February 17, 2023
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The Daintree Rainforest in Tropical North Queensland is a bucket list destination that must be seen to be believed. The sheer size of it and the native flora and fauna that are seldom seen anywhere else in the world will leave you in awe. To see the Daintree Rainforest properly and learn about its anomalies, join one of the many tours that showcase the beauty of the rainforest. For expertise and knowledge, these are the top seven tours in the Daintree.
There’s no better way to see the Daintree than to be guided by local Aboriginal guides who are the traditional custodians of Kuku Yalanji country. Walkabout Cultural Adventures hosts a number of Indigenous tours, ranging from half-day tours to full-day tours, where you’ll learn about different foods and medicines the Kuku Yalanji people utilise from nature, sample bush tucker, collect shellfish and try traditional Aboriginal hunting practices.
You’ll also have opportunities to throw boomerangs and spears and walk through the rainforest to Mossman Gorge. Plus, pick up from Daintree Village, Mossman or Port Douglas is included.
Ngadiku (Nar-di-gul) means stories and legends from a long time ago in the local Kuku Yalanji language, and that’s exactly what you can expect from the Ngadiku Dreamtime Walks. Local Indigenous guides will begin with a smoking ceremony to cleanse before they take you on a spiritual walk through the lush rainforest where you will visit culturally significant sites and learn through enchanting Dreamtime stories.
The intimate tours last approximately 1.5 hours and finish with bush tea and damper.
Cassowary Falls is an incredible waterfall located on private property, so the only way to see it is the exclusive Daintree waterfall tour. One of only a few places in the Daintree you can actually swim (thanks crocodiles!) you’ll have 1.5 hours to meander around, relax on the mossy rocks, and swim to your heart’s content (you can also find more croc-free places to swim nearby in Port Douglas).
Part of this tour includes a bit of off-roading to get to the waterfall, so you’ll definitely be keen for a dip!
Daintree Ice Cream Company is ice cream unlike anything you’ve tried before. With flavours from the rainforest, all the ice cream is handmade on site from the exotic fruits that are organically grown, irrigated naturally by tropical rainfall and farmed in the orchard.
Take a free, self-guided walking tour of the Daintree Ice Cream Company orchard that will take you about 30 minutes while you devour the end result. With over 15 species of rare and exotic fruit trees from Davidson plums and lychees to dragon fruit and native beehives, the orchard walk will delight your mind.
If you’d rather do a tour that doesn’t require you to hire a car, luckily for you there are Cape Tribulation and Daintree tours from Cairns! The 2-day Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation Tour will take you on a journey to explore the Daintree at ease. You’ll get all the best bits, with accommodation too, without having to organise a thing.
A guided night walk, crocodile spotting on a Daintree River cruise, swimming in the pristine creeks, a trip to the reef and horse riding are all on the cards.
While there are a number of amazing accommodation options in the Daintree and places to stay in Cape Tribulation, if you’d rather base yourself in one of the accommodations in Port Douglas there are also Cape Tribulation and Daintree tours that depart from there, including the full-day Daintree Rainforest Discovery. The 10-hour tour will pick you up from your accommodation in Port Douglas and will commence with a traditional Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony by the Kuku Yalanji people.
Lunch at On The Turps at the Heritage Lodge, a swim in nearby Cooper Creek, a walk at Jindalba Boardwalk, a stop for ice cream and a Daintree River cruise are all on the itinerary for the day. On the way home you’ll get to stop at Mount Alexandra Lookout to take in the views of the Daintree Rainforest and its coastline. You might also see the Daintree River as it snakes through the landscape.
If you’re looking to explore more of the upper Daintree and want a Cape Tribulation and Daintree tour that leaves from Palm Cove, the Billy Tea Safaris 1-day Daintree, Cape Trib and Bloomfield tour is for you.
You’ll get to experience a Daintree River cruise and take a 4WD ride on the rugged Bloomfield Track to Emmagen Creek, Cape Tribulation Beach and more! Billy Tea Safaris is one of the only tour operators to travel on the Bloomfield Track so your experience will be like no other.
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