You can join a day tour from Port Douglas or Cairns but it’s great to have the freedom of your own car when exploring the Daintree.
Seeing crocodiles in their native environment is one of the wonders of the Daintree and there are many options for cruises up and down the Daintree River.
Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises are a simple tour down the river, looking for crocs. Sit under the canopy of the boat, raincoats on in the wet season, and enjoy the thrill of the chase. The guides know the regular haunts of crocs and if, by chance, you don’t see one, they’ll let you try for free another day. Enjoy a pie and soft drink as part of your entry. Sit outside in an upcycled old tram and watch the chooks peck at the scraps.
Taking a Wildlife Cruise run by the Daintree River Cruises centre is a fascinating way to learn about the history of the people and the wildlife of the rainforest.
The Crocodile Express offers two different cruises.
While keeping a definite eye on safety, the guides at Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours are also focused on having fun. Starting with a walk a short way up the mountain to a large hamster wheel that winches people up the zipline to the first platform, 60 feet above the ground. When you are dangling above this ancient UNESCO World Heritage-listed forest and look out to the ocean you have a unique perspective and a real sense of how incredibly vast it is. This is an exhilarating way to experience the forest. This company also runs two-hour guided night walks – a must for anyone wanting to see nocturnal animals in the wild.
Camping sites in the pristine Daintree are plentiful and campers have dozens of options for secluded, spectacular sites to be at one with nature. Wake up to the sound of birds singing out their morning calls, breathe in the earthy scent of the forest and observe the wildlife in its natural environment. Visitors can camp in the rainforest, along river banks and on beaches. Warning: if you are wanting to camp near water do check with rangers and take note of crocodile warnings. Some accommodation providers have campsites available adjacent to buildings on the property. Most campsites have bathroom facilities for visitors to use.