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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. Also, enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. After crossing the mighty Daintree River and a lunch break, 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 (if option selected). 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.

From Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

2. 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, 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.

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 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.

Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

5. Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

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: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

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

Benefit from a complimentary pickup from your Port Douglas or Mossman accommodation. Arrive at the Daintree Rainforest's Mossman River after a short drive north through historic sugar cane fields. Get fitted out with a wetsuit, boots, and a snorkel mask with the help of your river-trained guide. 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. Try to spot the elusive platypus that calls this river home. Try to spot lizards, butterflies, and rainforest birds on this river adventure. Enjoy an unforgettable time drifting under the rainforest canopy. Arrive back at your accommodation after a short drive back south.

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.

Mossman Gorge: Day Tour with River Drift Snorkeling

8. Mossman Gorge: Day Tour with River Drift Snorkeling

Your guide for the day will collect you from your hotel, from where you will travel north to a secret location on the Mossman River. There you'll be outfitted with a wetsuit and snorkeling gear, wetsuit shoes, and a snorkeling mask. After a safety briefing, begin exploring the river with your guide. You'll walk through rainforest before swimming, snorkeling, and drifting under the canopy. Following a magical experience in the Mossman River, it will be time to remove your wet suits, and safety gear before enjoying some light snacks and travel to Lunch. In the afternoon, you'll travel to Mossman Gorge visitor center. Upon arrival you'll be welcomed to the country by a Kuku Yalanji traditional owner with a smoking ceremony. Throughout this ceremony, you will learn about the traditional ways of the rainforest people. Following that, ride the eco-friendly shuttle bus up to the start of the trail. You will begin your guided walk through 3 kilometers of easy-grade walking tracks, with plenty of time for a swim along the way. Alternatively, you can enjoy sitting next to the river surrounded by rainforest. You'll then take the shuttle bus back down to the visitor center, and head back to your accommodation.

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

9. 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.

From Cairns/Port Douglas: Wildlife Habitat and Mossman Gorge

10. From Cairns/Port Douglas: Wildlife Habitat and Mossman Gorge

Enjoy a day exploring the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat and Mossman Gorge. Start your day with pickup from Cairns or Port Douglas. If you start from Cairns, travel to Port Douglas via the Captain Cook Highway, one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives. Head to the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies and observe cassowaries, crocodiles, and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos. Enjoy a wildlife presentation and lunch amongst the lorikeets. At Mossman Gorge National Park, experience a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. Explore the trails on your own or upgrade to a Dreamtime Walk with an Indigenous guide to learn about local plants and indigenous traditions. Before heading back to your accommodations, visit the local fruit stall. Indulge your senses by tasting local produce, explore the fruit orchard, or relax in the beautiful surroundings.

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What people are saying about Mossman Gorge

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 843 reviews

Such an amazing day. Weather was perfect to experience this beautiful natural rainforest at its best. I took a paddle in Mossman Gorge, freezing, however my legs and feet felt great after. A few short bush walks through the gorge and Daintree to capture some amazing scenic photos. Experienced a calm boat ride on the Daintree River, spotting a few crocodiles along the way and a hatching. I learnt so many things about the history, the flora and fauna and how this rainforest is so important to the eco system. The smoking ceremony was fabulous and again informative and our young host made our group very welcome. Should you have the opportunity to visit this part of Far North Queensland, take the time to visit if you enjoy nature...you won't be disappointed.

Comprehensive tour.. Mossman Gorge, Daintree rainforest walk, crocodile cruise, Cape Tribulation beach photo stop. If you have limited time in Cairns, this tour would work. Would have been more enjoyable though if we had more time in Mossman Gorge.

The most fabulous tour so far!! Loved every minute, the welcome to country was so informative, swimming in the gorge, the Daintree trip and cape tribulation… our guide Stu was fun and informative. Would definitely recommend!!

Wonderful tour over 2 days. Very knowledgeable guides. Beautiful way to see the beauty of the Daintree, waterfalls, tablelands and also learn more about the indigenous rituals, back stories of places visited etc.

The guider Matthew from Cairns Adventure Group is very good. Only thing is we wish to walk in the Daintree rainforest longer time. The walking time is not long..