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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas

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  • Full-day tour of Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge and Daintree Rainforest from Cairns or Port Douglas
  • Take part in a traditional Aboriginal smoke ceremony in the Mossman Gorge
  • Enjoy a guided rainforest trek along the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk
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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas
From US$ 107.40
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Cape Tribulation plus CruiseMost Popular
Cape Tribulation day trip including wildlife cruise on the Daintree River
From US$ 126.14
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Cape Tribulation day trip only. Does NOT include the wildlife cruise on the Daintree River
From US$ 107.40
Family (2 Adults + 2 Kids)
Family consists of 2 adults (12+ years) and 2 Children (5-11 years)
From US$ 446.91
Overview
Immerse yourself in the natural wonders and Aboriginal heritage of Australia’s tropical north on this full-day tour from Cairns. First, head to the Mossman Gorge to take part in a traditional smoke ceremony with the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people. Then, enjoy a close encounter with native wildlife on the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk and visit Cape Tribulation, the meeting point of the UNESCO-listed Great Barrier Reef and Daintree rainforest. After lunch at Cape Trib Beach House, embark on a scenic cruise along the Daintree River (optional).
What to Expect
The world’s oldest surviving tropical rainforest, Daintree, meets the greatest living tropical reef, the Great Barrier Reef, at Cape Tribulation. Nowhere else on Earth do two World Heritage–listed natural sites exist side by side, and you’ll have ample time to enjoy this paradise on your day trip from Cairns.
After hotel pickup, begin your tour with a scenic coastal drive to Port Douglas along far north Queensland’s great ocean road, which provides panoramic views over the Coral Sea. Heading north, your first stop is Mossman Gorge, the southern sector of Daintree National Park. Carved out by the mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders, the gorge is bordered by lush green forest. Participate in an Australian ‘Welcome to Country’ event with the area’s traditional owners, the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people, who cleanse you of evil spirits with a smoke ceremony and apply traditional rainforest body paint to your skin. Then enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters.
Continuing North, arrive at the Daintree River, and if you select the cruise option during booking, you will head out on the river for a wildlife cruise. You might spot a crocodile while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this serpent-like river system.
Next, have lunch at Cape Trib Beach House dining on the beach with toes in the sand (weather permitting). Soak up the vibes by the ocean while you refuel for the afternoon ahead.
On the way back to Cairns, explore this ancient rainforest environment on a tour along the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk with a highly trained guide who provides rainforest interpretation. Marvel at the diversity of vegetation, from low-lying ferns and shrubs to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems, all in one short easy walk. Then head to Cape Tribulation Beach, where the rainforest meets the reef. This is one of the best photo ops of the day and the ideal place to be wowed by the natural beauty of this little corner of the planet.
Then make a pit stop at Floravilla, home to 26 flavors of locally made ice cream including dragonfruit, coconut ginger, black sapote, and goji berry with rainforest honey (ice cream at own expense).
Stop for a photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range lookout (Walu Wugirriga), which provides views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta, and out to the Coral Sea.
Then hop back on your tour bus for the return journey to Cairns, including a quick drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laidback atmosphere and many bars and cafes. Your day trip ends with drop-off at your pickup location.
Reviews (60)
1 - 5 of 5 reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2018
day tour

very good driver and leader. we did this tour with Trek North. The visit to the butterfly and insect museum was well worth it. Also had a lovely BBQ lunch at the waters edge. We were disappointed that Mosman Gorge was not included but it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Maeve M
Reviewed 12 August 2018
All We Like Sheep

Do you like seeing nature in large groups? Do you like being herded through touristy venues with hundreds of other people? If your answer is yes, this is the trip for you. Our guide kept referring to us as "sheep," and it certainly felt that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
9  Thank John P
Reviewed 6 August 2018 via mobile
Great Sightseeing

Fantastic tour guide, stunning sightseeing. But for a 12hour day and paying $17 extra for lunch it was disappointing to say the least. Arrived back to Cairns way too hungry. Only downside of the day.

1  Thank Mona F
Reviewed 19 July 2018
A BIG day

This is a really long day. The guide, Thomas, was great. He was a really energetic guide and as a local was very knowledgeable. Mossman Gorge is beautiful, take the chance to swim in the morning. We all went on the crocodile tour, so I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Holly T
Reviewed 3 June 2018
Forest that witnessed Dinosaur Era..

Our trip was wonderful, Elie our guide was fun and really looked after us as his own guest. He was entertaining and enthusiastic about sharing information throughout. Morning started with a smoke ceremony and ended with amber sunset. We loved watching those massive trees and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank Deepa M M
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