Daintree River icon up for grabs after 20-plus years
THE Daintree River Train has reached the end of the line snaking through local waters.
After 23 years plying the Daintree River giving visitors a unique view of the area’s wildlife, the tourist attraction has been put up for sale by current owner, Daintree River Cruises operator Bruce Belcher.
“It’s been a great tourist attraction over the years and has been a huge hit with our Asian tourists in particular because of its dragon-like appearance - for many that represents a strong mystical link to their culture,” Mr Belcher said.
“That has been fantastic but it no longer fits in with our business and so we are casting her adrift - but hopefully she will find a good home.”
Mr Belcher said the new owner could relocate the river train to be the star attraction on a new lake or river.
Registered as the MV Spirit of Daintree, the oneof-a-kind fibreglass vessel was hand-built in the Dain- tree by boat-builder Alan Patterson.
“And with its lowpowered motors it leaves no wave or wake that can damage or erode the fragile riverbanks, and so can wind its way along the contours of the river exploring different creeks and tributaries,” Mr Belcher said.
He has decided to sell the 64-seat vessel as it no longer fits in with the rest of his business and it is now listed for sale with a marine broker for $100,000.
Needs a new home: the Daintree River Train