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Nov 29

Australian Wilderness Tours – Half Day Daintree Wildlife Sunset Cruise & Dinner

Posted on November 29, 2009 by

Our trip began with a nice mid afternoon pick-up of 3:00 PM from Palm Cove.  This was just perfect for us considering that we wanted the morning to relax in the sun and not be rushed to catch an early morning tour.  I was quite excited about heading up to the mystical rainforest for the evening because at night, the Daintree really comes to life along with the animals that live amongst it.  The World Heritage Cape Tribulation Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world and is home to thousands of rare plants, trees and wildlife with new species being still being uncovered by scientists and botanists from around the world. 

Our first stop was the Rex Lookout cliff face.  The view is absolutely magical, allowing you to see the coast at its best along with Double Island & Scout Hat Island.  Our friendly tour guide Joe was kind enough to take pictures of everyone with our cameras, capturing the best angles and background.

From the Lookout we headed north, hearing the histories of Port Douglas, Mossman & Wonga Beach.  There wasn’t a single question that Joe our tour guide could not answer.  We shortly found ourselves at Barrett’s Creek, which was right off the Daintree River.  We sat down with our group for cheese, crackers, biscuits, bubbles and soft drinks.  At this point we also met our enthusiastic Daintree River boat driver who packed an esky full of bubbles and snacks and we headed for the boat. 

As we took off for the 2 hour cruise to the beautiful Daintree River, I knew we were in for a great night.  Stories of Crocodiles, Snakes and the area were told by our guide while he also made sure to stop the boat close enough to each and every spotting of wildlife long enough for us to get some great photographs.  This was a great time to go out as it was the perfect temperature and atmosphere in the evening.  We felt relaxed and very at ease with the sun setting over the rainforest, it was just stunning.  Half way through the cruise, the snacks and bubbles are served again.  As we made our way back, we continued our wildlife spotting including Crocodiles, exotic birds & snakes.


Upon return from the ride, the pathway is lit up with torches to show you the way.  Time to hop back into the tour bus and head to the famous Thala Beach Lodge just south of Port Douglas for an incredible dinner.

Upon arrival at the Thala Beach Lodge, you are driven up a long winding palm fringed driveway to a hilltop reception and welcoming area. You will be instinctively sure you are in for a great dining experience at this resort built around Mother Nature’s natural beauty. 

The Thala Beach Lodge friendly staff will take you right up to your reserved table on the expansive deck that has views along the coast and into the rainforest. Choose from a table d’hôte menu of steak, chicken, fish or vegetarian dish of the day.  Then you also get to choose from three desserts of the day to complement the meal.

Whilst you are at this resort in paradise be sure to take a stroll around their lit up luxury lagoon, you will be astounded by the atmosphere and beauty the resort has to offer.

After dinner, it’s time to head back to your Cairns or northern beaches accommodation.  At this point the guide answers any further questions about the day and offers information about the other attractions and tours that you can do while visiting the area.  You will be back at your accommodation by 9:30 PM.  This afternoon tour is an ideal way to spend an evening while on holiday in Cairns and is not rushed and allows you to really feel relaxed and taken care of.

Australian Wilderness Tours specializes in small luxury four wheel drive tours leaving no rocks unturned in this expansive country with exclusive permits to breathtaking locations!  The secret to being in business for over 30 years?  Their driver guides are passionate and the best in the business; safety, fun and happy customers are the main priorities with Australian Wilderness Tours.   From Private to group charters or ½ day to full day, this is a great way of getting away from the crowds and immersing yourself in the beauty and vastness of what Cairns Australia truly has to offer.  The first-class professional service of Australian Wilderness Tours will ensure that your Australian adventure is everything you could have wished for and we are very confident, a great deal more…

For more information about rainforest tours please visit The Tour Specialists

 By: Blythe Rallo, Tour Consultant at The Tour Specialists, Palm Cove.

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