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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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    Important Information
    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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    My family of four took a full day private tour to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. The van was modern and comfortable. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel in Cairns.The itinerary was exactly what we wanted. As we could proceed at our own pace, the
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    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 was personable and funny. In
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    Response from dta12345, Guest Relations Manager at Private Daintree National Park Day Tour from Cairns Including Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi John, Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. It's always lovely to hear how much you enjoyed our full day Cape Tribulation day tour. I'm glad that Carsten made you feel so welcome and was able to help you to experience this area with plenty of time at each of our attractions. Being a small group tour we do try to take the time to allow flexibility in your day and if that means taking time out to show our clients something we think they will enjoy then we can. Our day is as much about the people and of course the kids! It is about the area we visit and our guides do go above and beyond because they love it as much as you will. I will pass on your fabulous feedback to Carsten. Thank you for traveling with us. Regards Louise
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    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 to finish, his warm and engaging
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    Response from dta12345, Guest Relations Manager at Private Daintree National Park Day Tour from Cairns Including Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi Thelma and Louise! I am pleased to hear you had a good time on tour with us. Thank you for your kind words about our guide Steve. I am pleased to hear that he looked after you. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Regards, Louise
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    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 to know each other. The day was the Rainforest Tour to Daintree
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    Response from dta12345, Guest Relations Manager at Private Daintree National Park Day Tour from Cairns Including Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi Alan, Thank you very much for your kind words and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your day. We are glad that you were able to appreciate the benefits of taking a guided tour - the only way to "experience" the real Daintree and it's great to hear that Mick took such good care of you. I will pass on your feedback to him. Thank you for traveling with us. Regards, Louise
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    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. :)
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    Response from dta12345, Guest Relations Manager at Private Daintree National Park Day Tour from Cairns Including Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi Paul, Thank you very much for your kind words and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your day. We are glad that you were able to appreciate the benefits of taking a guided tour - the only way to "experience" the real Daintree and it's great to hear that Carsten took such good care of you and your group. I will pass on your feedback to him. Thank you for traveling with us. Regards, Louise
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