Explore the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest on this diverse full-day tour from Cairns. Take a guided nature walk through some of the oldest rainforests in the world at Mossman Gorge, spot crocs on a cruise down the Daintree River, and stroll on the famous Cape Tribulation Beach. Enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue at a private rainforest retreat and stop for a refreshing snack att he Daintree Ice Cream Company. Port pickup and drop-off and transport in a luxury coach complete this memorable adventure through the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
Visit one of the world's oldest rainforest, Daintree
Thanks to its exceptional biodiversity and ancient history, the Daintree Rainforest was recognized as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Your full-day adventure through the Wet Tropics of Queensland begins with pickup in a luxurious coach. Travel north along a scenic coastal highway while your driver-guide narrates passing attractions.
First, stop at Mossman Gorge Centre for morning tea before taking a guided walk through the rainforest. Learn about the history and wildlife of one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests.
Delve deeper into the rainforest on a cruise down the Daintree River. Learn about the diverse habitats of the surrounding ancient ecosystem, and keep an eye out for exotic birds, tree snakes, and estuarine crocodiles lounging on the riverbanks.
Next, stroll along a tropical creek and enjoy special access to a private rainforest property for a secluded lunch spot. Enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue featuring grilled meats, fish or a vegetarian option served with fresh fruit and salads, topped off with specialty Daintree Tea.
In the afternoon, make your way to Cape Tribulation and stroll along a famous beach where the rainforest stretches all the way to the shores of the Coral Sea. Stop at the Daintree Ice Cream Company for a refreshing afternoon treat and then continue on by coach through the mountainous rainforest of the Alexandra Range, stopping at a lookout to soak up views that stretch all the way to the Coral Sea and Snapper Island.
Return to your original departure point at the conclusion of the tour.
I saw a great deal in one day and left longing for more.
, Aug 2018
The tour is roughly 12 hours. There is much riding, but the guide educates you as sugar cane fields, rivers, and rainforest passes by. The smooth boat ride up the Daintree River was a highlight as we saw occasional snakes, crocodiles, and birds. However, crocs are not lying everywhere; they have to be sought out, but our guide did an excellent job finding them. While walking through the rainforest, there were a great many trees and shrubs to see, but not so many animals, frogs, or insects. Yes, no mosquitos or gnats, but at night they come out, I was told. I would have liked to see more animals and especially frogs, but their absence is not unusual. I have been to two other rainforests--and animals are elusive or found primarily at night.
A meal is included--beef, sausage, and fish ok--but the cole slaw and fruits were very good and the staff very nice. I strongly recommend this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable about economics, environment, and even legislation, yet he was not preachy. I saw a great deal in one day and left longing for more. That is success.
The trip was really good, but the time at Cape Tribulation was a bit of a let down, just walked on the beach for a while and off again. The rainforest is wonderful and the lunch was brilliant !! Would recommend the trip.
Gorgeous vantage points and coastline! Our guide, Allison, was phenomenal. She shared so much information about Cairns, the coast, Daintree and Cape Trib. The lunch was phenomenal, the scenery spectacular and each stop offered a different perspective of the area.
Great tour. Totally recommended but note it will be a long day if you are staying in Cairns CBD.
Brand new bus and very clean, about 25 pax max. Very nice views and pictures opportunities. We didn't see any crocodiles.
The trip was very well organised, we saw a lot in one day without feeling too rushed. The food included was very good. We were picked up in Port Douglas but most of the coach occupants had been picked up at least an hour earlier in Cairns, a very long day for them but just right for us.
Lovely friendly tour guide who knew his stuff and was able to give us lots of great snippets of interesting info throughout the day on a very comfortable 4wd bus. Started with a great trip down the river with amazing photo opportunities of the local bird and wild life and a very knowledgeable local guide - managed to see baby crocs and kingfishers as well as learning lots about the mangroves and river history. The rainforest was wonderfully colourful and a great chance to learn more about the history and plant life - the beaches gave us a lucky quick glimpse of a baby shark - although being stinger season we couldn't paddle - and the lunch stop was in a beautiful remote peaceful forest glade with a great bbq ready and waiting. Morning and afternoon tea also provided meant you were never on the bus for too long - although there are a lot of miles covered. The aboriginal guide was really interesting at the heritage centre and it would have been great to have spent more time with him. Maybe the trip tries to do too much in one day and would be better doing more in one area but overall it was a great day and a real taster of what is there to encourage you to come back! An easy trip suitable for all ages and no special equipment other than a camera needed. I didn't get bitten but some people also used mosquito/fly repellent.
No shop stop ! Some nice food and BBQ, proactive guide, fast driving, we even succeeded in avoiding the rain that day, incredible. The stop in Cape Tribulation was maybe too short but we had plenty of time in Mossman Gorge. The coach is so comfy with its lorry chassis and leather seats. The cruise was enjoyable but I was a bit worry with the 'leaking' of the boat : at high speed, water entered the boat on the right hand side and we had no explanation, quite frightening in a crocodile river...