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FNQ Nature Tours

Daintree Exclusive

From: $1,180 USD

Duration: Full Day

Type: Private Charter, Shared.

Departs: Daily

Interests: Birds, Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.

This full day tour focuses on the World Heritage Listed Daintree National Park, the largest section of tropical rainforest in Australia and oldest continually surviving rainforest in the world. Guests will be mesmerised by the combination of waterfalls, mountain ranges, idyllic streams, deep gorges and dense rainforest, that makes this one of the most complex and celebrated ecosystems.

  • An interpretative guided walk to the gorgeous Mossman Falls, will provide the opportunity to spot numerous butterfly, frog, reptile and marsupials and learn more about living examples of some of the earliest flowering plants, orchids and ferns and the emergence of Australia’s glorious songbirds.

  • After lunch guests will embark on a wildlife cruise of the Daintree River, full of opportunities to observe and photograph the region’s apex predator, the Saltwater Crocodile, along with iconic species such as the Boyd’s Forest Dragon, Ulysses butterfly, Spectacled flying-fox, White-lipped tree frog, Common Tree Snake, Azure, Little, Forest & Sacred Kingfishers, Wompoo fruit dove, Sunbird, Great-billed Heron, Spotted-whistling ducks and the Rainbow Bee-eater.

About FNQ Nature Tours:

After ten years of guiding nature and wildlife safaris in Northern Australia, James Boettcher established FNQ Nature Tours in 2015, with a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and conservation of this World Heritage area. The company offers tours designed for nature minded travellers desiring a personal, educational and interactive guided experience, whilst sharing the necessity of protecting the natural wonders and biodiversities of this world famous region.

Price per group of 1-4 passengers, including touring & meals. Pricing is subject to availability and all prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Currency fluctuations may affect prices as quotes based on AUD. Prices are current at time of posting (1/4/2021) and may differ when you book your travel. Please contact us for our current pricing and itinerary details**

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Full Day Daintree Experience

    After departing from Cairns around 7:30am, guests will head north towards the world famous Daintree Rainforest; an area of ancient tropical rainforest spanning 120,000 hectares, estimated to be 180 million years old. This region was given World Heritage status in 1988 and has the highest diversity of rainforest mammals in Australia.

    Led by your expert guide, guests will enjoy a two and a half kilometre walk through a private section of the National Park to learn more about some of the 3,000 plant species from over 210 families, including 65 percent of Australia’s fern species, 30 percent of Australia’s orchid species and the earliest examples of flowering plants on the planet. The trees into Mossman Gorge provide the opportunity to spot the endemic Boyd‘s Forest Dragon (a chameleon that can adapt its colouring for camouflage), along with the beautiful White-lipped Tree Frog and iconic Ulysses Butterfly.

    Once travellers reach the spectacular Mossman Gorge, there is the option to take a swim and enjoy the magnificent vistas. Upon arriving to the Daintree Tea House, lunch will be served with the opportunity to sample some of the region’s delicious fruits and berries, surrounded by views of the tropical rainforest and continuous sounds of birds and nature.

    Next stop is the Daintree River for a Wildlife Cruise upon a solar powered vessel, providing abundant opportunities to spot Saltwater Crocodiles and some of the regions 420 bird species. The river is a haven for kingfishers, including the Azure, Forest, Little & Sacred species, cormorants, herons, ibis, spoonbills, flycatchers, Brahminy Kites, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Wompoo fruit doves, Sunbirds, Spotted-whistling ducks and Rainbow Bee-eaters.

    Guests will be returned to accommodation in Cairns at 5:30pm.

    Key Details

    Pricing: from $1560 AUD (total group price for 1-4 passengers)
    Private Group Size: Maximum of 7 guests
    Pick-up and Drop Off Point: Cairns/Northern Beaches/Port Douglas
    Pick-up and Drop-off Time: Cairns 7:30am/Northern beaches 08:00am/Port Douglas 8:30am (location dependent), Drop off approximately 5:00pm

    Responsible Tourism

    As part of our commitment to sustainability we have developed a Code Of Practice relating to our wildlife interactions which is available for your reference. Our river affiliates are using only solar powers vessels, clean, quiet and zero impact on the environment during wildlife cruises. 

    As our way of contributing to the local wildlife community, we are heavily involved with FNQ Wildlife Rescue. Our organisation attends rescues and is active in sharing stories that may help educate our guests on safe and helpful practises for supporting injured or orphaned wildlife. We are also proud partners of the Australian Quoll Conservancy, dedicated to the conservation of the Spotted-tailed Quoll in North Queensland and Forever Wild; a charity set up to protect vast and wild places, rich in biological diversity and human culture including the Shared Earth Reserve in the Tablelands.

     

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