Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour

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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Premium Day Tour
from AUD $251.90
Explore the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation with an expert naturalist guide. Traveling by a specially designed vehicle in small group of no more than 14 participants ensures a personalized experience.
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In Brief

Cairns, Australia
12 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Palm Cove, Palm Cove, Cairns Region, Queensland

After pickup from your hotel, head north along the Captain Cook Highway passing through the most Northern beach suburb of Palm Cove and hear about the rich history of Double and Haycock Islands and be amazed at the huge Melaleuca Trees that are hundreds of years old.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Captain Cook Highway, Captain Cook Hwy, Cairns North QLD 4870, Australia

Continue the journey north along one of the most picturesque coastal drives in the world, stopping at Rex Lookout for views over Trinity Beach and back towards the mountains of the Great Dividing Range.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Port Douglas, Port Douglas, Queensland

The next stop is the small seaside village of Port Douglas for short town tour before heading to Mossman Gorge on the southern edge of the Daintree World Heritage area. Here you’ll enjoy morning tea in the New Mossman Gorge Centre.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park, Queensland 4873 Australia

Board a shuttle bus accompanied by your Naturalist or Eco/World Heritage accredited guide and head up to the national park for a guided walk in dense tropical rainforest. Enjoy the views over the huge granite boulders and crystal clear waters of the Mossman River. If time and weather permits you will be able to refreshing swim.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Daintree Teahouse Restaurant, 3225 Mossman Daintree Rd, Daintree QLD 4873, Australia

Heading further north and passing the sugar cane fields of North Queensland, stop for delicious lunch at the Daintree Tea House, the longest-established restaurant in the Daintree area that serves local produce of the highest standards.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Daintree River, Queensland, Australia

After lunch, join a small and personalized cruise on the Daintree River. If you are lucky enough, you may even spot the elusive crocodile.
We cruise the river on the only Solar Powered Boat operating on the river. It cruise silently along and also offers an onboard "Croc Cam" which enables close up viewing of the remarkable variety of Wildlife in and around the river

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Daintree National Park, Tropical Research Station, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873 Australia

Continuing north along winding and picturesque road toward Cape Tribulation. Along the way you’ll see even more wonders of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. A stop at the Alexandra Lookout is an opportunity to look back over the coastal road just traveled and take in the breathtaking views over the Daintree River mouth, Snapper Island and Low Isles.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cape Tribulation Beach, Cape Tribulation, Queensland Australia

Continue further north, stopping at Marrdja or Jindalbe Boardwalk for a guided walk in one of the most bio-diverse areas in the Daintree Rainforest. From here, head to Cape Tribulation where two World Heritage areas meet – the Rainforest of the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier Reef.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Daintree Ice Cream Company, 1819 Cape Tribulation Rd, Diwan QLD 4873, Australia

Leaving Cape Tribulation Beach, venture south back toward The Daintree River, stopping along the way at one of the Daintree Ice Cream Shops for afternoon tea. Here you will have the opportunity to sample locally made ice-cream featuring seasonal fruits of the tropics (at own expense).

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Daintree National Park, Tropical Research Station, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873 Australia

Shortly after, arrive at the Daintree River and board the cable ferry to cross this mighty river. The journey home gives you time to relax and reflect on your day before you are returned to your accommodation.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park, Queensland 4873 Australia

Enjoy a morning tea of freshly baked damper (scones) served with Local Jams, Coffee & Tea

Duration: 30 minutes


  • National Park fees
  • Lunch
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Mossman Gorge
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree Teahouse Restaurant
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Tribulation Beach


  • Daintree Ice Cream
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree Ice Cream Company

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all Hotels and most rental accommodation (including AirBnB's) in Cairns, Holloways Beach, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Palm Cove, Thala Beach, Port Douglas. Please contact us if you cannot find your pick up location

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child aged 4 and under
  • Small group of no more than 14 participants
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

Carsten our tour guide was great! Mossman Gorge was beautiful and we enjoyed our hike through that trail. The weather was not cooperating so we were unable to swim in the gorge, which was a little sad for the kids. Lunch was wonderful and educational and we had the opportunity to try many new fruits, which was cool. We loved our river cruise, Dave was knowledgeable and is a true animal lover which is a good thing for the crocs and the bats. The views of Cape Tribulation were amazing and we were able to see a Cassowary walking along the road, which was exciting. The ice cream stop at the end was really good and I'm not even an ice cream girl.
• Submitted 24 Feb 2020
This was a fabulous tour - a very busy day with lots of driving - but so enjoyable. We got to see so many things. Darryl was a great driver/tour guide. We really enjoyed that he was a local and had lots of background knowledge of the area.
• Submitted 10 Feb 2020
Our guide, Simon, led the seven of us on quite the adventure up into the Daintree Rainforest. He was very informative, fun and made it an exceptional day. We wish every tour was this good with small groups and unique looks at the beautiful rainforest. The food was great, timetable was manageable (long day, but it couldn’t be done any shorter), and huge bang for your buck in terms of the breadth of experiences. We would highly recommend!
• Submitted 27 Dec 2019
I was traveling by myself on this tour and quite nervous. The small group was nice . The bus looked new and very clean and comfortable i was a bit concerned how long the tour went but the bus was so comfortable most people had a power nap at some stage during the tour . The tour was expansive and every place we visited was beautiful .We saw so much . The tour guide Mario was very informative well organized but never made you feel rushed . I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone trying to see as much as they can in a small time span. The lunch was delicious and the talk during lunch was every interesting .Don't skip the home ice cream .Extra treat for the tourist was the wild baby wallaby that often comes to visit. Great day Thank you Mario.
• Submitted 06 Nov 2019
We loved our tour and had such a great time!! Darryl our tour guide and driver is the man! He is very very knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time. We saw and did so many more things than we could have on our own and everything was so easy for us, it was well worth the time and money.
• Submitted 28 Oct 2019
This is a beautiful rainforest. Full of many stories and wonderfull driver. Has great knowledge and a warming sense of humor! Showed us the vast history of this place and let us stop to take pics at some cool little spots!! The van is extremely comfortable and he keeps it just how you like it in there (temp wise). Come hungry! Coffee and tea in the morning. We didn't have to wait for lunch to be prepared as we picked it out in advance and they had it ready for us. Don't skip this one. Just go, even for the ice cream in the evening! You'll be so thankful!
• Submitted 07 Oct 2019
We had the best time from the moment your Excellent Driver and Tour Guide Carsten collected us from our accommodation. (which was a little out of the way). The commentary was very informative and very entertaining with lots of laughs along the way.The morning tea and lunch provided was awesome. It was a long day, but well worth doing and our safety at all times was always paramount with Carsten.
• Submitted 07 Aug 2019
We had a great day touring through the Daintree and rest of tour. Great information from our tour guide Mick, at the rainforest and also Dave who took us for a river cruise on the Daintree river, where we saw crocs sunning themselves on the river bank. Had a great lunch sampling local produce with very informative explanation of all the tropical fruits on our plates. Would recommend this tour as they looked after us very well. Well organised, professional service and Mick kept us on track with timings, without being rushed.
• Submitted 13 May 2019
We spent two days in Cairns and did the Great Barrier Reef the first day and this tour the second. Our guide - Steve - was knowledgeable and enthusiastic and made sure we had a good time. It was a great way to see north of Cairns with a number of sites and some good stops along the way. My favorites were Cape Tribulation and the crocodile boat tour. The main complaint from other reviews is that it is a really long day. That’s true - we left at 7 am and returned around 7 pm - with a bunch of driving. However, the itinerary makes clear it is around 12 hours when you book and you see a ton of good stuff so I’m not sure why others are surprised. If you’ve got two days in Cairns and are looking for something other than the Reef to do, this is a great option.
• Submitted 24 Apr 2019
Tour guide Steve was very knowledgeable and passionate about his country. Picked us up on time and dropped off. Had umbrellas ready for those of us with no cover
• Submitted 25 Mar 2018
Everything about this day trip was well organised and enjoyable. Great value and our guide really looked after us well. Amazing how much we fitted into this day yet it didn't seem rushed. We saw scar face the daddy of crocks and also two of the large male birds that care for their young.The coach was very comfortable and it was a small group tour so we all chatted and enjoyed each others company. I would recommend this tour of Mossman gorge, The daintree and Cape Tribulation to everyone travelling to Port Douglas.
• Submitted 16 Mar 2018
What a great day out! So, we were picked up from our Airbnb in a lovely air-conditioned mini bus, and headed straight up to Mossman Gorge. It was a beautiful day and great to have a dip in the clear fresh water of the Mossman river, so don't forget your towel and swimwear! Lunch was really good. The first time I tried kangaroo steak which was throughly enjoyed, and an array of fruits and lessons about their origins. After lunch we headed to the Daintree River to search for crocs. The heat of the day made sure this was limited, as they all took shelter well under water, but we did spy a baby croc. Walking the boardwalks through the Daintree National Park showed the knowledge that the guide had, explaining a number of things en route, and was more than accommodating to answer any question you had. Then we got to Cape Tribulation. Another short stop but a wonder to see where the rainforest meets the ocean. The final stop was the ice cream place where you could purchase, obviously, ice cream. It was on the way to here we had one of the greatest surprises of the day. The van stopped so we could get a glimpse of a Cassowary in the wild! Unbelievable fortune that I feel privileged to have seen. Overall, this trip is long and entails a lot of travel, but you are condensing all these three amazing sites into one day. It was a relaxing atmosphere alongside a professional service and I'd highly recommend this trip if you want a taste of these amazing locations through your own eyes.
• Submitted 14 Feb 2018
Great tour. Our guide Jean was terrific. Very knowledgeable. He enjoyed teaching us about the rainforest and wildlife. Always happy. Answered all of our questions.
• Submitted 07 Feb 2018
Excellent tour with highly knowledgable guide
• Submitted 03 Jan 2018
Really enjoyed this tour!! Got to see plenty of rainforest and the swim at Mossman was very cool. Our tour guide Mickey was excellent! It was great to try the different tropical fruits at lunch and with the ice cream.
• Submitted 31 Dec 2017
Picked up at hotel at correct time by a very knowledgable and informative guide who made our trip to Cape Tribulation a very pleasant day. All that was advertised about the tour was done in a very professional and highly enjoyable manner and I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone who was wanting to see the wonders north of Cairns. A complete surprise was the luncheon at a great location with an introduction to local fruits. In summary real value for money spent.
• Submitted 07 Nov 2017
The tour covered all the sites and Steve went out of his way to help everyone! Highly recommended...
• Submitted 20 Jun 2017
outstanding tour. well organised from beginning to end and great stops along the way.
• Submitted 22 Apr 2017
Awesome! Go and see the beauty first hand! Highly recommend!!!
• Submitted 02 Dec 2016
We had a great experience. The only drawback was it was overcast and limited our crocodile viewing. Our guide was passionate about his topics and very informative. We had a marvelous lunch at the Daintree Tea Room. The food was great and the tropical fruit lecture was fascinating!
• Submitted 24 May 2016
It was a long day but well worth it. My tour only had five people so more about each person. Enjoyed the entire day.
• Submitted 08 Mar 2016
Wonderful experience.
• Submitted 06 Mar 2016
Fantastic tour with the most amazing scenery. Terry our guide was so knowledgeable.
• Submitted 15 Sep 2015
Spectacular countryside. The tour guide very knowledgeable. The lunch was excellent. This was a great tour including the eating of green ants!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2015

In Brief

Cairns, Australia
12 hours

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