Can you do a day trip to the Daintree from Cairns?

Can you do a day trip to the Daintree from Cairns?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/11/2022

Reading time: 3 mins

The Daintree Rainforest is, without a doubt, one of Australia’s most glorious natural wonderlands. There is nowhere in the world quite like the Daintree: it is the world’s oldest living rainforest (millions of years older than the Amazon) and it is home to animals you will only find living amongst its lush tropical flora!

What makes the Daintree Rainforest even better is its accessibility! No, you don’t have to get a multi-day boat out there or fly onto some remote air strip – the Daintree is just an hour and a half’s drive from Cairns!

This means you can totally enjoy an amazing day trip from the vibrant tropical city, getting to experience one or more unforgettable Daintree experiences, such as:

Kuku Yalanji heritage walk

The Kuku Yalanji people have lived in and around the Daintree for thousands of years, and the Queensland Government has now thankfully returned the land to its original owners.

The Kuku Yalanji also offer amazing heritage walks that teach visitors all about their deep connection to the region’s land and waterways. You will learn everything from bush foods and medicines to hut building and get to enjoy a cup of traditional bush damper and tea at the end of the journey!

Croc-spotting cruises

Another longtime Daintree resident is perhaps the world’s most feared predator – the saltwater crocodile. The Daintree waterways are famous (or infamous) for housing a good number of salties, who stalk the waters in search of a feed or somewhere to have a good soak!

If you’re not drastically afraid of these rather terrifying beasts then you might want to climb aboard an outrageously awesome croc-spotting cruise. Here, from the safety of the boat, an experienced knowledgeable biologist will teach you all about these incredible animals, their habitat and some of the other wonderful species that inhabit the forest.

Cape Tribulation

Easily one of Australia’s most sublime beaches, Cape Tribulation is a joy to walk upon, with a dreamy beachfront and stunning turquoise waters awaiting you once you get out of the encroaching forest.

There is no better way to refresh and relax in the Daintree than on Cape Tribulation: it really is that sublime! Have a swim, hang out on the shore and allow the rest of your Daintree day trip to cruise on by as you enjoy the sun, sand and gorgeous waters…

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.