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Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

1. Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

Get picked up at your hotel and stop at the renowned Mossman Gorge, the first sight on your Daintree Forest tour. Embark on a guided walk and then hop aboard a river cruise on the Daintree River, home to the elusive estuarine crocodile. Observe stunning native and migratory bird life, butterflies, and breathtaking scenery. Cross the Daintree River, journey to Alexandra Lookout, and enjoy sweeping views extending from the Daintree River Estuary to the Coral Sea. Stop for morning tea under the canopy of this prehistoric rainforest. Have some muffin biscuits, coffee, Daintree Tea, and water.  Continue on to Cape Tribulation, with a stop at Kulki Lookout for unparalleled views of the rainforest and beach. Stop at Noah Valley, a World Heritage private property that plays host to some of the most spectacular, pristine rainforest found anywhere in the world. Take a stroll along The Gateway to Paradise and see one of the most primitive flowering plants still in existence. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear rainforest stream while your barbecue lunch is prepared in a private retreat surrounded by rainforest. Savor a lunch of steak, fish, and sausage, served with salads and a warm damper (Australian-style bread) followed by a tropical fruit platter. Follow lunch with an interpretive guided rainforest walk through the heart of the Daintree rainforest. Discover how all living parts of the Daintree Rainforest depend on each other for survival. Conclude the tour with a visit to Daintree Ice Cream Company.

Silversonic Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Adventure

2. Silversonic Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel Adventure

Climb aboard the Silversonic catamaran for a full-day cruise to Australia’s renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the edge of the Continental Shelf. Snorkel or dive in the company of an experienced dive instructor (subject to availability) and experience unsurpassed coral formations, colorful marine life, and exceptional underwater visibility. The ultramodern 95-foot (29-meter) Silversonic catamaran is custom-designed for small groups of adventure-minded people. You will spend over 5 hours at the reef, visiting 3 different Agincourt ribbon reef sites, each chosen for its visual and ecological diversity. First-time divers can enjoy up to 2 dives and take the plunge in complete confidence with an experienced dive instructor by your side. Certified divers will enjoy up to 3 dives, all guided to maximize your experience. Silversonic features everything you’ll need to experience an underwater world of colorful marine life in safety and comfort, including a state-of-the-art ride control system ensuring a super smooth journey. Enjoy hydraulic dive and snorkel platforms for easy water access, spacious deck areas, hot freshwater showers, change rooms, and even a licensed bar to share tales of your adventure. As an added bonus during the whale season, Silversonic has one of the few permits available from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that allows guests to swim with dwarf Minke whales if encountered – a truly unforgettable experience from July through September.

From Port Douglas: Kuranda Village with Scenic Railway

3. From Port Douglas: Kuranda Village with Scenic Railway

Following pick-up from your accommodation anywhere in Port Douglas, commencing at 8:30 AM, journey in a small group of only 12 guests for guaranteed personal service and entertaining commentary. Travel down the Captain Cook Highway, known as the second most scenic highway in Australia, and learn the history of the region, along with local issues and stories about the wildlife.  Arrive at beautiful Freshwater Station and board the historic Kuranda scenic railway. Then, head through the rainforest and take in a breathtaking scenery of waterfalls and 15 dramatic tunnels carved through the rocks. Upon arrival in Kuranda, explore the 'Village in the Rainforest', famous for its colorful arts and crafts markets, open every day. Browse the wide variety of Aboriginal artifacts, such as handmade leather goods, wood and jewelry. Stop at a café for lunch and listen to the busker, or try some local snacks such as macadamia nuts, honey, mango wine, homemade sweets or delicious homemade ice cream. Next, head up the coast to Palm Cove, where you will be taken along the palm-fringed esplanade. Then, stop for a drink of your choice and get some staggering views of the picturesque beach. Stroll among the stores and galleries, or take a walk along the beach and let the kids play in the playground (only with the 11:00 AM departure). Return to Port Douglas with new friends and great memories, before getting dropped off at your accommodation or chosen restaurant on request.  

Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

4. Cape Tribulation, Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

The itinerary for this tour is as follows: • 6:45 AM: Hotel pickups commence from Cairns. • 7:30 AM: Pickups commence from the Cairns Beaches. • 8:10 AM: Pickups commence from Port Douglas. • 9:20 AM: Mossman Gorge Centre. Visit the Mossman Gorge Gateway Centre and board your shuttle for the transfer into Mossman Gorge. Your driver/guide will take you for a guided walk sharing their knowledge of this enchanting rainforest environment. Learn about the fascinating secrets of one of the world’s oldest rainforests. Return to the Centre for morning tea. • 11:15 AM: Daintree River Cruise. Reach an understanding of this wildlife environment for one hour. See bird habitats, tree snakes, unique plants and of course the saltwater crocodile. • 12:45 PM: Tropical Lunch. With special access at a private rain forest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rain forest creek before a delicious tropical lunch. Enjoy a choice of quality steak, fish or vegetarian meal with fresh salads and fruit platter, followed by coffee or Daintree Tea. • 2:00 PM: Cape Tribulation. Walk on this world-renowned rainforest beach and admire the coastline and fringing coral reef from the Kulki Lookout. • 3:15 PM: Daintree Ice Cream Company. Included is an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. Enjoy a delicious tropical fruit ice cream made from fruit grown on their own organic orchard. • 4:00 PM: Alexandra Lookout. After winding through the rainforest of the Alexandra Range, enjoy this spectacular lookout over the Daintree River estuary, Snapper Island, and beyond to the Coral Sea.

Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

5. Port Douglas: Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride

Meet your experienced ballooning team at Atherton Tablelands at 6.00 AM, just in time to witness the inflation of the hot air balloons. Experience the fun and unique sensation of a hot air balloon ride over the Atherton Tablelands, Australia. Enjoy the picturesque landscape at sunrise with 60-minutes of flying time. At 6.30 AM the patchwork panorama below brings new sights every day, watch out for the variety of Australian birdlife and take in the peace and serenity that is hot air ballooning.

From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

6. From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

Discover the beauty of the rainforest on this day trip from Port Douglas. Ride on the Captain Cook Highway aboard an airconditioned bus, see the canopy from above on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and visit Kuranda Village. Return aboard the Kuranda Scenic Train. Be picked up from your hotel in the late morning and board a comfortable bus. Head down the Captain Cook Highway to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Journey over the World Heritage Rainforest and stop for pictures at 2 stations along the way. Arrive in Kuranda and meet your guide for a walking tour of Kuranda Village. Visit the vibrant markets, see the best places to eat, and visit some small animal parks. Board the Kuranda Scenic Train and head down the mountain. Pass thorugh tunnels and by stunning waterfalls along the way. On arrival at Freshwater Station, head to Palm Cove, a beautiful beachside village where you can stop for a cocktail or take a walk on the beach.  Head back to Port Douglas and arrive at your accommodation in time for supper (Palm Cove stopover only available for the 11:00 AM departure).

From Cairns: Daintree Wilderness & Cape Tribulation Bus Tour

7. From Cairns: Daintree Wilderness & Cape Tribulation Bus Tour

On this full-day tour you will discover the beautiful Daintree Rainforest. The remote natural magnificence of Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest is far from the glitz of civilization and brings both awe and peace, a true solace to the soul. Daintree is nature's kingdom, a gem in Australia's crown of natural icons. Here you will find fan palms, Flying Paradise Kingfishers, tree frogs, butterflies of every hue and color, Rainbow Lorikeets, entwining strangler figs, and rampant climbing vines set by crystal streams flowing into a tropical sea. On this tour you will visit the Wildlife Habitat to experience the 5 wildlife environments – the savannah, rainforest, wetlands, nocturnal, and grasslands. Cross the Daintree River on board a cable-driven vehicular ferry. You will travel deep into the Daintree Rainforest to the Cape Tribulation Resort to enjoy a tropical lunch. At Cape Tribulation you can enjoy the dazzling white sand beaches and azure tropical sea and visit Alexandra Lookout to admire the spectacular views of the Daintree River and the Coral Sea. Cruise along the Daintree River among mangroves, impenetrable rainforest jungle, and crocodile-infested waters and enjoy afternoon tea before returning to Cairns.

Queensland: Cape Tribulation 2-Day Guided Tour w/ Transfers

8. Queensland: Cape Tribulation 2-Day Guided Tour w/ Transfers

Experience the best of Cape Tribulation on a 2-day guided tour with an overnight rainforest stay and pickup from Cairns, Port Douglas, or Palm Cove. Meet some of Australia's most iconic wildlife, learn about indigenous customs, and immerse yourself in the stunning natural surroundings of the area. Day one Begin with pickup from your accommodation in Cairns, Port Douglas, or Palm Cove and, depending on your pickup location, travel to Port Douglas via The Great Barrier Reef Drive, one of Australia’s most scenic coastal roads. Visit Flagstaff Hill and enjoy the views before taking a coastal walk down to the famous Four Mile Beach. Visit Wildlife Habitat, wander amongst the free-roaming animals, and experience the ‘CrocArena’ presentation. If you wish, you can also swim with the crocodiles, and have your photo taken holding a koala, snake, or crocodile (at an extra cost). Lunch is included. At Mossman Gorge, experience a welcome to the rainforest in the for of a smoking ceremony performed by local indigenous people. Enjoy Mossman Gorge National Park at your leisure or upgrade to a guided dreamtime walk with a local ranger (at an extra cost). Cross the Daintree River on the cable-driven ferry. Travel along the rainforest-fringed Cape Tribulation Road through the Daintree National Park and learn about the world's oldest tropical rainforest from your guide. Check in to your rainforest accommodation at Ferntree Rainforest Lodge before going on a night walk. It's the time when the rainforest really comes to life. Day two Start by watching the sunrise on the beach. Enjoy some breakfast before you head to Cape Tribulation's famous Kulki Boardwalk and Lookout on a guided rainforest walk. Afterward, you might choose to take part in a Great Barrier Reef Ocean Safari (at an extra cost) before meeting back up with the tour at lunchtime. Cool off with a swim in a pristine rainforest stream at Mason’s Swimming Hole. Stop for an award-winning ice cream and refreshments at Daintree Ice Cream Company. Then, head to Wulu-Wugirriga (Alexandra Lookout) and stop to take some photos. Board a Daintree River cruise and search for wildlife including wild estuarine crocodiles and birds that live in this unique mangrove ecosystem. At Rex Lookout, stop for one last picture before you return to your accommodation.

2-Day Atherton Tablelands, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Tour

9. 2-Day Atherton Tablelands, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Tour

Experience the diverse beauty of Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, and Mossman Gorge on 2 day trips from Cairns. Day 1: Learn the Aboriginal history of Babinda Boulders in the Atherton Tablelands, and go for a swim in the crystal clear waters of Josephine Falls. Slide down a waterfall on a natural rockslide before visiting Millaa Millaa Falls. Enjoy lunch at a Australia’s largest timber pub before a bush walk and time to swim behind a waterfall. Gaze into a volcanic crater and look for wild cassowary in their natural habitat. See the Curtain Fig Tree before heading to Lake Eacham, a dormant volcanic crater lake full of turtles. Watch the sunset before the drive back to Cairns. Day 2: Take a scenic coastal drive towards the Mossman Gorge and enjoy panoramic views of the Coral Sea along the way. Get a warm welcome from the local Aborigines on arrival, and then cross the Daintree River for lunch at a beach. Explore the ancient rainforest on a guided tour of Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk and learn more about the flora and fauna, from low-lying ferns and shrubs to the massive canopy and mangroves. Taste some locally made ice cream, and enjoy a wildlife cruise to look for crocodiles before the return trip to Cairns via Port Douglas.

Port Douglas: World Heritage Forest by Skyrail & Scenic Rail

10. Port Douglas: World Heritage Forest by Skyrail & Scenic Rail

Explore the Cairns World Heritage Rainforest on this tour with hotel pickup and drop-off in Port Douglas. Experience the beauty of the rainforest from above then enjoy some leisure time in Kuranda before returning by rail. Be picked up from the comfort of your Port Douglas accommodation. Relax on the scenic drive to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway as you get ready to see the rainforest from the air. Board the Cableway and be awed as you glide silently over and through the rainforest on your journey. Admire the flora and fauna beneath as you head for the forest village of Kuranda. Stop at two stations on the cableway. Head out for a walk in the rainforest to spectacular lookouts or visit the CSIRO Interpretive Center. Once you arrive in Kuranda, make use of some free time to explore the village at your leisure. For the return journey, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail train for a ride over one of the world's most picturesque rail routes. Cruise through hand-hewn tunnels and over bridges spanning stunning gorges along the way. After disembarking, catch your coach back to your accommodation in Port Douglas.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 585 reviews

Pete picked us up at are accomodation and we were impressed by his easy going and friendly manner. This was a well planned tour. Everything ran like clockwork and. The Barra farm was an experience, we saw a large Barra landed. Pete prepared two Barra for our lunch, filleted and portioned perfectly. Made some sashimi and ceviche from parts of the fish as well. Next to a unique venue, Shannonvale winery for a fruitwine tasting. While we were tasting, Pete served the ceviche, cooked the Barra, made a delicious salad and finished with Wattle ice cream and ruby grapefruit. Great Day, home James, oops, Pete.

There were several points of interest along the way to our destination, and each time we got off the bus, they would explain it to us and walk with us. Our guide and driver, Jeff, was very knowledgeable about plants and animals, and we were able to hear many interesting stories. I was lucky to see Ulysses in Mossman Gorge. It was shorter than other tours, but since we had children, it was just right for us to come back in the evening. The tour exceeded my expectations. it's recommended.

A great day. Gary, our guide, was friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. We saw stunning places such as Mossman Gorge and Thornton Beach, as well as the Daintree. Lunch was excellent and the highlight for me was swimming in Noah’s Creek. Highly recommend!

Great day. The guide Jenny was awesome and very organised. Good was decent too. A lot to fit in but were aware of this prior. Good to see wild crocs on the river. Would highly recommend if you can’t self drive and spend a few days touring the area

Realy enjoyed the Tour learned alot about the Dauntree forest