Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation Via Mossman Gorge | TTT-TOURA
Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation Via Mossman Gorge | TTT-TOURA
This is an up close and personal tour of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest, , the oldest rainforest in the world. With only 7 other people, not including your tour guide, this is one of the smallest tour groups you can go on without being private. Your wilderness adventure day tour begins at the renowned Mossman Gorge, where your tour guide will show you the amazing beauty of this 150 million year old rainforest. There’s not many permits issued for Noah’s Valley which is a pristine private property World Heritage Site. This tour will allow you this privileged access to this rare part of the rainforest. It’s such a gem and so pristine that it is called a ‘refugium’ and under its auspices grow some of the world’s rarest plants. A trip down the Daintree River with your river tour guide will have you up and close (but not too close!) with the elusive Estuarine Crocodile as it sunbathes in the tropical sun. With a visit to the Alexandra Lookout this spectacular lookout will give you a 180 degree view across the only place in the world where a rainforest meets a reef. Your interpretive tour guide will bring every animal and plant alive with his commentary and whether you are a child or an adult the fascination of this natural world will be a learning experience that everyone in your family will enjoy.
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Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation Via Mossman Gorge | TTT-TOURA
Your Wilderness Adventure Starts Here!
Your exclusive Daintree Rainforest wilderness experience will collect you from your holiday accommodation in Port Douglas.
From there you will be taken through the surrounding area of waving cane leaves in the sugar cane fields to the renowned Aboriginal cultural centre of the Mossman Gorge.
Mossman Gorge – Daintree Rainforest
The Mossman Gorge Centre is the cultural centre for the Aboriginal/Indigenous community of the local Kuku Yulanji tribe’s people. These Aboriginals have lived in the Daintree Rainforest for 50,000 years, many years before self-survival gurus were featured on TV.
Your tour guide will take you on walks along raised walkways through the forest. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest living rainforest in the world at a mere 150 million years old, that’s a lot of birthday bumps and balloons! It covers 1200 square kilometres (as large as New York City) and yet only covers 20% of Australia’s land-mass. Much of the Daintree Rainforest has been unexplored by man and they are still discovering new species hidden in the deep depths of this wilderness.
Learn from your tour guide how the Aboriginal people harnessed the properties of the plants of the rainforest for their medicine, food and for hunting.
From here you will travel on the mighty Daintree River…
Daintree River Cruise
You will be going on this tour of the Daintree River Cruise into the wilderness of the Daintree waterways. Your tour boat was the first one ever to run these trips nearly 30 years ago, so what your tour guide doesn’t know, you can write on a grain of rice. So if you are a a keen naturalists, botanist, photographer, bird watcher or just want to see a crocodile you’re in good hands.
This World Heritage area is a unique Eco System that is like a magnet to wildlife. The Wet Tropics is a massive 12,000 square kilometres and is 16 times the size of Singapore! As you cruise the tidal convergence zone, where the warm seawater mingles with the fresh cold water from the rainforest, you will have the opportunity to see endemic birds to the region, frogs, pythons, tree snakes (not poisonous), butterflies and insects. Some of these are so rare that they are only found in this particular area.
The banks of the Daintree River are lined with jostling Mangroves, of which there are 31 species in this single estuary, which makes it the most species rich mangrove areas in the world.
Despite your river cruise boat having almost silent motors so as not to scare the wildlife, you certainly won’t be having a peaceful day. You will be serenaded by the squawks and calls of the birds, the throaty burping sounds of the frogs and toads and the chirruping and trilling of the diversity of insects, not to mention the squabbling squeaks of the roosting fruit bats.
As you meander on down the Daintree River and through the backwaters under the spreading branches of the mangroves, you’ll be cruising under rare orchids sprouting in overhanging branches and between the snorkel roots of the mangrove survival system.
If you are a twitcher, or an even posher, ornithologist, then the Tropical Wetlands of the Daintree River is a tick list must. With a staggering 430 species of bird in the area, this is an amazing 7% of all the birds on the entire continent! Depending on the season, you might be able to catch the electric blue flutter of the blue-winged Kookaburra or of a fishing Azure Kingfisher. On the banks you’ll cruise past the skinny legs of a hunting Egret or a poised silhouette of Great-Billed Heron waiting on a shaded branch. Look up and you might see Ospreys circling and Eclectus Parrots and Palm Cockatoos flitting in the trees.
Crocodiles In The wild
Then there is the star of the show (enter the drum roll) – the Estuarine Crocodile, the largest of all living reptiles, with a smile only another croc would love! Also referred to as a marine, saltie or sea-going crocodile, but whatever you call it, it won’t respond, as it will be too busy basking on the banks and catching the rays. A bikini body it hasn’t got, but it does have a wide mouth filled with 67 white and shining pointed teeth!
The cruise boat can get quite near to them, as they are used to their plethora of admirers, so they will hardly bat a crocodile eyelid as you line up your camera for that awesome holiday photo. Crocodiles are in maximum efficiency mode in the sun as they try and soak up as much heat to fire their cold blooded system to carry them through the night. He might just open an eye as he watches you guardedly or give a tired yawn that will reveal a gaping mouth that has the strongest bite of any animal today with all of its 67 teeth.
Crossing the Daintree River to Cape Tribulation you will then journey to the...
Your tour guide will point out the geography of the land that stretches beneath you at a 180 degree view. Yes, you really will feel like you are on top of the world as you view the Daintree River Estuary as it wiggles its way to the Coral Sea across the Daintree Rainforest. In the distance you can view the dark shadows of the Great Barrier Reef’s inner reef system like bruises under the surface of the smooth clear, aquamarine Coral Sea. In the foreground are the luscious green foliage of the rainforest canopy and the exotic leaf shapes of tropical ferns. Out of the corner of your eye you might see a flash of electric blue as a Ulysses butterfly flutters by and who are common visitors to this lookout also.
Noah’s Valley, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation
Only a few permits are allowed to enter this privately owned world heritage reserve in the Daintree Rainforest – and your tour guide has one!
Noah Valley is known as a 'refugium'. This is a place where plant species have survived for millions of years so undisturbed that they harbour numerous species that are still not known to exist anywhere else in the world.
The Noah Valley reserve covers 600 acres and offers exclusive access into untouched lowlands and mountainous rainforest areas around Mount Emmett. With so little disturbance this is a very special place and a good chance to see some of the endangered species of plants and animals that are known only to this Valley.
Stories told by local Indigenous people tell that a more ancient tribe used to live in this valley. Numerous artefacts have been found and significant Aboriginal sacred sites to this day are here, including an Aboriginal dance ground on the Mount Emmett table top plateau. Even today, the valley is considered to be a highly spiritual place. Local Kuku Yulanji will not enter the area unless they have a ceremony that will gain permission from their ancestors.
Prior to the 50’s access to the area was highly restricted, with no roads and no ferries. The area has been hardly touched except from the small scale logging of some cedar trees.
Your interpretive tour guide will take you on a guided walk under luxuriant foliage among hanging vines so reminiscent of an old Tarzan movie you almost expect him to swing into shot. Stand under prehistoric King Ferns that can grow up to 7 metres long (21ft) or under the leaves of Fan Palms that are bigger than an umbrella. One of the rarest trees that can only be found in this area is the rare Bull Kauri , standing at an impressive 44.2 metres (145 ft) it is the same height as the Statue of Liberty.
The Daintree Rainforest is a biologist and scientists dream, containing scientifically acclaimed examples of flora and fauna and wildlife only found in this area, with some that push the credibility of nature. From the 6 foot tall prehistoric Cassowary flightless bird to the Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo that lives in trees, the animal diversity is astounding. David Attenborough has claimed that Tropical Far North Queensland is his favourite place on earth – mighty praise indeed.
Your tour guide will also take you on a stroll along “The Gateway to Paradise” to view one of the most primitive flowering plants that are still in existence.
The Daintree Rainforest contains 90% of Australia's butterfly, 3% of the reptile, frog and marsupial species, and 12,000 species of insects in the country can be found in this area. All of this diversity is contained in an area that takes up 0.1% of the landmass of Australia.
On your walk it’s not unknown that you might have passed some undiscovered flora or fauna as they are discovering new species every day here!
Rainforest Stream Swim and Lunch
Time to cool off and feel the crystal clear waters rejuvenate your soul as you bathe in this tropical paradise. In your private rainforest sanctuary you can feel renewed and invigorated.
Lunch is a barbequed lunch of steak or fish (vegetarian option available) with a fresh salad with locally grown vegetables and damper. This is followed by a tropical fruit platter of locally grown fruit.
Cape Tribulation Beach – Kulki Lookout
What’s it like to be in a postcard? A short 400m walk from your coach is the Kulki lookout. View the stretching pristine white sands of the world-renowned Cape Tribulation Beach as it curves to the backdrop of the mountain peaks, with the ragged top of Thornton Peak at a height of 1374m (4507 ft), dominating the skyline. The azure waters of the Coral Sea stretch out to the horizon in front of you. Welcome to the only place in the world where the rainforest meets the reef – the meeting of two World Heritage Sites of Cape Tribulation’s Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. This is pure nature with not one communications tower, house, or overhead cable in sight. It’s not hard to imagine this scene millions of years ago.
Daintree Ice Cream Company
To finish off with a zing and a complete surprise to your palate you will visit the Daintree Ice Cream Company that serves exotic tropical fruit ice creams. Ever tasted Wattleseed, Black Sapote, Jaboticaba, or Paw Paw ice cream, this is your chance? The fruits are grown in their orchard (so subject to seasons) and are a perfect way to round off the end of such an amazing day.
This tour can also be booked as a private charter up to 6 guests
Included in Price
Mossman Gorge National Park
Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
Daintree River Cable Ferry Crossing
Personalised guided/interpretive walk
Swimming at exclusive/private Noah Valley
Morning tea serving
Fresh plunged coffee/famous Daintree Tea (grown locally)
Barbeque lunch of steak, fish, salads, damper followed by a tropical fruit platter (please advise of any dietary restrictions)
Cape Tribulation, Kulki Track and Lookout
Complimentary return transfers to all Port Douglas accommodation
Filtered water on-board
Use of binoculars
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Ice Cream at the Daintree Ice Cream Company
8 hours (approx)
Pick up time from Port Douglas 7:20am or 8:20am
Days of Operation
Departs FromPort Douglas
- Port Douglas
What To Bring
Comfortable walking shoes, Swimwear & Towel, Hat & Sunscreen, Camera, Cash for optional extras.
Fitness Level RequiredMedium
This tour is not suitable to children under 8 years of age, unless on a Private Charter
Child price applies to children 8 to 13
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.
Please note a strict 24 hour cancellation policy applies, no refunds if the tour is cancelled by the guests within the 24 hours prior to the tour date.
Please note, during wetter months of the year, tours may be cancelled as late as the night prior to travelling.
Please note: swimming is in a Rainforest stream and may be on occasions not possible due to excessive seasonal rains.
A high level of mobility is required for this tour. Tour not suitable for anyone with any walking disability or who require a frame or walking stick, or has bad back, knee or hip ailments
This tour only picks up from Port Douglas, guests staying in Cairns or Northern Beaches will have to make their own way to Port Douglas.
Because of the small group size it is advisable to allow more time to book as places do fill up quickly for such a select tour.
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