Join an experienced guide on this personalised tour of the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge. You’ll be collected from your accommodation in a Mercedes Sprinter, your base for the day as you travel in comfort with your small group.
Driving past cane fields you’ll pass through the town of Mossman, the region’s sugar capital, on your way to the Daintree River, which you’ll cross aboard the car ferry. You’ll then discover first-hand where the ‘rainforest meets the reef’ as you stand at the Cape Tribulation look out to take in the spectacular views across the bay.
As your guide takes you on a guided walk through the ancient rainforest you’ll learn about the many species of plants and animals – some of which are critically endangered – and why this World-Heritage listed gem is so valuable. Then it’s on to cruising Coopers Creek crocodile spotting before lunch and a taste of the tropics at Daintree Ice Cream Company.
On the way home take a dip at Mossman Gorge. Here the cool, crystal clear waters cascade over the boulders. A perfect way to end a day of sightseeing.
After the approximate 7.30am pick up from your accommodation, you’ll find yourself settling quickly into the comfort of the air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. As your pass through the sugar-cane fields leading up to Mossman, your experienced guide will provide an overview of the history of the town.
Shortly after you’ll take a turn towards the Daintree River Ferry, the only cable ferry in Tropical North Queensland that provides the only sealed road access to the northern section of the Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation and of course further north.
The first stop is Alexandra Lookout where you’ll be able to get a bearing on where you’ve come from as you take in expansive views of the Daintree coast. You’ll see the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island, Low Isles and Port Douglas.
You’ll learn about the plants and trees, some of which would have been a major source of food for dinosaurs, and you’ll also hear about the wildlife.
Three per cent of Australia’s frog, reptile and marsupial population live in the Daintree, so don’t expect your guide to know the name of every tree or plant but stay close as he or she has a sharp eye and ear for birds and local wildlife that you wouldn’t be able to spot on your own.
As you cruise to Cape Tribulation you’ll hear the reason behind the naming of the headland by Captain Cook. And you’ll soon understand the phrase ‘where the rainforest meets the reef’ as you step straight on to the beach from the rainforest.
A morning tea of freshly brewed tea and coffee, muffins and fruit are waiting for you after you’ve taken all the photos you want from the lookout and the beach.
A hidden resort is where you’ll call in next, for lunch. If you’re keen for a swim in the freshwater creek that the restaurant looks over, you’re more than welcome.
You’ll then start back down towards Mossman Gorge, but not before pulling into the Daintree Ice Cream Company for dessert.
Unlike other ice cream stores this is one of a kind. Not only because you don’t have the choice of which four flavours you would like – you’ll take what you’re given – but also because each of the four flavours have been made from fruit grown on the property. Each flavour is made fresh out the back and you won’t care you didn’t have a choice when you taste them all.
Next up is a cruise on the river at Cooper Creek guided by the seasoned expert steering the boat. He knows the local crocodiles by name and is privy to their favourite haunts and habits. Cruising through the mangroves you’ll see the coastal, cloud-covered mountains in the distance as you switch into stealth mode looking out for crocodiles.
If you’re lucky you’ll spot one and the boat will coast just close enough for you to take a photo. Other wildlife, such as the white-lipped green tree frog may also be hanging about.
The Mossman Gorge is located within the southern section of the Daintree National Park. The Mossman Gorge Centre, which you’ll pass through, is an Indigenous eco-tourism development. Featuring Indigenous art, a gift shop, café and facilities, you’ll board the shuttle from here that’ll take you to the gorge itself.
If you didn’t take a dip at lunch, it’s worth venturing into the cool, clear water here. Looking up towards the steep mountains, dense with rainforest, you’ll see the Mossman River water cascading over massive boulders to the swimming hole.
Then it’s time to dry off before heading back to your tour bus for the short drive back to your accommodation.
January - December
Excludes Christmas Day & New Year's Day
Option DT7:20AM - Port Douglas Only - Departs 7:20am - Returns 4:20pm (approx)
Option DT8:20AM - Departs Cairns 6:50am, Northern Beaches 7:20am & Port Douglas 8:15am - Returns Cairns 6:30pm, Northern Beaches 6:00pm & Port Douglas 5:15am (approx)
Ice Cream at the Daintree Ice Cream Company
For guests with children under 7, we recommend a private charter tour
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A cancellation fee will apply if less than 24 hours notice is given prior to departure. If an amendment to a booking is required, this can be done at no charge outside 48 hours before departure, subject to availability