Cooper Creek Wilderness Daintree Rainforest Tours

Per Person


The extraordinary coincidence of the World's oldest rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef occurs at the base of Thornton Peak or Wundungu.

A guided interpreted tour through World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest explains the amazing inter-relationships and displays the sensational beauty of old world fan palm forests.

Latest studies have shown that the Daintree Rainfoest is 170 million years old, that is continuous growth.  The secrets of this ancient habitat containing some of the rarest species on earth, are explained by local experts.

Walks are at 10.00am and 2.00pm.


The greatest opportunity to observe some of Australia's most unique wildlife in natural habitat occurs after nightfall. Temperature, rainfall and moonlight all have profound effects on wildlife behaviour. The most ideal conditions occur on the hottest, wettest and darkest nights. By contrast, brightly-moonlit nights in the middle of the cooler, drier periods confer significantly greater challenges.

One of the most frequently asked questions is, “What are we likely to see, tonight?” Apart from the incomparable grandeur of old-growth tropical rainforest, the question cannot be accurately answered, because of the unpredictable nature of wilderness, which differs on a nightly basis. It is also very important to appreciate that sight is not the only faculty.

Cooper Creek Wilderness nightwalks ethically immerse the traveller into the very depths of the world’s oldest surviving rainforest. There are no artificial structures linked to the security of a roadside carpark. Inhabitant guides select a different trail on successive nights to showcase the authenticity of the nocturnal landscape and particularly in terms of its habitat values. Access may be unsuitable for persons with limited mobility; wildlife behaviour and fauna sightings are unpredictable. Participants need to accept the risks and uncertainties associated with a genuine wilderness experience.



Designed to showcase the richer diversity of natural and cultural heritage values within the prestigious Cooper Creek catchment by day.

A five to six-hour package, comprising a two-hour guided, interpreted rainforest walk, a one-hour cruise through the world's most diverse mangrove community in search of elusive estuarine crocodiles, lunch in an idyllic setting beside a rainforest stream and time to absorb the invigorating attributes of Cooper Creek (conditions permitting).



Designed to showcase the richer diversity of natural and cultural heritage values within the prestigious Cooper Creek catchment.

Fewer than one-percent of travellers to the Cape Tribulation Daintree Rainforest successfully negotiate their way through the proctective barrier that conceals the old-growth Gondwanan forest of Cooper Creek Wilderness. Guided, interpreted day tours reveal an extraordinary intellectual property, which amplifies the profundity of nature's masterpiece. Similarly, nocturnal tours reveal dimensions of global significance that are invariably hidden during daylight hours.

Access to the inner-secrets of a forbidden forest will always be an elusive undertaking, but no greater determination can be made than through the combination of BOTH a day tour and a nocturnal foray. It is not that the decision will be merely equivalent to the sum of the two individual activities, which in their own right are excellent for the intended purposes, but that one issues perspective upon the other, to significantly broaden the horizons of an exceptionally complex ecosystem.

Comprising a two-hour guided day-walk, a one-hour cruise through the mangroves in search of the elusive crocodiles, lunch in a rainforest setting with access to the invigorating blue waters of Cooper Creek, weather permitting, evening meal and night walk.



For families and special interest groups, private charters, with you own guide can be booked at times that can be negotiated.

This is particularly suitable for families with young children, when their special interests can be catered for and it becomes more inclusive.

Photogrpahers can negotiate for longer periods in particularly scenic areas, Scientists can request emphasis on species or detail related to their subject, school groups are specially catered for. 

Individual quotes will be given on request.

Minimum quote $200 for 2 hours for a group 1 to 3 persons.


For visitors who want a more intensive immersion in the world's oldest rainforest, with expert interpretation that explains the unique phenomenum of a 170million-year old rainforest, this is the tour for you.

You will be guided on barely-discernable trails through amazing fan palm dominated rainforests. 

The cost is $80.00 for adults and $60 for children under 14 years.

On request, we can incorporate this longer tour into one of our packages, CCW3 and CCW4.