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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

Reef Trip - Certified Diving

Reef Trip - Certified Diving

More InfoA high quality, personalised scuba diving trip from start to finish.

Feel the pleasure and security of diving with highly experienced local instructors; while using our superb equipment.

Our unrivalled knowledge, expertise, and small group sizes; combined with access to some of the finest areas on the Great Barrier Reef, will ensure you have an experience second-to-none.

 

Small-Group Kuranda Village, Skyrail Cableway and Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas

Small-Group Kuranda Village, Skyrail Cableway and Scenic Railway Day Trip from Port Douglas

More InfoEnjoy a small-group tour of Kuranda departing from Port Douglas or Palm Cove (not available from Cairns) . Visit the multi award winning Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Enjoy a journey to Kuranda over some of the oldest rainforest on earth. Explore the 'village in the rainforest' colorful arts and crafts markets and a trip to Cairns on one of the most spectacular rail journeys in Australia. Head home via the beautiful Palm Cove for a signature cocktail over looking the palm fringed beach before arriving back at your departure point late afternoon.

 

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

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

More InfoEnjoy this small-group food and wine tour featuring the tropical delights of the Atherton Tablelands from Port Douglas. Eat your way through the day starting with morning tea at Tjapukai Aboriginal cultural park followed by a stop at Jaques Family coffee plantation for an insight into coffee from tree to cup and enjoy the very best locally grown coffee 'as you like it'. Feast on a delicious lunch and Award winning spirits at Mount Uncle Distillery nestled in coffee and banana plantations and a visit to Gallo Dairyland a working dairy farm and gourmet cheese factory for cheese and beautiful hand crafted chocolates. Mid afternoon stop in at 'The Humpy' for seasonal tropical fruit and macadamia nut tasting', then Golden Drop Mango winery to sample 11 tastings and some Daintree Ice cream company's Mango sorbet  followed by a quick trip through the 'Outback' to spot a platypus whilst tasting Queensland wines and beer and homemade Macadamia nut butter on warm local bread.

 

Kuranda Day Trip from Port Douglas with Optional Skyrail Cableway or Scenic Railway

Kuranda Day Trip from Port Douglas with Optional Skyrail Cableway or Scenic Railway

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.

 

Port Douglas Inshore fishing trips - Shared Charters

Port Douglas Inshore fishing trips - Shared Charters

More InfoWe strive to promote the sport aspect of fishing. Where we like to teach our guests the importance of catch and release fishing for the longevity of our sport and future generations. We don't mind bringing a couple fish home for you to eat as this is all part of our experience and the fun of eating your catch, but we are against unnecessary filling of eskys/coolers of fish.

Let us know if you would like to spend some time during the day on and island snorkeling and sightseeing to get the most of your experience with us on the barrier reef.

Our fishing guides have extensive knowledge of the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding waters and we can assure you, your time spent on one of our custom built sportfishers will be one to remember.

 

Out n About Sportfishing - Share and Private Charters - Reef and Estuary

Out n About Sportfishing - Share and Private Charters - Reef and Estuary

More InfoCast a line and experience the thrill of fishing on one of Out n About's popular sportfishing tours. Enjoy estuary, and/or reef fishing while using a variety of fishing methods to enhance your time on the water. Experienced guides offer personalised service with a maximum of only 6 guests per boat. Affordable half day share charters run from 8am-12pm and 12:30pm-4:30pm daily.

Also specialising in Private Charters for groups of up to 12 guests, in total, on our 2 boats. Perfect for wedding parties, corporate groups or large families, tours can be designed for your individual needs. Fish inshore reefs and estuaries or visit the outer reef for a full day. Go night fishing, use poppers, lures, fly or live bait, we cater to you!

Locally owned and operated Out n About offers the opportunity to get out on the water and enjoy the regions beautiful surrounds while pulling in a line.

A great value tour and suitable for the novice to experienced angler, a must do while visiting Port Douglas.

 

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.

 

Cultural Tour - Half Day

Cultural Tour - Half Day

More InfoSpend the morning or afternoon 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 - Half Day

Sightseeing Tour - Half 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise - with Port Douglas Transfers

Hot Air Balloon Flight at Sunrise - with Port Douglas Transfers

More InfoThere is no more spectacular way to start your day than with a dawn Balloon flight over the picturesque Atherton Tablelands.  As the sun rises the giant Balloons glide gently over the bushland and farms dotting the Mareeba Valley allowing you to spot awakening wildlife such as kangaroos and wallabies. Your highly skilled pilots will give you an insight into the surrounding region and the fascinating world of ballooning before returning you to your Cairns or Northern Beaches accommodation.

 

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.

 

Personal Touring in Luxury Vehicles for both Set Itinerary & Private Tours

Personal Touring in Luxury Vehicles for both Set Itinerary & Private Tours

More Info*Welcome To TropicalNorth Queensland*

Catering for Individual needs Port Douglas Tropical Trips offers Unique Personal Touring in Luxury Vehicles for both Set Itinerary & Private Tours

Our Atherton Tablelands and Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tours are set itineraries, however, we can suggest touring options and help you create your own itinerary, visiting places off the typical tourist trail.  Attractions that interest you, your family or a small group.

Your 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.

 

Port Douglas Round-Trip Transfer from Cairns with Free Time in Port Douglas

Port Douglas Round-Trip Transfer from Cairns with Free Time in Port Douglas

More InfoEnjoy the vibrant atmosphere in well known Port Douglas that one must experienced! Pick up by our friendly driver/guide in the morning from most of the major hotels in Cairns. With an hour drive north of Cairns you will arrive the famous Port Douglas. You will have about 8 hours to spend in this beautiful town from stylish cafés and shops to stunning 4 mile beach. The coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is rated as the top 10 coastal drive in Australia. Return Cairns at about 5pm and drop off at your hotel all by our comfortable air-conditioning coach.

 

Lagoon Tour

Lagoon Tour

More InfoThe lagoon tour is our beginner level tour. It is suitable for families and couples that are new to mountain biking. The Lagoon Tour is a great taste of outback country and savanna grasslands. Enjoy a complementary pick up from your hotel. We then have a 30 mins drive up into the mountains in Julatten. Starting off riding through outback cattle properties and cane fields to a private fresh water lagoon where we will cool off with a swim and have some fruits and refreshments before heading back to the bus.

 

Electric Mountain Bike Rainforest Eco Tour

Electric Mountain Bike Rainforest Eco Tour

More InfoExperience the rainforest like never before. This is an experience that will be the highlight of your trip to the Wet Tropics.

We go where no other vehicles can.

Cycle historic rainforest tracks while being silently assisted by state-of-the-art Electric full suspension mountain bikes.

Learn about the oldest rainforest on earth from our experienced guides.

Enjoy the surreal beauty that surrounds you while you spot the unique fauna and flora along the way.

Small groups (max 5 people)

 

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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