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Sep 24
2018

Cape Tribulation, Daintree & Mossman Gorge Small Group – Premium Day Tour


Posted on September 24, 2018 by

Photo Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Visiting the Daintree Rainforest on a Rainy Day

When planning for your Cairns holiday, I am sure you may have researched the climate and weather conditions before booking.

It is something we all desire, perfect weather when we are on holidays, particularly for outdoor activities.
However, no rain is something that is not guaranteed, the weather can change at any time because after all you are in the tropics and without rain there would be no Daintree rainforest.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

Have you ever considered what the Daintree rainforest would be like on a rainy day?
From my personal experience I can say it is actually very beautiful, with a magical feel to it.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

The leaves of the forest’s foliage glisten after a shower of rain and seem to be a deeper green once wet.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

The canopy of the rainforest takes most of the brunt of rain, so the rain is dispersed in to sprinkles after it hits the broad leaves of the rainforest foliage.

The canopy provides you protection from heavy down pours. This gives it a slightly misty look through the forest, which in my opinion provides a mystical feel.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

If it rains on your day tour to the Daintree rainforest, think of how amazingly beautiful, lush, green and alive it will look when you trek through. All you will need for protection is a light rain poncho or umbrella.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

I felt that I got to experience the best of the rainforest when it rained on the day of my famil tour I was privilidged to on as a Tour Specialists guest.

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Small Personalised Group

If you would like to visit the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation and prefer to travel in a small group rather than tours in large groups, you will certainly appreciate this premium day tour: Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation Full Day Tour | DTA | CT1C.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

It is also a great option to consider for anyone who is toying with the idea to self-drive to Cape Tribulation on their own.
Why? Because the distance travelled to get there makes it a very long and tiring day if you are not familiar with the territory.
For this reason, it is well worth reconsidering a self-driving and doing the next best thing and come touring in a small group.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

There is so much knowledge that your personal tour guide has to share about the region and the areas along the way. Not only the biological and ecological facts about the Daintree rainforest and coastal areas, but historical facts as well. 

Things You Will See And do on Your Daintree Rainforest Tour 

Mossman Gorge – Rainforest Walk

We will take a visit thru the spectacular Mossman Gorge just before we head to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation region.
Here you will stop to have morning tea with damper, jam and cream before taking a guided walk through the Rainforest with your tour guide who will provide you with interesting facts about the flora and fauna that live in the rainforest of the Daintree National Park.

Photo Courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

Mossman Gorge itself, is spectacular with crystal clear freshwater flowing through large granite boulders in the middle of the rainforest.

The walking trail is fairly easy and not very rugged, some parts of the trail are on an elevated boardwalk and dirt paths with only a few stairs.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

It is approximately 1km in length. We had showers of rain on our tour, but our friendly tour guide had umbrellas for each one of us to use.
The tracks through the rainforest were of good condition and included river sand in some patches so this stopped it from being muddy and messy.

Daintree River Cruise – Crocodile Spotting – Bird Watching

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

The tour of the Daintree River is on a quiet Solar-powered boat where you will explore the ancient lowland rainforests of the World Heritage listed Cape Tribulation and Daintree National Parks.

Here you will have the opportunity to spot an Estuarine Crocodile as well as a variety of other wildlife known to inhabit the area.
The primary creature of interest is the Estuarine Crocodile which are commonly seen resting on the banks of the river, each one having their own names, personality and territories.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

Just keep your hands inside the boat because crocodiles can jump!

There are many birds and reptiles that you may also see, including Buff Breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Amethystine Python and Tree Snakes that live amongst the Mangroves.

This ecologically built boat only takes a small private number of people compared to some of the other boat cruises on the Daintree River. It is the only Solar Powered boat too, and it has a roof for sun protection as well as rain protection.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

Alexandra Lookout

From the side of a rainforest-clad mountain amongst tree ferns, you will see views out to the Great Barrier Reef and the Coral Sea, the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and Low Isles. Right on the border of where the rainforest meets the sea.

Tropical Lunch including fruit tasting and presentation

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Lunch is served in a quaint little restaurant’s outdoor setting amongst the rainforest. Fish, steak or vegetarian options are served with fresh salads and a range of tropical fruits from the local area.

Whilst enjoying lunch the owner of the restaurant provides an informative presentation on the locally grown exotic fruits served for our tasting.

Although we felt amongst the rainforest, we were protected by a canopy that was attached to the restaurant. This way we were protected from showers yet close to nature.

Cape Tribulation Beach

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

Cape Tribulation Beach is lined with Mangroves, Coconut Trees and Beach Almond Trees in a remote area of the East Queensland coast.
It has only lightly been exposed to commercialisation which makes it look very much like it did hundreds of years ago, back when dinosaurs roamed the area.

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The only animals that resemble or were a part of the dinosaur era are the giant flightless bird the Cassowarry who is credited as the animals that keeps the rainforest alive as it ingests the huge fruits, berries and seeds of the flora and then distributes the nuts many miles into the dense rainforest where they germinate.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

The crocodile is also part of the evolution for the dinosaur period and there are other animals such as the shy tree kangaroo and the Boyds dragon.

Your tour guide will be able to tell you a lot more about the other fascination creatures that call this beautiful part of Australia home.

Boardwalks

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You will have free time to walk on the beach, take photographs as well as stroll along the boardwalk through the rainforest that lines the beach.

These tracks will take you to a lookout that has spectacular views over the beach, the Great Barrier Reef, and the coastal ranges that meet directly with the beach that adjoins the two World Heritage areas.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

There are interpretive signs along the route with information about the World Heritage significance and history of the area.
It also explains the significance of the area to the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people.

You can walk from the Cape Tribulation beach either over the headland via the board walk or a walk South along the beach south along Myall beach. The 800m boardwalk is quite easy with only a few stairs to access.

Afternoon Treat!

The last location visited was at an orchard with an assortment of tropical fruit trees. Here we had a quick stop to purchase some ice-cream made from the fruits of the orchard and ate them on them way home. Yum Yum!

We all had such a wonderful day on this premium Daintree Rainforest tour with our wonderful tour guide who taught us so much about the rainforests and its inhabitants we now feel we to are experts.

Photo Courtesy of Jenni Tofia

Even if it was raining it did not stop us from having a great time and exploring the region

If you would like some more information on this day tour take a look here or call The Tour Specialists team on 07 4059 5959

Author: Jenni Tofia – Tour Consultant with The Tour Specialists

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