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Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

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Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

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Explore the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest on this diverse full-day tour from Cairns. Take a guided nature walk through some of the oldest rainforests in the world at Mossman Gorge, spot crocs on a cruise down the Daintree River, and stroll on the famous Cape Tribulation Beach. Enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue at a private rainforest retreat and stop for a refreshing snack att he Daintree Ice Cream Company. Port pickup and drop-off and transport in a luxury coach complete this memorable adventure through the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
  • Visit one of the world's oldest rainforest, Daintree
  • Cape Tribulation Beach and boardwalk
  • BBQ lunch in rainforest setting
  • Take a cruise down the Daintree River
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Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Travel in comfort in a custom-built vehicle
Professional driver guide providing live commentary onboard
Driver guided walk in Mossman Gorge
1 hr Daintree River Cruise
Barbecue lunch
Walk on Cape Tribulation beach
Exotic fruit ice cream at The Daintree Ice Cream Company
Alexandra Lookout
Audio commentary available for German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin
Food and drinks, unless specified
Port pickup and drop-off
NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

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6:45 AM
Your exact pickup time and location will be confirmed by the operator after you have booked. Please be ready at the confirmed pickup location at least 10 minutes prior to your confirmed pickup time.
Thanks to its exceptional biodiversity and ancient history, the Daintree Rainforest was recognized as part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2015. Your full-day adventure through the Wet Tropics of Queensland begins with pickup in a luxurious coach. Travel north along a scenic coastal highway while your driver-guide narrates passing attractions.

First, stop at Mossman Gorge Centre for morning tea before taking a guided walk through the rainforest. Learn about the history and wildlife of one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests.

Delve deeper into the rainforest on a cruise down the Daintree River. Learn about the diverse habitats of the surrounding ancient ecosystem, and keep an eye out for exotic birds, tree snakes, and estuarine crocodiles lounging on the riverbanks.

Next, stroll along a tropical creek and enjoy special access to a private rainforest property for a secluded lunch spot. Enjoy a traditional Aussie barbecue featuring grilled meats, fish or a vegetarian option served with fresh fruit and salads, topped off with specialty Daintree Tea.

In the afternoon, make your way to Cape Tribulation and stroll along a famous beach where the rainforest stretches all the way to the shores of the Coral Sea. Stop at the Daintree Ice Cream Company for a refreshing afternoon treat and then continue on by coach through the mountainous rainforest of the Alexandra Range, stopping at a lookout to soak up views that stretch all the way to the Coral Sea and Snapper Island.

Return to your original departure point at the conclusion of the tour.
Stop At:  
Mossman Gorge
Explore the ancient rainforest of Mossman Gorge - home of the Kuku Yalanji people, and part of the Daintree Rainforest; the world's oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Your experienced driver guide will take you on a guided walk here.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Daintree River Cruise Centre
Enjoy a 1 hour cruise on the Daintree River- an intricate eco-system home to a range of Australian wildlife including the elusive Saltwater Crocodile.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Daintree National Park
A BBQ lunch is included in a private rainforest setting; this location is home to some of the world's most primitive plant species including the Idiospermum.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cape Tribulation Beach
Walk on renowned Cape Tribulation beach, famous for being where the Rainforest meets the Reef. This place was named by Captain Cook on his voyage of discovery. Your driver guide will share their knowledge of this stunning location.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Mount Alexandra Lookout
Take in the amazing views across the Rainforest canopy and out to where the Daintree River meets the Coral Sea - the perfect photo opportunity!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Daintree Ice Cream Company
The tour includes an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. A tasting cup with 4 local ice cream flavours, made from ingredients grown in their on-site organic fruit orchard.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Down Under Tours - Day Tours
This tour is operated by Down Under Tours- the leading day tour operator in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Region. Our local guides have a vast knowledge and experience to share with our passengers on our day tours.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child aged 3 and under
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Cruise ship passengers are recommended to walk to the Hilton Hotel for tour pickup as port pickup/drop-off is not available
  • GPS commentary available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A medium level of mobility is required to join this tour. The coach used has several steps on entry and passengers will board and disembark the vehicle several times throughout the day. The guided walks at Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation Beach are both considered easy grade and under 1klm return in distance.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Down Under Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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, Apr 2022
From Cairns it took 2 hours to pick up the other travelers in Port Douglas, but then progressed well. Driver had lots of knowledge about nature, history and geology.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
I am pleased you enjoyed your day in Cape Tribulation. Its an amazing day in nature both at Mossman and in the Daintree Rainforest, isn't it. Cape Tribulation and the beach is a highlight. I hope you got lots of photos to take home with you. Thank you for leaving your review.
Peter made the tour!
, Apr 2022
We were a little hesitant to book such a long day tour, but Peter was an excellent guide and made the time fly. His knowledge and commentary on the area made the day a truely memorable experience, we saw so much and covered such a vast area. We were able to sit back and relax and everything was organised. Thanks Peter for a great day!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Cape Tribulation is truly a magnificent day, isn't it. I am pleased it was made all the better with Peter's commentary and attention. Our guides take a lot of pride in making their guests day special and I will pass your comments on to him. Thank you for the 5 star review.
Great Waterways & Animals.
, Sep 2021
Beautiful waterways & rainforest environments. On the Daintree River cruise thrilled to see 3 large salties on the river bank, another swimming, and a few juveniles. Other animals included a tree snake, Great Egret, & Great Billed Heron. A really enjoyable tour with Joe - our personable and knowledgeable driver.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest is a special destination, isn't it. I am thrilled that you saw so much wildlife on your Daintree River Cruise and have so many memories to take home with you.
Daintree trip
, Jul 2021
My husband and I had a fantastic day with Bridget. Bridget was a wonderful guide with a great range of local knowledge as well as lots of aboriginal stories relating to the area. The bus was very comfortable, lunch was really good. An awesome day had by us both
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest is an amazing destination, made even more special when our very special guide, Bridgette, shares her culture and local stories. I will pass on your great comments to her. Thank you for the wonderful review.
, May 2021
Peter was an amazing tour guide. Very informative, fun and considerate. We would most definitely do another tour with Peter.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Jae, Peter is a brilliant guide, a cairns local with loads of knowledge to share. Tanks for taking time out to share...
A must do & worth every cent
, May 2021
I don’t normally leave reviews, but couldn’t let the opportunity pass without saying how amazing and special this trip was. Mainly because of Peter (down under tours)our driver & guide. He totally knows his stuff and made the day so memorable. Stunning scenery, comfortable bus, fantastic food.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Claire_E, The fact you don't normally share reviews and that you have taken time out to post re your day with Peter, means a lot. Thank you, and glad you obviously had a fantastic day. thanks for the support.
Diane Buettel
, Apr 2021
Greg our tour guide was so informative that it made the whole day so enjoyable from star to finish. We learn so much about the Area we visited
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Diane, so glad you learnt from Greg, the World Heritage Rainforest is an amazing place, made all the more special with an expert guide.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Tour guide Greg was...
, Apr 2021
Tour guide Greg was awesome. Unique experience in FNQ in the oldest rainforest. Recommend family with young kids.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks Bikash_B, I agree a great tour for all, glad you enjoyed. Greg is a very experienced guide who consistently delivers a brilliant day out.
Excellent tour guide
, Apr 2021
Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and I felt that he is passionate for his job. We learnt the history and biology of the forests we visited. He also had a sense of humour so we enjoyed his company. The who took us on the boat was also nice, and tried best our experience to be memorable as we were able to spot wildlife.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Chika_I, glad you enjoyed our Cape Tribulation tour, it's a magic spot.
Great trip - well worth it!!
, Jan 2021
It was a great tour! Our guide was so informative and had everything set up so well. The bus was comfortable, we got to see so much wildlife and learned a lot about the Daintree.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2021
Thanks Connor_S, lost of wildlife around at the moment in the Rainforest, appreciate you taking time out to comment on the Cape Tribulation tour, glad you enjoyed.
Wonderful day experience in the Daintree
, Sep 2020
Well thought out itinerary. Excellent knowlegeable guide who was very entertaining with his jokes and commentary. Daniel also was a very skilled driver. The BBQ lunch was great and also the morning tea was enjoyable. We got to see crocs and enjoyed Mossman Gorge and the river cruise.
I saw a great deal in one day and left longing for more.
Wilburn R
, Aug 2018
The tour is roughly 12 hours. There is much riding, but the guide educates you as sugar cane fields, rivers, and rainforest passes by. The smooth boat ride up the Daintree River was a highlight as we saw occasional snakes, crocodiles, and birds. However, crocs are not lying everywhere; they have to be sought out, but our guide did an excellent job finding them. While walking through the rainforest, there were a great many trees and shrubs to see, but not so many animals, frogs, or insects. Yes, no mosquitos or gnats, but at night they come out, I was told. I would have liked to see more animals and especially frogs, but their absence is not unusual. I have been to two other rainforests--and animals are elusive or found primarily at night. A meal is included--beef, sausage, and fish ok--but the cole slaw and fruits were very good and the staff very nice. I strongly recommend this tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable about economics, environment, and even legislation, yet he was not preachy. I saw a great deal in one day and left longing for more. That is success.
The trip was really good, but the...
, Feb 2018
The trip was really good, but the time at Cape Tribulation was a bit of a let down, just walked on the beach for a while and off again. The rainforest is wonderful and the lunch was brilliant !! Would recommend the trip.
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Gorgeous vantage points and...
, Jan 2018
Gorgeous vantage points and coastline! Our guide, Allison, was phenomenal. She shared so much information about Cairns, the coast, Daintree and Cape Trib. The lunch was phenomenal, the scenery spectacular and each stop offered a different perspective of the area.
Downunder tours was amazing. The...
Cynthia M
, Oct 2016
Downunder tours was amazing. The driver/host kept the trip interesting and was awesome. A big asset to the tour operators. Thank you for a great day out. Worth every cent and very professional.
Great tour. Totally recommended but...
, Oct 2016
Great tour. Totally recommended but note it will be a long day if you are staying in Cairns CBD. Brand new bus and very clean, about 25 pax max. Very nice views and pictures opportunities. We didn't see any crocodiles.
I couldn't go due to illness and lost...
, Jun 2016
I couldn't go due to illness and lost my money.
The trip was very well organised, we...
Jennifer H
, Mar 2016
The trip was very well organised, we saw a lot in one day without feeling too rushed. The food included was very good. We were picked up in Port Douglas but most of the coach occupants had been picked up at least an hour earlier in Cairns, a very long day for them but just right for us.
Lovely friendly tour guide who knew...
Nicole O
, Feb 2016
Lovely friendly tour guide who knew his stuff and was able to give us lots of great snippets of interesting info throughout the day on a very comfortable 4wd bus. Started with a great trip down the river with amazing photo opportunities of the local bird and wild life and a very knowledgeable local guide - managed to see baby crocs and kingfishers as well as learning lots about the mangroves and river history. The rainforest was wonderfully colourful and a great chance to learn more about the history and plant life - the beaches gave us a lucky quick glimpse of a baby shark - although being stinger season we couldn't paddle - and the lunch stop was in a beautiful remote peaceful forest glade with a great bbq ready and waiting. Morning and afternoon tea also provided meant you were never on the bus for too long - although there are a lot of miles covered. The aboriginal guide was really interesting at the heritage centre and it would have been great to have spent more time with him. Maybe the trip tries to do too much in one day and would be better doing more in one area but overall it was a great day and a real taster of what is there to encourage you to come back! An easy trip suitable for all ages and no special equipment other than a camera needed. I didn't get bitten but some people also used mosquito/fly repellent.
No shop stop ! Some nice food and...
Stanislas T
, Nov 2015
No shop stop ! Some nice food and BBQ, proactive guide, fast driving, we even succeeded in avoiding the rain that day, incredible. The stop in Cape Tribulation was maybe too short but we had plenty of time in Mossman Gorge. The coach is so comfy with its lorry chassis and leather seats. The cruise was enjoyable but I was a bit worry with the 'leaking' of the boat : at high speed, water entered the boat on the right hand side and we had no explanation, quite frightening in a crocodile river...

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