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Port Douglas

From 5-star resorts, tropical rainforests, and the Great Barrier Reef, there’s something for everyone here.

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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.

From Cairns: Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation 4WD Tour

2. 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.

Queensland: Cape Tribulation, Daintree, and Mossman Day Trip

3. 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.

Port Douglas: Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Cruise

4. Port Douglas: Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling Cruise

FULL DAY OUTER REEF SNORKEL TOUR The Journey After boarding at 8:10am, Wavelength departs Port Douglas’ Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina taking you on a 90-minute trip to the edge of the continental shelf. Passing Low Isles en route, we often encounter dolphins and in winter may see humpback whales. The journey is a good opportunity for our crew to get to know you and answer any questions you have about the day. During this time, you’ll be fitted out with quality snorkelling gear and shown how to use it. One of the marine biologists will give tips on what to look out for to get the most out of your day. Let’s Snorkel On arrival at the outer reef the snorkel advisor conducts a comprehensive safety brief and, if it’s your first time snorkelling, we have plenty of time to help you feel comfortable. Once in the water guests are free to explore the reef under the expert advice of our crew. A difference with Wavelength is that the crew spend more time in the water with you to help you get going and to point things out. Second Site After morning tea we move along to another one of our many sites, chosen to suit the conditions on the day. Here, with passengers having mastered their snorkelling skills, we conduct guided snorkel tours. Our marine biologists help snorkellers discover aspects of the new site that might otherwise be missed, and point out some of the multitude of life forms. On a guided snorkel tour it’s possible to be handed a small number of different creatures, though we have strict guidelines on what can be touched so as to protect the integrity of the reef. A Deli-style Lunch The delicious deli-style lunch consists of gourmet rolls or food bowls for special diets. Water, soft drinks, coffee and tea are also available. Wavelength can cater for different dietary requirements including lactose and gluten free (YOU MUST ADVISE US THE DAY PRIOR OF ANY SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS). We don’t serve prawns due to the significant by-catch associated with them and we don’t serve red meat as reducing meat consumption is one of the easiest ways an individual can reduce personal carbon emissions. Reef Talks During lunch, our marine biologists conduct our interactive reef talk. This is where you can ask questions on anything that you’ve seen through the day or simply sit, relax and learn all about the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef. If you’d rather just chill out you don’t have to listen to the talks. Third Site Once everyone’s appetites have been satisfied and all questions answered we head to our final site of the day, where, with a better understanding of the reef, guests are free to adventure further. This is a good chance to make sure you have some great in-water photos. These are free of charge and forwarded by a Dropbox link along with a selection of our favourite Wavelength wildlife pictures. Cruising Following afternoon tea we head back with the wonderful view of the sun dropping towards the rainforest clad mountains. Wavelength arrives back in Port Douglas at approximately 4.00pm.

Cairns: Shared Airport Transfer to/from City and Beaches

5. Cairns: Shared Airport Transfer to/from City and Beaches

Arrive at Cairns Airport and be greeted by a friendly uniformed airport concierge or driver. Be guided to your waiting transport, where your driver will check your name and destination. Enjoy a welcome onboard and receive helpful information from your driver. Sit back and relax as you enjoy your journey to your hotel. Expect a journey time of 20 minutes to Cairns CBD and 25 minutes for Palm Cove hotels. At the end of your stay, take a transfer from your hotel to the airport. Feel calm and relaxed in the knowledge that you will arrive on time to meet your departing flight from Cairns International Airport.

Port Douglas: Silversonic Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel

6. Port Douglas: Silversonic Great Barrier Reef Dive & Snorkel

Climb aboard the Silversonic catamaran for a full-day cruise to Australia’s renowned Agincourt Reef on the edge of the Continental Shelf. Dive into the turquoise waters for a refreshing swim or enjoy snorkeling at 3 different sites to see the coral formations and the diverse marine life.  The ultramodern 95-foot (29-meter) Silversonic catamaran is custom-designed for small groups of adventure-minded people. You will spend over 5 hours at the reef, visiting 3 different Agincourt ribbon reef sites, each chosen for its visual and ecological diversity. First-time divers can enjoy up to 2 dives and take the plunge in complete confidence with an experienced dive instructor. Certified divers will enjoy up to 3 dives, all guided to maximize your experience. Silversonic features everything you’ll need to experience an underwater world of colorful marine life in safety and comfort, including a state-of-the-art ride control system ensuring a super smooth journey. Enjoy hydraulic dive and snorkel platforms for easy water access, spacious deck areas, hot freshwater showers, change rooms, and even a licensed bar to share tales of your adventure. As an added bonus during the whale season, Silversonic has one of the few permits available from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority that allows guests to swim with dwarf Minke whales if encountered – a truly unforgettable experience from July through September.

Port Douglas: Low Isles Glass Bottom Boat & Snorkeling Tour

7. Port Douglas: Low Isles Glass Bottom Boat & Snorkeling Tour

Join a magical snorkeling experience around a beautiful, secluded island in the Great Barrier Reef. Travel aboard a unique glass-bottom boat from Port Douglas to the Low Isles and enjoy a light refreshment. Dive into a calm lagoon to explore a colorful coral reef. Board a fun glass-bottom boat with plenty of space to lounge around. Depart from Port Douglas and feel the wind on your face while you navigate to the Low Isles. Join the crew on a guided snorkeling tour of the site. Learn about the incredible Great Barrier Reef and appreciate its majesty. Discover the small island at your own pace, walking through sandy paths and tropical vegetation. Come across the historical lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper's home, and the station where local weather data is collected. Hop back aboard and view the underwater world as you sail back.

Cairns: Daintree, Mossman Gorge & Cape Tribulation Day Trip

8. 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

From Port Douglas: Kuranda via Scenic Rail or Skyrail Option

9. From Port Douglas: Kuranda via Scenic Rail or Skyrail Option

Following pickup in the morning, relax on the ride with entertaining commentary. Travel down the Captain Cook Highway, known as the second most scenic highway in Australia, and learn the history of the region, along with local issues and stories about wildlife. Pick up at Northern Beaches available. Arrive at the beautiful Freshwater Station and board the historic Kuranda scenic railway. Then, head through the rainforest and take in the breathtaking scenery of waterfalls and 15 dramatic tunnels carved through the rocks.  Upon arrival in Kuranda, explore the 'Village in the Rainforest', famous for its colorful arts and crafts markets, which are open every day.  Browse the wide variety of Aboriginal artifacts, such as handmade leather goods, wood, and jewelry. Stop at a café for lunch and listen to the busker, or try some local snacks such as macadamia nuts, honey, mango wine, homemade sweets, or delicious homemade ice cream. Next, head up the coast to Palm Cove, where you'll be taken along the palm-fringed esplanade. Then, purchase a drink and enjoy some staggering views of the picturesque beach or take a walk along the beach and let the kids play in the playground. Return to Port Douglas with new friends and great memories, before getting dropped off at your accommodation or chosen restaurant on request.  

Port Douglas: Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Full-Day Cruise

10. Port Douglas: Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef Full-Day Cruise

Climb aboard a Quicksilver catamaran for a full-day cruise to Australia’s renowned Agincourt Reef, a jewel-like ribbon reef on the edge of the Continental Shelf. Showcasing unsurpassed coral formations, colorful marine life and exceptional underwater visibility, you can snorkel or view the sights from the comfort of a semi-submersible. The Quicksilver's stylish wave-piercing catamaran transports you in air-conditioned comfort. From the spacious activity platform, moored in a protected lagoon, enjoy the widest range of activities for swimmers and non-swimmers alike. A friendly and attentive crew, including professional marine biologists, are on hand to ensure you gain the most from your day. Snorkel among the coral gardens, or stay dry and explore the reef from the comfort of a semi-submersible. Enjoy an informative reef commentary and see the reef from an underwater observatory. Add on exciting optional activities for a complete adventure. Get an introductory dive of the reef, or enjoy certified diving, helmet diving and marine biologist-guided snorkel tours. You can even take a scenic helicopter flight and fly over the reef to see it from another perspective.

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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.

In the beginning, I was worried that we might be too many people and scare the fish away, but that wasn’t so much an issue. We saw beautifully colourful corals, lots of fish incl. clown fish and a shark and also a sea turtle! I especially liked it that photos were taken both of the participants as well as the underwater encounters. The photos were shared later, they were amazing! The team also offered a guided snorkeling tour and gave us additional information about the reef and its inhabitants. I can completely recommend this tour!

We had the best time with Calypso Reef cruises. Everything was very well arranged. The pick up was on time and smooth and we were dropped off at the marina where we meet our crew for the day. Everyone was very friendly and through the day, they ran short sessions in the water or the boat on corals among other subjects. The lunch spread was good with options for vegetarians as well. It was a pretty decent day to snorkle even though it started off a bit rainy. The equipment was also provided by them (included the stinger suit).

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.

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.