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From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

1. From Port Douglas: Outer Reef Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

Feel the wind in your hair as you sail along the coastline with views of the Daintree Mountains. Soak up the sun, swim, and snorkel at coral reef sites to see abundant marine life, including turtles, giant clam gardens, and a variety of fish. Board your luxury sailing catamaran and enjoy tea, coffee, Danish pastries, and fresh fruit on arrival. Find a spot on the deck to enjoy the 2-hour journey to the Mackay Cay Outer Great Barrier Reef and enjoy a reef interpretation talk from the crew. Arrive at a protected mooring at Mackay or Undine Cay for your first reef site of the day. Snorkel over the pristine coral reef at your own leisure or enjoy a guided tour with a qualified marine biologist. Transfer to the coral cay to explore and enjoy the views. Swim in clear turquoise waters. A tropical buffet lunch will be served on board the boat. Dine on cold meats, prawns, falafel, potato salad, mixed leaf salad, bread, and more. After lunch, continue to the second reef site. Explore the underwater world on a glass-bottom boat tour and enjoy free time for snorkeling. For afternoon tea, the crew will serve a honey nougat slice and a fresh fruit platter. Set sail for Port Douglas and enjoy the return journey with some cheese and crackers. 

From Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

2. From Port Douglas: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Day Tour

Embark on a day trip where the rainforest meets the reef. See natural sights including the Great Barrier Reef, take an optional wildlife cruise, and participate in a smoke ceremony along the way. Discover Daintree River and Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, and Mossman Gorge. Start your adventure with a scenic drive with the first stop at Mossman Gorge, which is in the southern sector of the world-famous Daintree National Park. The gorge has been carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders and is bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll be welcomed by the traditional inhabitants, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will cleanse you of evil spirits during a smoke ceremony. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. After crossing the mighty Daintree River and a break for lunch, it’s time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an informative guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation sure to inform and impress. Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter — everything from low-lying ferns and shrubs to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems — all in one short easy walk. Opt to taste locally made ice cream at your own cost. Prepare for a photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range Lookout, which provides sweeping views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta, and out to the Coral Sea. In the afternoon, opt to experience a wildlife cruise on the river. During the cruise, you may see a crocodile while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system. Return to Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid-back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

3. Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

Get picked up at your hotel and stop at the renowned Mossman Gorge, the first sight on your Daintree Forest tour. Embark on a guided walk and then hop aboard a river cruise on the Daintree River, home to the elusive estuarine crocodile. Observe stunning native and migratory bird life, butterflies, and breathtaking scenery. Cross the Daintree River, journey to Alexandra Lookout, and enjoy sweeping views extending from the Daintree River Estuary to the Coral Sea. Stop for morning tea under the canopy of this prehistoric rainforest. Have some muffin biscuits, coffee, Daintree Tea, and water.  Continue on to Cape Tribulation, with a stop at Kulki Lookout for unparalleled views of the rainforest and beach. Stop at Noah Valley, a World Heritage private property that plays host to some of the most spectacular, pristine rainforest found anywhere in the world. Take a stroll along The Gateway to Paradise and see one of the most primitive flowering plants still in existence. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear rainforest stream while your barbecue lunch is prepared in a private retreat surrounded by rainforest. Savor a lunch of steak, fish, and sausage, served with salads and a warm damper (Australian-style bread) followed by a tropical fruit platter. Follow lunch with an interpretive guided rainforest walk through the heart of the Daintree rainforest. Discover how all living parts of the Daintree Rainforest depend on each other for survival. Conclude the tour with a visit to Daintree Ice Cream Company.

Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

4. Port Douglas: Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

Discover the rich diversity of the Daintree Rainforest through various national park walks on a guided tour from Port Douglas. Travel in a modern, comfortable, and spacious vehicle that offers great visibility. Visit Mossman Gorge and enjoy a river cruise. Be picked up and dropped off at select hotels in Port Douglas. Relax on the drive to the Daintree Rainforest which contains 30% of the frog, marsupial, and reptile species in Australia. Walk through the Mossman Gorge, an ancient rainforest, to see the crystal clear waters of the Mossman River flow over giant boulders. Rainforest boardwalks guide you through this pristine rainforest to uncover its incredible diversity. Stop at stunning beaches and learn about Captain Cook’s journey along the coast of Queensland. Go for a walk along the beach where the rainforest meets the reef. Cruise on Cooper Creek where you can spot estuarine crocodiles on the banks of this mangrove-lined creek. Have lunch at the Heritage Lodge, which is a hidden rainforest resort. At the Daintree Ice Cream Company, taste four delicious scoops of tropical fruit ice cream in a cup. Relax and enjoy your ice cream in a tropical garden and fruit orchard. Visit the Alexandra Lookout to enjoy panoramic views of the Daintree Rainforest, mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and Port Douglas in the distance. Return to your hotel at the end of your tour. 

Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

5. Cape Tribulation Ocean Safari Tour

An exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast at Cape Tribulation. This half-day eco-tour visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The Ocean Safari vessel takes a maximum of 25 passengers allowing guests to experience tropical paradise and the pleasure of a small group. After a fast 25-minute ride, guests are ready to snorkel two fabulous locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs. On most days, the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef alongside sea turtles, which are found in abundance swimming over reefs full of colourful coral, along with myriads of tropical fish, eagle rays, giant clams, and starfish. The vessel is based on the original design of a rescue craft and is a rigid inflatable boat driven by 700hp engines. The experienced Skipper and Eco Host ensure the trip is filled with fun and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef and the coastal rainforest of the Daintree, two world heritage areas side by side. Magical memories like these sometimes only happen once in a lifetime.

Port Douglas: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

6. Port Douglas: River Drift Snorkelling Tour in the Daintree

Benefit from a complimentary pickup from your Port Douglas or Mossman accommodation. Arrive at the Daintree Rainforest's Mossman River after a short drive north through historic sugar cane fields. Get fitted out with a wetsuit, boots, and a snorkel mask with the help of your river-trained guide. Step into the cool, crystal clear water and drift with the current as you explore life under the water’s surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. Try to spot the elusive platypus that calls this river home. Try to spot lizards, butterflies, and rainforest birds on this river adventure. Enjoy an unforgettable time drifting under the rainforest canopy. Arrive back at your accommodation after a short drive back south.

From Cairns: Daintree National Park Private Tour

7. From Cairns: Daintree National Park Private Tour

Start with pickup from your accomodation in Carins at 7:30 AM. Begin a journey heading North along the Great Barrier Reef Drive with beautiful coastal views of the Coral Sea. Upon arrival at the park embark on a Daintree River wildlife cruise. This 2-hour cruise is full of opportunities to observe and photograph some of the most primitive forms of animal and plant life in the world. After the cruise, enjoy lunch at the Daintree Tea House. Lunch has an exotic theme with the outside dining area secluded in the rainforest with beautiful views of tropical rainforest and continuous sounds of birds and nature.  After lunch travel to Mossman Gorge. Go on an ancient journey to witness the evolutionary complexities of the rainforest. The gorge has multiple trails for you to explore with your guide. Enjoy up to 4.5 kilometers of quiet walking tracks within the World Heritage Area, and take some time to swim in the incredible freshwater gorge. After a full day of exploring the park, be returned to your accommodation at 5:30 PM.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 88 reviews

This was the best trip I’ve had out to the reef. I was surprised at how beautiful the coral is at Mackay reef, the fish were amazing, beautiful vibrant tropical fish in abundance, clams amazing too. The bonus was seeing 3 turtles. The Cay was pretty special too and the beautiful, calm sunny weather we had made visibility superb! This Catamaran felt much more personalised than the Quicksilver I’ve done before. Would recommend this trip hands down over the bigger Catamaran trips. The crew were great, lots of knowledge on the marine life plus the guided scuba trips were informative and engaging. Zak and his team gave us a day out to remember!

Staff friendly helpful always there for any help needed Explain how to use all equipment Felt safe in the water and enjoyed the freedom ,not stuck all together I hurt my self ,the staff are all train in first aid and were very accommodating

Was a great time; Tony’s Tropicla Tours really delivered. Our guide, Gary, was competent and knowledgeable about everything on the tour, and much else beyond in the wider world. Was a great day and I’d book it again with friends or family.

It was honestly the best experience ever. The crew were so friendly and fun. Definitely recommend. The reef was stunning!

Great tour. Our guide Gary was energetic, informative and entertaining. Highly recommended.