Daintree River Cruise
Join your one hour Daintree River cruise offering two different departure points along a twelve kilometre stretch of the river. This gives you the best opportunities to see wildlife and the diversity of this amazing eco system.One hour cruises depart regularly from both Daintree Village as well as from Daintree Gateway which is located 200 meters before Daintree River Ferry Crossing. This gives visitors the best opportunities to see wildlife and the diversity of this amazing eco system. From rainforest to mangroves the scenery is spectacular. The Upper Daintree section from Daintree Village is especially popular for bird watching and departures from near the Daintree River Ferry Crossing (Daintree Gateway) offers spectacular views of Thornton Peak, rainforest and mangroves.Please note your first cruise will depart from Daintree Village, Check-in is at Daintree Tourist Information Centre located in Daintree Village. Times listed above are from Daintree Village Only. All extra bonus cruises can depart from either Daintree Village or from near Daintree Ferry river crossing. Look for the big Croc Head. Cruise times available from near the ferry will be advised on check-in in the village.
Daintree River Sunset Cruise
As the wind tends to drop late in the afternoon, you can observe some of the birds out and about looking for that last meal of the day, or flying down to the water bathing, before retiring for the night. Large saltwater crocodiles are often seen sun baking in the afternoon sun, tree snakes come out to the edge of the native hibiscus with Ulysses and Cairns Birdwing butterflies often flying over head. Watching hundreds of Cattle Egrets flying low over the water on their way down river to roost for the night, and the fragrance of some of the Native rainforest tree species flowering, (especially Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata which tends to disperse their perfume late evening) all add to the river experience. You then finish your Daintree River birdwatching tour with some magical sunsets, (as with everything, it's up to Mother Nature... but then again Mother Nature has a special interest in the Daintree River).ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Daintree River Cruise Centre, Mossman - Daintree Rd, Daintree, Queensland 4873 AustraliaThe mighty Daintree River is the heart of the Daintree Region. We explore the surrounding rainforest and mangrove systems looking for our unique plants and wildlife including birds, crocodiles, snakes and much moreDuration: 2 hours
Daintree River Wildlife Cruise - Early Morning
Daintree River Wild Watch offers you an early morning bird-watching tour experience.Not only is it a special time on the river that only early mornings can offer, but it is the optimum opportunity for some great bird-watching and photography.You will board our comfortable open top 10 seater boat with individual swivel seats, and be offered a pair of good quality binoculars for use during the trip.When we depart from the Daintree Village Jetty, your expert guide will introduce you to a variety of ecosystems along the main river and smaller tributaries looking for rare birds, snakes, crocodiles and some of the unique plants that grow in the ancient Daintree Rainforest.On return a species list is available of all the birds and animals seen during the trip.Species often found include the Great- Billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana), Black Bittern (Lxobrychus minutes) when in season, Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus), Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus Papuensis), Double-Eyed Fig Parrot (Psittaculirostris Diophthalma), Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus), Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra cyanoleuca), Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris), Yellow bellied Sunbird – (Olive backed) (Nectrinia jugularis), just to name a few…as there are too many to mention.
Daintree River Dawn Cruise
Offering premium small-group wildlife cruises on the mighty Daintree River. Cruises aim to provide close views of highly sought-after birds, crocodiles and snakes, as well as ‘unique insight’ into the ecology of the Daintree River. Dawn cruises are a great way to start your day exploring the Daintree Rainforest. Experience the river at its most picturesque: cool, calm and serene with stunning reflections.Start your day with a cruise on the mighty Daintree river. This 2 hour cruise takes you on journey of discovery exploring the main river and its tributaries in search of iconic wildlife including crocodiles, birds and snakes. The dawn cruise showcases the river at is most picturesque and serene as the boat travels along the smooth waters of the Daintree river. The river meanders through tranquil farmland and into the bounds of the Daintree rainforest from its freshwater origins into the saline tributaries to explore the mangroves and surrounds. The small boat allows for up to 10 passengers to experience the river in comfort with a professional guide to personalise the experience. Tours depart from the Daintree Village boat ramp.
Daintree River - Private Photography Cruise
Perfect for bird photography enthusiasts, our 3 hour private photography tour allows you to get up and close to your subject and take the time to get the right shot.Guided by an experienced bird watcher and photographer with an intimate knowledge of where to find target species.Light is everything in photography, and a private cruise allows us to concentrate on those parts of the river where the lighting is right and the subject is (hopefully) compliant.Our dedicated photography boat is a 5 metre Cairns Custom Craft, with a quiet 50hp Suzuki 4 stroke motor. It is stable, has a shallow draft and good maneuverability, allowing us to access parts of the Daintree River system unavailable to larger boats. We aim to put you in front of your subject at the right time of day and in the right light.The front of the boat has an open, flat deck allowing the use of tripods and unobstructed views of your subject. Start times for private tours are flexible, and we will contact you to discuss the best time of day for light and tides, as well as what fits with your schedule.We spend a minimum of 3hours on the river, allowing plenty of time to get the right shot.