Daintree National Park and Mossman Gorge
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.
A guided tour of the Daintree Rainforest is a must.
Daintree Discovery Tours
Daintree Discovery Tours operate full day and half day tours taking in Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, Cassowary Falls, a Daintree River cruise, and a visit to Cape Tribulation.
Truly experience this magnificent area and learn about the rich natural history from a dedicated guide, all in the comfort of a Luxury 8 seater Mercedes Vito. The full day tour is a fabulous experience allowing you to just sit back, relax and take it all in. The itinerary includes a visit to Mossman Gorge, a Daintree River cruise searching for the elusive saltwater crocodile and a journey to Cape Tribulation stopping at Alexandra Lookout. At Cape Trib you’ll take a short walk along the beautiful palm fringed beach and learn about the history and natural beauty of Cape Tribulation.
This is followed by lunch at an exclusive hideaway and a short stroll through pristine rain forest. Then there’s a visit to the Daintree Ice Cream Company and a 4WD trek to Cassowary Falls. Here you can cool off with a refreshing swim in the cool mountain stream waters or feed the fish and turtles.
If you don’t have the time for the full day tour you can take the morning half day tour or the afternoon half day tour. The morning tour includes a Daintree River cruise, morning tea and a 4wd trek to Cassowary Falls. The half day afternoon trip begins with a Daintree River cruise followed by afternoon tea at the Mossman Gorge Visitor Centre. Then an interpretive walk through the Gorge with a chance for a cool swim in the river. 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.
Tony’s Tropical Tours
Tony’s Tropical Tours offer a choice of two Daintree tours. Tour A takes in Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation and Tour B gives you the opportunity to explore further up the Bloomfield Track to Bloomfield Falls.
Guests travel in the comfort and luxury of either the Mercedes Vito or Toyota Land Cruiser and both tours visit an exclusive area of the Noah Valley World Heritage listed private property for lunch and a chance to swim in the cool waters of Noah Creek. This enchanting rain forest hideaway where Tony’s guides will take you for lunch is well worth a visit. If your imagination will allow be sure to look for the Elves and Fairies amidst the breathtaking natural scenery of the Noah Valley.
The passion and knowledge that your guide will show you is the key to the success of a guided tour of the Daintree Rainforest.
An all inclusive guided tour is about the same cost as hiring a car and paying for everything you do throughout the day. Plus you get the expert knowledge of the tour guide to make your Port Douglas Daintree tours experience so much more informative.
Many guests return after a day with a guided tour and are full of praise for the information, and inspiration that their guide has provided throughout the day.
Port Douglas Daintree tours – self drive through the Daintree Rainforest
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. We highly recommend stopping at Jindalba which is situated within the turn off to the Daintree Discovery Centre.
The Discovery Centre too is also worth a visit. Climb the 23 meter high observation tower for a birds eye view across the canopy and stroll along the aerial walkway. You can also 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.
We recommend you plan a full day to explore the Daintree and Cape Tribulation. There is so much to see and do and in a part of the world where time seems to have stood still there’s simply no need to be rushed.