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Cairns: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with Cruise Option

1. Cairns: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with Cruise Option

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. It is then time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Mossman Gorge - Daintree Rainforest. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress. Also, enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. Next we stop for lunch in the Daintree Village. After lunch you will join a Wildlife River Cruise and cross the mighty Daintree River. During the cruise, you may see a crocodile, while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system. (If you have booked this option). 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. Visit the only place on Earth where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet: The Daintree Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef. Next we drive to the Daintree Ice Cream Co were you can choose to taste locally made ice cream, at your own cost, 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.

Queensland: Cape Tribulation, Daintree, and Mossman Day Trip

2. Queensland: Cape Tribulation, Daintree, and Mossman Day Trip

The itinerary for this tour is as follows:• 6:40 AM: Pickups commence from Cairns.• 7:30 AM: Pickups commence from the Northern Beaches.• 8:20 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 rainforest property, enjoy a short walk along a delightful rainforest 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.

Cairns: Daintree, Mossman Gorge & Cape Tribulation Day Trip

3. 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: River Drift Experience in the Daintree

4. 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. Experience the varied pace of the river's flow. Glide through calm waters under a lush canopy, then feel the exhilaration of navigating faster currents. 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: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

5. Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

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.

Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

6. 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. 

From Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

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

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 pick up at your Port Douglas accommodation. 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. It is then time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Mossman Gorge - Daintree Rainforest. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress. Also, enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. Next we stop for lunch in the Daintree Village. After lunch you will join a Wildlife River Cruise and cross the mighty Daintree River. During the cruise, you may see a crocodile, while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system. (If you have booked this option). 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. Visit the only place on Earth where two UNESCO World Heritage sites meet: The Daintree Rainforest and The Great Barrier Reef. Next we drive to the Daintree Ice Cream Co were you can choose to taste locally made ice cream, at your own cost, On the return journey to Port Douglas.

From Cairns: Mossman Gorge Tour & Daintree Rainforest Cruise

8. From Cairns: Mossman Gorge Tour & Daintree Rainforest Cruise

Highlights: - Wanderers Walk at Mossman Gorge includes a 'welcome to country', by the local indigenous tribe, followed by a guided walk lead by your Sacred Owl Tours guide. The walk through the Daintree Rainforest takes visitors along the boardwalks that run through the rainforest canopy, across bridges and along easy to walk tracks to lookouts, swimming holes and viewing areas throughout the Daintree Rainforest. ** Please note, this tour does not include the 'Dreamtime Walk' with the Kuku Yalanji tribe, only guests booked on the upgrade tour - Tour 3A, will be on the dreamtime walk. - Welcome to Country with the local indigenous tribe. Your guide will demonstrate traditional plant use, identifies bush food sources, and provides an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Discover traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour, enjoy traditional bush tea and damper – the perfect treat after your journey. - Swim in the crystal clear waters of Mossman Gorge & the Daintree Rainforest. - 1 Hour River Boat Cruise - Crocodile and Wildlife Cruise aboard 'Solar Whisper' - a 100% Solar Powered Boat. - A Delicious Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea. We start the day with a scenic coastal drive through some of the most inspiring scenery in the world, the winding road travels through the tropical rainforest and along secluded beaches. Our first stop of the day is the Daintree Rainforest Crocodile and Wildlife River Cruise, we jump aboard ‘Solar Whisper’ the only zero emission boat on the Daintree River. This whisper quiet boat can glide quietly up to crocodiles and other wildlife without scaring them or hurting their habitat. This boat is fitted with the unique “Croc Cam” to help show well camouflaged crocodiles and wildlife, this beautiful experience practices true Eco Tourism. Nestled in the World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest, is our next stop is the Daintree Rainforest at Mossman Gorge. Your ‘welcome to country’ is offered by an experienced interpretive Indigenous guide, that demonstrates traditional plant use and a body paint whilst providing an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. After your welcome to country, your Sacred Owl Tours guide will then lead you through the Daintree Rainforest, showcasing the unique plants, animals and features of the rainforest. Enjoy a delicious fresh lunch and some free time to swim in the crystal-clear waters. Mossman Gorge stream is surrounded by large granite boulders, these rocks contain a percentage of quartz, these waters are known to be healing to your body, mind and soul.

Mossman Gorge: Day Tour with River Drift Experience

9. Mossman Gorge: Day Tour with River Drift Experience

Immerse yourself in a unique rainforest experience! Start your day at a secret Mossman River location with our one-of-a-kind 'River Drift' tour. Begin with a fascinating river walk, exploring the lush rainforest, followed by an exciting float downstream on our specially designed river sleds. This peaceful journey, away from the usual trails, offers a serene exploration of nature's wonders. After a well-deserved lunch, you'll participate in a traditional Kuku Yalanji smoking ceremony at Mossman Gorge. This cultural experience includes a cleansing of bad spirits and the application of traditional rainforest body paint. Your adventure continues with an easy paced 1.5-hour interpretive walk in the Daintree National Park. This journey provides a deeper understanding of the breathtaking rainforest, its ecology, and cultural significance.

Southern Daintree Explorer Tour - Half Day

10. Southern Daintree Explorer Tour - Half Day

Our experienced guides will take you to the best spots of the southern Daintree region on this personalised adventure. Picking you up from your hotel, enjoy the journey in our modern and air-conditioned vehicles. First stop is Mossman Gorge where our knowledgeable guides will take you on a guided walk around the Gorge where you can marvel at the breathtaking view of the rainforest. Next up is the Daintree River wildlife cruise, allowing you to spot native wildlife and learn about the precious eco-system of the oldest living rainforest in the world. Great for those on a tight itinerary. Our half day southern Daintree tour includes Morning Tea, a guided walk through the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and a wildlife spotting Daintree river cruise Inclusions Only 20 guests per vehicle Passionate and knowledgable guides Visit Mossman Gorge Visit the historic Daintree Village 1 hour wildlife cruise on the Daintree River

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4.7
(1,119 reviews)

The Daintree forest is a must if you're in Cairns - it's a magical place (it's a truly special place). The smoking ceremony and the explanation from the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people about plants and tools is so precious, I wish we had more time with them. The wildlife habitat was super nice, you can get close to wild animals and it seems they're well cared for and treated nicely. The time with the animals is also never enough. The river cruise was also nice, even though we saw only 2 crocodiles, because it was raining. Overall great experience.

Our group thoroughly enjoyed our day and Randall was an excellent guide, highly knowledgeable and extremely obliging. We particularly liked the smaller group size and I would have no hesitation in recommending Tony's Tropical Tours to anyone visiting Port Douglas and Daintree.

Fantastic. Disappointing cape tribulation and Daintree entrance was not accessible. But that’s natures fault. Not on the tour. Our guide Steve was a gentleman and so knowledgeable. Great banter too. Cafe in Mossman was delicious too and the scones were excellent.

We had a wonderful experience. Rasa was very knowledlegeable and we learnt plenty of things about the area. The tour was balanced without expending too many hours in the car unlike any other tours. Highly recommended!

Great, our guide was very informative and funny.....our lunch was delicious, but far to much food. A fantastic day and experience....kept us up to date with changes due to weather.