Wildlife and Rainforest Tour from Port Douglas
Native Australian wildlife, World Heritage rainforest and ancient outback landscapes on our small group tours
Venture off the beaten track and explore what the diverse Port Douglas region with Blue Adventures. Our tours have an emphasis on seeing wildlife and we spend time exploring World Heritage rainforest, cruising an outback wetland oasis and visiting a beautiful volcanic crater lake surrounded by lush forest - all areas rich in native Australian animals.
With a maximum of 6 guests, our small group trips are the perfect way to experience the diverse range of North Queensland landscapes and potentially see animals including kangaroos, emus, wallabies, endemic birds and, if we are lucky, the elusive platypus or rare Tree kangaroo.
Our Wildlife and Rainforest Tour itinerary
The day begins with a pickup from your accommodation and a leisurely drive from the coastal lowlands through lush jungle-clad slopes to the top of the Great Dividing Range and the beginning of the Atherton Tablelands.
Our first stop of the day is at an outback nature refuge where we take a private wetland boat cruise. This is a great place to see wild emus and wallabies and for the birdwatchers the nature refuge is home to more than 220 bird species. Whilst here we enjoy a light morning tea including locally grown coffee and homemade biscuits whilst overlooking Clancy's lagoon.
Following our wetland cruise experience, we head off to explore grasslands where we can see hundreds of Eastern Grey kangaroos. During the day these animals are found lazing in the shade of large trees and will let us get close enough for great photos. In addition to the kangaroos, we regularly see Frill Neck lizards, a variety of birds including bowerbirds, kites, curlews, kookaburras and more.
By late morning it is time to leave the dry outback behind and explore north Queensland's famous World Heritage rainforest, the oldest continually surviving rainforest in the world!
We will enjoy a delicious restaurant lunch beside a breathtaking volcanic crater-lake. Whilst at the lake we will take a short rainforest walk to view the 1000+ year old Bull Kauri trees. The area provides great wildlife habitat and we often find the Musky Rat Kangaroo (the smallest member of the kangaroo family), Boyd's Forest Dragon and the brilliant Ulysses butterfly.
After lunch it is time to explore remnant Mabi rainforest, rich in endemic flora and fauna. A 1.5km loop walk gives us the opportunity to learn about this ancient rainforest, search the canopy for rare Lumholtz tree kangaroos and try and spot the elusive Duck Billed platypus and Saw Shelled turtles in the wild. At the end of the walk there is the opportunity for a refreshing swim in a pool below a small waterfall.
Other places we often visit, depending on time and the group's interests, include the amazing Curtain Fig tree, our secret rainforest Garden of Eden waterfall, and platypus viewing (if we're lucky) at Petersen Creek.
As the day draws to a close we have the opportunity to stop for local coffee, purchase fresh tropical produce and continue to look for native wildlife whilst enjoying the beautiful Queensland outback, tropical savanna, rainforest scenery and often a gorgeous sunset.
Trips depart at 7:30 am and return at approximately 5:30 pm.
Group trips depart on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and are not suitable for children under 10. If you have young children and would like to organise a private Wildlife and Rainforest tour please contact us to discuss an itinerary.
A moderate level of fitness is required as there will be several short walks undertaken.
Book now using the form on this page or click here to contact us with any further questions you may have.
Please note that this is not a Daintree tour. We do not visit the Daintree rainforest, Daintree river, Cape Tribulation beach or the Mossman Gorge. Our tours visit several locations no other Port Douglas operators visit. The Daintree is a spectacular area but most of the wildlife is nocturnal and hard to find during the day, on our trips we find a variety of wildlife AND get to experience World Heritage rainforest.
If you are wanting to join a tour departing within in the next 5 days, please contact us directly.
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