Embark on a Journey to the oldest low-lying rainforest in the world, estimated to be between 110 to 180 Million years old (6-10 times older than the Amazon Rainforest!)
The Daintree is the oldest most complex tropical lowland rainforest ecosystem(s) in the world. It’s where the reef meets the rainforest.
The Daintree is within the World Heritage Wet Tropics, but just because you are within the Wet Tropics doesn’t mean you are in the Daintree Rainforest.
The Wet Tropics starts around Townsville, stretches all the way up to Cooktown, Australia, it covers an area of 1200 km2, that’s 16x the size of Singapore!
The Wet Tropics has a huge diversity from mountain ranges, granite boulder mountain peaks, to waterfalls, to deep gorges, heavy/dense rainforest with beautiful white sandy beaches and fringing reef systems (a very very rare combination).
The Daintree is a small pocket within the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, it become popular through the re-discoveries of the idiot fruit in 1970 after it killed the farmers cows… and also as mentioned above is one of the oldest low laying rainforests in the world!
Cape Tribulation is one of a few places where the reef meets the rainforest a great place to indulge in nature!
There are many, many, different buses that visit the Daintree, you can also self drive it if you’re confident in driving. We work with tour operators that support the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef, strive for Eco-friendly excursions / Sustainable Tourism.
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There are a few options for those interested in helping protect the Daintree Rainforest for many years to come… One of there is options is to become a Rainforest Guardian which is monthly donations starting from $1… If money is not your best friend, you can also volunteer your time whilst gaining fulfilling experience of the rainforest. There normal intership programs are from 3 – 6 months but depending on your level of experience or qualifications you can bring to the table, then there may be other things you can help with.
Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre:
With the development of the Mossman Gorge Centre, a World Heritage listed rainforest environment is protected and Indigenous jobs and training opportunities have been created as part of the world class eco-tourism visitor and interpretive centre at the entrance to the iconic Mossman Gorge north of Cairns.
The Mossman Gorge Centre is the central hub for all things Mossman Gorge and is staffed by local residents with a breath of knowledge on the area. At the Centre you will find an official welcome area, a contemporary café, art gallery, gift shop and tour desk.
Check out their website for more info!
To get to Cape Tribulation you need to take a ferry accross the Daintree river, as there is not any bridges accross the river.
Some people who do self drives may want to consider taking a crocodile cruise or wildlife spotting boat cruise which lasts approx. 1 hour.
For those doing a full day or 2 day tour, most likely it will be included in the tour but just check the company you have gone through to double check 🙂
There are quite a few different crocodile cruise companies and it is easy enough to book on arrival, although we highly reccomend booking in advance especially during the busy season, as you don’t want to miss out!
Majority of the overnight tours to Cape Tribulation are fairly independant tours… For this reason majority suit families quite well, a bunch of friends travelling together, as there is no worrying about driving yourself or getting lost or organising the wrong stuff…
Cape Trib Connections is a great example of this. Their tours are like 2x day tours joined together and 1x paid nights accommodation in one of the main four accommodation places in Cape Trib. Cape Trib Connections offer a variety of choices to suit a range of budgets and a variety of people.
Other companies like Uncle Brians suit more of a under 30’s market, that are after a more guided style, as they have a guide stay overnight at PK’s lodge in Cape Tribulation with the group.
Full Day Tours:
We are a huge fan of day tours (not just cause we operate one) but also when you are on holiday, the last thing you want to be stressing about is driving in a foriegn country, with road rules you don’t understand and trying to find your way around.
The Daintree / Cape Tribulation offers very little (if any) cell reception and it’s 2hours 45mins North of Cairns.
Full day tours are great for solo travellers, couples, friends and older teenage families as it is easy to mingle with like minded travellers and to explore and discover the World Heritage beauties with great company. Guides provide some key information and knowledge that can help put the place into perspective for you too.
We are big fans that the destination can sell itself, but a guide can go above and beyond, what you were ever expecting, taking your journey to a whole other level… and that’s what we love about day tours. So check out the tours we offer below.
Self drive tours:
Self drive tours to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest suit domestic travellers more so, that are already familar with the roads or Australian rules.
We are also a huge fan of them for those travelling as a young family, as you can go at your own pace, stop at your own pace, no worries about your daughter singing her heart out to Ariana Grande for 2 hours straight… and when you are ready to go home, you can go home.
The main things people like to see and do in the Daintree are as follows:
- Wildlife Boat Cruise on the Daintree
- Mossman Gorge walk
- Check out the Aboriginal Artwork in Mossman Gorge town
- Take your car accross the ferry to Cape Tribulation beach
- Stay overnight in the Daintree
- Do a half day Jet boat tour to the reef from Cape Trib
- Jungle Ziplining through the Daintree
At Rainforest Rescue they know the value of planting seeds. Their Daintree Nursery produces over 20,000 Daintree – propagated trees and plants every year.
Rainforest Rescue has been responsible for putting over 276,000 trees back into Nature in Australia – and 33,000 overseas. Even more reason to support them!
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Ocean Safari offers an exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This half day eco tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary…
My amazing friend/ex co-worker Scott Plume has taken most of the photos.
Check his website, Insta, or Facebook out – he’s a nature based photographer & a damm good one at that!