Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

Daintree and Cape Tribulation Tour from Cairns

12 hours Cairns, Australia

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Travel in air-conditioned comfort in your luxury purpose-built vehicle to Cape Tribulation; through some of the oldest rainforest in the world.

Enjoy a guided rainforest walk through Mossman Gorge, a cruise on the Daintree River, delicious tropical lunch set amongst the rainforest, and a walk on famous Cape Tribulation Beach. Stop at the Daintree Ice Cream Company for a refreshing fruit ice cream before returning home.
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Stop At: Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park, Queensland 4873 Australia

Explore the ancient rainforest of Mossman Gorge - home of the Kuku Yalanji people, and part of the Daintree Rainforest; the world's oldest surviving tropical rainforest. Your experienced driver guide will take you on a guided walk here.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Daintree River Cruise Centre, 2914 Mossman - Daintree Rd PMB 4, Daintree QLD 4873, Australia

Enjoy a 1 hour cruise on the Daintree River- an intricate eco-system home to a range of Australian wildlife including the elusive Saltwater Crocodile.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Daintree National Park, Tropical Research Station, Cape Tribulation, Queensland 4873 Australia

A BBQ lunch is included in a private rainforest setting; this location is home to some of the world's most primitive plant species including the Idiospermum.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Cape Tribulation Beach, Cape Tribulation, Queensland Australia

Walk on renowned Cape Tribulation beach, famous for being where the Rainforest meets the Reef. This place was named by Captain Cook on his voyage of discovery. Your driver guide will share their knowledge of this stunning location.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Mount Alexandra Lookout, Cape Tribulation Rd, Cape Tribulation, Queensland QLD 4873 Australia

Take in the amazing views across the Rainforest canopy and out to where the Daintree River meets the Coral Sea - the perfect photo opportunity!

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Daintree Ice Cream Company, 1819 Cape Tribulation Rd, Diwan QLD 4873, Australia

The tour includes an afternoon refreshment at the Daintree Ice Cream Company. A tasting cup with 4 local ice cream flavours, made from ingredients grown in their on-site organic fruit orchard.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Down Under Tours - Day Tours, 26 Redden St, Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia

This tour is operated by Down Under Tours- the leading day tour operator in Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef Region. Our local guides have a vast knowledge and experience to share with our passengers on our day tours.


  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Travel in comfort in a custom-built vehicle
  • Professional driver guide
  • Driver guided walk in Mossman Gorge
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • 1 hr Daintree River Cruise
  • Barbecue lunch at Noah's Creek
  • Walk on Cape Tribulation beach
  • Exotic fruit ice cream at The Daintree Ice Cream Company
  • Alexandra Lookout
  • Daintree Ferry crossing
  • Live commentary on board
  • Audio commentary available for German, Italian, French, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin
  • Entry/Admission - Mossman Gorge
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree River Cruise Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree Ice Cream Company


  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • NO pickup from Machans Beach, Holloways Beach and Yorkeys Knob.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your exact pickup time and location will be confirmed by the operator after you have booked. Please be ready at the confirmed pickup location at least 10 minutes prior to your confirmed pickup time.

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not recommended for child aged 3 and under
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Cruise ship passengers are recommended to walk to the Hilton Hotel for tour pickup as port pickup/drop-off is not available
  • GPS commentary available in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin and Japanese
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • A medium level of mobility is required to join this tour. The coach used has several steps on entry and passengers will board and disembark the vehicle several times throughout the day. The guided walks at Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation Beach are both considered easy grade and under 1klm return in distance.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms


165 Reviews

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KerrynY128 October 2021

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed this tour from start to finish. Our guide Daniel was courteous, informative and funny. His knowledge was outstanding. I would recommend this tour to anyone. The included morning tea and lunch was absolutely delicious. The ice cream stop on the way home was a real treat too. Thanks for creating such a wonderful highlight on our Cairns holiday.

Rosemary_P September 2021

Beautiful waterways & rainforest environments. On the Daintree River cruise thrilled to see 3 large salties on the river bank, another swimming, and a few juveniles. Other animals included a tree snake, Great Egret, & Great Billed Heron. A really enjoyable tour with Joe - our personable and knowledgeable driver.

MsMandy411 September 2021

Loved everything about this tour. Whilst it was a long day, it was broken up with different stops and the bus was comfortable. Uta, our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge of the area and had a great sense of humour. Mossman Gorge was stunning and I loved meeting all the crocs along the Daintree River. I would definitely recommend this tour for anyone wanting to explore these areas.

Leanne_W July 2021

My husband and I had a fantastic day with Bridget. Bridget was a wonderful guide with a great range of local knowledge as well as lots of aboriginal stories relating to the area. The bus was very comfortable, lunch was really good. An awesome day had by us both

TonyMachin June 2021

This was an amazing tour that had so much packed into one day that it is hard to describe the highlights! Mossman gorge is beautiful and the walk through the rainforest is spectacular (and quite easy). The views of the river and rocks are amazing. The indigenous cultural centre is also wonderful and shows the importance of the area. The cruise along the Daintree River was filled with crocs all of whom had been named and seemed to be quite okay with the constant stream of tour boats. Our drive through the Daintree rainforest was also breath-taking and culminated with a visit to Cape Tribulation. Such a pristine place with mangroves and a wide stretch of beach. Some additional stops included Daintree Icecream with the tasting cup including Jackfruit, lemon Soursop, Coconut and Wattle seed ice creams. This is quite a long tour but was very comfortable and the tour guide (Greg) was excellent.

439kaylenep June 2021

I had a wonderful day doing this tour. It was a long day but a very comfortable one. The bus seats were comfy and the bus was air conditioned. Our tour guide Greg was entertaining and informative. I loved the crocodile river cruise. We saw a lot of crocs! The Daintree ice cream was great too! I’d recommend this to everyone!

sallywB57SR June 2021

This was an absolutely fantastic trip if you have limited time and knowledge of the area. Stu our guide was so knowledgeable and went out of his way to make the trip interesting and packed full of things to do and see. In nine hours we went for two bush walks, swam in a rainforest rock pool, had a tasty lunch at a cafe in the Daintree, saw a cassowary, taipan and dragon lizards, tasted homemade ice cream with bush food flavours, visited Alexander lookout and went on a river cruise to see the local crocodiles. Highly recommend this trip!

lisacS2510FS June 2021

The tour guide Daniel was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and lots of fun. The entire tour was perfect. This tour group has great staff and I am glad I have actually booked all tours with them. Lunch was also extremely good quality. Highly recommend the Down Under Tour group.

Raju_homer June 2021

Daniel was an amazing tour guide. He was well informed and provided us with a running commentary about the historical aspects of the places we visited and also valuable information about the rain forests. Thank you and God Bless.

blazert June 2021

We did this tour that included Mossman Gorge, My husband and I loved it although long periods of time on the bus. Never mind, our guide, Daniel, kept us entertained with his so much knowledge and Trivia. We found this to be equally as interesting as the tour and scenery itself. It rained that morning at Mossman Gorge but that didn't matter as it added to the ambiance of experiencing the freshness and clarity of air in the rain forest. Nothing a plastic poncho couldn't fix. Lovely canopy walks. You can swim in the natural pool there, but not included in our tour and plus the water was way too cold. We specially liked the Daintree River Cruise. Scareface ( massive crocodile) was kind enough to make an appearance. Yep lots of crocs here. We stopped at a lovely spot for lunch in forest surroundings and then some yummy ice cream at Daintree Icecreamery on the ride home. Very interesting day out indeed. We loved it.

Jae May 2021

Peter was an amazing tour guide. Very informative, fun and considerate. We would most definitely do another tour with Peter.

claire_E May 2021

I don’t normally leave reviews, but couldn’t let the opportunity pass without saying how amazing and special this trip was. Mainly because of Peter (down under tours)our driver & guide. He totally knows his stuff and made the day so memorable. Stunning scenery, comfortable bus, fantastic food.

sue529037 May 2021

Everything the day was great,lunch in the rainforest very enjoyable guide was explaining important things with knowledge

TransPacifica April 2021

Greg was well informed and a lot of fun and ensured every aspect of this action-packed day was enjoyable and went smoothly. With limited time during our stay, this diverse tour offered the opportunity to see a wide variety of environments in a short time. All the food on offer (of which there was a lot) was great, and the van was modern and comfortable. Highly recommended.

GlobeTrotting272946 April 2021

Very well organised tour, very knowledgeable tour guide. Dietary requirements catered for. Recommend to anybody. Very comfortable bus.

Diane_B April 2021

Greg our tour guide was so informative that it made the whole day so enjoyable from star to finish. We learn so much about the Area we visited

Bikash_B April 2021

Tour guide Greg was awesome. Unique experience in FNQ in the oldest rainforest. Recommend family with young kids.

Makingmemories05 April 2021

Our first time to Cairns and what better way to see the amazing sites than with your own tour guide. Peter was just awesome! Made us laugh the whole day which for us started at 7am and ended at 6pm! Everything was really well planned and although we ran a little behind schedule I didn’t feel rushed at all. I highly recommend this tour even for little ones! Thank you so much for a great experience especially for first timers to Cairns. I really can’t pick my favourite place we visited but that ice cream was amazing !!!!! Don’t go pass a great tour company - cannot wait to come back again soon. Thanks again

Chika_I April 2021

Our tour guide was so knowledgeable and I felt that he is passionate for his job. We learnt the history and biology of the forests we visited. He also had a sense of humour so we enjoyed his company. The who took us on the boat was also nice, and tried best our experience to be memorable as we were able to spot wildlife.

Camilla v February 2021

Took this day trip with Daniel from Port Douglas accomodation. Picked up on time in a clean and new bus. Air con working a treat! Full day with the drive to Mossman Gorge and morning tea at the centre, followed by a drive to Daintree River and ferry crossing up the coast. Visit to Cape Tribulation is life changing. On the way back, the trip down the Daintree River is interesting and becomes the ‘spot the croc’ part of the day. Lunch provide was more than sufficient with steak, sausage and fish off the BBQ with salad and fruit. Stop off at the Daintree Ice Cream Company was an unexpected surprise with the VERY generous serve included in the tour price. Daniel is an asset to the company, providing commentary and history lessons all day long. Highly recommend the day, and don’t forget the sunscreen and mossie spray!

Connor_S January 2021

It was a great tour! Our guide was so informative and had everything set up so well. The bus was comfortable, we got to see so much wildlife and learned a lot about the Daintree.

MichelleH_LenD December 2020

Our family really enjoyed the experience and each place is well worth visiting. It’s something we’ll always remember. Of particular note was our driver/guide, Daniel. His knowledge of the area was extensive and he was able to pass this on in a very engaging and entertaining way. His ability to keep a range of ages interested, including our 15yr son, is quite remarkable. Well worth doing with Down Under Tours.

247kellil November 2020

Daniel took us on a fabulous tour to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation. He is an amazing guide - very knowledgeable, humorous and provides so much information. He was helpful and made sure the whole day ran smoothly. The tour itself was great, even if crocodiles were missing in action. Morning tea at Mossman Gorge was fantastic and a beautiful place to visit. Lunch was a traditional bbq at Noah Creek - Jody did an amazing job with catering and the food was delicious. Cape Tribulation was beautiful and Daniel did a great job in showing us the dangers that lurked in the rainforest. The trip back to the Daintree was sustained by delicious ice cream from the Daintree icecream company. Bruce, our boat driver and guide, on the Daintree river cruise was extremely knowledgeable as well, with a dry sense of humour. Overall this day trip was brilliant and I can’t recommend it highly enough.

ashleef2019 November 2020

Tour was excellently led by guide Daniel, who was extremely charismatic and knowledgeable, making for an awesome day. Pickup from hotel was very convenient and the bus was very comfortable. Daniel knew an incredible amount about the rainforest and coastal ecosystems, as well as the animals and the history of the area. Everything was very well organised and sites visited are absolutely stunning. Food provided was delicious :) A truely immersive, Australian experience.
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