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Cape Tribulation Day Tour

Cape Tribulation is where the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforests, meet the world’s greatest living tropical reef, the Great Barrier Reef. Nowhere else on earth do two natural World Heritage listed sites exist side by side. Such is the natural beauty and precious value of this truly stunning piece of paradise, that you will have ample time to explore and enjoy on the Active Tropics Explorer Cape Tribulation full day tour.

Commence the adventure with a scenic coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas. This is the far north’s very own great ocean road and provides panoramic views over the sparkling Coral Sea. Heading north our first stop is at Mossman Gorge, which is in the southern sector of the world famous Daintree National Park. This gorge has been carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders, bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll participate in a “Welcome to Country” with the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will also cleanse you of evil spirits with a smoke ceremony and apply traditional rainforest body paint to you. There’s the opportunity for you to enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters.

Continuing north we cross the mighty Daintree River and head to Cape Tribulation for lunch in the rainforest. After lunch, it’s time to explore this ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Our highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress.

Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter, everything from low lying ferns and shrubs, to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems all in one short easy walk. Next stop – pending timing – the Daintree Ice Cream Co – where you can enjoy deliciously exotic fruit ice cream made on site, in small artisan style batches. Yum! [At own cost.]

Photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range Lookout (Walu Wugirriga), which provides sweeping views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta and out to the Coral Sea. This afternoon it’s onto the river for a wildlife cruise where you might get to see a crocodile, while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system.

Then it’s back on to the bus for the return journey to Cairns, including a quick drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

Active Tropics Explorer Cape Tribulation day tour includes lunch.


  • Adult – $205
  • Child – $185 (2 – 11 years)
  • Family – $720 (2 Adults and 2 Children)
  • Budget Tour – $179 (Excludes Wildlife Cruise) Adult   |   $159 Child (2-11 years)

Please note

  • When you click the booking button, please make sure you select your day tour of choice. The Cape Tribulation Day Tour includes the Daintree River Wildlife Cruise, the Cape Tribulation Day Tour – Budget does NOT include the cruise.
  • Tour itinerary may be reversed depending on operational requirements on the day.
  • Infants (0-1 years) – Please note infants travel free of charge on the condition they sit on the parents lap whilst travelling. No meal is included for an infant.

Indigenous Welcome to Country

EXCLUSIVE! Arriving at Mossman Gorge you’ll be met by the traditional owners and participate in a “Welcome to Country” and Smoke Ceremony with the Kuku Yalanji. Learn about the weapons, custom and culture of the Bama (Rainforest) people with an informative presentation.

What Will I See?

Scenic Coastal Drive (Cairns to Port Douglas), Mossman Gorge (indigenous experience), Daintree River (ferry crossing), Rainforest Boardwalk (guided tour), Cape Tribulation (where rainforest meets reef), Wildlife River Cruise (crocodiles and more), Port Douglas (scope it out).

What Should I Bring?

A smile on your dial and a sense of adventure. Also pack a small day bag with your ticket, swimming costume and towel, camera, walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, money for drinks and snacks. Spirit of exploration.

The Budget Option

At Active Tropics Explorer we have something for everyone, which is why we have a budget version of our epic Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation day tour. It’s basically exactly the same tour, but you don’t go on the wildlife cruise. Just select the ‘Cape Tribulation Day Tour – Budget’ option when booking.

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