Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about FNQ Nature Tours.
How difficult are the walks?
As a small group operator we do emphasise more time for walking and enjoying beautiful sceneries. However, on both the Daintree and Tablelands experiences, there are several options that can be considered. Below are the details of our regular walking areas.
Mossman Gorge offers an Easy to Moderate 2.4 kilometre return walk surrounded by lush green rainforest. The crystal-clear water of the Mossman River cascading over granite boulders forms beautiful water holes. These sheltered retreats offer the perfect location for a rest or a swim!
There are three National Park walks within the Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree Rainforest. All three are situated on raised platforms or boardwalks to ensure the safetly and comform of both the observer and the ecosystem. These walks can all be acheived within one hour, walking slowly and discussing the many botanical features.
During our Tableland day tour we enjoy two short walks. Both these walk are an Easy grade, around 600 meters and you can still enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the tropical rainforest
Walks can be completely modified to suit private tour bookings.
What type of vehicle do you use?
Our touring vehicle is a modern and fully air-conditioned Hyundai Imax with a total capacity of seven.
For larger group enquires we also have an 11 seat Hi-ace commuter.
When do you cancel a tour?
In the Wet Tropics region during the Dec-April period we experience seasonal wet weather. This can be a very rewarding time to visit and experience the ‘Rain’-forest. When Tropical Cyclones are approaching the FNQ coast we get ample warning and may cancel tours due to potential flooding and fallen trees blocking access to National Parks.
For our standard day tours, we require a minimum of two passengers to travel. During the off-peak season, we may experience cancelations for an individual.
What age groups are most suited for your tours?
Our tours are all about less time driving and more time exploring! Nature lovers of all ages can enjoy our tours!
Where do you pickup from?
Our day tours start in the Cairns city with pickups commencing at 0730. For guests accommodated in the Northern Beaches suburbs, the pickup time will be 0800 and Port Douglas, 0830.
For private tours we can also arrange Airport pickups and luggage storage.
What do I wear?
Comfortable clothes as you are in the tropics, our winter or ‘dry season’ can be slightly cool in the mornings, a light jacket may be handy. Natural light colors are recommended for wildlife spotting and staying cool in the warmer months.
Hiking shoes are not necessary for our day tours. Flat comfortable shoes or sandals are okay for our day walks.
All our tours have access to safe swimming areas and therefore a towel and spare clothes are great to have in a day pack.
Guests often wear long sleeve shirts and pants to combat the occasional insect. Keep in mind it might not be advisable during the Summer months, due to higher humidity. Some areas can be worse than others with mosquitos. Our guides will keep you informed when it’s advisable to wear repellant. We do carry eco-friendly insect repellant in our vehicles.
Will we see Crocodiles in the wild?
Saltwater Crocodiles are best spotted in the cooler months of the year (April-Oct). As the water temperature drops, Crocodiles spend more time bathing in the sun to warm their reptile bodies. This greatly improves the quality of our observations, however Saltwater Crocodiles breed during the summer months (Nov-March) and therefore get quite active in the river. We see more Crocodiles swimming and sometimes fighting, rather than laying in the sun.
In Queensland we do not feed or entice our wild animals including Crocodiles. It can be dangerous to form an association between boats and food. Quite favorably when we witness Crocodile activity it is without any intervention and that makes it fantastic! We have a 100% success rate with Croc spotting, during difficult weather,we may spend extra time on the cruise to fulfil our desires.
Are the tours wheelchair/disabled friendly?
We welcome all guests, and our direct booking guest support provides us with an opportunity to ascertain guests’ special requirements and customise private tours to suit guests needs wherever possible. Our range of tours do detail the walking tracks length and nature of hikes as a guide to level of mobility required. Some tracks are not suited to younger children.
We are however constrained in the service we provide by our vehicle fleets infrastructure and the infrastructure of the locations visited on tour. We are unable to provide for an accessible bathroom at most locations visited and access into the vehicles is not ramped and involves a step so is not suited to wheelchairs or guests with more limited mobility. We contact each potential guest personally when booking to discuss their needs and the services we are best able to provide and encourage guests to contact us to discuss their needs and suitability of different tour options.
Why choose FNQ Nature tours?
As a small group operator, we are fortunate to spend more time enjoying the nature based activities. This includes our rainforest walks, wildlife spotting and swimming options.
We have access to several private areas outside of National Parks. It makes a huge difference when spotting wildlife to have secluded and quiet areas of the region to explore. It’s quite often we have entire walks to ourselves!
Our guides have over 10 years of experience, you will find they enjoy the nature and wildlife interactions just as much as you! It’s a lifestyle career that requires a special personality and character.
We affiliate with other eco-friendly tourism operators when enjoying activities such at River cruising for Crocodiles or night spotting for Mammals. By joining our tours you are contributing to the overall quality of Nature Based Tourism in Far North Queensland.
mossman gorge or cape tribulation?
One of the most common questions we get asked.
Both areas are located within the Daintree National Park. Rest assured, whichever section of the region you choose to explore on your visit, you will be rewarded with magical rainforest scenery regardless.
Here are a few things we can advise to assist your decision.
If you are based in Cairns or Palm Cove, we highly suggest Mossman Gorge over Cape Tribulation. Cape Tribulation is location 2.5 hours’ drive from Cairns and therefore not ideal for an immersive day in the rainforest.
If the ‘Southern Cassowary’ is high on your wildlife bucket list, we would recommend the Cape Tribulation section of the National Park. Much of the forest is lowland is more suitable habitat for these beautiful birds. Remember to keep your expectations low and enthusiasm high when hoping to spot these elusive birds.
If ‘more time walking’ through the rainforest is a preference, we would recommend Mossman Gorge. The 2.5-kilometre trail is the longest available walk within the National Park that does not require mountain trekking.
If you have an interest in learning more about local indigenous culture from First Nation Australians, we recommend Mossman Gorge. The Kuku Yalanji traditional owners have several activities/walks available that we can combine with our Daintree Exclusive Tour.