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Port Douglas: Low Isles Snorkel Tour

1. Port Douglas: Low Isles Snorkel Tour

Join a snorkelling experience in the water around a beautiful, secluded island. Enjoy some time aboard a comfortable and spacious vessel as you travel to the Low Isles with only 23 guests. Relax with plenty of space onboard during the journey and enjoy a light refreshment as you spot the Low Isles in the distance. Spend a few hours snorkelling and exploring a picturesque coral bay. Snorkel in the calm lagoon or view the reef from the glass bottom boat. The crew will provide tours for guests to learn and appreciate the incredible Great Barrier Reef. Access to the reef is very easy, either from the back of the vessel or from the beach as the reef hugs close to the island. Explore the coral reef and its inhabitants without the crowds. Walk through the sandy paths and through the vegetation. See first hand the historical lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper's home and the Weather Station where local weather data is collected. 

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

2. 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.

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.

From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

4. From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

Spend an afternoon exploring the rainforest and a small village within it with a small group and a guide. After a late-morning pickup from your hotel, head down the Captain Cook Highway to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Enjoy the journey over the rainforest and stop at 2 stations along the way to experience this World Heritage Rainforest. After your arrival in Kuranda, a guide will meet you and show you around the Kuranda Village. Visit the vibrant markets, see the best places to eat, and visit some small animal parks. After 2 hours, jump onboard the Kuranda Scenic Train and head down the mountain, viewing 15 tunnels and waterfalls along the way. On arrival at Freshwater Station, you'll then head to Palm Cove, a beautiful beachside village where you can stop for a cocktail or 2, or take a walk on the beach and pier. Head back to Port Douglas for 6:45 PM. (Palm Cove stopover only available for the 11:00 AM departure)

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.

Port Douglas: Half-Day Food Trail Tour with Lunch

6. Port Douglas: Half-Day Food Trail Tour with Lunch

Explore local flavors and wines during this tasting trip around Port Douglas. With a chef as your guide, visit local farms and interact with farmers to get a local perspective of the area and farming life. Roll up your sleeves and collect fresh produce for a 3-course lunch. Spend the morning visiting local farms. Discover the tropical scenery of the region while you make your way to the first farm on the trail, a family-run sugar cane farm. Sample a refreshing sugar cane and lime drink and see the exotic tropical fruit in their farm store. Your next visit is the Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Farm. Once there, collect your fish, the star ingredient of your lunch, and enjoying a tour of the farm. Experience fish feeding. Finally, travel to the Shannonvale Winery for a tropical fruit wine tasting. While you sip exotic wine, your personal chef will prepare a 3-course lunch with ingredients collected during the tour. Lunch is served at the edge of the orchard.

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.

N. Queensland: Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour

8. N. Queensland: Kuranda Rainforest Full-Day Tour

Explore the depths of the Kuranda Rainforest with rides on the railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and 6-wheel-drive amphibious Army Duck vehicle! Experience this enchanting region of Australia and see its wildlife, lush scenery, and aboriginal culture. Board the Kuranda Scenic Railway for a spectacular journey with stunning views of the Coral Sea, Cairns City, and more. Take the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway over pristine rainforest and skim the forest canopy just beneath you! See kangaroos, wombats, koalas, and crocodiles up close and personal. Explore the rainforest on a 6-wheel-drive World War II Army Duck amphibious vehicle, over land and water. Your experienced Duck Driver will help you search for wildlife and teach you about the plants and trees that make up the surrounding rainforest. After your Duck tour, you can sample exotic fruits and locally made ice cream at the Tropical Treats fruit orchard. The Koala & Wildlife Park offers the opportunity to get up close with native Australian wildlife including wombats, crocodiles, lizards and birds. You can hand feed kangaroos and wallabies. Included also is the world-famous BBQ lunch. Go for a dreamtime walk and learn about Aboriginal culture with spear-throwing demonstrations and ritualistic dances. Take the opportunity to try your hand at boomerang throwing, then visit Kuranda's markets and art galleries, or even the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Optional extra: For your Kuranda Scenic Railway journey you are able to upgrade from Heritage Class to Gold Class. Gold Class includes the following: Dedicated host service, souvenir trip guide, moist towellete, individual seating, lounge-style chairs, ambient, historical décor, including timber look flooring, historical photographs and cedar interior. Kuranda Scenic Railway gift pack including Kuranda Scenic Railway badge, pen and postcard. Queensland and local Tablelands produce such as Gallo Dairyland Cheese, Skybury Coffee, Wondaree Macadamias, Mango to Go (100% pure mango treat), freshly baked muffins with local fruit, Sirromet wines and Great Northern Brewing Company Super Crisp Lager.

Daintree Rainforest: Traditional Aboriginal Fishing w/ Lunch

9. Daintree Rainforest: Traditional Aboriginal Fishing w/ Lunch

This fun exclusive tour allows you to join in a real aboriginal cultural experience, combining the pristine natural beauty of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park with its truly exciting ecosystem. This is a day you will never forget.  Travel to Cooya Beach, north of Port Douglas, to meet with the Kubirri Warra brothers who follow the traditions of their ancestors. This unique coastal place is a traditional fishing ground of the Kuku Yalanji and has three diverse ecosystems, beach, mangroves, and a coastal reef. The brothers will teach you how to throw a spear and demonstrate how to search and hunt for fish, mud crabs, and mussels. Learn about bush tucker and medicines before enjoying the catch of the day. Depart Cooya Beach for Mossman Gorge and be welcomed to Country Ceremony, where you will be greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony. This ceremony is conducted by Aboriginal people with specialized cultural knowledge to welcome people to their land. It is a ceremony of spiritual cleansing to ward of evil spirits and to ensure that while you on the traditional land of Kuku Yalanji people, you are accepted and honored.  Enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavors at Mossman Gorge Centre. The Rainforest Walk option. Wander into the lush rainforest of the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park, home of the Kuku Yalanji people and experience one of the world's oldest and most beautiful rainforests. An easy going walk is across boardwalks, tracks, and bridges protecting the delicate ecosystem. Your guide will explain the rich flora and fauna and ecosystem of this amazing rainforest.  With the Ngadiku Walk option, join an experienced Aboriginal guide for a 1.5 hour walk at Mossman Gorge, demonstrating traditional plant use, bush foods and more. Your Aboriginal guide will provide an enchanting narrative of the ancient rainforest and the Kuku Yalanji's special relationship with this unique environment. Your day of discovery comes to a end as you are taken back to your accommodation in Cairns, Northern Beaches, or Port Douglas.

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 Port Douglas

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 124 reviews

There were several points of interest along the way to our destination, and each time we got off the bus, they would explain it to us and walk with us. Our guide and driver, Jeff, was very knowledgeable about plants and animals, and we were able to hear many interesting stories. I was lucky to see Ulysses in Mossman Gorge. It was shorter than other tours, but since we had children, it was just right for us to come back in the evening. The tour exceeded my expectations. it's recommended.

A great day. Gary, our guide, was friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. We saw stunning places such as Mossman Gorge and Thornton Beach, as well as the Daintree. Lunch was excellent and the highlight for me was swimming in Noah’s Creek. Highly recommend!

Loved it!! Was a day full of activities and learning about the area. The tour guides were amazing. They were both educational and fun full of interesting stories. The fay was long but well executed and everything ran smoothly.

This tour was just the right length of time, the tour operators were knowledgeable of the area and ocean life, and provided a friendly personal experience

Realy enjoyed the Tour learned alot about the Dauntree forest