The ultimate Reef & Rainforest day tour experience showcasing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and a visit to famous Cape Tribulation beach. This real-life nature documentary combines a stunning Reef-Scenic Helicopter Flight with rainforest exploration
The ultimate Reef & Rainforest day tour experience showcasing Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and a visit to famous Cape Tribulation beach. This real-life nature documentary combines a stunning Reef-Scenic Helicopter Flight with rainforest exploration by purpose built river cruise vessel and 4WD tour vehicle for a day of discovery you’ll be talking about for years to come!
ITINERARY & INCLUSIONS
07:30 MEET AND GREET
Complimentary pick-up at your accommodation and transfer to the Heliport.
08:15 REEF AND RAINFOREST SCENIC FLIGHT (45 MINUTES)
Enjoy sweeping panoramic views from the tropical rainforest clad coastline, across the azure waters of the Coral Sea and into the very heart of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Only from this unique aerial perspective can the vibrant hues and sheer expanse of the reef’s thriving coral gardens be truly appreciated.
Your highly skilled pilot will share their local knowledge of the region while on the lookout for Turtles, Dolphins, Manta Rays, large schools of pelagic fish and even majestic Humpback Whales (Jul-Sep).
As we approach the mainland again, shades of blue merge seamlessly into the lush, emerald green coastline of the Daintree Rainforest.
Crossing the coastline at the mouth of the majestic Daintree River we follow this ancient waterway to our landing site at the Daintree River Cruise Centre to join up with a small group 4WD tour with Billy Tea Safaris.
STOP 1 DAINTREE RIVER CRUISE
Morning tea served before embarking on a 1-hour Daintree river cruise, home to the prehistoric estuarine crocodile. Your experienced river guide will discuss the unique characteristics of the regions birdlife, butterflies, tree snakes, reptiles, mangrove systems and other endemic plants.
STOP 2 ALEXANDRA RANGE LOOKOUT
Climb aboard your purpose-built tour vehicle and ascend the Alexandra Range stopping for a breathtaking photo opportunity at the iconic Alexandra Range Lookout
STOP 3 GUIDED BOARDWALK TOUR
Join you naturalist guide on an elevated boardwalk tour – learn about the regions unique and diverse flora and fauna including chance sightings of the endemic, prehistoric looking Boyd’s Rainforest Dragon plus the elusive and endangered Southern Cassowary
STOP 4 LUNCH AT A LOCAL CAFE
STOP 5 EMMAGEN CREEK WILDLIFE SPOTTING AND SWIM
Journey beyond Cape Tribulation along 7kms of the 4WD-only Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek with opportunity for a refreshing rainforest creek swim.
Search the creek for turtles and fish and keep an eye out for the dazzling Blue Ulysses butterfly with endemic bird life identifiable by their characteristic calls.
STOP 6 CAPE TRIBULATION BEACH
Continue on to Cape Tribulation beach with time for a beach stroll or to visit the photographer’s platform. With a backdrop of majestic rainforest clad mountains, this is the only place on earth where two World Heritage areas coexist, as Wet Tropical Rainforest meets The Great Barrier Reef.
STOP 7 ICE-CREAM STOP
Ice-cream at own expense before a cable-ferry crossing of the mighty Daintree River.
The homeward journey commences through lowland rainforest and tropical farmland before following one of the most picturesque coastal drives in Australia, The Great Barrier Reef Drive.
ACCOMMODATION DROP OFF
17:30 PORT DOUGLAS
18:00 NORTHERN BEACHES
Your private charter scenic helicopter flight departs from Cairns, and includes a return flight over the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage rainforest.
Here you will enjoy a half day 4WD Cultural Adventure tour led by a local aboriginal guide. Discover the rainforest, learn about the local aboriginal culture and history, sample some Aussie bush tucker and try traditional hunting practices.
Enjoy a one course lunch in Daintree Village with a glass of wine or beer, before boarding your helicoptert for your return scenic flight back to Cairns.
Begin your day with a courtesy pick up in an air conditioned coach from your accommodation in Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches or Palm Cove.
Return coach transfers from Port Douglas can also be arranged at an additional cost.
If you are self driving, you can check in at the Aviation office at General Aviation in Cairns 30 minutes prior to departure.
Pick up and departure times will be provided when booking. Upon arrival at the helicopter pad, you will be provided with a pre departure safety briefing before boarding the luxury helicopter.
Each guest will receive a head to set to enjoy in flight commentary throughout the flight.
Take off & be greeted with spectacular views of Cairns City & surrounds. Your pilot will provide commentary throughout the flight as you head north along the coastline enjoying views of Cairns northern beaches and its palm tree lined waters.
Flying over Palm Cove, Ellis Beach and Port Douglas, you will see the Great Barrier Reef to your right. To your left, you will see the rainforest clad mountains of World Heritage listed rainforest.
Keep your eyes peeled for the Daintree River and headland of Cape Tribulation as you begin your descent. Your helicopter offers great views & photo opportunities of natural wonders throughout your journey.
After around 40 minutes your heli will land deep in the Daintree Rainforest.
Upon arrival into the Daintree Rainforest, you will be met by your local Kuku Yalanji aboriginal guide who will lead you on your half day rainforest & cultural adventure.
Board the 4WD vehicle & begin your journey into the Daintree. Your local guide will share the stories, history & traditions of the local people as you learn of the unique flora, fauna & coastal habitats of the world’s oldest rainforest.
Visit aboriginal cultural sites and learn more about the unique environment. Try your hand at traditional hunting practices - catch a mud crab, try spear throwing, sample Aussie bush tucker.
After a swim, you will then head to the Daintree Village Hotel for lunch & a glass of wine or beer.
Feeling full and satisfied, you will then be transported back to the Daintree Rainforest helicopter pad before boarding your luxury helicopter.
Equipped with headsets, you will begin your 40 minute journey back to Cairns. Take in one last awe inspiring sight of the rich rainforest, sandy stretch of coastline and the Great Barrier Reef before arriing back to Cairns.
Returning to the Cairns heli pad, you will farewell your friendly pilot before enjoying return coach transfers to your accommodation in Cairns, Cairns Northern Beaches or Palm Cove.
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Departure times are flexible
Departs from Hangar 9, Bush Pilots Avenue, General Aviation, Aeroglen, Cairns
January - December
6 hours approx
Return accommodation transfers from Port Douglas - Min 2 Guests
Guests over 110 kg may be subject to additional charge.
Weight: Up to 130 Kg / 287 Lb
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 561