At the edge of the Daintree Rainforest is one of the best spots on the Queensland coast to explore the Great Barrier Reef – it’s a world heritage area double shot, writes guest blogger Matt Isabella.
While the Daintree is renowned as the oldest and most pristine rainforest in the world, there is another stand-out feature that makes this tropical destination so unique: it’s the only place in the world where two world heritage spots sit side by side.
The Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef are connected together in a beautiful tapestry of unspoiled rainforest, pristine beaches and isolated reefs teaming with sea life. Most of the reef here is protected by a green zone which prohibits fishing.
The isolated location keeps visitor numbers low, particularly compared with other locations such as Cairns and Port Douglas, which means you’re more likely to be with a small group of people, rather than large amounts of competing travellers.
Ocean Safari, operating out of Cape Tribulation Beach House, is the only reef boat tour north of the Daintree River, offering an intimate exploration of the seascape.
Mackay and Undine reefs, with their fantastic visibility and stunning coral gardens, are only a 25-minute ride away from Cape Tribulation aboard one of Ocean Safari’s rigid inflatables.
The eco-certified half-day tours departs daily (morning and afternoon) with your snorkel equipment and marine park fees included (wetsuits, stingers suits and prescription masks extra).
Travellers are greeted on the reefs by abundant sea life including sea turtles, reef fish and, on occasion, migrating whales (July and August are the best months for humpbacks and minkes).
In my view this is one of the best experiences a traveller to the Daintree Rainforest can partake in.
The tour collects and drops off from Cape Tribulation Beach House at 8am and 12pm daily, with a maximum of 25 per tour. For more information contact the Cape Tribulation Beach House directly.