The Daintree

The Daintree National Park was added to the World Heritage List in 1988 in recognition of its universal natural values.
Considered to be the oldest living tropical rainforest on earth, the Daintree is home to a rich diversity of plants and animals. An astonishing 430 species of birds call this rainforest home, 13 of which are found nowhere else on the planet.
This spectacular rainforest features some of the biggest tropical trees on the planet, including the ancient Bull Kauri trees. In fact, the tallest tree reaches a whopping 44.2 metres –around the same height as the famous Statue of Liberty.
 
There are many different ways to explore the Daintree, from exclusive river cruises to immersing yourself in Aboriginal culture. Our friendly staff will answer any questions you may have regarding any of the local tours..

The Reef

One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef, is right on our doorstep. One of the world’s seven natural wonders, the Great Barrier Reef is home to the world’s largest collection of coral with 400 types present in the clear, azure-blue waters. The reef also teems with coral sponges, mollusks, rays, dolphins, over 1500 species of tropical fish, more than 200 types of birds and around 20 types of reptiles, including sea turtles and giant clams.
 
A visit to the reef is simply a must which can be experienced in different ways.

Port Douglas

The seaside town of Port Douglas is anything but sleepy. Perched at the end of a peninsula, the picturesque marina is only a short walk from the postcard beauty of Four Mile Beach. A hive of activity all year round, Port Douglas is a great place to access the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy a world class meal or just meander through the many shops. The town is a 45 minute drive south of the Daintree Eco Lodge, and a great stopover on the way up from Cairns Airport.

Culture

The Daintree National Park was added to the World Heritage List in 1988 in recognition of its universal natural values.
Considered to be the oldest living tropical rainforest on earth, the Daintree is home to a rich diversity of plants and animals. An astonishing 430 species of birds call this rainforest home, 13 of which are found nowhere else on the planet. This spectacular rainforest features some of the biggest tropical trees on the planet, including the ancient Bull Kauri trees. In fact, the tallest tree reaches a whopping 44.2 metres –around the same height as the famous Statue of Liberty.
 
There are many different ways to explore the Daintree, from exclusive river cruises to immersing yourself in Aboriginal culture. Our friendly staff will answer any questions you may have regarding any of the local tours..

Tours & Activities

These are some of our recommendations for “must-do” tours and activities to ensure a memorable experience of the Daintree region.

NATURE

Guided Rainforest Walk

Join our guide on an easy walk around the EcoLodge grounds. Learn about the unique and amazing plants, insects, birds and other wildlife that surround us. Much of the wildlife you will see here cannot be found anywhere else in the world, with some species dating back 135 million years. This is very much an interactive walk so feel free to ask lots of questions.

Daintree River Cruises

Cruise the majestic Daintree River. A variety of operators offer one hour cruises throughout the day or choose a two hour sunrise or sunset cruise, learning about the environment, wildlife, and of course crocodiles, and enjoying the serene panorama of the mighty Daintree.

Great Barrier Reef Trips

Whether you prefer to snorkel, cruise, sail or scuba dive, there are a wide range of operators departing from either Cape Tribulation or Port Douglas for trips that last a few hours to a full day.

Fishing Charters

Get all the insider knowledge and expertise with a local fishing guide. Choose from either a half day or full day fishing adventures on the Daintree or out on the reef, or try your hand at battling a barramundi at the local barramundi farm. Our chef is happy to cook your catch.

Bird Watching

The Daintree region is a birdwatchers paradise. Local guides with vast experience and keen eyes will help you spot an amazing variety of birds, either on the Daintree River or day touring the region in a vehicle.

Jungle Surfing

Take a guided zip lining tour of the rainforest canopy in Cape Tribulation. Enjoy spectacular views of the world’s oldest rainforest and out to the Great Barrier Reef. An experience of a lifetime for all ages.

Mossman River

Drift through the rainforest on the Mossman River. Explore this pristine river on a guided drift snorkel tour or stand up paddleboard and be dazzled by the scenery around you.

Guided tours around the region by car

Explore the world heritage Daintree rainforest, enjoy rainforest boardwalks and tropical beach walks. The region can easily be explored if you have your own vehicle and we therefore highly recommend you hire a car to get the most out of your stay. For those of you who don’t have a vehicle or prefer the company of a guide, there are plenty of operators to choose from. Some of them even venture on to the dirt track for a 4WD adventure up to Bloomfield and Cooktown.

NURTURE

Daintree Wellness Spa

Harmonise, Rejuvenate and Relax. Immerse yourself in the natural surroundings of the lodge. Listen to the birds and sounds of the forest and indulge in treatments that are therapeutic and restorative for your wellbeing. Our spa offers relaxing massages, nutritional body wraps, to hydrate and soothe, and luscious facials to rejuvenate. Please ask for our spa menu or a full description of all treatments.

CULTURE

Our local area is Kuku Yalanji Country. We highly recommend connecting with the traditional people of this land and learn about the relationship they have with the environment in a relaxed and interactive atmosphere. There are several local indigenous tours we recommend, from full day sightseeing and exploring to half day coastal hunting expeditions. Mossman Gorge is also a must visit destination and offers beautiful self-guided walks, fresh water swimming and informative indigenous guided tours. Should you be interested in indigenous art, we are happy to organise art classes either at the EcoLodge or a local gallery in Mossman.


In harmony with nature, in essence of nurture and in respect of culture.