This Cairns hiking tour is a nature lovers dream and it leaves in the afternoon to ensure you see all the rainforest animals both day and night!
Visit the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest with a small group of no more than 7 guests for a unique specialised nature walking tour.
Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned 4WD and enjoy the added bonus of your friendly and experienced guide for an intimate hiking tour experience.
This is an afternoon walking tour, departing Cairns at 12.00 midday and including pick ups from the Northern Beaches, Palm Cove and Port Douglas, returning to Cairns at 10.00pm.
Enjoy the scenic coastal drive as you travel north to Port Douglas with views over the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef.
Your rainforest guide is on hand with his fantastic knowledge of the local landscape and wildlife plus the added necessities of insect repellent, sunscreen and binoculars.
All tour itineraries vary on a daily basis so the following is just a sample of what you will experience on our unique Australian nature and wildlife tours.
12:00 midday – Pickup in Cairns
Travel to the Daintree Rainforest is via a scenic coastal route that heads North along the famous Great Barrier Reef Drive.
Along the way you will see changes in the habitat diversity as we get closer to the Daintree Tropical Rainforest, our destination.
2:15pm – Arrive at Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruise
Here we will take you on a river journey along the beautiful Daintree River where we do our first lot of wildlife spotting.
This is a 1 hr experience on a quiet, clean solar electric boat with zero environmental impact.
Get closer to nature... hear, smell & experience without noise & fumes.
Afternoon tea included prior departure.
We have a 99% success rate for spotting crocodiles, it is also a great location for bird watching opportunities and other wildlife such as snakes, frogs, fish and bats.
4:00pm – Daintree Rainforest
Here we enter the lands of the local Kuku Yalanji people while taking in the beauty of the pristine rainforest, crystal clear streams, towering mountains and freshwater valleys that are an amazing sight to see.
This area of tropical rainforest spans 120,000 hectares, making it the largest tropical rainforest in Australia.
We traverse along a number of tracks to witness the complex ecosystems in this World Heritage area.
And if time and weather permits, we will take a refreshing swim during the summer months.
5:00pm – Cape Tribulation Beach
From several lookouts, we will have you witness the afternoon lighting over the beach, which is spectacular at this time of day.
We usually spend an hour exploring the natural beauty of this coastline.
All from a valley that resembles a giant amphitheatre with a semi-circle of mountains featuring the magnificent Mt Sorrow (850m) and Mt Hemmant (1000m).
6:00pm – Dinner at Whet Restaurant
Whet Restaurant combines the natural surrounds of the rainforest with its unique and casual atmosphere.
It is located right in the heart of Cape Tribulation, and aptly named to “whet your appetite”, the delicious range of cuisine on offer at Whet Restaurant combined with its rainforest ambience is sure to please.
7:00pm Night spotting in the Northern Daintree
A night walk in the rainforest is truly a unique experience.
Quite different to an experience during the day.
As many of the local wildlife has adopted a nocturnal lifestyle to avoid to heat of the day in the tropical climate.
Therefore more active and easier to spot.
8:00pm – Depart Daintree
This is the time to relax in the comfort of our modern vehicles for the journey back home.
We return across the Daintree River on the Cable Ferry, where you will get back to your accommodation ready to browse through the photos of your day.
Book your spot early as these are small group specialised nature and hiking tours that are extremely popular.