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Cairns: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with Cruise Option

1. Cairns: Daintree and Mossman Gorge Tour with Cruise Option

Embark on a day trip where the rainforest meets the reef. See natural sights including the Great Barrier Reef, experience a wildlife cruise, and participate in a smoke ceremony as you go. Start your adventure with a scenic coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas, the far north’s very own great ocean road with panoramic views of the sparkling Coral Sea. The first stop is 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, bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll be welcomed by the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will also cleanse you of evil spirits during a smoke ceremony. Also, enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters. After crossing the mighty Daintree River and a lunch break, it’s time to explore the ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress. Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter, you will discover everything from low-lying ferns and shrubs, to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems - all in one short easy walk. You can choose to taste locally made ice cream, at your own cost, and 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, experience a wildlife cruise on the river (if option selected). During the cruise, you may see a crocodile, while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system. On the return journey to Cairns, drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid-back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

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.

From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

4. From Port Douglas: Small Group Rainforest and Kuranda Tour

Discover the beauty of the rainforest on this day trip from Port Douglas. Ride on the Captain Cook Highway aboard an airconditioned bus, see the canopy from above on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and visit Kuranda Village. Return aboard the Kuranda Scenic Train. Be picked up from your hotel in the late morning and board an air conditioned comfortable bus. Head down the Captain Cook Highway to the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Journey over the World Heritage Rainforest and stop for pictures at 2 stations along the way. Arrive in Kuranda and meet your guide who will show you the Kuranda Village. Visit the vibrant markets, see the best places to eat, and visit some small animal parks. Board the Kuranda Scenic Train and head down the mountain. Pass through tunnels and by stunning waterfalls along the way. On arrival at Freshwater Station, head to Palm Cove, a beautiful beach side village where you can stop for a cocktail (at own expense) or take a walk on the beach.  Head back to Port Douglas and arrive at your accommodation in time for supper.

Port Douglas: Half-Day Food Trail Tour with Lunch

5. Port Douglas: Half-Day Food Trail Tour with Lunch

Explore local flavors and wines during this tasting trip around Port Douglas. With a chef as your guide, visit local farms and interact with farmers to get a local perspective of the area and farming life. Roll up your sleeves and collect fresh produce for a 3-course lunch. Spend the morning visiting local farms. Discover the tropical scenery of the region while you make your way to the first farm on the trail, a family-run sugar cane farm. Sample a refreshing sugar cane and lime drink and see the exotic tropical fruit in their farm store. Your next visit is the Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Farm. Once there, collect your fish, the star ingredient of your lunch, and enjoying a tour of the farm. Experience fish feeding. Finally, travel to the Shannonvale Winery for a tropical fruit wine tasting. While you sip exotic wine, your personal chef will prepare a 3-course lunch with ingredients collected during the tour. Lunch is served at the edge of the orchard.

From Cairns/Port Douglas: Wildlife Habitat and Mossman Gorge

6. From Cairns/Port Douglas: Wildlife Habitat and Mossman Gorge

Enjoy a day exploring the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat and Mossman Gorge. Start your day with pickup from Cairns or Port Douglas. If you start from Cairns, travel to Port Douglas via the Captain Cook Highway, one of Australia’s most scenic coastal drives. Head to the Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat to hand-feed kangaroos and wallabies and observe cassowaries, crocodiles, and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroos. Enjoy a wildlife presentation and lunch amongst the lorikeets. At Mossman Gorge National Park, experience a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony. Explore the trails on your own or upgrade to a Dreamtime Walk with an Indigenous guide to learn about local plants and indigenous traditions. Before heading back to your accommodations, visit the local fruit stall. Indulge your senses by tasting local produce, explore the fruit orchard, or relax in the beautiful surroundings.

Cairns: Aboriginal Art and Culture Full-Day Trip with Lunch

7. Cairns: Aboriginal Art and Culture Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Spend a day enriching your knowledge of Aboriginal culture. Take a painting class with an Aboriginal artist, learning how stories are told through Aboriginal paintings. Drive through Aboriginal "highways," join a traditional smoking ceremony, and wander through lush rainforest on your tour. Visit Janbal Gallery, where you'll take part in a painting class with Aboriginal artist, Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley. Paint your own canvas and let Binna guide you through cultural painting techniques. Next, drive through Shannonvale Valley on the way to lunch and learn about the ancient Aboriginal "highways" that ran through the region. Once at Mossman Gorge Centre, be greeted with a traditional smoking ceremony conducted by Aboriginal people. Then, with a view of the rainforest, enjoy a delicious lunch infused with local flavors. After lunch, wander through one of the world’s oldest and most beautiful rainforests at Mossman Gorge, home of the Kuku Yalanji rainforest people. There, learn about the special relationship the Kuku Yalanji people have with this unique environment from your Aboriginal guide.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 199 reviews

Such an amazing day. Weather was perfect to experience this beautiful natural rainforest at its best. I took a paddle in Mossman Gorge, freezing, however my legs and feet felt great after. A few short bush walks through the gorge and Daintree to capture some amazing scenic photos. Experienced a calm boat ride on the Daintree River, spotting a few crocodiles along the way and a hatching. I learnt so many things about the history, the flora and fauna and how this rainforest is so important to the eco system. The smoking ceremony was fabulous and again informative and our young host made our group very welcome. Should you have the opportunity to visit this part of Far North Queensland, take the time to visit if you enjoy nature...you won't be disappointed.

This is a MUST DO tour when you are in the area. I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing tour. Pete demonstrated how to properly fillet a barramundi, and we ate the most amazing barramundi sashimi that I have ever tasted. Visiting the local farms and gardens was very interesting also. We continued on to the fruit wine tasting nestled in the forest, where we sampled some very delicious wines while Pete prepared a 3 course meal fit for a king . Delicious.

Comprehensive tour.. Mossman Gorge, Daintree rainforest walk, crocodile cruise, Cape Tribulation beach photo stop. If you have limited time in Cairns, this tour would work. Would have been more enjoyable though if we had more time in Mossman Gorge.

The most fabulous tour so far!! Loved every minute, the welcome to country was so informative, swimming in the gorge, the Daintree trip and cape tribulation… our guide Stu was fun and informative. Would definitely recommend!!

The guider Matthew from Cairns Adventure Group is very good. Only thing is we wish to walk in the Daintree rainforest longer time. The walking time is not long..