Far North Queensland walking tour itinerary
This seven day walks explores the wonders of Far North Queensland, staying in Port Douglas and the Daintree we include five guided walks, a day drifting down the Mossman River and day snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef.
Arrival in Port Douglas. From its early days as a fishing village, Port Douglas has grown into a sophisticated and upmarket resort town. It stretches along golden coastline with rainforest-covered mountains rising behind it. In the evening we will enjoy an easy walk up to a spectacular view of town and coast. (4 kms, 1 hour, 60 mts ascent). From here, we walk to dinner at the town’s finest restaurant, a legendary Italian eatery overlooking the port. (Dinner)
Today we head north to Daintree, where we’ll stay for the next four days. On the way, we will spend the day exploring the beautiful Mossman Gorge, starting with a river-drift down the river searching for turtles, water dragons and even the elusive platypus. After a well-earned lunch, we will be introduced to country by members of the local Kuku Yalanji people. After a short interpretive walk through the forest (5 kms, 1.5 hours, 65 mts ascent) we’ll carry on to the Daintree Ecolodge, 30 minutes north. (Lunch and dinner)
The first, more demanding, walking option starts in a lowland rainforest valley climbing into upland rainforest filled with birds and small critters. The great reward is the spectacular view from the mountain top. (7 kms, 6 hours, 700 mts ascent)
The second, less demanding, option is a fascinating coastal walk exploring the Daintree forest. It starts with a ferry ride across the river, then takes you through mangroves lowlands as well as rainforest, where you will have the opportunity to see the national park’s rich flora (mangroves, strangler figs, epiphytes, dudji fan palms etc) and fauna (cassowaries, tree-kangaroos, forests dragons). (10 kms, 3.5 hours, 95 mts ascent)
(Lunch and dinner)
Today, we will drive north to Cape Tribulation for an exhilarating ride offshore to explore the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast. A thirty-minute boat trip will take us to two fabulous locations, Mackay and Undine Reefs, where you will be able to snorkel in the warm water enjoy the colourful diversity in coral and fish the reef offers. Back on dry land, we’ll have a light lunch and have time to explore this fascinating, frontier village. (Lunch and dinner)
The first option today is a very challenging trail that provides an opportunity for explorers to discover the unique vegetation of the upland and lowland rainforest, as well as the amazing range of bird life native to the region. It is a serious slog but the reward is the view from the top which is extraordinary (8 hours, 13 kms, 950 mts ascent)
The less challenging option follows one of the earliest trails the Europeans used to link the coast with the highlands. Starting in lowland forests it climbs up to a ridge, with excellent views back over the coast to Port Douglas. From here you can continue on to waterfalls or head back, stopping at Robbins Creek for a swim. (4 hours, 12 kms, 385 mts ascent).
(Lunch and dinner)
Today we leave our rainforest lair and head back to the style of Port Douglas. On the way, we will enjoy a lovely walk, suitable for all, that starts in woodland savannah before winding through rainforest and arriving at a beautiful waterfall, where you can have a swim before enjoying a picnic lunch. (3 hours, 8 kms, 100 mts ascent). We will then continue on to our hotel overlooking Four Mile Beach. We’ll have our farewell dinner another excellent dinner in the heart of Port Douglas. (Lunch and dinner)
After breakfast, you’ll be free to continue your holiday.
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A seven day tour to Port Douglas and the Daintree
7 August to 13 August, 2021
Tour Size10 people
Single supplement: $900
- 6 nights’ accommodation in 4-star accommodation
- All breakfasts, all lunches and all dinners with wine included (see itinerary for details)
- All transfers listed in the itinerary
- 5 guided walks, accompanied by two guides
- Boat tour on the Great Barrier Reef
- All paid admissions during the tour