Daintree & Cape Tribulation

8 Days

Physical Rating:
Easy

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This tour of Cairns and Queensland’s tropical north is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Enjoy a journey into the ancient rainforests, see waterfalls and pristine rivers saving time enough for some R&R by the pool, and a spot of snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef.

There are many highlights on this tour, and basing ourselves out of the resort town of Palm Cove, you will instantly feel “on holidays”.

Daintree & Cape Tribulation Tour Inclusions

  • Friendly Guide
  • Comfortable touring bus, expertly maintained
  • Small Group
  • Day Tour to Kuranda. Includes Skyrail ride
  • Crocodile Tour on the Daintree River
  • Delicious morning tea at the Mareeba Coffee Plantation
  • Entry to Spit Rock
  • Full day Atherton Tablelands Tour. Includes morning tea at Lake Barrine Teahouse and afternoon at Nerada tea plantation.

Meals:

  • 7 Breakfasts, 2 Morning Teas, 1 Afternoon Tea, 1 Dinner

Accommodation:

  • 5 nights at the 4-star Hotel Grand Chancellor in Palm Cove
  • 2 nights at the magical Mungumby Lodge

Optional

  • Full day Great Barrier Reef Cruise on the Ocean Spirit
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Day 1: Arrive in Palm Cove

Arrive at your leisure at the 4 star Hotel Grand Chancellor in Palm Cove, a short drive north of Cairns. Take a dip in the pool or a wander along the beach in time for a 6pm Welcome drink at the bar, where you will be given a briefing from your tour guide for the next few days.

Note: Due to luggage size restrictions for day’s 2,3 and 4, you will be issued a duffel bag, and your larger suitcase can be stored at the resort while we head north into gulf country.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove

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Day 2: Palm Cove - Quinkan Country

After breakfast we will meet the driver/ guide in a 12 seat 4wd bus (or smaller) for the start of our adventure across Quinkan Country.

Our first stop is in Mareeba where we can drop in for morning tea at a well known coffee roaster, before we head over to the stunning Lake Mitchell to do some water bird spotting. We will then travel back in time 20,000 years to view the indigenous art and stencil sites at Split Rock.

The mid afternoon check in at Mungumby lodge will allow those looking for a relaxed afternoon time to unwind in the stunning grounds of the lodge, and those looking to stretch their legs, time enough to do the walk along Mungumby Creek.

Dinner tonight is a short drive from the accommodation at a truely outback “Lion’s Den Hotel” which was built in 1875.

Accommodation: Mungumby Lodge

Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Dinner

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Day 3: Cooktown on the Cape York Peninsula

After breakfast we will head over to Cooktown via unusual Black Mountain, with it’s maze of granite boulders. The views from Grassy Hill offer an unforgettable and spectacular perspective of the surrounding Endeavour River and Coarl Sea.

For those interested in the local history, the James Cook Museum is well worth the visit, otherwise a stroll along the foreshore is an essential “must do”.

Once we have had our fill of Cooktown, those that want to relax can do so at Mungumby lodge, and those who want to check out a nearby waterfall can have a more active afternoon.

Accommodation: Mungumby Lodge

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 4: Daintree to Cape Tribulation via Bloomfield Track

We will depart the lodge and hit the 4WD Bloomfield Track for an adventurous morning.

Deep in the Daintree, if we are lucky we could spot a Cassowary in the dense jungle and mangroves of one of the world’s great rainforests. Hold on tight as we cross the Daintree River in the 4wd, and then it is a more sedate view of the river on a short river cruise. Keep an eye out for crocs!

Before heading back to Palm Cove, we can drop in at the resort town of Port Douglas which will complete our excursion from “resort life”. We will drop you back at the hotel with still time enough for a swim in the pool.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 5: Atherton Tablelands Full Day Tour

Pick up from Grand Chancellor palm Cove at 7am. We drive up the Gillies Range to Cathedral Figtree. Visit Lake Barrine twin Kauri pines. Stop for Morning Tea at Lake Barrine Teahouse. At Lake Eachem you have the option to either enjoy a 3km lake circuit or spend some time for relaxation and a swim. Lunch @ Yungaburra Hotel (own expenses). Continue to Peterson Creek for a Platypus spotting adventure. Visit the famous Curtain Figtree. Afternoon tea at Nerada Teaplantation for Tree kangaroo spotting. Via Atherton and Mareeba back to Palm Cove from 5.30pm.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove

Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Afternoon Tea

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Day 6: Palm Cove - Skyrail Experience - Kuranda Village

Morning pick up and transfer to Skyrail station, where you will board the 7.5km cableway that will take you to the picturesque mountain village of Kuranda. Embark on an exciting journey high above the ground over one of Australia’s oldest Rainforests & World Heritage Areas. Spot tropical birds in the giant trees while gliding through pristine jungle canopy. You will enjoy several stops and breathtaking lookouts with waterfalls while exploring the rainforest close up.
On arrival in Kuranda, you will enjoy time at leisure to explore this wonderful village. Visit the famous Kuranda Markets, rainforest walks and plenty of wildlife experiences, tours and attractions. Kuranda is home to a variety of small restaurants and cafes and the cool climate gives you a refeshing feeling about this fascinating place. Expect a mix of colourful experiences in this art inspired town at the top of a magic rainforest mountain. In the afternoon you will be picked up from Kuranda and transferred back to Palm Cove. If you wish to spend the evening in Cairns, your driver will drop you off at a convenient location for a short taxi ride or a bus trip into the town centre, before making your own way back to Palm Cove (approx. 30 mins taxi or 1hr bus).

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 7: Palm Cove Free Day - Optional Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Today you have the choice – you can spend the day free at leisure in Palm Cove or alternatively visit the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Spirit Cruises.
Optional Activity – Ocean Spirit Great Barrier Reef Cruise – $264 per person
For the cruise, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the stunning sailing catamaran ‘Ocean Spirit’. The tour will be 8.5 hours long with 4 hours on the reef and include morning and afternoon tea, as well as a hot and cold buffet lunch. After a 2 hour motorised sail on board the 32 meter sailing Catamaran, Ocean Spirit, you will arrive at Michaelmas Cay where there is so much to see and do. Enjoy snorkelling in the cay’s protected shallow waters, try an introductory scuba dive in the fringing reefs (scuba not included – extra cost), cruise in the semi-sub for a diver’s view of the reef, watch the fish feeding presentation, observe the bird life or just chill out on Ocean Spirit’s spacious decks or on the beach. Throughout the day, the ‘beach buggy shuttle’ will transfer you between Ocean Spirit and the beach. In the afternoon return back to Palm Cove and transfer to your hotel for an evening at leisure. Alternatively you can spend the evening in Cairns and get the public bus back to Palm Cove at a later time.

Accommodation: Hotel Grand Chancellor Palm Cove

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 8: Palm Cove

Departure day

Length and grade of walks adjusted according to fitness levels – where possible. We reserve the right to alter the tour itinerary at any time due to circumstances beyond our control. If this should occur we will do our best to offer a suitable alternative.

Secure your seat with a $350 deposit

Tour Price: $2,199 twin share

Single supplements available for an additional $450

Your tour balance will be due 6 weeks prior to your departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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