Find a Wild Platypus and witness the truly magical ‘Avatar tree’
First up on this fantastic nature day, we visit the ancient Cathedral Fig Tree. An 800 year old relic of the flora kingdom. Learn about the intricate life story of the Giant Fig while enjoying the morning chorus. Over 120 birds can be found and heard in the area.
Travelling on further to Lake Barrine we delight in an interpretive journey through the lakeside rainforest. Enjoy a one hour lake cruise for more wildlife opportunities and learn about the European history of the area. Listen out for the infamous Victoria’s Riflebird and many other elusive creatures.
We continue on our way for a delicious lakeside lunch and some WILD Platypus spotting! We’re grateful that our continual interaction in the region has afforded us some great locations to sight these rare and unusual animals.
During the heat of the day enjoy a pleasant swim or simply go exploring at Lake Eacham, often a highlight and a nice cool off.
Visit Malanda Conservation Park. The park is invaluable to the elusive Mapee (Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo) They are seen on a regular basis in this small patch of protected forest. Malanda falls is a beautiful photo opportunity on the walk and several other wildlife opportunities are available here, such as the Freshwater Snapping Turtle and the Grey-headed Robin
To finish off our wonderful day, a wonderful panoramic photo opportunity from Heales lookout overlooking Goldsborough Valley
Returning to Cairns approximately 5:30pm
Fantastic day out!
We were on the Daintree tour, having been recommended FNQ Nature tours by a friend of ours. Our guide, James, was really friendly, and was full of interesting information about the things we saw throughout the day. He has a great knowledge of the wildlife in the region (with a particular speciality in birds).
In addition, it was very clear that James has put a huge amount of work into finding the best parts of the area to show. It felt very exclusive. A brilliant day that I can’t recommend enough!
We were referred to James from FNQ Nature Tours and could not have been more pleased with our day trip.
We decided to do the Daintree River and Mossman Gorge day trip with James as we were looking to avoid the huge crowds that are typical with most trips around the Cairns area at this time of year. We were not disappointed as we ended up doing this trip with James and only 3 of us – my wife and I, and one more guy from the USA, a great group to do a semi-active day with.
James is extremely passionate and knowledgeable when it comes to nature, culture, history, and it is evident that he loves what he does.
If you are looking for a small group trip that will take you away from the crowds, look no further than FNQ Nature