Forest walks and coastal hikes through Australia’s oldest, richest wetlands
Home to one of the world’s oldest surviving rainforests, the wet tropics of Queensland flourish with rare flora and fauna—a living museum of over 400 million years of ecological history. Our eight-day trek of this species-rich area takes us on a circuit from the heart of Daintree National Park—home to two World Heritage Sites—to the volcanic craters of the Atherton Tablelands, and down to the reefs and beaches along the coastline near Cairns. Watch for kangaroos and cassowaries at Cape Tribulation, hunt for hidden waterfalls and tangled mangrove forests, and encounter wild crocodiles—from a safe distance, of course—on a ferry cruise down the Daintree River. An aboriginal forest guide will walk us through the wooded wetlands, where we’ll learn the traditional survival uses of plants for foods, medicines, and shelter. We’ll sleep in the heart of the rainforest in the historic tableland village of Yungaburra, and on Queensland’s unparalleled coastline at idyllic Mission Beach.
8 days of easy to moderate hiking and touring, snorkeling, swimming
- Explore the Daintree UNESCO World Hertiage area, where the rainforest meets the reef
- Learn how the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people lived in the tropical rainforests
- Spot unusual wildlife such as azure Ulysses butterflies, platypus, cassowaries, crocodiles
- Unwind at beautiful Mission Beach, where all rooms have ocean views
- Snorkel on the world's largest reef system, The Great Barrier Reef
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Cairns End Location: CairnsDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Welcome to Cairns
Arrive to Cairns and enjoy a welcome dinner.
Day 2 : Cairns to the Daintree National Park
Hike in Barron Gorge National Park, the ferry ride across the Daintree River in Daintree National Park. Possible crocodile encounters.
Day 3 : Cape Tribulation
After breakfast, our Daintree walk starts out along a picturesque stretch of sandy beach to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef.
Day 4 : Kuku Yalanji bush tucker walk
Learn how the aborigines prepared and used various rainforest plants for shelter, medicines, and food on a bush tucker walk with Kuku forest guides. Hike historic "Bump Track," used by early settlers to move supplies from the coast to the Atherton Tablelands.
Day 5 : Atherton Tablelands
Enjoy a day of exploring the Atherton Tablelands, its volcanic formations and crater lakes.
Day 6 : Millaa Millaa Falls
An entire day of visiting waterfalls, including Millaa Millaa and Nandroya Falls.
Day 7 : Dunk Island & The Great Barrier Reef
Travel to Dunk Island by ferry and spend the day enjoying the island.
Day 8 : Depart for Cairns
After a morning snorkel and breakfast, return back to Cairns.
DATES: Best time to go: July - August Departures: No group departures scheduled. Private departures are available on the dates of your choice, pending availablity. Call us for details.
$4,995 (10-12 members)
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