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Self Drive Information - Daintree Rainforest & Cape Tribulation

12th December 2019

Rex Look Out:

If you want a breathtaking photo opportunity, Rex Lookout is  where you need to go. Located in between Cairns and Port Douglas, Rex Lookout provides a pristine viewpoint of Trinity Bay below, and pairs as a perfect backdrop to any photo. It doesn't matter if you're a fan of sun and sand, this view is worth the stop.

 

Hang Gliding at Rex Lookout:


On this hang-gliding tour, the ground zooms by and steadily drops below as you are transported into the vault of sky above. A new world opens where the cool blue shades of the Coral Sea are at perfect harmony with the caressing breeze in the rainforest and mountain tops. Fear and apprehension give way to the excitement of adventure as you fly off on angelic wings. At that moment fantasy becomes reality at the height of personal achievement.

 

Janbal Indigenous Art Gallery:

Janbal Gallery located in Mossman is more than just an Aboriginal Art Gallery, it is a wonderful Aboriginal art experience that is 100 per cent Aboriginal owned and operated. Come and learn about Aboriginal art and culture through hands-on painting workshops and storytelling experiences or simply browse that gallery at your leisure. Binna is a local Kuku Yalanji man from Mossman and he is passionate about sharing his culture, dreamtime stories and visual interpretations with visitors from all over the world. Join an Aboriginal Art Workshop where you will learn about the Kuku Yalanji history and culture whilst Binna shows you how to create your own art piece that you can take home with you. Entry to the gallery is free, however, there is a charge for the Art Workshops - sessions available at 9.00am and 3.00pm.

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Art Work Shop

Adult $50.00 - Child (4-14 years) $25.00 - Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $140.00

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

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Port Douglas Four Mile Beach:

Four Mile Beach is considered the premier beach of Port Douglas, beginning at the northern rocky headland and continuing for four more miles without any buildings or construction interrupting the pristine views.

 

Port Douglas Flagstaff Hill Lookout:
If you need a picture worth framing (or posting) look no further than the Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Located at the summit of Island Point Road, it is an easy walk, bike ride or even short drive to the lookout viewing area. From here you will witness sweeping, majestic views of Four Mile Beach and the rainforest-clad mountain ranges to the south. Venture along the Flagstaff Hill Walking Trail down to Four Mile Beach and to the viewing platform and take in the 180-degree views to the Coral Sea, Low Isles and Snapper Island to the north.

 

Port Douglas Market:

If you're making a visit or staying in hotel accommodation in Port Douglas, be sure to drop by the Sunday markets. Vendors come from all over the Far North to sell their products; you'll find arts and crafts, jewellery, fruit and vegetables, glassware, books, coffee, boats, and more.  Every Sunday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures:

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery through woodlands and rainforest where you can see an array of wildlife, including beautiful tropical birds, reptiles, insects and other native fauna.

Enjoy entertaining and educational wildlife presentations including snakes, cassowaries, koalas, crocodiles, quolls and much more. Take a boat cruise on Hartley's Lagoon to see crocodiles and other wildlife on our melaleuca wetland. Learn about sustainable use and conservation on our Crocodile Farm tour.

Open from 8:30am to 5:00pm every day of the year except Christmas Day - located just 100 metres off the Captain Cook Highway on the spectacular scenic drive between Cairns and Port Douglas.

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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Adult $41.00 - Child $20.50 (4-15 years) - Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $102.50

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

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Behind the scenes packages available - Big Croc Feed -   Zootastic 5 - Mammal Magic - Featherific. Packages must be prebooked day before by 4.00pm - hotel transfers from Cairns and Port Douglas available - please inquire for details

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Mossman Gorge:

You'll be met with a truly magical scene of glistening, crystal-clear water flowing rhythmically over ancient granite boulders that have come to rest in the shallow waters of the gorge. Put on your swimming costumes and jump into the cool waters of the gorge. Mossman gorge provides the absolute perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy the ambience of your surroundings.

The gorge also has several easy walking trails to offer, all of which allow you to explore the area and view some of the many marvels that this rainforest has on display. Entry can be pre booked or paid at the door - Adults $11.80 - Child (5-15 years) $5.90 - Family $29.50

 

Baral Marrjanga-270 m (5-10 mins) Grade: easy
Baral Marrjanga leads through the rainforest with views of the Mossman River and the mountain ranges beyond. The track includes two sections of elevated boardwalk which pass through the lower rainforest canopy. The track is suitable for wheelchairs and strollers.

Lower river track-300 m (5-10 mins) Grade: moderate to easy
This track winds along the Mossman River before joining Baral Marrjanga. Several small lookouts along the track provide views of the river. Although most of the lower river track is easy walking, the steps can be slippery. Please take care and use the handrails provided.

Rex Creek bridge-460 m (10 mins) Grade: moderate to easy
To reach the Rex Creek suspension bridge, follow Baral Marrjanga to the lookout and take the short, sign-posted track to the left.

Rainforest Circuit Track (from Rex Creek bridge)-2.4 km return (45 mins) Grade: moderate to easy
This track begins on the far side of Rex Creek bridge. On the left, 80m from the bridge a small lookout provides views of Manjal Dimbi (Mount Demi). A little way past the lookout the track divides to form a circuit that meanders through the rainforest.
All of the walking tracks are clearly signposted and maps are also provided upon entry. Seasonal track closures may occur from time-to-time due to localised flooding or track maintenance. 

 

Mossman Gorge Dreamtime Walk:

You are welcomed with a traditional 'smoking' ceremony that cleanses and wards off bad spirits. The walk then meanders through stunning rainforest and takes in traditional huts or humpies. Your experienced interpretive Indigenous guide demonstrates traditional plant use, identify bush food sources and provide an enchanting narrative of the rainforest and their special relationship with this unique tropical environment. Your guide demonstrates traditions like making bush soaps and ochre painting. At the end of the tour enjoy traditional bush tea and damper.

 

Duration: approx 1.5 hours
Departs: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm and 3pm daily

Level/Grade of the walk: Easy - however please note the track is on uneven terrain, slippery when wet and has some inclination

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Dreamtime Gorge Walk

Adult $78.00 - Child (5-15 years) $38.50 - Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $194.50

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

Rates include gorge entry

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Mossman Gorge Drift Snorkel:

Would you like to do something unique in amongst the Daintree Rainforest that is one of a kind in Australia? This small group half day tour will see you drift with the river current and snorkel in the cool refreshing waters of Mossman River.

Explore the life under the water's surface amongst the tropical rainforest and keep an eye out for the occasional turtle. The perfect way to cool off in the tropics.

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Mossman Gorge River Snorkel:

Adult $105.00 Child (3-14 years) $90.00 - Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $360.00

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

Minimum ages 3 years - max weight limit is 135kg - not suitable for people with limited mobility

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Bruce Beltcher Croc Cruise:

M.V. Mangrove Jack II - was designed to be comfortable, quiet and to maximize the Daintree River cruises observation.  The boat is covered and has clear screens in the event of rain. The boat, being small and more personalised allows our guides to interact with guests. Therefore, loud speakers are not always required.
The comfortable seats on our Daintree tours face forward for best viewing. They are padded and have back rests. It has a liquor license and drinks can be purchased at our land bar to be taken on board for your cruise; 8x40 pentax binoculars are also provided.

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Bruce Beltcher's Daintree River Cruise

One-hour cruise departs at 8.15am - 9.30am - 11.00am - 12.00pm - 1.30pm - 2.30pm - 4.00pm

Adult $30.00 - Concession $26.00 - Child (5-15 years) $14.00 - Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $75.00

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

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Daintree ferry:

The vehicle ferry is the only way to cross the Daintree River. The Daintree Ferry operates daily between 5am and midnight. The crossing itself takes about 10 minutes but there can be a waiting times, especially during the peak season. During these months the busiest hours tend to be mid morning to lunch time going north, and between mid afternoon and 5pm returning south. Rates start at $30.00 return per car - multi day passes are available.

 

Alexandra Lookout:

From the lookout, visitors can gawp out over jaw-dropping views of the Daintree Rainforest and its coastline where it meets the impressively blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef. There's also the chance to spot the Daintree River as it snakes through the landscape.

 

Daintree Discovery Centre:

The Daintree Discovery Centre is an award-winning world class interpretive facility that allows visitors easy access to every level of the Daintree Rainforest. Admission includes personal handheld audio guides, a take home 68 page Daintree Rainforest Guide Book, loads of interesting signage, displays and wildlife exhibits. The specially designed Daintree Rainforest tours allow you to absorb all the fascinating information about this precious environment at your own pace; audio tours are available in 8 different language; learn about the history, culture, plants and animals of the Daintree and how they have survived for millions of years!

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Daintree Discovery Centre

Adult $35.00 - Concession $32.00 - Child (5-17 years) $16.00 - Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $85.00

BOOKINGS + 617 40479124

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Cape Tribulation Boardwalks - Jindalba, Dubuji and Marrdja Boardwalks:

Jindalba is the traditional Kuku Yalanji people's name for this area. This 700 metre rainforest boardwalk circuit winds up the hill and sometimes reaches four metres off the ground. It offers some elevated views of this lowland rainforest, including creeks, king ferns and fig trees. The information signs explain the complexities of rainforest structure and ecological processes - how different species have evolved to survive in the rainforest environment.

The Daintree Rescue Program funded the construction of the Dubuji Boardwalk to minimize tourism impacts on this sensitive area. The 1.2 kilometre track begins at the carpark and meanders through the vine forest, mangroves, sedge swamps and fan palms of this special forest. Spring fed creeks flow through area, which supports a wide diversity of plant and animal life. There are many viewing areas along the path, allowing you to stop, read the information signs and take in the surrounding beauty at this popular destination.

The Marrdja Boardwalk is among the most accessible, and most interesting of all these trails. It is a looped walk that begins and ends at Oliver's Creek, a glistening stream that emerges from beneath the thick rainforest canopy. Since it is only 1.2km in length and is entirely wheelchair accessible, many people don't expect much of the trail, but although the walk is short, it will take you on a 350-million-year journey through the park's history. The informative signs along the boardwalk will teach you of this land from prehistoric times, and as you walk you will find the signs explaining that this rainforest is one of the only places on earth to still be preserving many ancient trees.

 

Jungle surfing:

To begin with, you'll be expertly hoisted onto the start platform. From there, you'll whizz through the canopy at various heights, getting a unique perspective on the rainforest floor below. As you glide along, keep your eyes peeled for ancient trees, serene creeks, and the turquoise depths of the Great Barrier Reef in the distance. Each platform promises something different. Ranging in height, from 2.5 metres to a whopping 19.5 metres above the canopy floor, you'll be able to experience every layer of the Daintree Rainforest while Jungle Surfing.

Jungle Surfing is a must-do if you're looking for an adventurous way to get to know the Daintree Rainforest, while whizzing through the undergrowth, you can explore the diverse array of ancient trees at the same time as getting your adrenalin fix.

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Jungle Surfing (Closed Until Further Notice)

Tours depart at 7.50am - 9.50am - 12.30pm 2.30pm - 9.10am - 11.10am - 1.50pm - 3.50pm

Adult $109 - Child (3-14 years) $99.00

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

Surfing weight limit 120kg - minimum age 3 years - additional sessions times available during peak season

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Guided Night walk

The rainforest at night is a different place, where animals come out that hide during the day.
Your guide knows where they live, and he is trained in spotting the often very well camouflaged animals.
Your tour guide will also tell you all about this amazing flora and fauna, so you get an understanding of how everything in the rainforest eco system is connected to each other.

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Guided Night Walk

Tour departs 7.30pm

Adult $49 - Child (8-14 years) $49.00

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

Minimum age 8 years

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Daintree Attraction Pass

Daintree Discovery Centre - Mossman Gorge Dream Time Walk - Jungle Surfing Package

Adult $210.00 - Child (3-14 years) $145.00 - Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $660.00

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

Minimum age 3 years

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Beaches - Myall Beach, Cow Bay and Cape Tribulation Beach:

Cow Bay Beach is located between the magical Daintree and Cape Tribulation in North Queensland. It is a sight of paradise, where you can easily get lost for hours in its beauty. It is a feast your eyes cannot help but immerse themselves in with the incredible merging colours of beauty from the hues of the sea to the lush green surrounding forest and to the golden sands.

Myall Beach is on the southern side of the Cape Tribulation headland; the place where two World Heritage areas meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. It is at this magnificent location that the end of the Great Barrier Reef Drive journey is achieved.

Cape Tribulation Beach is literally the place where the rainforest meets the reef! At low tide, you can spot fringing coral almost kissing the sand on the beach, whilst you can look back in land and see the lush trees of the ancient Daintree rainforest. Alongside this, a backdrop of mountains and a mangrove-dotted cape make this beach ultimately picture perfect.

 

Snorkelling - Ocean Rafting:

Leave the crowds behind with our half day Great Barrier Reef snorkel tour. You'll share your experience with only 24 fellow snorkelers on reefs that no other tour boats visit. The journey to these pristine reefs takes only 25 thrilling minutes in a rigid inflatable boat that is driven by 700hp engines and departs from the shores of Cape Tribulation in the Daintree Rainforest.

Visit Undine and Mackay Reefs for two hours of snorkelling beautiful untouched corals beds, teeming with a huge variety of marine life. A regular hotspot for turtles, also keep your eyes peeled for rays, little reef sharks, giant clams and the odd octopus passing by not to mention the many species of colourful resident fish.

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Ocean Rafting Snorkel Tour

Departs 8.00am & 12.00pm

Adult $154.00 - Child (2-14 years) $99.00 - Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) 459.00

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

Not recommended for persons that are pregnant or suffer from back/neck problems - stinger suit (seasonal) $8.00

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Morning and Mid-Morning Beach Horse Ride:

Experience the unrivalled beauty of Cape Tribulation like a true explorer with a guided horse-riding tour.

Discover an abundance of local flora and fauna as you weave through the majestic Daintree rainforest on horseback on your way to Myall Beach. Once there you will explore the beautiful coastline with views of the Great Barrier Reef and have the opportunity to walk your horse into the shallow waters of the ocean (clarity permitting).

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Horse Riding Tours

Departs 8.00am & 11.00am

Adult $110.00 - Child (5-14 years) $70.00

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

Maximum weight limit 100kg - not suitable if you are pregnant - minimum ages 5 years (children aged 5 -14 years

Must be accompanied by an adult rider)

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Electric Quad Bike and UTV Eco Walk:

Explore the oldest rainforest in the world on self-driven silent electric quad bikes or UTV Polaris buggies. After navigating along rainforest tracks and across creeks, your knowledgeable guide will lead you on two guided nature walks. If you are fortunate you may spot some of the abundant wildlife on the 350-acre property, including the famed cassowary. A light lunch is provided at the halfway point along with the opportunity for a refreshing swim in a freshwater lagoon.

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ATV Tours

Departs 8.30am & 11.30am

Adult $150.00

ATV Minimum Age 16 years

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UTV tour departs 2.00pm

Adult $110.00 - Child (5 - 14 years) $70.00

Minimum age 5 years - children from five years of age can only join the tour if accompanied by an adult driver -

minimum age to drive UTV 16 years

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

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Electric UTV Night Tour:

Witness the oldest rainforest in the world come to life at night as you embark on an adventure like no other! Navigate along rainforest tracks using silent UTV Polaris buggies before exploring on foot with your guide. The highlight of this tour is that each participant is provided with night vision goggles to better see the rainforest come to life at night. Once the torches are turned off, the rainforest comes to light with fireflies and glow in the dark moss providing a magical experience. The tour ends with a classic Aussie dinner and refreshments under the stars.

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UTV Night Tour

Departs 6.30pm

Adult $110.00 - Child (5 - 14 years) $70.00

Minimum age 5 years - children from five years of age can only join the tour if accompanied by an adult driver

minimum age to drive UTV 16 years

BOOKINGS +617 40479124

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Combination package discount available if taking two or more tours - only applicable to

horse riding - ATV - UTV bookings

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We hope you have found the above information useful in planning your self drive itinerary for visiting the Atherton Tablelands.  We do have this information available in a PDF File, please email us and we are happy to send you a copy.

 



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