Daintree News

The Taste Of Paradise

Posted: 24 Nov 2014

I selected Discovery Tours because of the small group size, which enabled me to meet and enjoy all the persons on the bus. Our group included persons from Poland, Spain, the UK, the US, Brisbane, Germany, and France.My favorite portions of the day were the Mossman Gorge hike, the Daintree River cruise, the hike through the mangroves, the lunchtime tasting and education about tropical fruit, and the gourmet ice cream made from tropical fruits (specifically, wattle, Australia's national flower, macadamia, black sapote). However, I have saved the best for last. Our guide, Steve Herdegen, was engaging, enthusiastic, and informative. I learned more than I could have hoped from the tour. Much of which I was able to share with friends I made during other parts of my adventure.I would highly recommend the tour. Be prepared, however, to have your appetite whetted. You will want to spend more time in the many places you visit on this lovely day, so prepare accordingly.

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Highly Reccommended

Posted: 13 Nov 2014

I went on tour with Steve today and thoroughly enjoyed the day. I would definitely recommend Discovery Tours in the future.

Elise

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See The Rainforest As Is

Posted: 12 Nov 2014

We didn't know how lucky we were to pick this company. Steve our driver and guide was like a walking encyclopaedia. He was the best guide I have been with. We were lucky again as the van for our trip was being serviced so we did the trip in a 4 wheel drive Land Rover Discovery. We did the Daintree Forest trip, a full days adventure, including morning tea, superb lunch and a visit to a unique ice cream factory in the forest! I heartily recommend this company and am sure whatever trip you choose with them it will be a great experience if Steve is anything to go by.

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Cairns Tours

Posted: 04 Nov 2014

Awesome! We booked both the full-day Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour as well as the half-day 4WD Rainforest Waterfall Tour, and had a blast. We were fortunate enough to have Terry as our guide on both trips. He's a top bloke and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended, and we would happily do the trips again. Marian & John from Melbourne

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Premium Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour

Posted: 28 Oct 2014

Excellent tour and very informative tour guide (Steve). Good morning tea at Mossman Gorge and lunch at Daintree rain forest resturarant
Sharon

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Premium Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour

Posted: 21 Oct 2014

Excellent tour, guide was so knowledgeable (Terry) would recommend them very highly indeed, our lunch stop was amazing, the food was 1st class, gluten free no problem as the food was naturally gluten free, the tropical fruit talk was very interesting and the fruit really tasty. One of the best tours I have ever taken. We saw so much in just 1 day

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Awesome Daintree/cape Tibulation Tour

Posted: 20 Oct 2014

Excellent tour, informative knowledgeable guide (Steve), amazing morning snack stop, delicious lunch stop and yummy ice cream stop in afternoon. We covered so much in just one day, a visit to an amazing Eco friendly Aboriginal centre with such beautiful quality gifts available, a Daintree River trip, 2 guided Rainforest walks, lots of beautiful views that words could not describe all in all an awesome day and I would highly recommend this company. The drive to the Rainforest was so scenic. Would do it all again tomorrow if I could.

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Thank You

Posted: 17 Oct 2014

Great trip today many thanks to Steve our guide, lunch was amazing what a great day, what a great place.
Thank you
Ann

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Great Trip And Outstanding Guide

Posted: 22 Sep 2014

We recently completed your 3 day Cooktown/ Daintree tour -28 to 30 August and I would like to congratulate your Company for the well planned organization of this tour. Our Guide, Cathy was fantastic. Her knowledge, courtesy and expertise were outstanding and helped to make this tour a very memorable one. Many thanks we would recommend your tour to anyone! Jen & john Spicer.

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Stunning Views - Cooktown

Posted: 19 Sep 2014

Glorious weather in Tropical North Queensland, and the views just keep getting better.

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Fantastic Cape Tribulation Tour With Terry

Posted: 09 Sep 2014

I have nothing but fantastic things to say about our guide Terry who could not have been nicer, more accommodating, or more knowledgable. I also loved the tour and felt it hgave a good sense of all the highlights along the coast up to Cape Tribulation. I was truly impressed and so glad to have chosen this tour for my short time in Cairns.A small van picked me up at 7am from my hotel and I joined a contingent of two Aussies, two Kiwis plus our guide Terry. Terry was a fantastic tour guide the whole trip and clearly was exceedingly knowledgable about history, the area, animals and plants, aborigines and more, not to mention super nice.Much of the day was driving since our final destination was Cape Tribulation which is very far north but I didn't mind the driving and rather enjoyed all the scenery and commentating from Terry. I learned that just north of Cairns, most of the sugarcane in all of Australia is grown making sugarcane the second biggest agricultural export after wheat. The scenery, sugarcane, clouds, lush mountains all reminded me so much of Hawaii. Terry went on interestingly pointing out that after tourism, sugarcane is Queensland's biggest industry but both are seasonal so the territory has fairly high unemployment in the wet season. Throughout the drive Terry focused on the theme of animals and humans interaction and often expressed disappointment about development and how much it has squeezed animals into smaller areas, pointing to dozens of wallabies on a large field just off the side of the road. When it came to talking about crocodiles, sharks and other such animals he pointed out that such animals needs their distance and usually it's natural selection of people who get injured, you shouldn't be stupid enough to be interacting close enough to get hurt. He was also extremely informative on environmental issues dealing with the rainforest, fishing, mangroves and more which was very impressive. Even more so was he knowledge and understanding of aborigines history and culture. He mentioned that he knew a lot of aborigines and it showed when he spoke of amazing practices that they used such as making soap from tree sap and other amazing tricks and tools. I was very impressed to say the least. As we drive along, we began to pass by various gorgeous beaches that looked like something out of a beach calendar and belonged in Tahiti not here. Trinity beach, Palm Cove, Ellas's beach were each beautiful in different ways, some covered in sand, others rocky. Our can then climbed a hill and soon enough we were atop Flagstaff hill overlooking 4 mile beach, quite a view of the beach in Port Douglas.After leaving Flagstaff hill, we headed to Mossman Gorge which is a gorge in the Daintree national park. We arrived at the visitor center and had "Morning Tea" in very British fashion, consisting of tea or coffee of your liking and biscuits. I had a biscuit. Next we boarded a national park bus to take us up to gorge. There Terry walked us through the rainforest, which I should mention the Daintree is entirely made up of, and showed us various interesting plants, tree roots, animals, etc. It was all very serene and beautiful. Terry then let us explore for a bit around which included a shaky bridge (though completely new and safe) and a spot overlooking the river. It was all great and soon enough we headed back on the bus, got on our van and headed to lunch, which I was hungry for after waking up at 6:30am. We arrived for lunch at the Daintree Tea House Restaurant, it's doorway barely visible among all the plants and trees surrounding it. The restaurant looked a bit dated and though not as elegant, could have passed for a colonial outpost in Indochina with a nice veranda and open porch. There was a nice spread of fruits at the table over from ours with jackfruit, star fruit and others I had never seen. When we sat we were served a tropical fruit juice mix that was refreshing and not long after our food arrived that we had ordered with Terry in the morning. I had a barramundi muniere which was tasty along with a spread of fruit slices which were explained to us, including one that tasted just like custard. The meal was great and very fresh and at the end one of the owners came to out table and explained all the fruits on our plates as well as those at the table next to us. He was a very tall fellow, maybe 6'5" and lanky, though maybe his short shorts and skinny legs helped with the illusion. The man was clearly extremely knowledgeable in all things fruit and related to us what each one was as well as other varieties, what they're used to cook, and of course because it's Australia, the numerous poisonous versions of each which thankfully we weren't eating. At the end of his talk, he brought over a sample of a fruit called a black sapote, which looks pretty much like a spoiled avocado, that dark green/black color with what looked like the texture of avocado. Another man took a spoon and scrape out a chunk, as one would do with an avocado, and served each of us, with me going first. I actually really enjoyed it! The texture was like a thick mousse with just a hint of sweetness and was unlike any fruit I've ever had both in color and taste. Following that delicious meal and interesting lesson on Australian fruits, we got back in the van and headed to the Daintree river to search out some crocs on the safe deck of a small river boat called the Solar Whisper.Our guide for the "cruise" looked like a croc whisperer out of central casting. He was an older general man, lanky, missing a number of teeth and speaking with a craggy Australian accent that could have doubled as Pirate. Nonetheless appearances are often deceiving. This man clearly loved the environment and ecosystem very much and was not you're average hillbilly fool when it came to these issues. He was very adamant about malign it clear that the boat ride was not a crocodile seeing tour, though that is why probably most people were on it, but instead an ecosystem tour so you can understand the environment in which such animals like crocodiles can live, the spirit of which I liked. In fact he spent a long time explaining he various types of mangroves along the river, or rather one side since the other side's had been taking out during a timber cutting period and now that side of the river was completely eroding. The moral of the story, don't mess with the mangroves, they're key to the ecosystem and soil. Not to mention they were so beautiful and intricate! I don't think I had ever seen them up close but it was really a marvel. Mangroves grow above the water because there a no oxygen in the mud so their roots must be above water in order to get oxygen. In the Daintree alone there are 36 varieties of mangroves which is pretty amazing. On our tour lasting not more than 45 minutes or at least it felt quick, we saw a lot of mangroves, a wild turkey, kingfisher, and three crocodiles including Liz, a 23 year old female. I learned that a crocodile can lay up to 30 eggs but the eggs actually breathe and need oxygen through the shell so if there is a floor as often happens, most don't survive. We then got off our boat and back in the van to head to the Wallu-wurrigga overlook. There we got our and saw the amazing view of the mouth of the Daintree river connecting to the ocean. It was pretty spectacular. Then we made our journey to our final stop on the tour: Cape Tribulation. The beach is so long and deep and surrounded by rainforest. The small waves were breaking just about 10-15 feet offshore making for a lapping, idyllic sound and beautiful repetitive view like a Corona advertisement. Although the sun wasn't completely out the overlook five minutes hike provided a gorgeous panorama of the beach and coastline. As I walked along the beach I noticed I was stepping on tons of what looked like tiny sand beads but I worried they might be eggs of some animal! So I carefully tiptoed away from them until I was on the open beach. Then I approached some other I saw and realized they were from sand crabs. The crabs would dig a hole and all those beads were the sand they excavated from their tunnels. They formed such amazing and intricate shapes with these beads.From Cape Tribulation we started our descent back down the coast towards Cairns which takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes. Not long after leaving the cape we stopped at the Daintree Ice Cream Company, which makes ice cream from various local fruits. The offer a cup with four scoops of different flavors each day and today they were Wattleseed, Jackfruit, Macadamia Nut, and Apricot. Although I normally don't enjoy fruit ice dreams or rather many flavors other than coffee, these were fantastic! Even though I didn't know what Wattlesseed was or is, it had a real nutty but nice flavor and all the rest were equally great. It was a very sweet way to end a really fun day.

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Cape Tribulation And The Daintree

Posted: 21 Aug 2014

Had an awesome half day exploring the beautiful tropical rainforests. Our tour guide "Steve" made the day an absolute pleasure. A wealth of information and surprises. A must for anyone visiting the area. 10/10.
Ben Barret

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Awesome Day Out

Posted: 24 Jul 2014

We had a truly great day touring port Douglas, mossman gorge & cape trubulation. Professional and well organised tour. Food was delicious & local produce used. Tour guide Steve was full of knowledge & interesting facts about flora, fauna , history & culture of the area. Will definitely be using discovery tours again

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Great Feedback From One Of Our Agents

Posted: 17 Jul 2014

My guest Mr Fuentes reported back to me this evening that his Cape Tribulation tour was the highlight of all of his travels and he said Steve was fantastic.

I thought I better pass it along

Kind Regards
Jess
Tour Agent

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An Excellent, Private Informative Tour

Posted: 02 Jul 2014

We had a fantastic day visiting Palm Cove, Port Douglas, the Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Our tour guide Steve was absolutely amazing, a plethora of knowledge. Thank you Steve and discovery tours Australia, highly recommend this tour.

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"great Informative Day"

Posted: 18 Jun 2014

Darryl is a great guide. He has extensive knowledge of the area, has a great sense of humour and obviously loves what he does and where he lives. I didn't know what to expect as I'm not really into tours but as I was on my own for a few days while my partner was at a conference in Cairns I thought this would be a good idea. I had a great day and really want to go back to all the areas I visited for a longer stay some time in the future.

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Cape Tribulation Feedback

Posted: 16 Jun 2014

"Thanks, it was a great trip, well enjoyed by all. Highlight was the lunch, and the crocs, very stimulating.
Doris was terrific.
Thanks for organising it all."

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Cape Tribulation And The Daintree

Posted: 16 Jun 2014

On 27th May we did a Discovery small group day tour to Cape Tribulation.
You suggested this would be suitable for us as my husband uses a walker.
It was wonderful. There were only 7 of us plus Steve our tour guide/driver who was so very helpful and informative.
I would recommend this to everyone. It was a great day.
Thank you for the suggestion.

Cheers
Kath MacInante

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Great Feedback From Our Guests

Posted: 15 Jun 2014

Our group from the Pomona Rotary Club recently visited Cairns and you booked a one day tour for us with Discover Tours Australia to visit the Cape Tribulation and Daintree area.. I wanted to let you know how pleased we were with the experience. The new 14 passenger vehicle worked perfectly for us and the driver/tour guide, Jean, was excellent. We all agreed that we would give him an unqualified recommendation. He was professional, friendly, knowledgeable and made what was a good tour into an excellent experience.





Gary Kay


Pomona Rotary

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Cape Tribulation And The Daintree

Posted: 09 Jun 2014

6th Of June 2014Hi,I have never written anything like this before so here it goes....My Name is Noelene and my friend, Carlole and I had the happy experience of doing your full day Cape Tribulation tour on Friday the 6th of June.For the entire day, from the minute Steve picked us up at our hotel until he dropped us off at the end of the journey I experienced delight; I think we all did but I should probably speak for myself. I won't try and single out any one wonderful experience from the day, there were too many. Suffice it to say that thanks to your comapny attention to detail; Stesves personality and knowledge and his ability to impart that knowledge in a way that made me understand the significance ofand want todiscover much more about, an exquiste place. It was one of the magic days in my 66 years on this beautiful earth and I thank you.Keep doing what youare doing as you nailed itNoelene

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