Daintree Wildlife Journey



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Expert Day and Night Daintree Tour

Experience the ultimate Daintree Wildlife Journey with this full-day tour designed for nature-minded travellers. Owner, Australian Geographic guide and expert wildlife photographer James Boettcher established this experience specifically to benefit true nature lovers.

Whisper down the Daintree River and spot fascinating creatures such as the Saltwater Crocodile and Boyd’s Forest Dragon from a solar powered eco-cruise. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery of waterfalls, mountain ranges, and dense rainforest. Indulge in a sumptuous dining experience before a guided nocturnal walk.

This tour enters the national park when all other tour operators have left, perfect for exploring, with peaceful trails and empty beaches and happy wildlife.

This immersive experience is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts, nature photographers, and nature lovers.


  • Visit the Daintree when the crowds have left
  • Quiet solar-powered private wildlife cruise
  • Be guided by wildlife experts
  • Opportunity to observe iconic species
  • Rainforest after dark sensory experience
  • Nocturnal wildlife spotting
  • Delicious dining with perfect rainforest setting
  • The tour for nature lovers & photographers
  • This is a Tourism Australia Signature Experience


Daintree Wildlife Journey ~ Signature Experience


Expert guides
Interpretive rainforest walk
Daintree river wildlife cruise
Torches for spotlighting
Evening meal
Afternoon tea
Sunscreen and Insect repellent
Water for refilling bottles
Water bottles


  • The Perfect Day

    12:30pm – Pickup in Cairns

    Embark on a journey along the magical Great Barrier Reef Drive, heading north on the region’s most scenic coastal highway. As we approach the Daintree Rainforest, notice the changes in habitat diversity, setting the scene for an unforgettable adventure.

    (We also pick-up at all beaches and resorts including Palm Cove and Port Douglas)

    2:15pm – Join expert local wildlife guide and crocodile advocate David White, aboard his quiet solar powered wildlife cruise.

    Experience the beauty of the Daintree River on a quiet, clean solar electric boat with zero environmental impact. Immerse yourself in nature and witness a range of wildlife, including crocodiles, birds, snakes, frogs, fish, and bats. With a 99% success rate of spotting crocodiles, this is a nature lover’s paradise. Enjoy afternoon tea before departure.

    Your Daintree Wildlife Journey has private access to this expert led cruise.

    4:00pm – Daintree Rainforest

    Enter the lands of the local Kuku Yalanji people and be captivated by the beauty of the pristine rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains, and freshwater valleys. This living museum is an area of ancient tropical rainforest spanning 120,000 hectares, making it the largest tropical rainforest in Australia. Experience the complex ecosystems in this World Heritage Area by walking numerous tracks and perhaps taking a swim during the summer months.

    5:00pm – Cape Tribulation Beach

    Explore the natural beauty of Cape Tribulation Beach, surrounded by a semicircle of hills dominated by Mt Sorrow and Mt Hemmant. Take in the gorgeous afternoon lighting from various lookouts as you enjoy an hour of exploration along the coastline.

    6:00pm – Dinner in the forest

    Indulge in a delightful range of cuisine at one of the best restaurants in the jungle, where nature sets the perfect backdrop for your evening meal. As part of your Daintree Wildlife Journey, we’ll make sure you’re well taken care of, including this culinary experience.

    7:00pm Night spotting in the Northern Daintree

    Experience the thrill of a nocturnal wildlife tour in the Wet Tropics. With much of the local wildlife adopting a nocturnal lifestyle to avoid the heat of the day in the tropical climate, this tour offers a unique opportunity to observe a range of fascinating creatures in their natural habitat.

    9:30pm – Depart Daintree

    Relax and enjoy the ride back to Cairns in the comfort of our modern vehicles. Cross the Daintree River on the Cable Ferry and take the opportunity to review and share your photos of this incredible adventure.

    11:30pm – Arrive Cairns

Trip Locations


*Private tours, group bookings, or solo travellers, please contact us to book.

Daintree Wildlife Journey ~ Tourism Australia Signature Experience

(Daintree Afternoon)

Important Info

  • What to bring

    • Camera
    • Good walking shoes
    • Day pack for carrying personal items
    • Swim wear and beach towel (if we swim in summer)
    • Hat and Sunglasses
    • Plastic-free reusable water bottle
    • Natural reef safe sunscreen*


    *For more information about sunscreen damaging our reefs visit the ethically conscious  www.earthturtle.com.au/blog

  • Know before you go

    Dietary Requirements

    Tell us about any dietary requirements you may have.

    Trip Physicality and General Health

    This trip rates 2 out of 5 meaning it includes some easy physical activities.

    Walking on uneven ground and boardwalks for upto a total of 4kms during the duration of the tour.

    Please do tell us if you think any physical activities can aggravate a medical condition.


    Itineraries may be subject to change due to weather events and unforeseen circumstances.

  • Tour Terms

    Cancellation by Customer:
    • If you cancel 7 days or more in advance of departure: 0% fee
    • If you cancel between 48 hours and 7 days of departure: 25% fee
    • If you cancel within 48 hours of departure: 100% fee
    • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 6% administration fee.
    • Missing our departure or a No-show 100% fee

    All prices are person unless otherwise stated, are in Australian dollars, are correct at the time of publication & are subject to change without notice.

    Family rate is based on 2 adults + 2 children.

    Terms & Conditions

    In addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined above, upon purchase this package is subject to general terms & conditions.

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Daintree Wildlife Journey

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