Our exclusive private charter Daintree Rainforest wildlife tours are just that, "Exclusive". We create bespoke private charter rainforest tours for guests who have particular interests such as ornithology, Aboriginal Culture, or Australian wildlife.
Our Cairns tour guide team have spent over 11 years guiding nature and wildlife safaris in northern Australia's outback and rainforests and have now firmly established ourselves as a leading Australian wildlife eco guiding company for private charter tours for special interest groups, families and corporate groups in Cairns.
Our small group Daintree Rainforest private charter tours are perfect for those visitors who wish to immerse themselves in the real depths of the rainforest and learn all about this oldest living rainforest on the planet.
Most nature lovers have seen documentaries about this region in Tropical North Queensland by the great Sir David Attenborough who says that it is his most favourite place on the planet because of it’s wonderful flora and fauna and the amazing variety of creatures that live here, with some species that have done so since the early dinosaur age!
We provide our small group of guests with premier wildlife encounters for nature minded travellers that prefer a more immersive educational and interactive experience to really explore the Daintree Rainforest.
Our exclusive Cairns nature tours cater for 1 – 7 guests and larger groups on application can accommodate up to 12 guests on request.
For those guests who wish to see what happens in the Daintree Rainforest at night we also offer extended guided overnight tours which includes accommodation and walks to see the Crepuscular and Nocturnal wildlife going about their business as the sun goes down in the rainforest behind the mountains.
7:30am Pickup in Cairns (8:30am Port Douglas)
Witness the magical Great Barrier Reef Drive as we head north on the scenic coastal highway. Learn about the unique habitats within the local environment and observe the changes in bio-diversity as we get closer to the Daintree Tropical Rainforest.
9:15am Arrive at Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruise
Cruise the Daintree River spotting wildlife on a quiet, clean solar electric boat known as Solar Whisper. Get closer to nature... hear, smell & experience without noise & fumes. Morning tea included prior departure. We have a 99% success rate for spotting crocodiles, excellent bird watching opportunities and other wildlife possibilities such as snakes, frogs and fish. The cruise is 2 hours.
11:00am Arrive at Daintree Tea House
Enjoy lush rainforest scenery at the exclusive Daintree Tea House. The longest established restaurant in the Daintree Village boasts a beautiful and relaxing setting, fabulous food & personal service. The chef's specialty is Barramundi! Wild caught in Australian waters, nothing beats it! Locally grown tea and coffee provided.
1:30pm Arrive Mossman Gorge
Every nature lover's dream can be found in Mossman Gorge. Traditional lands of the local Kuku Yalanji people. Take in the beauty of the pristine rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains and the dramatic Gorge. The Daintree is an area of ancient tropical rainforest spanning 120,000 hectares, making it the largest portion of tropical rainforest in Australia Walk the 2.5 Kilometre quiet track to witness the complex ecosystems in this World Heritage Area and swim in the incredible fresh water gorge.
3:30pm Depart Mossman Gorge and head South
On the homeward journey, take in the famous scenery of Rex Lookout. This view offers an unrivalled opportunity to photograph the amazing seaside and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
4:30pm Arrive in Port Douglas / 5:30pm Arrive in Cairns
We will return you to your accommodation in Port Douglas at 4:30pm and Cairns at 5:30pm.
Our first wildlife immersion is on a Daintree River Wildlife Cruise for two hours on a quiet clean solar electric boat where our river guide will show us the most popular sun baking spots for the local crocodiles all of which have names and their own territories.
This is the only boat on the Daintree River with “Croc Cam” that allows you to see the animals up close.
Your Daintree River guide will be able to tell you about their life stories which you will find of interest and fascination, along with pointing out the species of birds flying about and perched in the river bank trees.
They will spot other wildlife such as pythons who curl up in the trees to catch some sun or wait for unsuspecting prey, brilliantly coloured butterflies, lizards, goannas and lot’s of other native Australia wildlife.
***NB: Should you be an avid birder or twitcher we could arrange for a local birding expert to accompany us on this Daintree River cruise. Sunrise, sunset cruising also available***
The Daintree Tea House was established in 1980 and has been serving lovely lunches and afternoon teas to visiting guests ever since.
The tea house is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and has many wildlife visitors throughout the day and as you sit here will be able to enjoy hearing a cacophony of sounds coming from the gardens and rainforest surrounds.
The chef’s specialty here is the famous fish of Tropical North Queensland the Barramundi which is a white flesh fish with a very soft texture and a very mild taste which goes perfect with fat chips and a side salad.
An exotic tropical fruit presentation is often a part of the service.
Taste the locally grown Daintree tea to finish off your luncheon.
Mossman Gorge is a place where you can go and relax, sit by the beautiful gorge river and just listen to the river flowing thru the boulders and the sounds of the busy rainforest.
This is the ancestral home of the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people who have lived here for over 50,000 years. To the Kuku Yalanji people today, the concept of nature and culture being inextricably bound continues.
The eco tourism centre here is managed by the Indigenous Land Corporation and Mossman Gorge Aboriginal Community and offers a café and souvenir shop.
Optional: If your group has a special interest in learning more about the oldest living culture in the world today and would like to spend time with an Aboriginal guide who will provide a spirit cleansing ceremony, a walk thru their ancestral rainforest and teach you about it’s foods and medicines please just ask for a quote for your specialised group tour.
Mossman Gorge has multiple trails for our guides to share and interpret for you and there is a 4.5 kilometre walking track for the adventurous and again here we have some more time to swim and relax in the fresh mountain water.
We have Wet Tropics Certification and Savannah Guide Certification
We are monthly supporters of Bush Heritage Australia and Volunteers for Tropical North Queensland Wildlife Rescue
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January - December
Sun protection advised: hat, sunglasses, good walking shoes, camera, water bottle. day pack for carrying personal items, towel and spare clothes for swimming and your enthusiasm!
As this is a private charter wildlife tour, children of all ages are welcome however we do recommend this tour for 14 years and older
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.
Operator’s Cancellation Policy:
INTERSTATE AND INTERNATIONAL BORDER CLOSURES
If any COVID-related travel restrictions are in place that may impact your ability to travel with us we will make a final review 30 days prior to the tour departure date. If travel is not possible at that time, we will cancel your tour and provide a full refund.
If no Federal or State COVID restrictions are in place our normal cancellation policies will apply (as outlined below):
For cancellations made to Private or Group tours, the following penalties apply:
i. Cancellations received more than 30 days prior to departure – no fee applicable.
ii. Cancellations received less than 30 days but more than 7 days prior to departure – 25% fee applicable.
iii. Cancellations received less than 7 days but more than 48 hours prior to departure – 50% fee applicable.
iv. Cancellations received less than 48 hours or for non-appearance to commence the tour – all monies will be forfeited
For cancellations made to Shared Experiences, the following penalties apply:
i. Cancellations received more than 7 days prior to departure – no fee applicable
ii. Cancellations received less than 7 days but more than 48 hours prior to departure – 25% fee applicable.
iii. Less than 48 hours or for non-appearance to commence the tour – all monies will be forfeited
Force Majeure means (without restriction) any event which FNQ Nature Tours could not, even with due care, foresee or avoid. Force Majeure covers events such as, but not limited to, adverse weather conditions, fire, floods and all similar events beyond our control. In the case of Force Majeure FNQ Nature Tours will not accept liability, and reserves the right to change and cancel trips.
If a Force Majeure circumstance necessitates cancellation of the tour then:
i. The traveller must rely upon any travel insurance they hold for compensation; and
ii. Where possible, FNQ Nature Tours will substitute an itinerary with similar experiences.
Prices are AUD, per charter and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 950