I can't compliment this tour and tour company enough. We had such a great time inspite of the day starting with torrential rain. Our guide, John, was amazing - funny, knowledgeable and treated you like a valued customer, not a number or a backpacker to be herded like other tour companies seemed to do.
The tour included a quick look at Port Douglas (no more or less than necessary) then morning tea at Mossman Gorge - civilised tea/coffee and damper scones with local honey and jam whilst listening to the dulcet tones of other tour guides herding people into lines. We then did a walk in Mossman Gorge to the suspension bridge, swimming not available today because funnily enough John didn't want us to die in the torrential downpour. If the rain bothered John he didn't let on he was still commited to us hearing all about the area and provided ponchos for those unprepared for the elements.
Lunch was set in an outdoor area amongst the jungle and included a presentation and tasting of tropical fruits grown in the area - interesting angry tasty.
We were lucky enough to see 4 crocodiles on our cruise down the Daintree river including the alpha male and female of the local area. Even without seeing crocs the cruise was still very interesting and a great viewpoint of the rainforest meeting waters edge. Added bonus was seeing a croc swimming in the river on our crossing back home too.
John then took us on a guided walk through the Daintree where his knowledge and passion for the rainforest really shone. It's hard not to get excited about a 1000 year old tree the way he introduced it.
Someone must have pulled some strings with mother nature because out came the sun for a glorious end to our tour at Cape Tribulation beach absolutely stunning.
Don't skip ice cream on the way home the flavours are to die for (my tip is Passionfruit and Ginger). There was still time for one major highlight on the way home - we were lucky enough to see a male Cassowary and his chick!!!
It was by far the best of all 3 tours with different companies that we did in Cairns due to the fabulous service and great facilities (bus, lunch etc).
-bring change of clothes and raincoat if it's a rainy day
-snacks for way home as it's a long day and no real opportunities for snacks beyond ice cream post lunch
-do yourself a favour and choose a unique flavoured ice cream as you won't get the opportunity anywhere in cairns
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