Walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs, (and maybe even spot one or two as well), on this incredible discovery tour of the world’s oldest rainforest. Start your day with an interesting cruise along the Daintree River to spot the giant saltwater crocodiles, before your guide takes you on an immersive experience. Explore deep inside the rainforest, walk along deserted beaches and learn all about the unique flora and fauna. The Daintree Rainforest is well worth a visit.
Departing your accommodation we travel through the rich farming areas toward the World Heritage listed forest region of the Daintree National Park. We step aboard our own personalised craft for a cruise on the mirrored smooth waters of the Daintree River. We cruise close to riverbanks and under the overhead canopy of the rainforest seeking out the vivid Ulysses Butterfly, Kingfishers, Pythons and other wildlife. The cruise takes us through silent backwaters where crocodiles can normally be seen basking on the muddy banks.
Arriving on the northern side of the river we enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. Enjoy a home-made morning tea underneath the rainforest canopy.
Next, our journey takes us up the beautiful Alexandra Range passing through local rainforest and on to our first stop, where we take a scenic walk through this amazing eco system. Immerse yourself inside protected forests as we take you on a guided walk to view ancient plants and amazing wildlife.
Today you will learn from your Tour Guide some insight into the local aboriginal culture of the area. The Wet Tropics is one of the richest sites for biodiversity on earth and the Daintree is a place of spectacular beauty, rugged mountains, deep gorges and flowing rivers.
Continuing along our next stop is at one of magical beaches that adorn the coastline of Cape Tribulation; here our guides will highlight the amazing wildlife and ecosystems unique to this part of the world. Many who have travelled remark how they feel like Robinson Crusoe.
Lunch today is a delicious meal which includes rainforest-inspired local produce. This is a unique opportunity to enjoy quality food, whilst bathed in the serenity of the tropical rainforests. You will also have the opportunity to get up close and personal with reptiles, frogs and lizards endemic to the area. If the cute and cuddly animals are more to your liking, then you will have the opportunity to feed the kangaroos and swamp wallabies in your own private zoo.
After lunch we get to see unusual, exotic fruit originating from all over the globe’s tropical regions. Along with the fruit trees, the orchard is also a host to beautiful species of tropical flowering plants, both native and introduced. The sole purpose for the fruit grown at here is to make pure, fresh, ice cream and sorbet which is made on the property and sold nowhere else on the globe. For all those ice cream lovers, this is your chance to add to your list of flavours (optional extra).
Our last stop and final lasting impression will be at the outstanding panoramic picture postcard view at Alexandra Range Lookout. From here you’ll have a spectacular view of the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and on a clear day Port Douglas.
One final treat for the day is the crossing on the Daintree River Ferry – the iconic vehicle punt which transfers you out of the world heritage rainforest and on to your home-ward road. You will be back at your accommodation early in the evening.
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Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Australian Luxury Escapes
Tour Code: DWR
Departing: Cairns, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Palm Cove, Thala Beach, Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Silky Oaks Mossman
Days: 5 Days, Monday – Friday
Pick up: 6.45am – 7.45am (depending on location)
Return: 4.30pm – 5.30pm approximately
Minimum number of passengers: 2
Maximum number of passengers: 12
Inclusions: Highly qualified and knowledgeable guide, travel in luxury air-conditioned vehicles, refreshments & lunch, Daintree River cruise, hotel pick up and drop off, comprehensive commentary.
Ever wondered how Australia’s first inhabitants lived? On this unique Indigenous Experience, you will be lead by an Aboriginal Guide along a deserted beach and deep into a wetland. Learn how to throw a spear and a boomerang, and maybe even catch a local mud crab. The Aboriginal people have a deep and expressive culture and today you will learn all about it. Afterwards you will continue to explore the Daintree Rainforest.
Enter the gates of this secluded refuge and go back in time to experience one of the world’s greatest collections of tropical ethnobotanical plants. Your private guide will show you around the sprawling property so that you can see and learn about the more than 3,000 species of tropical plants, including fruit, spices and nuts.. Today you will see and learn about Australia’s unique fauna and what you can do to help preserve the rainforests of the world.
Just to the west of Cairns is the charming village of Kuranda. Situated in the mountain ranges and away from the humidity of the coast, Kuranda features local art and crafts stores and small local cafes. Travel to Kuranda via sky rail for a bird’s eye view of the rainforest. Later return to the coast via the historic scenic rail to complete your journey.