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

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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns or Port Douglas
from USD $117.96
Marvel at the natural beauty of Cape Tribulation and its surrounding attractions on a day trip from Cairns and Port Douglas. Get ready for a day of native culture and UNESCO World Heritage–listed wonders, as this guided tour delivers it all: coastal drives, a rainforest walk, Mossman Gorge, the Daintree Rainforest, an indigenous 'Welcome to Country' event and smoke ceremony, and a river cruise, if selected when booking (the river cruise is an optional upgrade). Hotel pickup and drop-off and lunch are included.
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In Brief

Cairns, Australia
12 hours
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Stop At: Active Tropics Explorer - Day Tours, 19 Barry St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

Explore the best of the Far North, Daintree and Cape Tribulation with Active Tropics Explorer on this day tour. 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.

Duration: 12 hours

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

Spectacular Mossman Gorge, home to the Traditional Owners of Cape Tribulation, the Kuku Yalanji. Experience a Welcome to Country and Smoke ceremony in this place of great significance.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Daintree River Cruise Centre, 2914 Mossman - Daintree Rd, PMB 4, Daintree QLD 4873, Australia

Daintree River Wildlife and Crocodile Cruise

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Visit the Daintree Rainforest-the Oldest Continually Surviving Rainforest in the World!

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ferntree Rainforest Lodge, 36 Camelot Cl, Cape Tribulation QLD 4873, Australia

Lunch at Ferntree's Rainforest Lodge is included on this full day tour. Dietary Requirements are catered for.

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Where the rainforest meets the reef! The only place in the World where two World-Heritage areas exists side by side.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Marrdja Botanical Walk, Oliver Creek, Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation, Queensland Australia

See the prehistoric plants of the Daintree Rainforest on this Guided Rainforest Walk

Duration: 45 minutes

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

Delicious ice-cream made from local fruits.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Mount Alexandra Lookout, Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation, Queensland QLD 4873 Australia

Spectacular Viewpoint

Duration: 15 minutes


  • Welcome to Country ceremony
  • Daintree River cruise (if option selected when booking)
  • Lunch
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Active Tropics Explorer - Day Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Mossman Gorge
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree River Cruise Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Ferntree Rainforest Lodge
  • Entry/Admission - Cape Tribulation Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Marrdja Botanical Walk
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree Ice Cream Company
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Alexandra Lookout


  • Breakfast (available for purchase at Mossman Gorge)
  • Ice cream (available for purchase at the optional stop Floravilla)

Departure Time

7:10 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 5 years
  • Adult is from 12 years and over
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund

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

Fantastic day, crocs were difficult to spit but that's how it goes with wild animals. Friendly guide, yummy lunch. Busy day but plenty of time for everything.
• Submitted 30 Dec 2019
My husband and I enjoyed this trip. Our guide was very good. He's very upbeat so it helps set the mood for the day. The trip was at a good pace so we did not really feel so rushed in each site we visited. We recommend this tour 😊.
• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
The stay at Cape Tribulation was far too short on the full day trip. Less time at Mossman Gorge could have allowed a longer stay at Cape Tribulation.
• Submitted 20 Aug 2019
After snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef, I never expected another tour could be so meaningful. I was wrong. This tour was excellent made especially more meaningful because of the knowledge, insight and humor provided by our guide, Simon. His ability to provide meaningful moments was special. Due to a specific customer drop off, he was able to drive through a neighborhood when dark and pointed out the wallabies, some who were hopping in the streets and grassy areas. An impressive and totally unexpected sight Thanks, once again, for that surprise, Simon.
• Submitted 05 Aug 2019
Thomas was a knowledgeable, easy going, efficient and fun guide who went above and beyond. I’m a Queenslander and I learnt a tonne about our state. I enjoyed the small group size, the scenery and not being stuck inside a bus for hours on end. Yes it is a 1/ hour day but the time in the bus flew by with lots of stops, interesting facts, some bad jokes and lots of laughter. Some people snoozed between stops, so it wasn’t loud and overwhelmingly loud. Was absolutely delighted swimming in the Daintree, dining in cape Tribulation and seeing a dad and teen cassowary walking along. Comfy bus, great food, great company.
• Submitted 09 Jul 2019
Highly recommended! Chris was the most passionate tour guide I've met - he was very keen to share his knowledge and love for the area, and made an effort to make friends with everyone on the tour :
• Submitted 08 Apr 2018
The guide/driver was knowledgeable and engaging. The MossmanGorge was beautiful and he took us to several different sports for wonderful views. Nice easy walk in the Daintree Rainforest as he explained the biological diversity. Lunch at Cape Tribulation was fine. We took a short river cruise where we spotted crocodile. It was a long day, but well worth the cost. It's amazing that he was able to drive the mini-van as well as provide the narrative for the tour -- well done.
• Submitted 01 Apr 2018
Great tour and well worth the money. If we had had more time in Cairns it would have been lovely to have stayed in these places for longer period of time.
• Submitted 11 Mar 2018
Brilliant trip despite the weather, very friendly and helpful tour guide with a great sense of humour . Great top hat It is a long day but you get to see so much and the information is so interesting. Well worth booking, a great day
• Submitted 05 Mar 2018
The tour was very well organised and it even took old travellers with mobility issues to thoroughly enjoy the experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, particularly in the field of horticulture/agronomy of local plants. The tour is expensive, but I highly recommend it because I learned so much from it. There was a real cameradery among the travellers on the coach.
• Submitted 04 Mar 2018
A full day of activities, and all things I would not have seen had I not taken this trip. Excellent tour
• Submitted 03 Mar 2018
JJ is a phenomenal tour guide! He kept the entire group entertained throughout the trip, and shared his vast knowledge of wildlife / vegetation / survival tips in the rainforest. Highly recommend taking a tour with JJ - you're in for a real treat!
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
Great tour, friendly guide, good stops. Saw crocodiles and different flora and fauna. Stopped for a coconut drink with a straw. Got a small dose of aboriginal culture also.
• Submitted 05 Feb 2018
The trip was beautiful and stress-free.
• Submitted 16 Jan 2018
Beautiful nature and very knowledgeable guide Chris! We enjoyed the tour very much and only regret not being able to spend more time at the beautiful locations in the rainforest.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2018
Fabulous trip, excellent driver/guide, wilderness experience at its best. Daintree is magical and on this trip youll see just how magical. Visitors centres Indigenous guides are always a treat - theyll share with you some of their traditions and welcome you to the country. Ive done it in winter calendar not that it was cold and would recommend this time of the year as there are less mosquitoes repellent is still a must.
• Submitted 24 Dec 2017
The guide Carl has huge knowledge about forest and Australian wildlife. Long trip, food was really good.
• Submitted 16 Dec 2017
Very good tour. Our tour guide was very pleasant. A lot of time in the SUV but worth it. Recommend this tour.
• Submitted 08 Dec 2017
Excellent guide - very good knowledge of all areas on the trip including history.
• Submitted 19 Nov 2017
Chris was a fantastic driver and guide. He was really informative and helpful. The whole day was an amazing experience. The world heritage rainforest is spectacular.
• Submitted 17 Nov 2017
The guide was fun and the places were wonderful.
• Submitted 31 Oct 2017
We were 3 friends from Spain. We had a great time on this tour! but the weather wasn't so good....Special mention to our tour guide/driver The mad hatter, the best guide ever!!! Since he picked us up at 7 in the morning until 8 in the afternoon talking, making jokes, very friendly and too much knowledge!! Thanks for make our trip unforgettable!! :
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
We loved it. Had a great day: rainforest walks, riverboat lots of croc siteings, kangaroo burgers for lunch.
• Submitted 26 Sep 2017
A well organised tour, picking up promptly from accommodations. An excellent tour leader who was very interesting and very knowledgeable. A great way to see these magnificent places
• Submitted 21 Aug 2017

In Brief

Cairns, Australia
12 hours

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