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Cairns: Daintree, Mossman Gorge & Cape Trib Tour & Cruise

1. Cairns: Daintree, Mossman Gorge & Cape Trib Tour & Cruise

Embark on a day trip where the rainforest meets the reef. See natural sights including the Great Barrier Reef, experience a wildlife cruise, and participate in a smoke ceremony as you go. Start your adventure with a scenic coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, the far north’s very own great ocean road with panoramic views of the sparkling Coral Sea. The first stop is Mossman Gorge, which is in the southern sector of the world-famous Daintree National Park. The gorge has been carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders, bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll be welcomed by the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will also cleanse you of evil spirits during a smoke ceremony. Also, enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. Cross the mighty Daintree River and head to the beach for lunch. Experience waterfront dining and enjoy the sand between your toes. After lunch, it’s time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress. Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter, you will discover everything from low-lying ferns and shrubs, to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems - all in one short easy walk. You can choose to taste locally made ice cream, at your own cost, and prepare for a photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range Lookout, which provides sweeping views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta, and out to the Coral Sea. In the afternoon, experience a wildlife cruise on the river. During the cruise, you may see a crocodile, while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system. On the return journey to Cairns, drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid-back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

2. Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

An exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This half-day eco-tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The Ocean Safari vessel takes a maximum of 25 passengers allowing guests to experience tropical paradise and the pleasure of a small group. After a fast 25-minute ride, guests are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs. On most days, the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef alongside sea turtles, which are found in abundance swimming over reefs full of colourful coral, along with myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams, and starfish. The vessel is based on the original design of a rescue craft and is a rigid inflatable boat driven by 700hp engines. The experienced Skipper and Eco Host ensure the trip is filled with fun and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef and the coastal rainforest of the Daintree, two world heritage areas side by side. Magical memories like these sometimes only happen once in a lifetime.

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

3. 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.

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: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

5. Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

Experienced guides will take you to the best rainforest in the Daintree National Park. Travel in a modern, comfortable, and spacious vehicle that offers great visibility from every one of the 11 seats. The drive to Daintree Rainforest has picnic areas, emerald forests, and views of golden sands and blue waters.  Discover the rich diversity of the Daintree Rainforest through various national park walks. The Daintree Rainforest contains 30% of the frog, marsupial, and reptile species in Australia. The tour's mission is to showcase some of the highlights of this incredible natural wonder, with visits to Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, and a river cruise exploring the waterways rich in flora and fauna. Enjoy interpretive rainforest walks, secluded lunch site, and exclusive estuarine crocodile and wildlife spotting on Cooper Creek. The Daintree Rainforest section of the Daintree National Park is where the rainforest meets the reef and guests will have the opportunity to stroll along the magical beaches.  Walk through the Mossman Gorge, an ancient rainforest, to see the crystal clear waters of the Mossman River flow over giant boulders. Rainforest boardwalks guide you through this pristine rainforest to discover its incredible diversity. At the stunning beaches, learn about Captain Cook’s journey along the coast of Queensland. Enjoy a walk along the beach where the rainforest meets the reef. On the Cooper Creek River Cruise, spot estuarine crocodiles and other wildlife along the banks of this mangrove-lined creek. Have lunch at the Heritage Lodge, which is a hidden rainforest resort. At the Daintree Ice Cream Company, taste four delicious scoops of tropical fruit ice cream in a cup. Relax and enjoy your ice cream in a tropical garden and fruit orchard. Visit Alexandra Lookout to enjoy panoramic views of the Daintree Rainforest, mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and Port Douglas in the distance.

From Cairns: Daintree Wilderness & Cape Tribulation Bus Tour

6. 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.

2-Day Atherton Tablelands, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Tour

7. 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: Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge Tour

8. Port Douglas: Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge Tour

Discover Port Douglas and Mossman Gorge on this full-day guided trip filled with adventure. Reconnect with nature and keep an eye out for local wildlife as you spend time in Daintree National Park. Your trip also includes round-trip transfers and lunch. Your guided experience starts with pickup from your accommodation before you take in scenic coastal views of the Great Barrier Reef Drive. Arrive in Port Douglas to start your guided sightseeing tour of the area. Wander through the recreated natural environments of Port Douglas' Wildlife Habitat. Learn about and interact with the many native animals and enjoy lunch while watching a wildlife presentation. At Mossman Gorge, located within Daintree National Park, experience a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony with an Indigenous guide. Then, join a guided walk or explore the area yourself on one of the many hiking tracks before the end of the trip. Don't forget to bring a towel and swimsuit as the water at Mossman Gorge is perfect for taking a refreshing dip.

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What people are saying about Cape Tribulation

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 976 reviews

What a fabulous day that will be etched in my memory for a very long time. Our guide Jordan was incredibly knowledgeable fun and able to assist even the most difficult of tourists. The adventures await you. Don’t hesitate at all. Convenient collection & drop off in a comfortable air conditioned small bus. Congratulations to the company as we came across a second tour with the lovely Dave. Despite a few hiccups along the course of the day which were beyond anyones control they managed it with aplomb. Big day out for sure so make sure you allow a rest day following.

It was a long but very interesting day. The guide, John, was punctual, organised and knowledgeable. So was the guide in the river cruise. Learnt a lot about the flora and fauna of the Daintree rainforest. Mossman Gorge and the Daintree were just amazingly beautiful. Wish we had more time to spend here. Would highly recommend a visit to this area.

overall experience was great, our guide was very knowledgeable and made us have a fantastic day, we were lucky enough to go swimming at the Mossman Gorge and would highly recommend taking the opportunity if you can!

Great trip! Beautiful drive along coast line and our tour guide Roger had so much great knowledge to share.

Great day with a very professional, informative guide who enhanced a wonderful day at the Daintree.