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 28 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 local Daintree cup of tea or freshly brewed coffee! The lunch time cruise (12:00pm) includes a meat pie and a can of cold drink! The afternoon cruise (4:00pm) includes a complimentary cold drink, glass of wine or a cold beer and some nibbles. 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.
Private Charter Cruise:
Enjoy a Private Cruise on the magnificent Daintree River with an experienced and knowledgeable guide showing you the flora and fauna with an emphasis on crocodile spotting!
Sit back and relax with a group of friends or family whilst taking in the tranquillity of the spectacular Daintree River and enjoy the complimentary drinks and snacks provided on board.
Private Charter Details
- Choose your desired cruise time (subject to availability)
- Maximum of 18 seats
- Fully Licensed Boat
- Experienced and Knowledgeable Guide/Coxswain
- We provide good visual performance binoculars
- Complementary Drinks and Snacks on board
- Price on application
Please not that pre-booking of 48 hours in advance is required for a Private Charter.
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.
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.
Daintree Rainforest Tours | Cape Tribulation | 4WD Bloomfield Track | BT
- Departs From: Cairns, Port Douglas, Palm Cove, Cairns Beaches, Trinity Beach, Thala Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Clifton B
10.5 hours (approx)
Daintree Aboriginal Cultural Tour | Mossman Gorge | ANDD/ANDDN
- Departs From: Cairns, Northern Beaches & Port Douglas
Cairns: 10.5 hours approx
Northern Beaches: 9.5 hours approx
Port Douglas: 8 hours approx
Cooktown Tour | 1 Day Fly/Drive Tour | Cooktown | SCO
- Departs From: Cairns
12 to 14 hours (approx)
Cape Tribulation | Daintree Rainforest | Daintree River Cruise | Mossman Gorge Walk | THT3
- Departs From:
11 hours (approx)
Cape Tribulation & Cooktown 3 Day 2 Night | CCWD
- Departs From: Cairns, Northern Beaches, Port Douglas
3 Day 2 Night
Half Day Daintree River & Mossman Gorge (PM Tour) From Port Douglas | DDT
- Departs From: Port Douglas
4.5 hours (approx)
Cape Tribulation | Daintree | Mossman Gorge Tour | ATE
- Departs From:
11 hours (approx)