Cape Tribulation is where the world's oldest continually surviving tropical rainforests meets the Great Barrier Reef. Nowhere else on earth do two natural World Heritage listed sites exist side by side. Discover the beauty and wonder of Cape Tribulation on this full day tour with Indigenous Experience at Mossman Gorge. This tour does NOT include the Wildlife River Cruise on the Daintree River.
Scenic Coastal Drive (Cairns to Port Douglas) Mossman Gorge (with Welcome to Country Indigenous Experience) Guided Rainforest Walk Cape Tribulation Short visit to world famous Port Douglas
Commence the adventure with a scenic coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas. This is the far north’s very own great ocean road and provides panoramic views over the sparkling Coral Sea.
Heading north our first stop is at Mossman Gorge, which is in the southern sector of the world famous Daintree National Park. This gorge has been carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders, bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll participate in a “Welcome to Country” with the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will also cleanse you of evil spirits with a smoke ceremony and apply traditional rainforest body paint to you. There’s the opportunity for you to enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters.
Continuing north we cross the mighty Daintree River and head to the beach for lunch, at Cape Trib Beach House. This is absolute waterfront dining with the sand between your toes.
After lunch, it’s time to explore this ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Our highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress. Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter, everything from low lying ferns and shrubs, to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems all in one short easy walk.
Next stop Floravilla which has 26 flavours of locally made ice-cream, including dragonfruit, coconut ginger, black sapote and goji berry with rainforest honey. Yum! [At own cost.]
Photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range Lookout (Walu Wugirriga), which provides sweeping views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta and out to the Coral Sea.
Then it’s back on to the bus for the return journey to Cairns, including a quick drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.
What to bring: Backpack with clothes, swimming costume and towel, enclosed walking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, camera and money for drinks and snacks. What to wear: Casual clothes.