Daintree Boatman Wildlife Cruises

Daintree Boatman Wildlife Cruises

Daintree Boatman Wildlife Cruises
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6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
Daintree Boatman Wildlife Cruises provides small-group (max 10 passengers) wildlife cruises for close views of highly sought-after birds, snakes and crocodiles on the mighty Daintree River. Two hour cruises ($72 adult, $50 child) are provided at dawn and dusk whilst birds are at their most active and the river is at its most scenic. Cruises cater for a maximum of just 10 passengers and are customised to the interests of the passengers. The boat used is a unique 'hybrid' vessel utilising both a regular outboard and an incredible electric motor which creates less disturbance of wildlife enabling extraordinary views of wildlife. Private cruises at reasonable rates are available for those with a specific interest such as wildlife photography. Please enquire directly. Cruises depart from the Daintree Village public boat ramp, 45 mins from Port Douglas. Note: Daintree Village is located on the south-side of the Daintree River. Bookings are essential.
Daintree, Queensland, Australia
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Charles B
Oxford, UK399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
I'm a photographer of wildlife and Murray Hunt gave us a wonderful couple of hours on the river. He had warned us that the tide wasn't perfect but we is such an excellent spotter we found all sorts of wildlife.
Written 23 February 2024
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SapphDapph
Canberra, Australia85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Knowledgeable and easy to talk to. We got to see a range of kingfishers, Papuan frogmouth, snakes, crocodiles and some small birds trying to take territory. Was a little long ago and I’m not at home to check my book. Sorry. He was amazing. If you are into birds then jump on a tour.
Written 21 January 2024
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J H
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Unfortunately our cruise was cancelled due to recent flooding in the area; we were really looking forward to this! I wish there were another company that offered a comparable birdwatching experience based on reviews! I left a 5-star rating as there is no option to leave this blank.
Written 31 December 2023
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Zoe B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We had a great experience on our morning Daintree River Cruise. Murray was helpful right from the beginning of our booking, suggesting what time would be best to see our preferred birds etc. The boat was small (6 people), quiet and a perfect way to truly explore the river and creeks.

As the weather wasn’t on our side for some of the tour, Murray went out of his way to allow us to stop for a short breakfast/coffee break whilst the rain cleared before resuming the tour.

Murray was a clear, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and precise guide. His excellent knowledge of the river meant we saw things we would never have seen on our own (Papuan Frogmouth, Tree snake, Fig Parrot). We had excellent views of a great billed heron next to a small croc! The tour was brilliantly catered to the guests wants - a great trip for wildlife and birdwatching.

Overall it was a great experience that we would definitely do again and highly recommended.
Written 13 December 2023
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Clay N
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We had a wonderful experience with Murray on our Daintree River cruise! The small group (6) and nimble boat, along with Murray’s encyclopedic knowledge and spot-on instincts for finding wildlife, made it an unforgettable tour. Though it was not prime croc-spotting season, he found two, along with two beautiful Common/Green Tree Snakes (how he spotted them I can’t fathom). He also located and identified a large number of birds for the hard-core birders that made up most of our tour group.
Written 3 December 2023
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Paul S
New Zealand105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This was simply amazing! Three of us took Murray's tour. My mate and I have birded all over the world. Murray knows his birds, knows his river and is an extremely clear and precise guide. Even my non-birding wife was blown away by our 2 hours with Murray. Whether you are a keen birder or just interested in wildlife, I can't recommend this trip highly enough. The Daintree is magical early morning, there's plenty to see and we had the added interest of seeing Barret (ask Murray about Barret). Many thanks, Murray, your tour was a highlight of our two weeks in Queensland and NT.
Written 26 November 2023
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Ahhh brilliant. Thank you for your wonderful review 😀
Written 27 November 2023
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gcincinnati
Tokyo, Japan370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Couples
Murray led a phenomenal tour that far exceeded our expectations. Be prepared to see the crocs in their natural habitat, hear their backstories, and spot animals you didn't even know were there after he's pointed them out to you! The Tawny Frogmouth? It's hard to spot the pair, but Murray found them!

We followed Barrett, the big man on the river, during his evening patrol on our way back to the dock. It was a truly unforgettable experience that we won't soon forget.

Murray's website offers much more information than you can read here, so I recommend you go there for more personalized plans and details about the trip!
Written 13 November 2023
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Haha. Thanks. Slight correction - the Frogmouth that we have a the river is Papuan Frogmouth. And just to be clear to readers Barratt is a 4m crocodile who I was very pleased to find cruising in the twilight.
Written 14 November 2023
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Paul E
Waterford, Ireland6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
This was a wonderful experience led by Murray, whose knowledge of the wildlife and ability to find and explain, was second to none. Highly recommended
Written 12 November 2023
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Thank you very much. I appreciate your kind comment’s particularly regarding clear commentary as this is not commonly referred to. With thanks, Murray
Written 13 November 2023
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Rebecca B
Didcot, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Our cruise with Murray was absolutely fantastic. The boat is small and quiet and the views all round are superb. Murray is immensely knowledgeable and found so much for us to see that we would never have seen alone (frogmouths, snakes, fig parrot). We had wonderful views of three crocodiles and Murray conveyed masses of information while we quietly cruised along. Highly recommended for anyone interested in nature!
Written 7 November 2023
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Thank you. I'm pleased you enjoyed your cruise. You've been lucky - crocs are getting pretty difficult to find now that the water is getting warm.
Written 9 November 2023
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Lee R
Bainbridge Island, WA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We had a great boat tour with the Daintree Boatman. We did both the morning and late afternoon cruises and they did not disappoint. Murray clearly knows his plants and animals and loves his Daintree River and its habitat. Highly recommend!
Written 28 October 2023
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Great! Thank you! Attending both dawn and dusk cruises is often a good idea often leading to a great variety of wildlife.
Written 9 November 2023
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