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Private Daintree National Park Day Tour from Cairns Including Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge

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    After pickup from your Cairns hotel by your private guide, your day tour begins by heading north along Captain Cook Highway, passing through the beach suburb of Palm Cove. Learn about the history of Double Island Reef and Haycock Reef, and admire the huge Melaleuca trees that are hundreds of years old. If you want to stop for a photo op, just ask your guide—as this is a private tour, feel free to make requests.

    Continue your journey north along Great Barrier Reef Drive, one of the most picturesque coastal drives in the world, and stop at Rex Lookout for views over Double Island and back toward the mountains of the Great Dividing Range. Your next stop is the small seaside town of Port Douglas, where you'll have a short tour before heading to Mossman Gorge, located on the southern edge of Daintree National Park, part of the Wet Tropics of Queensland UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy morning tea at the Mossman Gorge Centre.

    Then hop aboard a shuttle bus accompanied by your naturalist guide, and head into the national park for a guided walk in the dense tropical rainforest. Admire views over the granite boulders and clear waters of the Mossman River, and if time and weather permit, you can take a swim. Heading further north and passing by the sugarcane fields of Mossman, stop for lunch before joining a small cruise on the Daintree River. If you are lucky, you may spot an elusive crocodile.

    Back on land, continue north along a picturesque road toward Cape Tribulation, enjoying more perspectives of Daintree National Park along the way. A stop at the Alexandra Lookout provides an opportunity to look back over the coastal road you just traveled and take in views of the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island, and Low Isles.

    Continue even further north, stopping at Marrdja Boardwalk for a guided walk among one of the most bio-diverse areas in the Daintree Rainforest. Then head to Cape Tribulation, known as the place where two World Heritage sites meet—the Wet Tropics of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. After admiring the beach, venture south back toward the Daintree River, stopping along the way at Daintree Ice Cream Company for afternoon tea; here you have the opportunity to sample locally made ice cream featuring seasonal fruits of the tropics (own expense).

    Shortly after this, you'll arrive at the Daintree River to board the cable ferry across the waterway. Then relax on the drive back to Cairns, where your day trip ends with return to your accommodation.
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    Departure Point
    Centrally located Cairns accommodation
    Departure Time
    7:00 AM
    Duration
    12h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • National Park fees
    • Bottled water
    • Lunch
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Live commentary on board
    • Professional guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by private vehicle
    • Entry/Admission - Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek Wilderness
    • Entry/Admission - Mossman Gorge
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Infant seats available
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Reviewed 13 July 2019 via mobile

    My family and I (two adults, two kids under 10) booked this tour while staying in Port Douglas (but they also pick up from Cairns) and absolutely loved it. Our tour guide Carsten knew the area (including the flora and fauna) incredibly well, and he...More

    Thank johnfalstaff
    Reviewed 24 June 2019

    This Daintree, Cape Trib and Mossman Gorge day trip was fun from from the moment we met our guide Steve, he is so welcoming. The way he imparted his vast knowledge of the area was imformative and very interesting. We enjoyed this day from start...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Mossmanswimmers
    Reviewed 28 May 2019

    A brilliant day and one of the many trips we have enjoyed. It may be a bit more expensive than other tours but well worth it. There were just eight of us in the mini bus which made the day more intimate and we got...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank I3672PTalanr
    Reviewed 26 May 2019

    My aunt and I had a great time with Carsten who's very humourous, accommodating and very knowledgeable about the local flora and fauna. Highly recommend to everyone to choose Discovery Tours Australia and if possible to have Carsten as your tour guide. :)

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank PaulNginHK
    Reviewed 8 March 2019 via mobile

    I wanted to pack in as much as I could in a single day so chose this tour as it seemed to have lots of things included and I wasn’t disappointed This is a small group tour with a full day 10-12 hours and you...More

    Thank idgx
    Chris S, Guest Relations Manager at Discovery Tours Australia, responded to this reviewResponded 14 March 2019

    Hi, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day with us. Thank you for your feedback on your experience and your kind comments on our guide Jean. We pride ourselves on the high...More

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