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Daintree Rainforest

From tropical treks to incredible wildlife cruises, the oldest rainforest on earth doesn't disappoint.

Daintree Rainforest: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Cairns: Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation 4WD Tour

1. From Cairns: Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation 4WD Tour

Explore Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Ride a 4WD vehicle as you spot wildlife, catch incredible views, and try regional food along the way. After being picked up in a 4WD, make your way north along the Captain Cook Highway. Stop first at the Daintree Cruise Centre for a quick tea, coffee, and biscuits before setting out to explore the Daintree River on a 1-hour guided cruise. During your cruise, you may spot estuarine crocodiles, from youngsters to massive 4-meter adults. Learn about the birds and wildlife that make this area their home. Then, make your way to the Alexandra Range Lookout, located in the heart of the rainforest, to enjoy spectacular views of the rainforest, the ocean, its surrounding reefs, and the majestic Daintree River. At the Jindalba boardwalk, you'll go on an informative 45-minute guided tour to experience the Park's beauty up close. See ancient 900-year-old palms, and keep your eyes peeled for the elusive Boyd’s Forest Dragon. After exploring all morning, you'll be ready for lunch. Enjoy lunch with your fellow travellers in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, mere steps away from Cape Tribulation Beach. Your journey continues, heading further north along the Bloomfield Track to Emmagen Creek. Cool off with a refreshing swim in this amazing freshwater swimming spot. Head to Cape Tribulation Beach for a stroll along the beach to admire the views. Those feeling a little more energetic can take the short botanical boardwalk to the Cape Tribulation beach lookout. After Cape Tribulation beach, if there's time, stop at Daintree’s hidden secret, the Daintree ice creamery. Your taste buds will be tantalized with exotic tropical fruit homemade ice cream. A signature scoop of ice cream is included. As the day comes to an end after taking the ferry back across, head back toward Port Douglas and Cairns, where you'll be dropped off at your accommodation.

Cairns: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest Tour

2. Cairns: 2-Day Great Barrier Reef & Daintree Rainforest Tour

Your day on the reef: Cruise from Cairns on board the fastest, luxury superyacht for the best value tours to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for an adventure-filled experience. The 35-meter luxury superyacht departs Cairns daily, with a record 5 hours spent exploring 2 spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations known for their exceptional coral density and prolific marine life. Enjoy snorkelling at both reef sites with all snorkelling equipment and tuition provided. A gourmet buffet lunch with fresh prawns, fish, steak, and a variety of salads together and a free glass of wine with nibbles for your return journey provide a level of service and comfort that is unmatched. Your day in the Rainforest: Then, embark on a full-day adventure to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef! Sit back and relax in comfort in a custom-built 4WD air-conditioned vehicle while listening to informative and entertaining commentary by your local naturalist guide. Group size is limited for a more personalized experience. As one of the only tour operators to travel on the Bloomfield Track, your experience will be like no other. Spot crocodiles on a Daintree River cruise, learn about the flora, fauna, and history of the Daintree on a guided boardwalk tour, take a 4WD ride through a World Heritage-listed rainforest on the rugged Bloomfield Track, cool down with a refreshing swim at Emmagen Creek and enjoy lunch at Cape Tribulation. Savour a homemade Daintree ice cream on your journey home.

Port Douglas: River Drift Experience in the Daintree

3. Port Douglas: River Drift Experience in the Daintree

Begin your 'River Drift' adventure as you arrive at a secluded spot by the Mossman River, surrounded by the enchanting rainforest. Our team will greet you and provide essential gear, including comfortable boots and a personal river sled. With excitement in the air, you'll carry your sleds on a short walk through the dense rainforest, stepping into a world of natural wonder. As you reach the river, the adventure transforms into a fascinating rainforest river walk. Towing your sleds effortlessly behind you, your guides lead you upstream, sharing stories and insights about the river and the surrounding ecosystem. This captivating walk is not just a journey; it's an exploration into the heart of the rainforest, offering opportunities to learn, observe, and immerse yourself in a surreal environment. The riverbed, made of hard granite sand, provides a firm, easy path for walking. Reaching the furthest point of the walk, it's time to embark on the river sleds. Navigate your way down the river, cutting through a secret stream that leads to the main Mossman River. This is where the experience becomes truly magical. Relax on your sled, letting the gentle current guide you downstream. Feel the peace and tranquillity as you float under the lush rainforest canopy, the world above forming a green cathedral of leaves and light. As you lay on your back, floating and drifting with the river's flow, the journey culminates in a serene and unique experience, leaving you with lasting memories of floating through nature’s gallery. The 'River Drift' tour offers an unparalleled way to connect with the natural beauty of the Mossman River, blending adventure with the blissful calm of floating under the rainforest canopy

Port Douglas: Sunset Sailing Cruise on Luxury Catamaran

4. Port Douglas: Sunset Sailing Cruise on Luxury Catamaran

Check-in at the Sailaway office at the marina at 4:30 PM for a 5:00 PM departure. Climb aboard a luxury catamaran for a 1.5-hour evening cruise. Depart from the marina and feel the wind in your hair as the spectacular vessel moves smoothly and comfortably across the ocean. Receive a complimentary glass of beer, wine, or champagne. Savor a delicious selection of freshly prepared hot and cold canapes. Relax and unwind whilst enjoying the fantastic views of the coral sea and Daintree coastline. Enjoy pure sailing, great music, ambiance, and first-class service. After the sunset cruise, return to the marina at 6:30 PM.

Cairns: Daintree Rainforest Wildlife Experience Cruise

5. Cairns: Daintree Rainforest Wildlife Experience Cruise

Experience The Daintree Rainforest, one of the world’s natural wonders. Its complex tropical ecosystem is over 180 million years old, making it a registered UNESCO World Heritage site and a popular tourist destination. Explore the rainforest by cruising along the Daintree River. Snake your way through the heart of the area. The densely populated mangrove estuary is home to an abundance of wildlife so you'll have the chance to see a dazzling array of tropical creatures, including the Estuarine Crocodile. The largest of all living reptiles and an iconic Australian animal, saltwater crocodiles are hypercarnivorous apex predators. Throughout the day they appear deceptively docile but these opportunistic hunters will react with impressive agility when there’s prey around. Uncover all aspects of this incredible environment. From these ancient reptilian predators, to flocks of birds, schools of fish, sneaky snakes and a variety of the mangrove species lining the riverbank. All aspects of this ecosystem play an important role and are equally interesting. Join this tour and ask as many questions as possible and let the guides show you the ultimate wildlife experience on the Daintree River.

Cairns: Daintree, Mossman Gorge & Cape Tribulation Day Trip

6. Cairns: Daintree, Mossman Gorge & Cape Tribulation Day Trip

Scenic drive along one of the nicest coastal drives in the world Rex Lookout - Stunning Mountain & Ocean Views Spectacular Mossman Gorge at the Southern end of the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park Port Douglas - Flag Staff Hill lookout/short town driving tour Restaurant lunch and exotic tropical fruit tasting (choice of meals) Daintree River Cruise – spot crocodiles and other wildlife on one of the most diverse river systems in the world Alexandra Lookout - breathtaking views towards the Great Dividing Range, Daintree River mouth, Snapper Island & Low Isles on the Great Barrier Reef Botanical walk in the Daintree Rainforest- Bio diversity at its best Cape Tribulation - Kulki Lookout and Cape Tribulation beach “where the rainforest meets reef” Rainforest guided walks – a unique environment of rainforest and mangroves types and species Daintree Ice Cream Company – optional and popular local stop (Own Expense) Cross Mighty Daintree River by cable ferry Full Interpretation and Commentary– friendly, knowledgeable Naturalist / Eco and World Heritage accredited guides explain our unique flora, fauna and history of this unique region

Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

7. Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

***Due to ex-cyclone Jasper, parts of the Daintree Rainforest are currently not accessible which unfortunately affects our usual Daintree Tour*** There is a shorter tour which will discover the Southern Daintree. Our experienced guides will take you to the best spots of the southern Daintree region on this personalised adventure in our modern and air-conditioned vehicles. Marvel at guided rainforest walk at Mossman Gorge, visit Newell Beach and historic sites, embark on a Daintree River wildlife cruise allowing you to spot native wildlife and visit Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat where koalas, wallabies and an abundance of birds await you. *Visit the Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park *Stunning beaches *Guided rainforest walks *Crocodile & wildlife spotting *Entry to Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas *Morning Tea & Picnic Lunch *Insect repellent, umbrella & onboard library *Free return transfers from Port Douglas accommodation _________________________________________________________________ The Daintree Tour will re-open again soon! Discover the rich diversity of the Daintree Rainforest through various national park walks on a guided tour from Port Douglas. Travel in a modern, comfortable, and spacious vehicle that offers great visibility. Visit Mossman Gorge and enjoy a river cruise. Be picked up and dropped off at select hotels in Port Douglas. Relax on the drive to the Daintree Rainforest which contains 30% of the frog, marsupial, and reptile species in Australia. 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 uncover its incredible diversity. Stop at stunning beaches and learn about Captain Cook’s journey along the coast of Queensland. Go for a walk along the beach where the rainforest meets the reef. Cruise on Cooper Creek where you can spot estuarine crocodiles on 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 the Alexandra Lookout to enjoy panoramic views of the Daintree Rainforest, mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and Port Douglas in the distance. Return to your hotel at the end of your tour. 

Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with BBQ Lunch

8. Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with BBQ Lunch

Experience the Daintree Rainforest on a guided tour to the Mossman Gorge, Alexandra Lookout, Cape Tribulation, Noah Valley, and Gateway to Paradise. Spot native wildlife, swim in a rainforest stream, cruise the Daintree river, and enjoy lunch surrounded by rainforest.  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, muffins, biscuits, and coffee. Continue on to Cape Tribulation, with a stop at Kulki Lookout for unparalleled views of the rainforest and beach. Discover Noah Valley, a World Heritage private property that plays host to some of the most spectacular, pristine rainforests 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 swim in a crystal-clear rainforest stream while your lunch is prepared in a private retreat. Savor steak, fish, or a vegetarian option, served with salad, bread, and fruit. Follow lunch with an interpretive guided rainforest walk through the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. Discover how all living parts of the rainforest depend on each other for survival. Conclude the tour with a visit to Daintree Ice Cream Company.

Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

9. 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 Reef. 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.

From Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

10. From Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

**Due to Cyclone Jasper and road closures to Cape Tribulation the below alternate itinerary will be run until further notice: Departs Port Douglas: 8:55am - Returns: 5:00pm • Visit Mossman Gorge for Welcome to Country experience, enjoy a guided rainforest walk and refreshing swim - weather and river levels dependent. • Lunch at Daintree Village • Daintree River Cruise • Alexandra Range lookout • Daintree Ice cream • Visit Thorntons Beach – where the reef meets the rainforest • Take the Daintree River Ferry • Port Douglas short visit, photo opportunity ********************************************************** Embark on a day trip where the rainforest meets the reef. See natural sights including the Great Barrier Reef, take an optional wildlife cruise, and participate in a smoke ceremony along the way. Discover Daintree River and Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, and Mossman Gorge. Start your adventure with a scenic drive with the first stop at 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 and is bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll be welcomed by the traditional inhabitants, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will cleanse you of evil spirits during a smoke ceremony. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. After crossing the mighty Daintree River and a break for lunch, it’s time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an informative guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation sure to inform and impress. Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter — everything from low-lying ferns and shrubs to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems — all in one short easy walk. Opt to taste locally made ice cream at your own cost. 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, opt to 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. Return to Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid-back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

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What people are saying about Daintree Rainforest

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,049 reviews

Amazing , excellent, fantastic, can't praise the boys enough my husband n i have a fabulous time both caught a barra mine was bigger lol will recommend to everyone i talk too and will be taking my boys there next time on back in PD

we had a great day with Gav, he was an informative an fun guide who knew everything about the forest and made sure we had an entertaining drive full of stories and facts! I highly recommend him and the tour!

This was one of the best activities I did in all of Australia. It was SO relaxing and beautiful and great value for money. Honestly the best money I spent in Aus other than the Great Barrier Reef!

What I had hoped to see I did. Highly recommend this tour because you won’t be disappointed. The staff on both tours made sure you were safe and accounted for.

Caring and entertaining guide, cool activities, nice food, seen some wildlife