How long is the Daintree River cruise?

How long is the Daintree River cruise?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 11/25/2022

Reading time: 3 mins

Discover the incredible Daintree River and the world’s oldest rainforest!

The Daintree River runs through the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland. The rainforest is over 180 million years old and is a registered UNESCO World Heritage site. Given the age and beauty of the Daintree Rainforest, it makes sense why it is one of Australia’s most popular tourist attractions.

Daintree River cruises typically last between 60 – 90 minutes. During your cruise, you can see the native flora and fauna and many ancient trees along the river while you learn more about the history from one of the local guides. With each cruise being different and unique to what you can see, it is certainly worth your time.

Keep a lookout for some wildlife

You may also be lucky enough to see the range of different wildlife on your cruise such as southern cassowary, fish, snakes and tree kangaroos. Not to mention the most exciting Daintree River resident, the saltwater crocodile! Though it is not certain, we have no doubt you will see at least one crocodile during your cruise.

The river starts from the Great Dividing Range in the Daintree National Park before going through the Daintree Rainforest. The river then connects with two tributaries before it makes its way through the Cairns Marine National Park then finishing up in the Coral Sea.

When is the best time to go?

The best time to go on the cruise is during the wet season (November to April). But as expected, it is more likely to rain. We recommend going during this time because, due to the rain, the river looks more stunning and fuller. There are usually fewer people travelling to see the river during the wet season. Additionally, the crocodiles can be easier to spot lying on the banks (especially during the middle of the day while they warm up).

If you are wanting to do the cruise during the dry season though, it is still a fantastic opportunity to see the river and rainforest. You can still spot all the different wildlife during the cooler months and hopefully, you will avoid the rain entirely! Did we mention the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest rainforest in the world? So, it doesn’t matter when you go, you’ll have bragging rights to seeing the oldest rainforest!

The cruise runs every day of the week, about five times a day. We recommend bringing some water and snacks. Depending on which season you go, you may need a raincoat or your hat and sunnies. And don’t forget some mosquito repellent for them pesky mozzies too. The cruise is also suitable for all ages and is pet friendly!

To soak up your experience, ensure you ask as many questions as possible to the local guide to learn even more. Be sure to bring a camera (or your phone) to take as many photos as you want along the way.

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.