Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest
Visiting this unique region you will discover one of the most complex ecosystems on Earth – one hectare can hold some 30,000 different species of plants, reptiles, mammals, birds, insects and other organisms – and has the richest Flora and Fauna diversity in Australia. Explore it by driving yourself or relax and enjoy a small group day tour utilising air-conditioned 4WD vehicles.
Billy Tea Safaris 4WD Cape Tribulation and Daintree Tour
Your naturalist guide will meet you at your accommodation and, after introductions, drive north along the scenic route to Mossman. visit the majestic Daintree River, ascend the Alexandra Range and take in the sights of pristine World Heritage tropical Raingorest. Travel beyond Cape Tribulation along the 4WD Bloomfield Track to pristine Emmagen Creek.
Departs: Cairns daily 7am (returns 6.30pm approx.)
- Environmentalist driver / guide
- 1hr Daintree River Cruise
- Morning Tea and barbecue lunch
- Guided National park boardwalks
- Hand feed kangaroos
- Freshwater swim at Emmagen Creek
- Complimentary glass of wine and cup of billy tea
If you have your own transport then take in Cape Tribulation and the Daintree at your own pace. The scenic drive north winds along the coast with spectacular views out to the Coral Sea. But keep in mind there is a lot to see and take in…the return trip without stopping is 5 hours driving! Here is a suggested itinerary:
- Depart Cairns 7:45am, enjoy the scenic drive along the coast with a stop at Rex’s lookout and
- Arrive Mossman Gorge 9:45am approx (Optional extra: take a Kuku Yalanji Walk, the Traditional Owners of the area will share with you their abundant knowledge about the rainforest and its plants and animals, as well as its spiritual and cultural significance. After the walk, enjoy tea and the opportunity to ask questions and discuss anything you may want to learn about this traditional culture. Walks leave at 10am, 12 noon, and 2pm. It’s a good idea to make reservations. Allow around two hours)
- Continue north to the Daintree River where you can take the cable-ferry across the river. There are also many river tours operating frequently throughout the day, offering a short crocodile and wildlife spotting experience. Bookings not required.
- Once across the Daintree River there are many options including:the Daintree Discovery Centre (an interpretive facility that allows visitors easy access to this unique rainforest wilderness via boardwalk tours, a 23 metre high Canopy Tower, Aerial Walkway and comprehensive Display Centre), National Park Boardwalks and long sandy beaches. Stop in at the Bat Centre for information on the rainforest, its inhabitants and things to do in the region…plus meet one of the local flying foxes.
- Daintree Icecream Company, time allowing, all the ice creams are made on the premises from tropical fruits grown in the company’s own orchards such as Black Sapote, Soursop, Wattle Seed and Jackfruit.
- Return across the Daintree river ferry (which runs until midnight) to Cairns after a full day of exploring around 6.30-7.30pm