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Daintree Ecolodge Experiences

Experience the vast and varied scenery surrounding the Daintree, where the rainforest meets the reef. From ancient tropical rainforest to rolling countryside and pristine Coral Sea, all of this is at your fingertips when you stay at the Daintree Ecolodge.

With its unique setting deep within the ancient Daintree Rainforest, there’s an abundance of things to do both in and around the Daintree Ecolodge. Use the lodge as a base to discover the wonders of the region such as the mighty Daintree River, iconic Great Barrier Reef, timeless Cape Tribulation, the tropical town of Port Douglas, and the hidden gem of Mossman Gorge.

Self-driving is recommended to explore the region with ease, alternatively join a guided tour to discover the wonders of the region with the help of a local (a couple of local tour operators pick-up from the Daintree Ecolodge such as Billy Tea Safari and Walkabout Cultural Adventure, bookings essential). We have listed the top places to visit and experience whilst in the region to ensure you get the most out of your stay.

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Explore The Daintree

  • Daintree Rainforest

    Home to the Daintree Ecolodge, the Daintree Rainforest is an estimated 180 million years old and the oldest tropical lowland forest in the world. The unique climate and history of the Daintree Rainforest has resulted in the highest concentration of endangered plant and animal species that are rare or threatened by extinction than anywhere else in the world. Meander along rainforest lined boardwalks, glimpse a southern cassowary and its chicks, be dwarfed by ferns, cruise the Daintree River for prehistoric crocodiles, reconnect with Mother Nature whilst discovering her distinct landscapes and diverse flora and fauna, stumble upon secret swimming holes and fall asleep in a treehouse (bayan) to the sounds of the wild.
  • Daintree Ecolodge

    Set in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, the Daintree Ecolodge combines nature, nurture and culture in a pure rainforest environment. Believed to be over 180 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest is a precious botanical treasure where the Kuku Yalanji Indigenous people have been living in harmony with the environment for more than 50,000 years. Rise to the sound of the birds, breathe-in the fresh tropical air and unwind in your rainforest oasis. Indulge the senses with fresh seasonal cuisine, succumb to an indulgent spa treatment, or zen out with a self-guided morning yoga flow.  The perfect destination to reconnect with nature and the people you love.
  • Cape Tribulation

    If you've ever wanted to see what Australia looked like when dinosaurs roamed, Cape Tribulation is the place! Travel north of the Daintree River to a place where time has stood still (requires a ferry crossing)! An area of stunning natural beauty where the ancient rainforest collides with the iconic Great Barrier Reef. Meander along rainforest-clad boardwalks, stroll along deserted tropical beaches, 4WD along rugged terrain, take a dip in crystal-clear water holes, breathe in pure air free from urbanisation and disconnect from the hustle and bustle. Cape Tribulation hosts some of the most breathtaking coastlines in Australia, free from hordes of travellers.
  • Mossman

    Visit the picturesque township of Mossman, nestled at the foot of the mountains and surrounded by green fields of sugar cane. There are many things to do in the town; art galleries, historic pubs, country stores and the Saturday Markets where you can sample some of the celebrated local produce. Five minutes west in the southern part of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park is Mossman Gorge. Take in the beauty of pristine rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains and huge granite boulders. Home to the Kuku Yalanji Indigenous people, this is one of the few places in Australia where travellers can gain an insight into the special relationship they have with the rainforest through a guided rainforest walk, traditional dance performances and artefact displays that portray their rich cultural heritage.
  • Great Barrier Reef

    Exploring the iconic Great Barrier Reef is a must when visiting our region. Tick two natural wonders off your bucket list in one trip. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living organism on Earth and is even visible from outer space. The 2,300km-long ecosystem comprises thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands made of over 600 types of hard and soft coral. It's home to countless species of colourful fish, molluscs and starfish, turtles, dolphins, whales and sharks. Enjoy charters to nearby islands, world-class fishing, snorkelling and scuba diving adventures, luxury sunset cruises and scenic helicopter joy flights over this natural treasure.
  • Port Douglas

    Located 45 minutes south of the lodge is Port Douglas, a tropical village nestled between the reef and rainforest which oozes barefoot vibes and sophistication. Soak up the sunshine on Four Mile Beach, discover the main streets’ shops and galleries, taste the tropics at one of the many fine restaurants, immerse yourself in the hip café and bar culture, stroll the seaside Sunday markets or explore a coral cay on Great Barrier Reef day trip.


  • RAINFOREST WALK – At the lodge

    Discover the Daintree Ecolodge's private onsite waterfall on a leisurely stroll through the enchanting rainforest on 'A Walk Through Time.' The waterfall and swimming hole is sacred to the Kuku Yalanji women; for thousands of years they’ve bathed in its crystal-clear waters for healing and spiritual beliefs. 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. 'A Walk Through Time' operates onsite at the Daintree Ecolodge for $60 per person (bookings essential). Due to the cultural significance of the waterfall and swimming hole to the Kuku Yalanji people, only women are permitted to enter the swimming hole. 

    Celebrating the local providores of the Daintree & Douglas region, our gourmet hampers are bursting with local delights and tasty temptations. Order a gourmet Lunch Hamper and self-drive the winding roads nestled between the mist-clad mountains and valleys of the Daintree Rainforest and the pristine beaches of the Coral Sea as you venture to some of our favourite local hideaways. Our top recommendations for a picnic lunch adventure include Mossman Gorge, Four Mile Beach, Wonga Beach, and Cape Tribulation. Alternatively, breathe deeply the scent of the tropics and become immersed in our rich, natural paradise when we deliver a Local Hamper or Indulgence Hamper to your bayan (treehouse). Prices start at $135 for two people and can be booked by the Daintree Ecolodge Reservations Department or direct with the Daintree Ecolodge Reception (bookings essential).

    The local Kuku Yalanji people have named the land on which the Daintree Ecolodge sits ‘Wawu-karrba’ which means ‘healing of the spirit.’ With approval from the local Indigenous people, each spa treatment combines the wisdom of their culture, healing, medicines and spirituality. Using the pure waters of the pristine onsite waterfall and the powerful properties of nourishing botanical products, many found in the Daintree Rainforest, guests can experience a renewed sense of wellbeing with each unique treatment. Located on the property, our therapists are highly skilled and offer each guest a personal spa journey that can be customised to reflect mood or desire. Click here to view the Daintree Wellness Spa Menu (bookings are essential).  
  • YOGA – At the lodge

    Vinyasa yoga classes are run from the lodge on request. Your yoga teacher will take you on a journey of relaxation to rebalance the mind, body and soul to the sounds of the rainforest around you. Suitable for beginners and people of all ages. Bookings essential. Prices are $49 per person for a 1 hour class

    Learning how to make dilly bags (woven baskets) is a tradition that's been passed down through families for centuries. Kuku Yalanji artist Delissa Walker learned the ancient practice from her grandmother and today keeps the culture alive with the use of traditional tools and natural materials that you’ll only find in the narrow coastal region of tropical Australia. Delissa will teach you how to weave your own dilly bag to keep, while sharing her stories of growing up in the Daintree. Click here to learn more about acclaimed Master Weaver Delissa. Suitable for beginners and people of all ages. Bookings are essential (on request). A 2-hour class is $130 per person.

    The mighty Daintree River winds its way through the ancient Daintree Rainforest and this densely populated mangrove estuary is home to an abundance of wildlife and incredible scenery that dates back thousands upon thousands of years. A large population of crocodiles reside in the Daintree River together with an amazing array of birdlife, tree snakes, frogs and some impressive spiders (all seen from the safety of your boat). A variety of operators offer a one hour day cruise or a two hour sunrise/sunset cruise and their highly knowledgeable guides will help you spot wildlife in their natural habitat. The Daintree Jetty is a short 5 minute drive from the lodge.

    Explore Kuku Yalanji country, the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites meet (the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef) and share the cultural connection the local Indigenous people have with their land on a full or half day cultural tour. Learn about the precious environment, different bush foods and medicines. Sample some seasonal bush tucker while appreciating the history, culture and traditions of their Indigenous people. Walkabout Cultural Adventures offers pick-up from the Daintree Ecolodge (subject to availability).

    This exclusive, small group Daintree Rainforest and Cassowary Falls adventure tour is on a magnificent private property, located in the Daintree Valley of tropical North Queensland. It includes an all-action ATV ride and Army Truck rainforest ride, crossing creeks and rivers with jaw dropping views. Experienced guides share their knowledge during the tour. The highlight is swimming at the stunning Cassowary Falls, one of the few places it’s safe to swim in the Daintree (no crocodiles here). This one is for people of all ages who love adventure, nature and the thrill of getting off-road. Includes transfers from Daintree Village.

    Within an ancient rainforest setting, step into the cool, crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River and drift on a personal floatation device downstream and discover life beneath the surface. Watch fish dart in and around the river stones and keep your eyes out for the occasional turtle. This family-friendly tour is the perfect way to stay cool in the hot tropics and is a great introduction to snorkelling before heading out on the reef. Small children (and adults) can journey down the river on large river sleds. The River Drift Snorkelling Tour is operated by Back Country Bliss and departs from Port Douglas, a 45-minute drive from the Daintree Ecolodge.  

    The world's largest and most famous coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, is right on our doorstep. Half day and full day snorkelling and scuba diving adventures to the Great Barrier Reef depart from either Cape Tribulation (a 1 hour 15 minute drive from the Daintree Ecolodge which requires a ferry crossing) or Port Douglas Marina (a 45-minute drive from the Daintree Ecolodge). Visit the Low Isles, home to over 150 species of corals, vibrant fish species and a significant green turtle habitat too.  There's a snorkel and dive tour to suit everyone (even those who don't want to get wet), so let us help you choose the most suitable operator for the experience you are seeking.

    Experience the natural wonders of the Daintree Rainforest in a way that is both educational and adventurous with Jungle Escapes. Expert guides will take you on a journey to witness the rare and endangered species of the rainforest whilst gaining insight into the cultural history of the Indigenous people of the region. You will have the opportunity to discover the beauty and majesty of this incredible region on both day or night tours through the rainforest.

    Discover Far North Queensland's natural beauty and culture when you embark on an unforgettable 4WD adventure with Far North Escapes. Get ready to encounter some of the most breathtaking sites Far North Queensland has to offer when you explore the iconic Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest and learn about the amazing natural features of this UNESCO World Heritage area through the eyes of the Kuku Yalanji traditional owners. The Walker Family will share their knowledge about this special place, which holds great significance to our region during this immersive, authentic, and private experience.  

    Explore the unrivalled beauty of Cape Tribulation on horseback with Cape Trib Horse Rides. Departing from the stables, follow your guide through the majestic Daintree Rainforest. Discover an abundance of local flora and fauna as you weave through the rainforest and across several creek crossings on your way to Myall Beach. Once there you will explore the beautiful stretch of golden sand and have the opportunity to walk your horse into the shallow waters of the ocean (clarity permitting). Take a minute to soak in this incredible majesty and juxtaposing landscapes that surround you. Cape Trib Horse Rides is located a 60-minute drive from the Daintree Ecolodge and a ferry crossing over the Daintree River into Cape Tribulation is required.

    From Port Douglas, take to the skies with Nautilus Aviation and witness the sharp contrasts of the lush emerald foliage of the Daintree Rainforest against the aquamarine waters of the Great Barrier Reef on scenic helicopter flight of the region. Flying at low altitude allowing for a close-up vantage of the oldest living rainforest on Earth, your experienced pilot will provide commentary of the rugged and lush undergrowth below that's riddled with towering trees, breathtaking waterfalls, golden beaches, misty mountains, and remote rivers. Prices start at $399 per person (30 mins) and the scenic flight can be booked by Daintree Ecolodge Reservations Department.

    Nestled in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge is a hidden gem that can be explored in a number of ways! Join a guided Dreamtime Walk, conducted by the local Kuku Yalanji Indigenous people, to gain a deeper insight into the ancient flora and fauna of the rainforest and learn about traditional plant uses and the Kuku Yalanji culture. Or, take in the towering rainforest, crystal-clear streams, striking mountains, and boulder-strewn gorge at your own pace on a self-guided walk. We recommend that you pack a picnic hamper from the Daintree Ecolodge and enjoy lunch by one of the many waterholes as you appreciate the wonders of your lush rainforest surrounds. Mossman Gorge is a 40-minute drive south from the Daintree Ecolodge.

    The Daintree River and its coastline are teeming with mangrove jack, fingermark, trevally, barramundi, and mud crab (when in season). Get all the insider knowledge and expertise with a local fishing guide. Choose from half-day or full-day fishing adventures on the Daintree River or try your hand at hooking a barramundi at the local 'barra' farm, located only a 10 minute drive from the lodge. Our chef is happy to cook up your catch for dinner that evening.

    Soak up the peace and tranquillity of a tropical sunset over the Coral Sea as you sail along the coast of Port Douglas on board a first-class sailing catamaran. Take in the ambient music, relaxed and friendly atmosphere, and the spectacular mountain views whilst enjoying a welcome drink and delicious canapés. Sailaway caters to adults only and departs from Port Douglas, a 45-minute drive from the Daintree Ecolodge.

    Sight crocodiles on a Daintree River Cruise, meander through the lush lowland rainforest and learn about the rare flora and fauna on a guided boardwalk tour, join a 4WD adventure along on the rugged Bloomfield Track, savour a traditional Aussie BBQ lunch, sample a traditional Australian billy tea, damper and tropical fruits in the company of wallabies and enjoy a homemade Daintree ice-cream on your journey home! Click here for more info, Billy Tea Safaris offers pick-up from the Daintree Ecolodge (subject to availability).