5 scenic Daintree Rainforest walks

5 scenic Daintree Rainforest walks

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 01/03/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Experience beautiful scenic views on a hike through the 180 million year old rainforest.

The Daintree Rainforest is one of Australia’s most beautiful natural wonders and the world’s oldest rainforest! During these walks, you’ll discover the lush rainforest, coastal views, and wildlife that calls the Daintree home.

1. Dibiji boardwalk

The Dibiji boardwalk is a shorter walk through the lowland of the Daintree Rainforest. The easy walk will take around 45 minutes to complete. The boardwalk is also wheelchair accessible but assistance may be required.

On the boardwalk, you’ll see the mangrove swamps and walk along Myall Beach. During winter, you may spot some humpback whales in the distance along the beach. Keep an eye out for the kingfishers that dart around the area too through the trees and the shallow pools!

2. Cape Tribulation Beach to Mason’s Swimming Hole

Walking from Cape Tribulation Beach to Mason’s Swimming Hole will take you around an hour, but when you arrive, you can cool off in the swimming spot. To access the swimming hole, there is a small donation fee and there is also Mason’s Cafe for some food and drinks.

The walk takes you along Cape Tribulation Beach, through Myall Beach with marvellous coastal views.

You’ll walk towards Mason Creek which can stop you during high tide, but during low tide, you can walk along Dubuji Boardwalk! As you reach the swimming hole, you can cool off in the refreshing water.

3. Marrdja boardwalk

Marrdja boardwalk is another easy lowland rainforest walk that takes around 45 minutes to complete. You’ll cross Noah Creek during the boardwalk and see the different types of plants throughout the journey. This boardwalk is wheelchair accessible, but assistance may be required during some parts of the walk.

Keep an eye out inside the creek for some fish, and eels. You can try to listen out for crabs during low tide.

4. Mount Sorrow Ridge trail

If you’re an experienced hiker, the Mount Sorrow Ridge trail is for you! This return walk will take around six hours and you will see the Cape Tribulation coastal lowlands to the top of the Daintree Rainforest. When you reach the top of the trail you will overlook the rainforest, the coastline, and Snapper Island.

It’s best to start doing this trail before 10 AM to avoid some of the hottest parts of the day.

5. Rainforest circuit track

This walking track takes you through the natural beauty of the Daintree Rainforest. The walk is two hours return and is slightly more challenging compared to easier walks.

You’ll walk through the rainforest in Mossman Gorge where you can keep an eye out for wildlife, including colourful butterflies. There are lookout points along the way where you can see views of Mount Demi.

Make sure you check out a Daintree Rainforest tour during your trip through the Daintree.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.