Day Trippin’ in the Daintree

Day Trippin’ in the Daintree

Whilst wall telephones may seem Jurassic to millennials, explaining that the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest is roughly around 135 million years old may bring a similar kind of wide-eyed wonder. The Daintree Rainforest, home to the highest concentration of plants on Earth once chomped on by dinosaurs, is the oldest continuously surviving rainforest in the world, even longer in the tooth than the Amazon.

Just a hop over the Daintree River brings you to Cape Tribulation, a place that could legit be the real-life set of Avatar. Ancient rainforests, creatures that have survived for millions of years (hello, Southern Cassowary and big ol’ saltwater crocodiles) and the place where two world heritage areas collide – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest – Cape Tribulation is a place for adventurers, explorers and nature lovers.

Whilst we would say to stay more than a day, if you’re here for a good time not a long time, here are the top 5 things you need to put on your Cape Tribulation bucket list.

Daintree Discovery Centre

The Daintree Discovery Centre is a cornucopia of information and exploration for grownups and little people alike. An award-winning world class interpretive facility that allows visitors easy access to every level of the Daintree Rainforest via a series of boardwalks and platforms; from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy. Audio guides, presentations, native fish and reptile displays fill up the experience, and did we mention the animatronic dinosaurs?

Ocean Safari

Want to see the real wild side of the Great Barrier Reef? Ocean Safari’s half day Eco Tour is definitely one not to miss. After an exhilarating ride of approximately 25 minutes on the Ocean Safari speedboat, you will enjoy swimming with the turtles and snorkelling two magnificent locations at Mackay and Undine Reefs, with a possible stop at the extraordinary Mackay Cay. The onboard team make sure the day is filled with fun and appreciation of the Great Barrier Reef and the coastal rainforest of the Daintree, two world heritage areas side by side. And with the vessel only taking a maximum of 25 passengers, you will experience tropical paradise without the crowds.

Jungle Surfing

Jungle Surfing – the most fun you can have hanging upside down in the rainforest! Jungle Surfing is an adventure zipline tour through the Daintree Rainforest, gliding through the canopy with 360 degrees views over the treetops and out to the exact spot where the Great Barrier Reef kisses the coastline of the rainforest. The journey starts with a human hamster wheel, powered by the people, and consists of five platforms and six ziplines taking in all levels of the rainforest canopy. Expert guides accompany you every step of the way controlling all equipment and flight so there’s no experience or tuition necessary. And throughout the tour, the guides tell the story of the world’s oldest rainforest.

Explore the Dubuji Boardwalk

With the tropical rainforest being home to many native animals and plants the Dubuji Boardwalk gives you the chance to see the rainforest up close without stepping on rare plants or disturbing the creatures that live there. You might even be lucky enough to see a shy Boyd’s Dragon or a daddy cassowary wandering through the rainforest with his baby chicks! It’s a really great walk to do and an unmissable Cape Tribulation activity.

Daintree Ice Cream Company

Pop on those stretchy pants! A visit to Cape Tribulation wouldn’t be complete without stopping to sample a quartet of flavours from the Daintree Ice Cream Company, freshly-made on the premises with exotic tropical fruits grown in their very own farm. The flavours change depending on when you visit, but if black sapote (chocolate pudding fruit) is on the menu, you might find yourself going back for seconds. Daintree Ice Cream Company have four delicious and unusual flavours each day, and is quite honestly the only ice cream this writer would happily exchange her child for.