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5 Day Intrepid Travel Queensland Daintree Explorer

5 days 4 nights
Cairns to Cairns
from NZD$2,807pp
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Leave hustle and bustle in the rear-view mirror on this five-day journey to some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and the untouched coast it spills onto. This trip takes you into the heart of the land the Kuku Yalanji people have called home for 50,000 years, into the complex ecosystem of the forest and deserted white-sand beaches. Learn about hunting native plants from a First Nations guide, encounter crocodiles and colourful birds on a cruise through mangrove thickets and walk under the heavy green canopy in Mossman Gorge.

Is this trip right for you?
This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

This Tour Also Features

  • Barron Gorge lookout
  • Trinity Bay lookout
  • Cape Tribulation lookout and guided walk
  • Daintree Rainforst guided nature walk
  • Cooper Creek boat trip
  • Mossman Gorge guided rainfirest walk
  • Kuku Yalanji First Nations Experience
  • Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
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Day One - G'day and welcome to Cairns!
Tour day 1
5 Day Intrepid Travel Queensland Daintree Explorer - Day 1
Cairns / Kuranda / Port Douglas

Welcome to Cairns! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 11 am. With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to hit the road for Port Douglas, with a couple of stops en route to break up the journey. First up is Barron Gorge lookout that looks over a set of tumbling falls bursting from the rainforest. Spend some time ooh-ing and ah-ing at the lookout, then continue to the town of Kuranda. This little mountain village is the perfect place to grab a quick lunch (not included), before hitting the road again at around 2 pm. Settle back into the vehicle for an approximately 1.5-hour drive along the coast to Port Douglas. Take in views of cliffs covered in distinct native flora on one side and glittering blue ocean on the other, with some photo stops along the way. Arrive at the accommodation and spend a few hours settling in. In the early evening, take an orientation tour around Port Douglas. Stop at Trinity Bay lookout point to admire the perfect crescent of sand and surf. Then you’re in for a real treat – hop aboard a riverboat for a guided cruise among the mangroves in search of wildlife, especially estuarine crocodiles. Finish the cruise with a gorgeous sunset, then head to a local restaurant for drinks and dinner with your fellow travellers before returning to the resort for the evening.

It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as you will be handing over insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let one of our team or the hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Accommodation: Resort Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Dinner

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Day Two - Explore the Daintree rainforest and Cape Tribulation
Tour day 2
5 Day Intrepid Travel Queensland Daintree Explorer - Day 2
Daintree / Cape Tribulation / Port Douglas

Grab breakfast and get ready in time to leave the resort at 8 am, jumping on the ferry and crossing the river into the Daintree Rainforest. Meet up with a local family who live and breathe the rainforest, so much so that they hosted David Attenborough’s documentary crew when they were filming in the area. Spend some time learning from them about the forest, then continue exploring with a cruise along Cooper Creek. Your guide will point out crocodiles, birds and other wildlife while you glide through the water. Stop for an included lunch at a heritage restaurant smack-bang in the middle of the forest. If you need to cool off, there is also time to take a swim before continuing to Cape Tribulation. Take in views over the cape from a lookout, then head down to the beach for a guided walk and to learn about the region’s history. Return to the resort for the evening, where you can grab dinner at one of the restaurants within walking distance or choose to enjoy an optional al fresco dinner experience with Flames of the Forest.

Accommodation: Resort Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day Three - Free day in Port Douglas
Tour day 3
5 Day Intrepid Travel Queensland Daintree Explorer - Day 3
Port Douglas

Enjoy a day to explore this tropical paradise at your own pace. There are tonnes of activities on offer today, so be sure to talk to your leader about your options when it comes to snorkelling, reef tours, and nature experiences. Your leader will also be on hand today to provide a transfer to Port Douglas town (and back) at 10 am and 6.30 pm if you want to spend the day shopping or grab dinner. If you’d prefer to move as little as possible, you could always take a day to unwind with spa treatments at the resort or chill by the pool with a book.

Accommodation: Resort Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Breakfast

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Day Four - A day of educational Aboringal experiences
Tour day 4
5 Day Intrepid Travel Queensland Daintree Explorer - Day 4
Mossman Gorge / Kuyu Kuyu / Port Douglas

Grab breakfast before leaving the resort at 8.15 am for a guided walk through the rainforest of Mossman Gorge. Work up an appetite on this gentle 1.5-hour hike, then grab morning tea (not included) before heading to Kuyu Kuyu (Cooya Beach) for an educational experience with a member of the local Kuku Yalanji community. Learn to throw a spear, understand which plants are edible and how Kuku Yalanji people live in harmony with the ever-shifting landscape. Enjoy lunch, then join an Aboriginal painting class in the afternoon. Learn about the significance of traditional and contemporary art and storytelling to First Nations people and leave with a small souvenir. Return to the resort in the early evening and enjoy a few free hours to relax. Grab dinner tonight with your group and toast to the beauty of the country around you.

Accommodation: Resort Accomodation or similar
Accommodation type: Comfort
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day Five - Farewell to Port Douglas via Cairns
Tour day 5
5 Day Intrepid Travel Queensland Daintree Explorer - Day 5
Port Douglas / Cairns

Enjoy breakfast and time for one last swim before a 10 am departure for Cairns. There will be one drop-off stop at Cairns Airport and then you will continue back to Cairns where your trip comes to an end.

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