Daintree River Tours & Attractions | Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest 

The world heritage listed Cape Tribulation Daintree Rainforest expands over 1200 square kilometres and is the largest area of continuous tropical rainforest in Australia and is believed to be around 135 million years old — it is also considered to be one of the most ancient and primitive rainforests in the world. The Daintree rainforest is home to a unique range of wildlife species! It's a must see for anyone travelling to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland.

The Daintree River winds its way through the rainforest just south of the Cape Tribulation region. There is no bridge that crosses the river and no walking tracks around the wild river banks so the only way to enjoy the abundant wildlife that inhabit the river is by joining an informative river cruise tour. Some of the geography that can be seen whilst enjoying a cruise on the Daintree River includes; Thornton Peak, Alexandria Range, Black Mountain and the Cape Tribulation Rainforest. Some of the creatures that live in the river and on its banks include Saltwater or Estuarine Crocodiles, Turtles, Barramundi, and hundreds of bird's species and other marine life.

Crocodile on the Daintree River Bank

Some plant species only found in the Daintree Rainforest, have been recorded as some of the rarest and most primitive flowering plants known and scientists believe a vital link for the search into the origins of flowering plants. The Daintree Rainforest is home to an amazing variety of plants and animals including 122 rare, threatened and endangered species. Many of these are 'endemic' to the region meaning that they are found nowhere else in the world.

Cape Tribulations endangered animal species include the Musky-rat Kangaroo, Spotted-tail Quoll, the Southern Cassowary and the Bennett's Tree Kangaroo and the Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo. The Daintree is also home to 30% of Australia's marsupial species 20% of Australia's reptile species 29% of Australia's frog species 58% of Australia's Bat and Butterfly species and literally hundreds of bird species.

If you would like to take part in preserving the rainforests for future generations and need more information on how you can help to protect and preserve this region and its inhabitants please donate to Rainforest Rescue - See more at: Rainforest Rescue

Should you wish to visit the Daintree and Cape Tribulation the first thing you do is to book a guided river cruise to show you the magnificence of the region and learn all about its history and its inhabitants.

One of the most highly recommended river cruise companies is Bruce Belchers

Established over 26 years ago, Bruce Belcher's Daintree River Cruises offer Exciting and informative cruises from their very own home on the bank of the Daintree River. With a 98% hit rate of spotting crocodiles on all of their trips, they are one of the best river boat companies to relax and enjoy a beautiful scenic cruise!

Wild-life spotting cruises run daily from 9.30am and include a complimentary hot or cold drink! The lunch time cruise (12:00pm) also includes a meat pie! The afternoon cruise (4:00pm) includes a glass of wine or cold beer! These tours are a great way to spot the famed salt water estuarine crocodile in the wild as well as many other native wildlife species. The Boat is covered and has clear screens in the event of rain.

Specialised Bird Watching Cruise:

Are you a Twitcher, Ornithologist, Birder or lover of watching birds? Then this specialised bird watching tour is just for you!

The early morning bird watching tour is a specialised small group tour (maximum 10 passengers) perfect for the avid birdwatcher! The Bird watching vessel is uncovered allowing for maximum viewing pleasure, perfect for birding! Good quality binoculars are provided complimentary for each guest as are raincoats in wet weather. This 2.5 hour long tour specialises in bird watching not crocodile spotting. It incorporates a 200m nature walk to the boat landing which is great for bird sightings before boarding the boat. This tour is not really suitable for children as you need to be quiet when searching for exotic bird life. The early morning bird watching tours do not operate on a daily basis so you will need to book in advance to secure a date to suit your holiday schedule and avoid disappointment.

These tours start around 6.30am in the winter months and 6.00am in the summer months.

The Daintree Rainforest is home to 18% of all Australia's bird species. Here are just a few feathered friends you may see;

  • Firetail Finch
  • Crested Hawk
  • Honey Eater
  • Rainbow Lorikeet
  • Spectacled Monarch
  • Sunbird
  • Lovely Wren
  • Satin Bowerbird
  • Rainbow bee-eater

The Boutique Facility:

The Bruce Belcher Boutique Family residence is set on the Banks of the Daintree River and boasts lush tropical gardens for you to relax and enjoy before or after your cruise. The reception area at the facility also has a wonderful souvenir shop with many treasures and trinkets to suit all budgets and personalities. Light snacks and cold drinks can also be purchased here. The souvenir shop is open from 9am – 5pm every day except for Christmas day.

Getting there:

There are no bus transfers available, so the only way to get there is with your own vehicle or perhaps a rental car. Located roughly 40 minutes' drive north of Port Douglas or an hour and a half or more drive north of Cairns and the Northern beaches. Take the Cape Tribulation turn off (Cape Tribulation Rd) about a 100m in, on the left hand side of Cape Tribulation Rd is the Bruce Belcher's Daintree River Cruise boutique facility. Just look for the big sign and the beautiful gardens.

School Group Tours:

A cruise on the Daintree River offers an invaluable learning experience and a fabulous educational opportunity for school aged children. Let them embrace the wonderful world of the Daintree Rainforest and Native wildlife. Students are encouraged to get involved with an up close and personal experience. School excursions and group bookings can be made on request.

As professionals in their field, the guides will deliver a broad range of topics with informative commentary that can be adjusted to fit the specific needs and ages of the group. Lunch and snacks can also be arranged on request.

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