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Top 5 Daintree Must Do’s

5 Nature and Adventure Experiences | Top Daintree Must Do’s

Magical Daintree Rainforest

Daintree National Park hosts the oldest tropical rainforest in the world. A stunning environment that provided the inspiration for the movie Avatar.  

Within this tropical paradise are many attractions. So here’s our Top 5 Daintree Must Do’s for you to explore.

Sleep at the Cape Trib Beach House | Top Daintree Must Do’s
Sleep at the Cape Trib Beach House

#1: Stay at least one night in Cape Tribulation

Okay, this is not a top 5 experience, but without staying over you’ll find it hard to fit them all in!

Cape Tribulation is in the heart of the Daintree offering several accommodation options, complete wilderness and two stunning beaches.

Driving directly to Cape Tribulation takes 2.5 hours from Cairns and 1.5 hours from Port Douglas. Being a self drive day out, or on an organised tour there just isn’t enough time to really experience and appreciate this ancient rainforest.

Daintree River Cruise Centre | Top Daintree Must Do’s
Baby Salties | Credit: Daintree River Cruise Centre

#2: Daintree River Crocodile Cruise

No.1 Top Daintree Must Do’s is a wildlife cruise on the magnificent Daintree River to observe the largest crocodiles in the world, ‘Salties’.

As a result, the Daintree River has a high density of Saltwater crocodiles. A large male inhabits this area, this ‘Big Fella’ known as Scarface is over 5 meters long, literally a living dinosaur!

Besides him, this river also boasts 150 species of fish, over 100 crustaceans and half of the world’s 72 mangrove species.

The only Eco-Certified Cruise on the river is the Daintree River Cruise Centre. Offering 1 hour tours eight times per day. Private tours can be arranged in advance.

Another option is Solar Whisper  Although not Eco-Certified, they run their boat cruise using 100% solar energy, hence the name.

Billy Tea Safaris use the Eco-certified Daintree River Cruise Centre as part of their small group Cape Tribulation and Daintree Tours (visit our eco-tour website for more info).

Jungle Surfing | Top Daintree Must Do’s

#3: Jungle Surfing: Zip Lining through the Rainforest

Next on our list, for top Daintree Must Do’s is Jungle Surfing. 

Two hours of thrill seeking adventure, zip lining through the rainforest.

Once buckled up, then winched high into the rainforest canopy by the eco-friendly human hamster wheel your expert guides will tell you all about the ancient Daintree rainforest and when its time to scream

This Advanced Eco-Certified experience is suitable for all ages. Therefore an exciting family day out. The minimum age is three years.

For more information and availability check out our own eco-tours website Tree Hugger Travel

Daintree Discovery Centre | Top Daintree Must Do’s
Daintree Discovery Centre

#4: The Daintree Discovery Centre

The Daintree Discovery Centre is in the Top Daintree Must Do’s because it highlights how unique, ancient and important the Daintree Rainforest is.

Learn about dozens of edible fruits and seeds, trees that are curing disease and the past mega fauna and dinosaurs that once roamed through the jungle here.

Climb the 27 meter tower offering breathtaking views of rainforest clad peaks and you may even see a living legend, the extremely endangered Cassowary.

To visit the centre, you will need a car as organised tours simply do not have time.

Jungle Adventures Night Walks | Top Daintree Must Do’s | Credit: Shane Black
Jungle Adventures Night Walks | Credit: Shane Black

#5: Explore the Jungle by Night!

A night walk is a must if your spending the night in Cape Tribulation.

Jungle Adventures offer a 2 hour guided night walk with a knowledgable guide. You are equipped with a high powered spot light and instructions on how to identify wildlife using ‘eye-shine’.

Animals you may see range from pythons and rainforest dragons to sleeping birds and small mammals like bandicoots.

Alternatively, if your feeling brave, walk the Dubuji boardwalk in Cape Tribulation after sunset.

Ocean Safari Snorkel Safari | Top Daintree Must Do’s
Ocean Safari Snorkel Safari at Mackay Reef

#6: Take an ‘Ocean Safari’ to magnificent coral reefs

In just 25 minutes you can reach the Outer Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation thanks to Ocean Safari.

They offer half day small group ‘turtle-tripper’ tours to Mackay and Undine Reefs, known as some of the best snorkel sites on the whole GBR.

Tours leave every morning form the Turtle Rock cafe and afternoon tours seasonally.

For more information and availability check out our own eco-tours website Tree Hugger Travel.

Daintree Boatman Nature Tours | Top Daintree Must Do’s
Daintree Boatman Nature Tours | Credit: Fred Forssell

#One Extra: Specialised Wildlife & Birding Tours

The village of Daintree, south of the river offers small group and private specialised tours on the Daintree river.

Birdlife is abundant, with over 430 species recorded on the river. 

Two locally owned operators come recommended with vast experience:

Daintree River Wild Watch – offer early morning and sunset tours with wildlife experts Ian “Sauce” and Alex.

Furthermore, this tour has been operating for over 20 years.

Daintree Boatman Nature Tours – by professional nature guide Murray Hunt, offering premium small-group wildlife cruises at dawn and dusk.

Ask us Questions

Want help planning a trip to theDaintree  please get in touch.

We organise itineraries and can even book tours and self-drive packages too!

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7 Responses

  1. Dave Wallace
    | Reply

    And there’s Linc-Haven. If you get there at the right time, you could get the Wobbly tour with Justin. With a bit more luck you could meet Django the dingo or even Doris the Croc.

    • Tina Satchell
      | Reply

      Hi Dave, great idea’s for our fellow travellers! Lync Haven is great! We stayed there a year ago and loved it, great night walks around the rainforest. 🙂

  2. grower
    | Reply

    Vеry good post. I’m dealіng with a few of these iѕsues
    as wеll..

    • Tina Satchell
      | Reply

      Thank-you, feel free to read some of our other posts and more to come! 🙂

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