As of Wed 1 July 2020, we are only running the Cape Tribulation day tour, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Bookings to be made by phone (07) 4032 0500.

A Complete Guide Of The Best Things To Do InStunning Daintree Rainforest

Rainforest boardwalks, sweeping mountain views and unique wildlife encounters: Cape Trib Connections will ensure you discover all the best things to in the Daintree on one of our tours. Our hand-picked local guides will unlock the secrets of the Daintree Rainforest’s ancient landscapes. Amongst a small, friendly group, Cape Trib Connections ensures you won’t miss a thing as we wind our way along the stunning Great Barrier Reef Drive to the Daintree. Our tours include all the must-do Daintree activities, including the unique views from Mount Alexandra lookout, the cool rainforest ambience on Daintree boardwalks and lunch on Cape Tribulation Beach. Learn about the many rare and endemic rainforest plants and animals and their Gondwanan origins. Cape Trib Connections is the easiest way to see the top things to do in the Daintree Rainforest: we look forward to sharing it with you.

Walk In The Rainforest

Walking in the rainforest is definitely one of the best things to do in Daintree. You are stepping back more than 130 million years, into the ancient super-continent of Gondwana. Beneath the shadows of towering trees and king ferns, the rainforest floor is cool and damp, criss-crossed by tropical waterways. Our guides share the story of the Daintree and its many rare and endemic plant and animal species on our tours.

Take A Daintree River Cruise

From small beginnings in remote upland forest, the Daintree River carves its way through the rainforest to the reef and along the way, it plays host to an abundance of unique and tropical fish, birds, reptiles and the intimidating, prehistoric estuarine crocodile. Cape Trib Connections ensures you won’t miss a thing on a wildlife river cruise, which is definitely on the list of things to do in Daintree.

Getting There Is Half The Fun With Us

Stretching 140 kilometres from Cairns, through Port Douglas and over the Daintree River to Cape Tribulation, the Great Barrier Reef Drive is not just a journey when you travel with us: it’s a destination in its own right!

From Cairns, our path winds past the Palm Cove headlands where the road is cradled by rugged dry eucalypt scrublands on one side, and alternating beaches and rocky coastal stretches on the other. Gazing northwards across the Coral Sea, you may even catch an early glimpse of the emerald green Daintree Rainforest meeting the water at the Daintree River mouth in the distance.

Undulating coastal ranges transform into vast coastal plains as we pass the iconic palm-tree lined entryway to Port Douglas, onwards to the region’s agricultural heart at Mossman. Towering green seas of sugar cane line the road, yielding only to the dramatic rainforest backdrop of Mount Lewis National Park. The Daintree River Ferry is our ticket into the natural wonder of the rainforest beyond, making it one of the essential things to do in Daintree.

Explore The Heart Of The Daintree

It’s only five minutes across the Daintree River, but you’re immediately taken back 130+ million years as the rainforest giants creep inwards and over our path. Our first stop inside this Gondwanan museum is the Mount Alexandra lookout, where the forest parts to reveal the meeting point of two World Heritage areas: the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef. Peering past ancient tree ferns and out to the Daintree River delta, the sheer size of this natural wonder is immediately apparent; little wonder this stop is one of the top ten things to do in the Daintree!

While the rolling green canopy of the Daintree is striking from afar, it’s up close on a rainforest walk that we unlock many more of the Daintree’s ancient secrets. A rainforest stroll through the Marrdja or Jindalba boardwalks showcases the stark transformation of the landscape from rainforest creeks, mangroves and lowland tropical rainforests.

These vistas are reason alone to walk through the Daintree, but this is something best experienced with a knowledgeable Cape Trib Connections guide. Our guides share insights on how this unique ecosystem supports its bounty of rare and endemic plant and animal inhabitants. With some luck, you might spot some animal species only found in this World Heritage area, like the shy Bennett’s tree-kangaroo or ancient southern cassowary. That makes rainforest walks, one of the must do things to do in Daintree.

Daintree Beach Walks & Crocodile Spotting

Golden sands underfoot and the lush rainforest sliding down to meet the sea, Cape Tribulation Beach joins the vast Daintree with the pristine waters which are home to the Great Barrier Reef. A place where two World Heritage-listed sites are uniquely positioned side-by-side. It’s worthwhile to make time to soak in this special reef and rainforest meeting place over lunch, and Cape Trib Connections is the only tour operator to offer lunch at Cape Tribulation Beach. Take a short walk on the beach and nearby Kulki Boardwalk, where the lookout provides panoramas of the two World Heritage sites amidst a cacophony of tropical birdlife dancing in the canopy.

The waters off Cape Tribulation Beach are certainly inviting, but don’t be tempted for a dip. Estuarine crocodiles ply these waters year-round, so steer clear and pay heed to the warning signs. Swimming at this beach, is not on the list of things to do in Daintree. But if it’s crocodiles you came for, you’re in luck with Cape Trib Connections. One of our most popular things to do in the Daintree is a wildlife spotting cruise on Daintree River. Gliding over the dark waters of the Daintree River, our guides ensure you have ample time to take a snap of the abundant tropical bird, butterfly and reptile life dotting the rainforest canopy while the prehistoric estuarine crocodiles bask on the river banks.

Take A Dip At Mossman Gorge

The crystal-clear waters of Mossman River have carved their way through Daintree National Park, winding through monstrous granite boulders into picture-perfect freshwater swimming holes. Provided water levels are safe, this is the perfect place to retreat from the tropical heat amongst the shade and cool rainforest waters. Combining these freshwater vistas with steep rainforest ravines, rainforest boardwalks and an insight into rainforest Aboriginal culture, foods and medicines, it’s little wonder that Mossman Gorge is one of the top things to do in the Daintree.

There are so many things to do and learn about in this ancient landscape, and Cape Trib Connections offers them all in the convenience of our Daintree Rainforest day tour. In addition to providing excellent value for money, you’ll traverse this special part of the world in air-conditioned comfort while our experienced guides ensure you don’t miss a part of what the Daintree has to offer.

Why Travel with Cape Trib Connections

Sustainable Travel

All proceeds from your tour with our family company, go back into the local economy and supporting local business. Now that’s sustainable travel.

Highly Experienced

For more than 20 years, we’ve been running great tours across this amazing destination. We know all the best things to do in Daintree and will make sure you experience it all.

Great Guides

Hand-picked guides will reveal the secrets of this ancient rainforest landscape and ensure you get every chance to see the rare and endangered rainforest plants and animals.

Sit Back & Relax

Forget about navigating and negotiating traffic, you can relax in Cape Trib Connections’ air-conditioned tour bus and just enjoy the many things to do in the Daintree!

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Daintree Frequently Asked Questions

What activities can you do in the Daintree rainforest?

There are many things to do in the Daintree Rainforest. Enjoy the rainforest vistas from Mount Alexandra lookout, take stunning walks on Cape Tribulation Beach and Kulki Boardwalk and wildlife spotting on a Daintree River cruise. Mossman Gorge is also a must-see activity in the Daintree Rainforest, where you can enjoy a refreshing dip in Mossman River and to learn about local rainforest Aboriginal culture.

Can you explore Daintree rainforest on your own?

The Daintree Rainforest comprises more than 1,200 square kilometres of World Heritage-listed tropical rainforests, from Mossman Gorge in the south, and north over the Daintree River to Cape Tribulation. You can drive in standard 2WD vehicles as far as Cape Tribulation, but 4WD vehicles are essential for travel onwards to Bloomfield. This is an ancient landscape and whilst you can enjoy the scenery on your own, the only way to ensure you do all of the best things to do in Daintree – and learn more about what you are seeing – is to take a guided tour with us.

Is the Daintree rainforest dangerous?

The Daintree Rainforest is safe to visit provided you stick to marked walking tracks and follow warning signs. Estuarine crocodiles are present in coastal waters and rivers in the Daintree, and in the summer months marine stingers arrive. Follow the advice of guides and warning signs in the area and the Daintree is a safe destination for travellers of all ages and abilities.

Why should I go to the Daintree rainforest?

As part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the Daintree Rainforest is home to the oldest tropical rainforests in the world. Many rare and endemic plants and animals, including the ‘idiot fruit’ and iconic southern cassowary live here. This is also the spot for a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity, as this is the only place in the world where two natural World Heritage sites sit side by side: the Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef.

Is Daintree worth visiting?

Are the towering fronds of the king fern green? Yes! Countless scenic vistas of this World Heritage-listed rainforest and its neighbouring Great Barrier Reef, as well as the many things to do in the Daintree like rainforest walks, pristine beaches and wildlife cruises on the Daintree River all make the Daintree a must-see destination for travellers of all ages.

What should I wear to the Daintree rainforest?

Average temperatures in the Daintree Rainforest range from 26–32 degrees Celsius in summer to 21–25 degrees Celsius in the winter months. The tropical weather can get quite humid, so light breathable clothes are handy, but ensure to cover up from the tropical sun and insects. You’ll probably be exploring much of the Daintree Rainforest on foot, so shoes and a hat are essential, as are sunscreen and insect repellent.

What is the most dangerous animal in the Daintree rainforest?

While a visit to the Daintree Rainforest is a safe and fun trip for travellers of all ages and abilities, remember that estuarine crocodiles are present in coastal waters, tidal areas and rivers in the Daintree. You should exercise caution around these waterways, follow warning signs and never swim in waters where crocodiles may be present.

Are there crocodiles in the Daintree?

Yes. Estuarine crocodiles are found in Daintree rivers and coastal waters. Crocodiles can be more active during the wet season’s warmer months, while high tides and heavy rains can see crocodiles move into new areas. Visitors should pay attention to warning signs and stay back from the water’s edge where crocodiles may be present.

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