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2 Day Getaway to the Daintree Rainforest from Port Douglas


TheDaintree Rainforest is the earliest rain forest worldwide

We like the DaintreeRainforest Our very first go to was practically 3 years back throughout our 18- month trip around Australia with our kids. That experience left us yearning for more.

After our current two-day vacation back to the Daintree from Port Douglas, I have no doubt in noting this ancient and wonderful rain forest in Tropical North Queensland in our leading 3 locations in Australia.

There is no location like it in Australia, potentially the world.

At an approximated 110 million years of ages, the Daintree Rainforest is the biggest constant location of tropical rain forest on the Australian continent and the earliest living rain forest in the world– even pre-dating the Amazon Rainforest.

What else makes it special? It’s the only location worldwide where 2 World Heritage Listed websites clash, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

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I’ve stated it previously, and I’ll state it once again, how can something so old be so lovely?

The charm of the Daintree not just lies with its plants and animals, its secret and history, however it’s a location you can leave too, where you can return to nature and disconnect from the turmoil of life on a digital detox.

We all require time out from time to time, to escape the regimens and normalcy of life, and the Daintree uses you and your household the opportunity to provide with yourself and each other in among the most wonderful locations worldwide.

Driving to the Daintree Rainforest

You understand you are back in Tropical North Queensland and heading for the Daintree when lovely lavish rain forest landscapes surrounds you on the side of the roadway.

On the road to the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland, Australia
While it is possible to do an excursion to the Daintree from Port Douglas, I think that is method too hurried, and it is worthy of more time.

If you’re going to check out the earliest rain forest worldwide, you may also oversleep the rain forest and enable yourself time to immerse yourself and find whatever it needs to provide.

TheDaintree Rainforest is quickly available to self-drive from PortDouglas The roadway is completely sealed all the method to Cape Tribulation (85 kilometres) and a 4wd is not essential.

It’s difficult to get lost, however get a map from among the info centres as when you cross the Daintree River, phone reception is non-existent and the maps come in handy for sights along the method.

About20- minutes after leaving Port Douglas, we drove through the town of Mossman, which is house to MossmanGorge at the southern most end of the DaintreeRainforest We didn’t check out the canyon on this journey however extremely advise it– take a DreamtimeGorge Walk.

What you can’t miss out on as you drive through the town of Mossman are these amazing trees by the side of the roadway.

Beautiful trees in the town of Mossman, Queensland, Australia

BarraFishing

Fancy an area of fishing?

We dropped in at Hook- A-Barra in Wonga Beach, about 35 minutes drive from Port Douglas, to attempt our hand at landing a barra. We’re not generally a fishing household however they like it up in Tropical North Queensland and barramundi is a regional favourite.

Hook a Barra fishing in Tropical North Queensland

Barramundi is an Australian native types and is precious of anglers worldwide, not just for its battle however its tasty flavour.

Hook- a-barra is the leisure side of Daintree Saltwater Barramundi Fish Farms, who have actually been producing Australia’s finest hand-reared Barramundi for over a years. Their ponds are equipped with over 1,500Barramundi (consisting of albinos) and Mangrove Jack and variety in size from 1-12 kg.

We got a rod each and begun with a fast casting lesson from the friendly assistant. A couple of twisted lines later on and we resembled pros, even little Savannah was casting and reeling her line in like she’s been enjoying fishing programs for the previous 5 years, not animations.

Barramundi fishing in North Queensland, Australia

The bites got more regular and after that, to our enjoyment, bam, Savannah hooked one.

I rapidly got the web and Caz the cam, and with a little aid from the assistant Savannah landed this good 3kg barra that put a smile on her face a metre broad.

Barramundi fishing in North Queensland, Australia

We chose to capture and launch. But feel confident, even if you pick to acquire your fish, you are not diminishing Australia’s wild stock.

It’s not wild fishing, however an enjoyable intro and uses anglers of all capabilities the opportunity to practice their lure and land methods versus a picturesque rain forest background.

Lunch at Daintree Village Hotel

Daintree River Hotel, Queensland, Australia

It was just another 15 minutes drive, and we got here in the Daintree Village, a captivating and serene little town that surrounds the Daintree Rainforest and rests on the southern banks of the DaintreeRiver

Here you can take a look at the regional stores and art galleries or simply relax and unwind and delight in the town environment.

We developed rather a hunger with all that enjoyment fishing, so lunch remained in order at the freshly refurbished Daintree Village Hotel.

Caz and I delighted in a mackerel hamburger in the peaceful garden setting, and after that Kalyra challenged me to a video game of swimming pool.

Daintree River Hotel, Queensland, Australia

Daintree River Hotel, Queensland, Australia

Chillax at Daintree Eco Lodge & &Spa

(************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* )lunch, we headed pull back the roadway another 5 minutes and checked out our lodging for the opening night at the DaintreeEco Lodge & &Spa

(************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************* )an intro to the earliest rain forest worldwide this location is. Talk about leaving city life and returning to nature– like I stated, if you’re going to check out the Daintree, you might also sleep immersed among the rain forest. Serenity at its finest.

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

The kids and us huge kids might barely include our enjoyment as we moved into our lodges immersed surrounded by lavish plant.

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

We made the most of an hour of relaxation. The kids played in their lodge, Caz unwinded on our veranda and I did some mild expedition and strolled the course as much as the waterfall– a waterfall went to over countless years by generations of Aboriginal ladies who pertained to the unique location and were at one with their spirit.

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa in the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia

CrocSpotting

Crocodile Express - croc spotting tour on the Daintree River in North Queensland, Australia

You will not simply discover the residents hanging out in the club; the other residents live in the Daintree River.

Okay, if there’s something that makes us a little anxious with our young kids in the northern part of Australia, it’s the crocs. But in truth, you have absolutely nothing to fear. Almost all croc-related occurrences are because of plain stupidity and disappointing due regard.

The most safe method to get up close and informed about these ancient animals is on a croc trip.

Our afternoon activity was an hour invested in CrocodileExpress, the very first wildlife cruise operator on the Daintree river in1979 Led by a regional larrikin as our guide we delighted in finding out about the significance of this fantastic World Heritage area.

Our guide, who matured on a home throughout the river, was a professional on crocs, understood them all by name and their preferred resting areas within the mangroves or where they enjoyed to sun themselves on the sandy river banks.

Crocodile Express - croc spotting tour on the Daintree River in North Queensland, Australia

Crocodile Express - croc spotting tour on the Daintree River in North Queensland, Australia

An exceptional tourist guide is among understanding AND humour– he kept our kids well amused, and in wonder, throughout of our cruise.

Spotting crocodiles on the Daintree River

Croc spotting on the Daintree River

Besides croc finding, we learnt more about other wildlife and plants along the foreshore and the river, and the surrounding landscapes was lovely, so lavish and green and included a relaxing component to the cruise.

Daintree River, Queensland, Australia

Crocodile Express - croc spotting tour on the Daintree River in North Queensland, Australia

CrocodileExpress leaves from Daintree Village ( check-in at Daintree Tourist Information Centre in Daintree Village) a number of times daily. Click here for all the information.

Overnight at Daintree Eco Lodge & &Spa

(***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** )supper, we had time for a take in the jacuzzi with a cup of organic tea that seemed like we were outdoors being in the rain forest. One night is never ever enough here.

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Even if you do not remain at Daintree Eco Lodge & &(*********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** )the meals in the dining establishment are well worth the go to and a preferred dining place for the residents. The setting by the pond is tranquil and the food excellent.

We completely enjoyed our seared scallops, kangaroo fillet, and desserts.

Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Dinner at the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa

When you awaken, breakfast is served by the pond, and you’re simply around the corner from the Daintree River Ferry that takes you and your vehicle deep into the rain forest.

Breakfast at the Daintree Eco Lodge & Spa in the Daintree Rainforest

Watch the video of our very first day in the Daintree Village.You can see Savannah attract her huge barra! Don’ t forget to subscribe. Day 2 in the Daintree coming quickly.

Crossing the Daintree River

As you cross the Daintree River on the ferryboat, you will go deep into the earliest rain forest worldwide. It’s time to disconnect from all gadgets (there’s no phone reception) and be at one with nature.

Daintree River Ferry crossing

Keep your eye out on the brief journey throughout; you may find another croc enjoying the action.

TheDaintreeRiver Ferry runs everyday in between 6 am and midnight ($26 return per vehicle), and you can purchase a multi-day ferryboat pass if you desire more time to check out like we did. EFTPOS is readily available at the ferryboat in between 8.30 am-5pm 7 days a week.

AlexandraLookout

Alexandra Lookout - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Our very first drop in the Daintree Rainforest was at Alexandra Lookout, a brief drive as soon as you cross over the Daintree River in the vehicle ferryboat.

From this lookout, you get extensive views out over the rain forest, Alexandra Range, and SnapperIsland It’s a terrific point of view of where 2 World Heritage Listed locations clash– rain forest fulfills the reef.

DaintreeDiscovery Centre

You understand a location is engaging and instructional when you need to drag your kids out of there.

Our women enjoyed the self-guided trip, going from number to number, pushing play on their audio guides and discovering everything about the 110 million-year-old DaintreeRainforest.

Learn about the Daintree Rainforest at the Daintree Discovery Centre

Learn about the Daintree Rainforest at the Daintree Discovery Centre

Learn about the Daintree Rainforest at the Daintree Discovery Centre

Learn about the Daintree Rainforest at the Daintree Discovery Centre

Learn about the Daintree Rainforest at the Daintree Discovery Centre

Climbing the 23 metre high Canopy Tower is a must. It has 5 various seeing platforms with info on each level, and exceptional views over the canopy at the top.

Learn about the Daintree Rainforest at the Daintree Discovery Centre

And take a look at the brand-new Dinosaur show. Four of the 7 designs are thought to be residues of a choose group of dinosaurs that resided in numerous parts of Queensland around the JurassicPeriod.

Learn about the Daintree Rainforest at the Daintree Discovery Centre

TheDaintreeDiscovery Centre is a “must visit” throughout your time in the Daintree.

Lunch at Whet Cafe & &Bar

(********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** )brief path through the forest from the parking area to WhetCafe & &(************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************ ) is another fast suggestion you are deep in the Daintree Rainforest.

And the outdoors deck keeps you immersed in the Daintree offering an unwinded environment in nature, while inside your home is more of a city lounge feel, and as the residents later on informed us, a preferred bar for night beverages.

Whet Cafe & Bar - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

To our pleasure, whet accommodates all particular diet plans consisting of a gluten totally free menu and exceptional alternatives for the kids. And the reward, no meals are over $20

DubujiBoardwalk

Dubuji Boardwalk - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

We like taking strolls with our kids. It’s another excellent method to bond as a household and let them burn some energy.

When you check out the Daintree, do not simply drive through it, take every chance to leave your vehicle and get up close and individual the rain forest.

One of the lovely Daintree Rainforest strolls you can do to experience the area on foot is the DubujiBoardwalk. At just 1.2 kms it was simple for our kids to handle and winds its method through lowland rain forest swamps and mangroves with some quite cool trees that provide lots of shade if you are going to in warm weather condition.

Dubuji Boardwalk - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Dubuji Boardwalk - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Dubuji Boardwalk - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Dubuji Boardwalk - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

The name Dubuji implies ‘place of spirits.’ Part of the track was presently being fixed throughout our go to, once completely open result in Myall Beach.

JungleSurfing

Ready to go Jungle Surfing (zip lining) in the Daintree Rainforest

At just 5 years of ages Savannah impresses us with her bravery and daring spirit. As does 9-year-oldKalyra What will they be doing at 15 and 20?

Yes, you can drive through the Daintree Rainforest, stroll through the forest, reach the top of the tower at the Discovery Centre, however the most thrilling experience is by jungle browsing (zip lining) high up among the canopy.

We had a lot enjoyable zooming in between the trees with JungleSurfing Canopy Tours

Once utilized up by our passionate guides, the experience started with us turning their human powered Hamster Wheel that takes you as much as the very first platform. From there we jungle surfed in between 6 canopy platforms deep in the most ancient area of the Daintree Rainforest.

Ready to go Jungle Surfing (zip lining) in the Daintree Rainforest

LittleSavannah and Kalyra were so brave, going solo, tandem, and even upside down.

Jungle Surfing (zip lining) in the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia

Jungle Surfing (zip lining) in the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia

Zip lining in the Daintree Rainforest

Jungle Surfing (zip lining) in the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia

If the only browsing you have actually done is at the beach or on your mobile phone, seriously offer this a go.

An afternoon on Cape Tribulation Beach

Our 2nd night was invested at CapeTrib Beach House, the only resort in the Daintree with beachfront spaces on popular Cape Tribulation Beach.

Upon check in, we headed directly for the beach to capture the last hour of light and let the kids play in the sand. An afternoon on Cape Tribulation Beach, with the Daintree Rainforest as your background, is a lot like this.

Cape Tribulation Beach - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Cape Tribulation Beach - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Cape Tribulation Beach - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

So serene and lovely.

When you stroll along the gain access to track from the beach home and out onto the beach, turn left and head north for a couple of minutes. You’ll concern these amazing trees our kids enjoyed climbing up among and which supplied some quite remarkable picture chances.

 Cape Tribulation Beach - Raintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Sunset on Cape Tribulation Beach - Raintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Dinner at Cape Trib Beach House

TidesBar and Restaurant is an extremely casual outside location for a meal set simply off the beach and next to the swimming pool at Cape Trib Beach House.

There’s a wide range of meals available, and we were impressed with the quality of size of the meals. Caz’s kangaroo was prepared to excellence.

Dinner at Cape Trib Beach House in the Daintree Rainforest

Dinner at Cape Trib Beach House in the Daintree Rainforest

Overnight at Cape Trib Beach House

We oversleeped among the EscapeFamily Cabins that featured a double bed and 2 songs nestled among the rain forest and a brief walk to the beach.

Cape Trib Beach House - Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Cape Trib Beach House - Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
Breakfast at Cape Trib Beach House
Cape Trib Beach House - Cape Tribulation, Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
Breakfast at Cape Trib Beach House

CapeTrib Beach House is budget plan friendly and household friendly, with a range of lodging to match all tourists from couples, to solo tourists, to backpackers and the area can’t be beaten, particularly for the cost!

Sunrise on Cape Tribulation

When you remain at Cape Trib Beach, getting up to dawn is a magnificent method to begin the day and live the magic of Tropical North Queensland.

The sun is golden as it glimpses above the horizon and the early morning light on the rain forest is incredible.

Sunrise over Cape Tribulation Beach in the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia

Morning light at Cape Tribulation Beach in the Daintree Rainforest of Queensland, Australia

After breakfast, stroll south along Cape Trib Beach to KulkiLookout which uses spectacular views over Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest.

View of Cape Tribulation Beach from Kulki Lookout in the Daintree Rainforest

Take a walk along Cape Tribulation Beach in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Take a walk along Cape Tribulation Beach in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Take a walk along Cape Tribulation Beach in the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Or you’re not up for strolling, leap in your vehicle at the beach home and drive to Cape Trib Beach parking area; then it’s just a 500 m walk to the Kulki seeing platform.

Lunch at Mason’s Store & &Cafe

(***************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** )Mason’s Store & & Cafe the hamburgers are famous. Pick your animal: swine, emu, crocodile or kangaroo. I opted for the emu hamburger.

It’s a little difficult to get your mouth around their size, however the hamburgers are good enough– although I would not put them into famous remarkable status.

Emu burger at Mason's Cafe in the Daintree Rainforest

Besides hamburgers, their menu is rather comprehensive.

Take a brief walk from the coffee shop to the swimming hole in the creek. It’s extremely beautiful and nobody around when we existed however gets popular in peak season (gold coin contribution) to swim.

Mason's Swimming hole in the Daintree Rainforest

MarrjaBoardwalk

One of the most beautiful Daintree Rainforest strolls is the 1.2 km loop Marrja boardwalk.

It follows the creek through an area of rain forest and past the strangely twisting roots and vines of the mangroves to a lookout over Noah Creek.

Marrja Boardwalk - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Marrja Boardwalk - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Marrja Boardwalk - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Marrja Boardwalk - Daintree Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Along this interpretive walk find out about the plants discovered in this environment. Your eyes and mind will be amazed.

FloravillaIce Cream

We could not check out the Daintree Rainforest without treating our kids to a specialized regional ice cream. And unique they are.

FloravillaIce Cream offers Biodynamic– Organic Icecream from the Daintree Rainforest utilizing 100% natural regional active ingredients that develop a distinct variety of over 26 flavours.

Taste some Floravilla Ice Cream in the Daintree Rainforest

Taste some Floravilla Ice Cream in the Daintree Rainforest

We delighted in the Daintree Rainforest signature ice cream; it seriously tasted like a Thai green curry. Surprisingly tasty and revitalizing! It’s money just– there’s an ATM a brief drive away at the filling station.

Got more time?

Here’s a list of other things to do in the Daintree Rainforest or on the drive in between Port Douglas and Cape Tribulation:

Win a household vacation to the Daintree Rainforest

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If you wish to disconnect from the everyday digital overload and relax in the Daintree Rainforest, swing through the jungle, sleep at the beach, and snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.

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How to spend 2 days in Australia's famous Daintree Rainforest - what to see & do and where to stay!

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How to spend 2 days in the Daintree Rainforest on a getaway from Port Douglas. How to get there, what to see and do, where to eat and places to stay!
How to spend 2 days in the Daintree Rainforest on a getaway from Port Douglas. How to get there, what to see and do, where to eat and places to stay!