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Daintree National Park Port Douglas Tours
The Daintree Rainforest is over one hundred and thirty-five million years old.
This is the only World Heritage listed area in the world where two ecosystems exist side by side – the magnificent underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef and the lush tropical Daintree Rainforest.
The Daintree region stretches from the Bloomfield River south of Cooktown in the north to the Mossman River just north of Port Douglas in the south with the mighty Daintree River in between.
We highly recommend a guided Daintree tour from Port Douglas with either Daintree Discovery Tours or Tony's Tropical Tours.
These local businesses have operated here in Port Douglas for many years and have earned their reputation as some of Queensland’s finest tourism operators.
With expert guides to pass on their extensive knowledge of the Daintree Rainforest you’re sure to enjoy a memorable day that will stay with you forever.
Tours include a range of activities depending on the operator including a visit to Mossman Gorge, a Daintree River cruise searching for the elusive saltwater crocodile and a journey to Cape Tribulation and beyond.
Stop at Alexandra Lookout for breathtaking views, take a short walk along a beautiful palm fringed beach and learn about the history and natural beauty.
Enjoy a sumptuous lunch at an exclusive and enchanting rainforest hideaway and a cool dip in a pristine mountain stream.
Daintree National Park Port Douglas Self Drive
If you prefer the flexibility of driving yourself there is easy access to many of the region’s attractions.
The road is sealed all the way through to Cape Tribulation and is suitable for conventional two wheel drive hire cars.
There is so much to see and so many places to visit and you can choose your own itinerary as you go.
To get there head north through the town of Mossman for about half an hour to the Daintree River ferry which operates seven days a week from 6:00am till midnight.
Just before the road meets the ferry there are several boats that provide river cruises to explore the river banks and creeks in search of the elusive Saltwater Crocodile.
If you take a croc spotting cruise check the tide times as the low tide is better. You can do a river cruise either on your way up or on your way back but remember to give yourself enough time to get back across the river if you choose an afternoon trip.
Once you have crossed the river you can either take a detour down to Cape Kimberley or continue on the road over the Alexandra Range. The road becomes quite narrow and winding in places. The Alexandra Lookout is your next stop with panoramic views of the Daintree Estuary and Snapper Island.
Low Isles and Port Douglas are visible in the distance and you’ll often see the reef boats heading out or returning from a day on the Great Barrier Reef.
Look out for the Daintree Discovery Centre and the Jindalba Boardwalk.
Jindalba is the first of three boardwalks that take you on an enchanting meander through this ancient habitat. Interpretive signs allow you to learn about the natural history in peace and quiet and at your own pace.
At The Daintree Discovery Centre climb the 23 meter high observation tower for a birds eye view across the canopy and stroll along the aerial walkway. You can hire your own electronic guide that allows you to listen to the comprehensive narrative of all that there is to see at the Daintree Discovery Centre. Don’t miss the awesome Strangler Fig, the Bush Tucker Hut and McLean’s Lookout.
There is also a coffee shop where you can grab a bite to eat or a drink.
Further along you’ll come to the Daintree Ice Cream Company which is a favorite stop to sample delicious ice cream made from the huge array of locally grown tropical fruits such as Black Sapote, Mango, Jackfruit and Lychee.
The road meanders north past Thornton Peak and brings you to Cooper Creek where you can take a croc spotting cruise or just a little further along stop at Thornton Beach.
Next up is Noah Creek and the Marrdja Boardwalk and Noah Beach before you eventually arrive at Cape Tribulation.
Daintree tours can be booked through the Mango Tree Tour Desk or we can help you pre book before you arrive.