Dain­tree Rain­for­est Ex­plo­ration

Be­tween Port Dou­glas and Cook­town you’ll visit beau­ti­ful pris­tine reefs, vi­brant man­groves and some of the old­est and most di­verse rain­forests in the world.

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Lo­cals say a life­time isn’t long enough to see the Dain­tree but your ea­gle-eyed wildlife guides have the skills to spot ev­ery­thing from for­est dragons to cas­sowaries. They will in­tro­duce you to plants and an­i­mals that most day trip visi­tors never lay eyes on. En­joy the tran­quil Low Isles en­cir­cled with pris­tine let­tuce-like coral, shoals of colour­ful fish and tur­tles. Af­ter­wards Abo­rig­i­nal guides will take you for­ag­ing be­fore you in­dulge in fas­ci­nat­ing rain­for­est foods and cul­ture.

High­lights:

Sail to snorkel on the pris­tine Low Isles Learn about Indige­nous cus­toms and rain­for­est food Dis­cover the Dain­tree with a World Her­itage res­i­dent ex­pert Cruise on the Dain­tree River to see croc­o­diles and abun­dant birdlife

Itin­er­ary:

Day 1 Start­ing in Port Dou­glas, you’ll join a sail­ing ves­sel for a snorkelling trip to the Low Isles, one of the most pris­tine ar­eas of the Great Bar­rier Reef. Ex­tra­or­di­nary coral out­crops and an un­der­wa­ter rain­bow of trop­i­cal reef fish are the fea­ture of this day.

Day 2 Af­ter a night in Port Dou­glas, you’ll pick up your hire car and drive to Cooya Beach to meet your Abo­rig­i­nal guide for an in­sight into their cul­ture and con­nec­tion to the beaches, coasts and wildlife. In the af­ter­noon, you'll drive to Moss­man Gorge for af­ter­noon tea, tast­ings and an ex­clu­sive guided tour by spe­cial­ists in plants from Indige­nous rain­for­est cul­tures. Our guides have cre­ated a fas­ci­nat­ing ‘Noah's ark’ of ex­otic plants. You’ll fin­ish your day in the Dain­tree at a lovely cabin in the rain­for­est.

Day 3-4 A boat ride on the Dain­tree River with your na­ture ex­pert is a good start be­fore a pri­vate walk with a man whose gar­den is part of the World Her­itage Area for more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

Stay overnight at an ex­clu­sive rain­for­est re­treat where you’ll en­joy the hos­pi­tal­ity of its Franco-Aus­tralian owner. Your re­turn to Port Dou­glas will be via Em­mo­gen Creek (the start of famed Bloom­field Track); a Board­walk tour and a walk on Cape Tribu­la­tion beach where the Reef meets the rain­for­est.

Day 5 De­part Port Dou­glas and re­turn hire car to Cairns air­port be­fore de­part­ing.

Abo­rig­i­nal guide Linc Walker and World Her­itage Area res­i­dent Neil Hewett have a spe­cial con­nec­tion to one of the old­est and most di­verse land­scapes in the world.

See their films at the link be­low, left

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