How do you get to the Daintree rainforest?

How do you get to the Daintree rainforest?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/18/2021

Reading time: 3 mins

The Daintree Rainforest is located around 1.5 hours from Cairns or 1 hour from Port Douglas.

Daintree Rainforest, Queensland

The best way to get here is by joining a guided tour as the terrain, weather conditions, and wildlife in the rainforest can sometimes be unpredictable. By joining a guided tour, you will remain safe and accounted for the entire trip and not end up stranded in the middle of the oldest rainforest in the world!

The Daintree is older than the iconic Amazon Rainforest

Estimated to be over 180 million years old the Daintree Rainforest is so old it is hard to fathom. This prehistoric wonderland is full of beauty, with stunning waterfalls, creeks, viewpoints, and lush greenery as far as the eye can see, a visit to the Daintree will certainly be appreciated. It is one of the most diverse eco-systems in the world and covers more than 1,200 kilometers of area in Far-North Queensland.

The famous Cassowary bird which is only found in the Daintree is said to be almost as old as the dinosaurs and is an elusive creature that is hard to find in the forest.

What can I expect from a guided tour to the Daintree Rainforest?

You can expect that your tour will be full of exploring, adventure and beauty, that is for sure. Your tour guide will have a fascinating insight into the Daintree and will be more than happy to educate you on all the things you may need to know. The day will usually begin with you being picked up from your accommodation and transported to the rainforest.

Depending on the specific tour you choose, you may visit highlights such as the Rex Lookout, Cape Tribulation Beach, Daintree Tea Plantations, Mount Alexandra Lookout, Mossman Gorge, and a boat cruise along the Daintree River in search of the infamous saltwater crocodiles that are known to patrol the waters of this region. It will be a fabulous day jam packed full of entertaining activities and adventure, as well as learning a thing or two about this phenomenal ecosystem!

Are guided tours expensive?

Guided tours are certainly worth the money you pay for them. You will have access to transport the entire day, an informative guide with unique knowledge that a regular traveler may not have, often lunch is included and optional extras. If you were driving, by the time you account for petrol, food, and of course the time you spend circling around the forest as you are lost, it is certainly worth paying for a trusty day tour!

Related article: What’s the difference between our Daintree Rainforest tours?

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.