Ex­pe­ri­ence magic of Dain­tree

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FUN SCHOOL HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES - SAM SMALLBONE

A TOUR along the Dain­tree River is an ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed.

Just 45 min­utes drive from Port Dou­glas, the iconic Dain­tree River of­fers a va­ri­ety of tours where tourists and lo­cals can ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture up close and get a taste of a real ad­ven­ture.

The tours over­look the pic­turesque views of the river where warm sea­wa­ter and cool fresh wa­ter meet with the trop­i­cal World Her­itage rain­for­est.

It is rec­om­mended to take a cam­era on the tours be­cause ev­ery­where you look there is a per­fect view of beau­ti­ful lush and green moun­tains in your sur­round­ings - not to for­get the croc­o­diles.

Crocs are not the only thing you can ex­pect to see on the river, there are many other crea­tures which ex­pe­ri­enced guides show you along the way.

As you sit in the large ves­sel the guide will drive up close to sur­round­ing veg­e­ta­tion and stop along the way to point out crit­ters and fauna such as birds, trop­i­cal frogs, snakes, but­ter­flies, seeds, fruit and croc­o­diles up to five me­tres in length.

Through­out the tour you will also get the chance to see the crea­tures up close and feel some of the seeds and fruits picked from the wa­ter or sur­round­ing trees.

The guides are ex­pe­ri­enced nat­u­ral­ists who com­mu­ni­cate through equipped tech­nol­ogy to en­sure that if some­thing is spot­ted along the river, you won’t miss it.

They know the Dain­tree River like the back of their hand and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to ed­u­cate you about the rich his­tory of the river and the wildlife and fauna that in­habit it.

This is the ideal ex­pe­ri­ence for pho­tog­ra­phers, birdwatchers, na­ture-lovers, or thrill-seek­ers who are ea­ger to see large croc­o­diles in the wild.

Just the an­tic­i­pa­tion of drift­ing qui­etly along the river keep­ing your eyes peeled for a croc­o­dile to pop out of the wa­ter or through the trees is enough ex­cite­ment to en­joy the trip.

There are not too many places in the world where you can ex­pe­ri­ence the trop­i­cal rain­for­est on the river so close to home.

This worth­while ex­pe­ri­ence is truly some­thing not to be missed.

Even if you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced the Dain­tree River be­fore, you are guar­an­teed to learn some­thing new ev­ery time you visit.

Photo by SAM SMALLBONE

What’s that: tourists spot a tree snake (in­set) on the Dain­tree River

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