Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Tours

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Wet, green, and laden with some of the world’s most bio diverse wildlife, the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is the oldest rainforest on Earth. Amongst these marshes filled with saltwater crocodiles and valleys punctuated by waterfalls, are species of plants that have existed since Australia and Antarctica were joined one. Thanks to the exceptionally harsh terrain, parts of the area are completely untouched by outside human development, and the ecosystem exists in much the same way as it has for 100 million years. Nevertheless, despite the remote and rugged nature of this vast swath of forest, there are still a few places where visitors can experience its wealth of natural beauty. In the heart of the Daintree River Valley, tour the rainforest as it runs right up to meet the Great Barrier Reef, or soar through trees at Cape Tribulation on a jungle canopy tour. In the sultry innards of Girrungan National Park, you can glimpse the power of Wallaman Falls—the highest waterfall in Australia—before setting out on a five-day trek on the Wet Tropics Great Walk. In total, the heritage area is approximately three times the size of the state of Rhode Island, and encompasses 19 national parks and hundreds of miles of hiking trails. It’s a place of adventure, a place of silence, and filled with fascinating wildlife, and a spot that every visitor should experience in Queensland’s tropical north.

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The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area spans over 2.2 million acres from just north of Townsville to just south of Cooktown. Driving time between the two cities is just short of eight hours. On average, December-March is rainy and hot, with August-November usually being the most comfortable time to visit.
Address: Grafton St & Hartley St, Cairns City QLD 4870, Australia
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Half-Day ATV 4-Wheel Buggy Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns

Enjoy the thrill of off-roading on your own all-terrain vehicle (ATV) in the tropical rainforest near Cairns. It’s easy to learn the basics of driving your ATV ‘buggy’ by following the instructions of your experienced guide. Soon you'll expertly navigate the hills, creek crossings and other terrain. You’ll also get close views of cassowaries, a colorful native Australian bird that stands about five feet (1.6 meters) tall. Be prepared to get muddy during this morning or afternoon half-day tour from Cairns.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Half-Day Rainforest Hummer Day Trip from Cairns

Explore the the lush tropical rainforest near Cairns in a rugged Hummer 4WD vehicle that can handle rough terrain where other vehicles falter. Enjoy a thrilling ride with an experienced driver-guide who zooms across creeks, rumbles up steep hills and cruises through orchards. Keep your camera handy for views of the rainforest and a close up with a cassowary, the tall and colorful native Australian bird. Choose either a morning or afternoon half-day tour that includes hotel pickup and drop-off in Cairns.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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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.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

Experience the fun and thrills of a half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Barron River, located just 20 minutes north of Cairns. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics as you raft through stunning terrain, including highlights such as Barron Falls. Your expert guide provides all necessary rafting equipment and paddling instruction for the 2-hour rafting trip, you simply bring clothes that can get wet. No experience needed for this fun and safe rafting excursion. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns and the Northern Beaches.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park Half Day Rainforest and Waterfall 4WD Tour from Cairns

Experience Australia’s natural beauty up-close on a thrilling 5-hour 4WD adventure from Cairns. Venture off-road in the Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park, and witness the startling contrasts of tropical rainforest, savannah, and rugged mountains, as you drive along the Great Dividing Range. Stop along the way to snap photos of Lake Morris, Copperlode Dam and Surprise Falls; enjoy views of the Great Barrier Reef from Lamb Range; and stand before the mighty Barron Falls. This small-group tour is limited to 13 people for a personalized experience.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Atherton Tablelands Waterfalls Tour from Cairns

Experience the natural wonders of Queensland’s Atherton Tablelands to visit different parts of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest on this outdoorsy day trip from Cairns. With a guide, you’ll take easy walks to three waterfalls—Josephine Falls, Millaa Millaa Falls and Dinner Falls—and take a refreshing swim in Lake Eacham. See the Cathedral Fig Tree, take in views of the volcanic crater in Mt Hypipamee National Park, and enjoy lots of time for swimming and photo ops. Morning and afternoon snacks are picnic lunch provided
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
  • Duration: 10 to 12 hours
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Private Half Day Tour: Exclusive World Heritage Rainforest and Waterfall Tour from Cairns

Explore the UNESCO-listed wilderness of Australia’s tropical north on this 5-hour off-road adventure from Cairns. Marvel over the natural wonders of the Barron Gorge National Park, including Surprise Falls, Copperlode Dam and Barron Falls, and admire native flora like the Clohesy River Fig. Get off-the-beaten-track in a 4WD as you wind along rainforest trails, climb through the Great Dividing Range and enjoy spectacular views over the Great Barrier Reef. Best of all: this private tour can be customized to your preference and ensures the undivided attention of your guide.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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