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About Cape Tribulation & Daintree National Park
Cape Tribulation & Daintree Rainforest Tour
Cape Tribulation is located in the heart of the Daintree National Park World Heritage Area which contains the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforests in the world. Estimated to be over 100 million years old, the Wet Tropics area is home to around 50% of Australia's plant and animal species with many species found nowhere else in the world.
The drive between Cairns and Cape Tribulation weaves its way past beautiful white sandy beaches and some of the most picturesque scenery in Australia. Cape Tribulation itself has population of only 103 residence and their eco-friendly accomodation is set beautifully amongst flora and fauna of the rainforest.
The Adventure Company runs Day and Overnight tours from Cairns to the Daintree Rainforest with two main base option 'PAKs' available - The Starter Pak or the Deluxe Pak.
Day Tour Includes:
Cairns to Port Douglas Scenic Drive - Cook Highway
The scenic drive to Port Douglas is an experience in itself, winding along the coastline, you will get an appreciation of the diverse environments here in the North. To one side you have the rugged mountains and to the other miles of beautiful, secluded coastline with golden sand and crystal clear waters, all this just 50 metre's to each side.
These beautiful unspoilt beaches are a classic example of the beaches in the area, with a seemingly endless coastline of golden sands and palm trees.
From glamorous Four Mile Beach to the wilderness of Dickson Inlet, picturesque Port Douglas has become an international holiday mecca.
Located 1,780km north of Brisbane and 70km north of Cairns, Port Douglas is a resort village situated between Cairns and the World Heritage-listed rainforests of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
Port Douglas has two main shopping centres providing exceptional shopping. The Village Centre is framed with views of the sea and open spaces and features almost 100 stores.
Rainforest Habitat Port Douglas (Deluxe Pak)
The Rainforest leads guests through a lush, tranquil environment where native species such as the endemic Boyd's Forest Dragon, Eclectus Parrots and the endangered Southern Cassowary can be viewed in a natural setting. A meandering walkway allows the visitor to experience different levels of the rainforest and the varied microenvironments encapsulated within. At ground level displays of fish and amphibians are illuminated providing a glimpse of these cryptic creatures whilst high in the canopy exquisitely coloured pigeons and parrots perch amongst the foliage and fruits.
In the Wetlands an array of wading birds can be viewed foraging for fish and crustaceans in waterways that wind beneath boardwalks and beside pathways. The Wetlands exhibit is considered unique, in that it allows a glimpse of a significant ecosystem to unfold. This area depicts the amazing diversity of our natural wetlands that are important fringing areas and provide a link to many ecosystems. Here a host of macropods, fruit bats, black necked storks and a multitude of bird species can be found.
The Grasslands is an open-air exhibit that portrays both inland and coastal plains. Here guests are enticed to interact with a range of macropods from the statuesque Eastern Grey Kangaroo to the petite Parma Wallaby. The billabong is home to turtles, frogs and a range of waterfowl while also attracting a host of native bird varieties. Over forty species have been recorded utilising the exhibit as a refuge for breeding. Boardwalks overlook lagoons where both Estuarine and Freshwater crocodiles lurk beneath the murky waters or bask on the sunlit banks. A feature to this area is the Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo, a rare tree-climbing kangaroo found only in the rainforests of The Wet Tropics.
Daintree River Ferry
The Daintree River Ferry, 50km north of Port Douglas, is the only way to cross the river. It operates on a cable system and is capable of taking up to 16 vehicles across the river at a time. This is the only cable ferry operating in a World Heritage area in the world.
The Daintree River is home to a dazzling array of tropical life. It supports saltwater and freshwater marine life, including the dreaded saltwater crocodile.
The mouth of the Daintree River opens onto a giant sandbar that shifts with each changing tide. Due to the ever-shifting deep centre of the sandbar, entering the Daintree River has always been a problem for ship captains. The river winds through thick mangrove swamps where the water remains very salty. As it progresses through the rainforest, the water turns fresh. At this convergence point, an abundance of wildlife congregate, particularly fish.
Alexandra Lookout - Daintree National Park
A gorgeous view back over the Daintree Rainforest and the mouth of the Daintree River, and out across the coral sea you can see the inner reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. The Lookout is also famous for its population of Birdwing and Ulysses Butterflies.
Cape Tribulation Beach
Cape Tribulation Beach
At Cape Tribulation Beach in the Daintree World Heritage Area there is plenty of time to swim in the Coral Sea (seasonal) or rainforest pool at Cape Trib Beach House. Take a stroll around the beach and boardwalk to the photographers' platform overlooking the mountains and coast where the 'Rainforest meets the Reef'.
Cape Tribulation's history starts 120 million years ago when the giant continent 'Gondwana' was covered in dense rainforests and dinosaurs roamed around the jungle.
55 Million years ago this continent split up into several pieces and the piece that we now know as Australia drifted south and amazingly, for the next 120 million years the rainforest in this area survived climate changes and ice ages and that is why visitors to Cape Tribulation nowadays can still see what the world looked like more than a hundred million years ago. Although most of the dinosaurs are gone the cassowary has survived until today ( when you see them walking you will notice the likeness to the creatures in Jurassic Park) and the crocodiles are still around ( they have been around for that long they have seen the rise and fall of the dinosaurs).
There are also ancient tree species like the king fern and the Idiospermum, which had been thought to be extinct for millions of years until it was re-discovered by a farmer. Along the coast there are fringing reefs which were living coral reefs long ago when sea levels were higher before the last ice age, now they stick out of the water at low tide.
In 1770 Captain Cook sailed the Endeavour up the east coast, making a chart of the coastline. He struck a reef 40 kms north east of the Cape, now called Endeavour Reef, and he named the point he had charted earlier in the day "Cape Tribulation, because here began all our troubles."
Lunch at Cape Tribulation Beach (Deluxe Pak)
You will be treated to a Chef prepared lunch where only 20m from the bar, bistro and pool deck is the pristine Cape Tribulation beach.
Indulge in a set menu choice of local barramundi (fish), steak and a vegetarian option all served with a fresh garden salad and chips, daily baked bread finished off with a tropical fruit platter to share at your table. Bring your towel and swimmers for a dip in the resort pool or in the ocean (marine stingers are present during Oct-June).
Daintree River Cruise - Crocodile Express
The original Daintree River wildlife cruise established in 1979, Crocodile Express offers a calm-water cruise on the Daintree River with experienced local naturalist guides. The tour runs through the saltwater mangrove and rainforest habitat in the lower Daintree River or the freshwater pasture lands and rainforest upstream from the Daintree Village. There is lots of wildlife to be seen including birds, reptiles, butterflies and the elusive salwater crocodiles.
Rex Lookout - Cook Highway
The view from the Rex Lookout is one of many highlights on the Reef to Rainforest road between Cairns and Port Douglas.
The lookout offers an unforgettably stunning vista across the Coral Sea and coastal landscape, a chance to see the full splendor of the Great Barrier Reef. On weekends, hang gliders use the lookout as a Launchpad.
The beautiful coastal road between Cairns' northern beaches and Port Douglas follows the undulating coastline and is one the world's top scenic drives.
Addons :: Accommodation
The Adventure Company has partnered with the best accommodation providers in the Daintree to offer a wide variety of Overnight Options. Whether you want to relax amongst the rainforest in your own poolside villa, party with your friends in a dorm style room, or relax with your family in self contained apartment a short stroll from Cape Tribulation beach, the Adventure Company has an option to suit your needs.
Cape Trib Beach House
The Cape Tribulation Beach House Resort is a unique 3-4 star Cape Tribulation accommodation. This resort is situated on 7 acres of absolute beachfront with direct access to Cape Tribulation Beach. Guests are offered a truly wild, unique and private tropical holiday experience.
Ferntree's Rainforest Lodge
Here's an environment-friendly resort that's easy on the visitor too. Set back in the heart of a lush coastal rainforest, a short stroll from Cape Tribulation's beach and its famous mangrove boardwalks, Ferntere Rainforest Lodge is supberb, affordable tropical getaway.
PK's Jungle Village
Budget Resort Accommodation for backpackers, travellers and locals located minutes from the beach, in the heart of CApe Tribulation. PK's Jungle Village is one of Australia's foremost budget resorts and an unforgettable get-away experience for travellers, locals & backpackers.
*All accommodation must be bundle with either the Starter Pak or Deluxe Pak day tours. All the above options will be available when booking your tour.
Addons :: Overnight Activities
While staying in the Daintree you'll have plenty of time to laze around and enjoy the scenery. Why not take some time out to enjoy one of the world class activities available.
Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours are unique rainforest tours where your feet don't touch the ground. Fly through the trees on ziplines, stopping at 5 tree platforms to take in spectacular bird's eye views over the treetops, down to cascading streams and out to the Great Barrier Reef.
Cape Trib Horse Rides
Enjoy the breathtaking Cape Tribulation scenery as you meander your way through the oldest living rainforest in the world. Ride through crystal clear mountain streams, through paddocks and along riverbeds until you reach the spectacular Cape Tribulation Beach . One of the few places in the world where you can stroll along the beach and ride along the ocean edge on horseback, soaking up the atmosphere of the pristine beaches of Cape Tribulation.
Paddletrek Sea Kayaking
Take to the magical waters of Cape Trib Bay in a sturdy one or two person sea kayak, and explore the unique environment where the rainforest meets the reef. Paddle around the Cape and fringing coral reefs, ochre painting and coconut husking awaits on return.
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