the animal sanctuary. A nice touch when he gave us all a pack of biscuits to enjoy as we visited the sanctuary.
Mossman Gorge its beautiful and many of the tourist were swimming in the Gorge. Daniel gave us a guided tour of the area. He was very knowledgeable.
We then travelled to Cape Tribulation beach. The roads on this section of the journey are very uneven. Take travel sickness medication!
Cape Tribulation was a beautiful clean beach and the hotel where we had dinner was very casual. We both opted for the steak option and were very glad. It was delicious. All of the other food also looked lovely.
We then travelled to the Daintree River where we boarded a crocodile spotting boat,after getting some sweets from Daniel. Again the tour guide on this boat the driver was very knowledgeable and took us to see baby crocodiles and a very large male crocodile. We also saw many other creatures including beautiful blue Kingfisher birds and crabs.
Daniel and the bus were waiting for us at the other side of the river and we then travelled back to Port Douglas. He was also taking groups back to Cairns.
I would recommend taking this tour from Port Douglas if you are staying there as it is quite a long journey from Cairns.

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