At the end of our east coast tour in Australia we made a day tour to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation.
With Cape Trib Connections we paid $140 AUD per person. Lunch was not included as this would have been additional $19 AUD per person. We simply booked the tour over the phone.
At 7:30 am we got picked up by the organizer at our hostel in Cairns. The trip to the Daintree Rainforest lead us over the 75 km long Captain Cook Highway, which is located next to the ocean and is well-known for its beautiful views. To Cape Tribulation it was 140 km in total, which is 2:40 hours of driving due to the street conditions. That was the only disadvantage of the day tour, as we only had little time at the different stops due to the long way.
Our first stop was the Mount Alexandra Lookout. From there we could see the exact spot of the Great Barrier Reef where „Crocodile hunter“ Steve Irwin died when he was stung in his heart by a stingray while diving. It was a stunning view from up there.
From the lookout we drove further into the Daintree Rainforest and walked around 30 minutes through the bushes. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world. The different plants and trees were pretty impressive. However, we expected the walk to be longer to feel more like being in a rainforest.
But we were really lucky and actually saw a cassowary! These ginormous, but flightless birds can only be found in New Guinea and in the north of Australia. There are only around 1,500 cassowaries left in Australia. So we actually were extremely lucky to spot a cassowary mom with her child!
After the bush walk we drove to the famous Cape Tribulation. It got its name, because James Cook stranded there in 1770 on his first South Pacific journey. His crew and him were very frustrated and it took them weeks to fix the boat to continue their journey.
At Cape Tribulation there is only a small beach, which separates the Daintree Rainforest from the Great Barrier Reef. Therefore it is the only place in the world, where two world nature heritages meet. But you definitely shouldn’t go near the water as it is home to crocodiles.
The boat tour on the Daintree River was supposed to be the highlight of the day, because there are lots of crocodiles to spot. Unfortunately we were unlucky, because it was high tide and nesting season. The big crocodiles were all hidden under the water or in their nests…but at least we saw two baby crocodiles!
Our last destination of the day in Mossman Gorge turned out to be the real highlight of the tour!
Amidst the rainforest we went for a swim in the Mossman River. This is the only place in northern Queensland, where you can swim without the danger of getting attacked by crocodiles as the water is too cold for them and the currents are too strong. Finally we felt like being in a rainforest!
On the way back to Cairns we were pretty exhausted. The humidity and heat in the rainforest, lots of mosquitos, swimming in the cold Mossman River… In total it was a successful day tour with some cutbacks due to missing time. We are happy that we saw this part of Australia and would recommend to visit Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. But we would suggest to hire a car, so that you can organize the trip and your time yourself. On our way back we made a quick stop at this nice lookout: