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Daintree Rainforest & National Park - Things to do

Daintree National Park

The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest living rainforest on Earth - older than the Amazon Rainforest by 65 million years!

Housed by the Daintree National Park, this untouched beauty has often been referred to as a "living museum".

Stretching from the Mossman Gorge to the Bloomfield River, the Daintree Rainforest is World Heritage listed and covers approximately 1200 square kilometres - the largest area of tropial rainforest on the Australian mainland.

Popular not only to nature enthusiasts, the Daintree National Park attracts many tourists to the region for a glimpse of the rare and spectacular plant and animal life that can only be found in the Daintree Rainforest. Don't forget to book accommodation in Daintree.

Things to do at the Daintree

Daintree Rainforest massageThe Daintree National Park is a tourist's dream. Catering to all types of holiday makers, from backpackers to those wanting a taste of luxury, whether you want to relax, explore or get a thrill, the Daintree can provide it all.

Walking and climbing trails are a popular choice for those wanting to experience the beauty of nature first hand, however if you prefer to go faster there are plenty of off road four wheel drive tours available, or you can take the scenic route, hire a car and drive through the winding roads abound with lush forest.

There are also great facilities to get a birds eye view - walk through the canopy tower or aerial walkway at the Daintree Discovery Centre, a great tourist destination for those wanting to learn about the magnificent eco system of the rainforest whilst having fun and seeing the sights.

Jungle Surfing in the Daintree

Jungle Surfing

Book Port Douglas Tours OnlineJungle Surfing is a unique and exhilarating way to experience the beauty of the world renowned Daintree Rainforest. Jungle Surfing offers unparalleled access to the heart of the Daintree from the bustling forest floor to the giants that tower above the canopy.

 

Port Douglas Heli Scenic Flights

Port Douglas Heli Scenic Flights

Book Port Douglas Tours OnlineThese exclusive flights will carry you over picturesque Port Douglas and its inspiring surrounds. Enjoy the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and The Daintree Rainforests and outback to The Great Dividing Range.

Choose from a variety of scenic flights that are coupled with amazing activities including flying over the Great Barrier Reef with scuba diving, landing on solitary sand cays and untouched islands, exploring the Coral Sea and more - click to see the whole range of scenic helicopter flights!

 

Day Tours through the Daintree and Beyond

Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas

 Atherton Tablelands Small-Group Food & Wine Tasting Tour from Port Douglas

More InfoEat your way through the day starting with This boutique food and wine experience from Port Douglas will be tasting some of the best food and wine that the Atherton Tablelands has to offer. First stop is a Private Property for a 3 course breakfast at a Davidson Plum and finger lime farm with stunning views, then to a riverside location for local cheeses and Indigenous condiments and a glass of wine. Lunch at the Platypus Park to watch them play and try Kangaroo, Crocodile and other delicacies Visit a working dairy farm and sample their chocolates, stop in for seasonal fruit tasting and Macadamia nuts. Then a tipple or 2 at Mt Uncle distillery, and last stop of the day at Barnwell Station a working Wagu cattle station for local coffee and tea with some delicious scones jam and cream. You will be taken through a variety of contrasting landscapes, relax as we taste our way around the regions 'Food Bowl.' 8 Unique gourmet Stops!The maximum participants for this tour is 12.

 

Kuranda Full-Day Small-Group Tour from Port Douglas

Kuranda Full-Day Small-Group Tour from Port Douglas

More InfoDeparting Port Douglas or Palm Cove (not available from Cairns) enjoy this small-group Kuranda day trip limited to 12 guests guaranteeing personal service and entertaining commentary throughout your day. Your first stop is Freshwater station to take a journey aboard the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway (if option selected), travel through the rainforest. On arrival in Kuranda, your guide will meet you there and show you around this 'Village in the rainforest' famous for its colorful arts and crafts markets. After approximately 2-hours in Kuranda it's time for a trip on the multi- award winning Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (if option selected) where you will enjoy a world heritage listed rainforest experience and take in some of the most spectacular views on earth. Next, head up the coast to stunning Palm Cove for a drink (at own expense) overlooking the picturesque beach. Returning to Port Douglas 4.30pm and the end of the day together.

 

Kuranda Day Trip small group from Port Douglas by bus

Kuranda Day Trip small group from Port Douglas by bus

More InfoEnjoy hotel pickup from Port Douglas or Palm Cove (NOT available from Cairns) at either 8.30am or 11am with a maximum of only 12 guests guaranteeing you personal service and great commentary along the way. Head straight to Kuranda Village up the Kuranda Range and travel through some of the oldest rainforest on earth. On arrival in Kuranda you'll be shown around this, 'Village in the rainforest' famous for its colorful arts and crafts markets leaving you to enjoy the village. After approximately 3-hours in Kuranda it's time for a trip back down the scenic Kuranda range stopping at Henry Ross look out for breath taking views over the region. You'll then head up the coast to stunning Palm Cove where you'll be shown the palm fringed Esplanade before enjoying a cold drink, coffee and cake or cocktail (at own expense) overlooking the beautiful beach.

 

Full Day Tour in the Daintree

Full Day Tour in the Daintree

More InfoExperience this magnificent area rather than just looking, all in the comfort of our Luxury 8 seater Mercedes Valente. Daintree Discovery Tours will take you to “The most picturesque locations in the Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, Daintree River, and Cassowary Falls”!

 

Morning Half Day Tour

Morning Half Day Tour

More InfoWe are the only company that can get you out to the stunning Cassowary Falls. It is only accessible through private property, keeping it nice and quiet for us.

 

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge in a day

Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge in a day

More InfoA small group Advanced Eco Accredited tour specifically designed to showcase the very BEST of the Daintree Rainforest focusing on spending less time in the vehicle and more time visiting 'must do' Daintree as well as a private World Heritage Listed location in the heart of The Daintree Rainforest .
As a multiple award winner of 'Best Rainforest Tour' and 'Best Rainforest Guide", we pride on excellent and personal service.
Tony's Tropical Tours has now been recognised as a "Safe Travels" Quality Tourism Accredited Business in alignment with the globally recognised World Tourism Council for the COVID Clean protocols.

 

Cultural Tour - Full Day

Cultural Tour - Full Day

More InfoSpend the day with a local Aboriginal tour guide, learning about culturally significant areas and the relationships the Kuku Yalanji still have with their land. Learn the history, culture and traditions of the local Aboriginal people and the area. Guided walk through the rainforest and coastal habitats learning about the environment, different foods and medicines utilized from nature, sample some bush tucker, collect shellfish and try traditional Aboriginal hunting practices, have a go at spear throwing and if you are lucky, catch a mud crab. Complete the adventure by cooling off in a pristine freshwater stream.

 

Sightseeing Tour - Full Day

Sightseeing Tour - Full Day

More InfoTravelling through Kuku Yalanji country, led by a local Aboriginal guide and learning about the culturally significant sights and local attractions between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation including World Heritage Daintree rainforest. Learn the amazing relationships the Kuku Yalanji still have with their land and experience these diverse environments. Get an insight in to the history, culture and traditions of the local Aboriginal people and the area. Walk through the world’s oldest living rainforest, see natural wonders, the majestic Daintree river, and where the rainforest meets the reef, explore coastal habitats learning about the environment, different foods and medicines utilized from nature, sample some bush tucker, swim at one of the pristine freshwater streams in the area before returning to your accommodation.

 

Daintree and Cape Tribulation Full Day Guided Tour

Daintree and Cape Tribulation Full Day Guided Tour

More InfoThe highlight of your vacation!
Our itinerary has been carefully crafted to provide you with the very best of the Daintree while staying one step ahead of the crowds. Our slightly earlier departure time means that we are the first (and sometimes only) ones at key locations - giving you time to fully immerse yourself in the experience. We visit all the must-see sites as well as a few local secrets and prioritise time spent in nature. Our highly-trained guides are renown for their dedication and passion and go above and beyond to provide each person with an unforgettable day. In order to ensure comfort, safety and quality guiding we cap our guest numbers at 11.

Daintree Wonder Tours is a multi-award-winning, locally owned and operated family business that allows you to explore the area through the eyes of those that love and know it best.

 

Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Palm Cove

Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Palm Cove

More InfoGreat for beginners, non-swimmers and first-time visitors to Tropical North Queensland cruise to Agincourt Reef. You can watch fish feeding, go on a snorkeling expedition, try scuba diving, view the coral and marine life on a semi-submersible submarine, and enjoy a tasty buffet lunch. Transport between Palm Cove and Port Douglas is included.

 

Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas

Quicksilver Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoGreat for beginners, non-swimmers and first-time visitors to Tropical North Queensland cruise to Agincourt Reef from Port Douglas. You can watch fish feeding, go on a snorkeling expedition, try scuba diving, view the coral and marine life on a semi-submersible submarine, and enjoy a tasty buffet lunch.

 

Silversonic Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas

Silversonic Outer Great Barrier Reef Dive and Snorkel Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoSee the Great Barrier Reef's coral and marine life on this full-day trip from Port Douglas. Whether you are a snorkeler or a scuba diver, experienced or a novice, this snorkel and dive cruise from Port Douglas is the perfect day out on the Great Barrier Reef. Visiting three different dive sites you'll discover the abundant marine life and diversity of coral which the Great Barrier Reef is world-famous for.

The friendly crew will be happy to answer any questions you have throughout the day. The boat features full bar facilities, fresh water showers and expansive sundecks overlooking the Coral Sea. A tropical buffet lunch will be served between sites, along with morning and afternoon tea.

 

Poseidon Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Port Douglas

Poseidon Outer Great Barrier Reef Snorkeling and Diving Cruise from Port Douglas

More InfoBased in Port Douglas, Poseidon is a modern 24metre (79ft) dive and snorkel catamaran designed for personalised Great Barrier Reef dive and snorkel adventures. With access to over 35 pristine outer reef locations at the Agincourt ribbon reefs, Poseidon visits three different and diverse sites each day, catering for snorkellers, and the option for introductory and certified diving. Buffet lunch, guided snorkel tour, reef interpretation, use of snorkel gear, lycra suits and snorkel briefs at each site are included. All scuba dives are guided and equipment included. Poseidon also has a special permit allowing guests to swim with the Dwarf Minke Whales if encountered in season.

 

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas

Kuranda Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas

More InfoExperience the rainforest beauty of Far North Queensland on a scenic day trip from Port Douglas. Ride the historic Kuranda Scenic Railway and choose from a variety of options including the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or the popular Rainforestation Nature Park.

 

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Port Douglas

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway Day Trip from Port Douglas

More InfoEnjoy the tranquility of the rainforest as you soar above the canopy aboard the Skyrail on a day trip to Kuranda from Port Douglas. Choose from a variety of options including Kuranda Scenic Railway, Tjupakai Aboriginal Cultural Park or the popular Rainforestation Nature Park.

 

Port Douglas Daintree National Park Boutique Full-Day Tour

Port Douglas Daintree National Park Boutique Full-Day Tour

More InfoEnjoy a breathtaking visit to the Mossman Gorge
Take a relaxing swim or paddle in a stunning rainforest setting
Enjoy panoramic coastal views from the Alexandra Lookout
Travel in a luxurious air-conditioned touring vehicle
Savor a tropical lunch in the rainforest
Stroll along Cape Tribulation Beach where the rainforest cascades down to the sea

 

Private Daintree Wanderer Tour

Private Daintree Wanderer Tour

More InfoJoin a private tour to the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. Led by a local and knowledgeable guide, this tour includes a 1-hour crocodile cruise along the Daintree River, morning tea in the rainforest, lunch including beer wine or soft drink, a visit to Cape Tribulation Beach and the Daintree Ice Cream Company.

 

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Port Douglas

Hot Air Ballooning Tour from Port Douglas

More InfoFloat up into the open skies on a sunrise hot-air balloon flight from Port Douglas.

Don't miss the chance to go for a hot-air balloon ride over Far North Queensland's Atherton Tablelands - it's one of the top "must do" activities when visiting the tropics. Pickup from all Port Douglas hotels is included.

 

Day Tour to Kuranda, Rainforest and Port Douglas with Flight

Day Tour to Kuranda, Rainforest and Port Douglas with Flight

More InfoStart your day taking in the magic of the Great Barrier Reef on a 30 Minute Reef Scenic Flight before enjoying a journey on the historical Kuranda Scenic Rail and award-winning Skyrail Rainforest Cableway.
Your flight will showcase the famous coastline of 4 Mile Beach and picture-perfect sights of Snapper Island, Low Isles, Batt Reef, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest in the distance. Once back on the ground, the Kuranda Scenic Rail offers a spectacular experience traversing the World Heritage-listed rainforest of Barron Gorge National Park with a stop at the Barron Falls lookout and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, the opportunity to glide just metres above the rainforest canopy.

 

Full Day Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

Full Day Daintree Rainforest and Mossman Gorge Tour

More InfoExperience the magnificent and untouched UNESCO World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the oldest living rainforest in the world, on a day trip from Port Douglas. Spot crocodiles in the wild on a river cruise, sample locally made tropical fruit ice creams, marvel at the beauty of this World Heritage-listed site from Alexandra Lookout and take in the rainforest from the forest floor with informative guided walks. If you are lucky you may just spot a cassowary. The maximum participants for this tour is 11.

 

Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk and Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise

Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk and Low Isles Snorkeling and Sailing Cruise

More InfoExperience two UNESCO World Heritage–listed natural wonders on a full-day tour that visits the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. Within Daintree National Park, tour Mossman Gorge with an Aboriginal guide who shares local indigenous culture with your small group limited to 15 people. In the afternoon, join a sailing cruise aboard a luxury catamaran with numbers limited to 33 adults, stopping at the Low Isles for a snorkeling or glass-bottom boat tour and time on the beach. Snacks, beer or wine, and round-trip hotel transportation included.

 

Small-Group Wildlife and Rainforest Tour from Port Douglas

Small-Group Wildlife and Rainforest Tour from Port Douglas

More InfoVenture off the beaten track and explore the diverse Port Douglas region with Blue Adventures. Our tours have an emphasis on seeing wildlife and we spend time exploring World Heritage rainforest, cruising on a rainforest fringed volcanic crater lake and taking relaxing nature walks in some stunningly beautiful locations - all areas rich in native Australian animals.

On tour we regularly see wild animals including kangaroos, platypus, emus, wallabies, tree kangaroos, lizards and prolific birdlife.
* Please note that we require a minimum of 2 passengers to confirm a small-group wildlife and rainforest tour. If we do not meet minimum numbers we will contact you to discuss alternative dates or other our options.

 

Daintree - Cape Tribulation & Atherton Tablelands Tours From Port Douglas

 Daintree - Cape Tribulation & Atherton Tablelands Tours From Port Douglas

More InfoYour Tropical North Queensland experience should be exciting, enjoyable and most of all informative.  When you choose your trip, you will want to go with people who give you personalised and " that little bit extra " special service and local knowledge.

 

Daintree Eco-Lodge & Spa

Daintree Rainforest massageLocated between two World Heritage Areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest (the world’s oldest rainforest, 65 million years older than the Amazon), the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa is one of the most awarded eco destinations in the world with over 40 national and international awards.

Their Boutique Bayan (Tree Houses) are encircled by the Daintree Rainforest. Taste unique Indigenous cuisine at the Julaymba Restaurant, treat yourself to an Julay Binalbu (Aboriginal art class) or be pampered in the world-class spa whilst undertaking a Walbul Walbul (Butterfly Spa Treatment) - the ultimate Indigenous Australian experience!

Experience the interpersonal interaction with the local Kuku Yalanji culture, whilst immersing yourself in their traditional lands… the world’s oldest living race in the world’s oldest living rainforest.

Voted 'World’s Leading Ecolodge' (World Travel Awards) and 'Best Spa on the Continent' (World Spa Awards), the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa is easily accessible (only 40 minutes from the centre of Port Douglas) with year-round access.

For more information, visit www.daintree-ecolodge.com.au, or call (07) 4098 6100. You can check availability and book a stay here.

The Daintree Rainforest

Daintree Rainforest massageVisit the Daintree National Park and get a massage at the base of a gentle waterfall, explore the many walking trails throughout the rainforest to see the beauty of the rainforest or go off-road driving through the Bloomfield Track - the Daintree has something for everyone.

Named after Richard Daintree, a pioneering Australian geologist and photographer, the Daintree Rainforest's significance was highlighted in 1988 when specific areas of the rainforest were added to the World Heritage List.

See our Daintree National Park picture tour to see the beauty of the rainforest.

Over 135 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest is home to the largest variety of plant and animal species that are endangered or rare, it is alive with bio-diversity, and is habitat to 30% of all frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia, as well as 65% of Australia's butterfly and bat species.

18% of Australia's bird species (roughly 430 in total) can be found in the Daintree, 13 of which are found nowhere else in the world, along with over 12,000 species of insects - all in a space that emcompasses only 0.2% of the county's landmass.

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