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Port Douglas: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

1. Port Douglas: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

Embark on an amazing eco-immersion adventure that’s different every time! Explore the rainforest and swim, snorkel, float, and walk in the natural atmosphere. Step into the cool, crystal-clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. Navigate down a flowing rainforest river with your sturdy river sled. The perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics and a great introduction to snorkeling before heading out to the reef. This experience can be both fast-paced and slow, depending on how much water is in the river.

Port Douglas: Breakfast with the Birds

2. Port Douglas: Breakfast with the Birds

Escape to a wondrous free-flight aviary and have a dining experience like no other. Breakfast among birds and other wildlife at the picturesque new Koala Habitat in Curlew Café, located at the heart of the Wetlands Habitat.  Enjoy comfortable banquet-style seating with up to 10 people on each table and interact with and feed koalas, kangaroos, colorful birds, and more in a relaxed spacious setting. Dine family-style in an exclusive seated area on fresh local produce from the surrounding area and food-rich Atherton Tablelands. Learn more about the diverse wildlife from the passionate gamekeepers and enjoy all the wildlife presentations!

Cairns: Best of the Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour & Lunch

3. Cairns: Best of the Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour & Lunch

Discover some of the finest scenery and fascinating culture of the Kuranda Rainforest on a guided tour. Visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, a Koala and Wildlife Park, and learn about about Aboriginal culture at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience. Start your immersion into the culture and nature of the Kuranda Rainforest with a ride aboard the Kuranda Scenic Railway. Wind through the mountains and rainforest to the village of Kuranda.  Upon arrival, experience Australia's largest butterfly aviary at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary with 1,500 tropical butterflies, including the vibrant green Cairns Birdwing. Next, travel by shuttle to the Rainforestation Nature Park for a barbecue buffet lunch.  After lunch, explore the rainforest by 6WD amphibious vehicle as you climb aboard a World War II Army Duck that can drive over land and in water. Search for wildlife as you learn about the plants and trees of the surrounding rainforest. Then, sample some exotic fruits and locally-made ice cream at the Tropical Treats fruit orchard.  Find out more about Aboriginal culture at the Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience and watch spear-throwing demonstrations and traditional dances. Try your hand at throwing a boomerang, and hear all about the didgeridoo. Then, get up close to Australian animals including koalas, dingoes and the endangered Cassowary and Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo. See typical Australian critters including wombats, crocodiles, lizards and birds. Feed the kangaroos and wallabies by hand. Then, travel back to Cairns on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and ride over the canopy of the pristine rainforest. Transfer back to your accommodation at the end of the tour services.

Port Douglas: Wildlife Habitat Entrance Ticket

4. Port Douglas: Wildlife Habitat Entrance Ticket

The iconic and award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia’s leading environmental wildlife experience, provides visitors with a chance to observe a huge range of native animals and plant life up close in a spacious interactive setting. Situated at Port Douglas, Tropical North Queensland, the park is a leader in sustainable eco-tourism. With 5 distinct eco-systems - Woodlands, Wetlands, Rainforest, Nocturnal and Savannah - set over 8 acres of land. The natural habitat locations allow for an open and immersive experience allowing guests and wildlife the freedom and space to interact.  Showcasing over 100 Australian species and over 600 individual animals, take the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies, smile at a crocodile, observe living history with a visit to the cassowaries, or catch a glimpse of the rare Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo. Walk the plank – the predator plank that is - a balance beam suspended over a billabong of saltwater crocodiles, join a variety of free guided tours throughout the day or visit the presentation and photo hut to learn about Koalas, pythons, crocodiles, and birds. Meet rare and elusive nocturnal animals under a "starry night sky" in the Nocturnal Habitat. Koala photo and holding opportunities are available, along with birds, snakes and baby crocs (all optional extra).  For something completely different, jump on the WildNIGHT Nocturnal Tour. A 2-hour guided evening tour by torchlight of reclusive after dark animals and their escapades. Have the opportunity to see the endangered Mahogany glider, observe scorpions under UV light and keeper feed quolls (minimum and maximum numbers apply).

Port Douglas: Hartley’s Adventures & Mossman Gorge Transfer

5. Port Douglas: Hartley’s Adventures & Mossman Gorge Transfer

The Affordable Transfer option for exploring both Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and the Mossman Gorge on your own itinerary on the same day. You will be collected on a shared shuttle at your accommodation in Port Douglas at 8am or 8.30am and driven to experience Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures At 12.30pm you will be collected and driven to the Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre. From there you can Explore the Mossman Gorge on your own, itinerary until you are collected at either 3.15pm or 5.15pm and driven back to your accommodation in Port Douglas. Attraction Tickets can be purchased at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures and The Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre for the shuttle bus that will take you into the Mossman Gorge. The Mossman Gorge bus runs on a 15minute loop.

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What people are saying about Port Douglas

Super fun activity! Our guides were very knowledgeable about the plants and wildlife and looked after us all the way and made the river rafting a blast! It managed to be safe and exhilarating at the same time! We will never forget the final section floating down the river lying on our backs looking up at the rain forest canopy. Magical. They took loads of photos for us too. Highly recommend

Breakfeast was brought to table on a self serve platter very good Keepers walking around with birds a talk offering to have it sitting on arm. Koala encounter included opportunity toeed while taking photos

This was a lot of fun. I’m not an avid snorkler but still got to see fish. Drifting down the river was a unique, fun and special experience. The river and surrounding rainforest are stunning!

A lot is involved: Walking, snorkelling, paddling with your hands, it was awesome! Totally worth the money. The best thing I did on the trip.

Wow wow and wow! Renae was so fun and full of great information. I wanna do it again!