Easy to Moderate
FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND is a wildlife enthusiast’s paradise! This small group tour explores the rainforest habitat, concentrating on the endemic wildlife found within. We have a firm belief that tourism is the key to the protection and conservation of this World Heritage Area. Our passionate and knowledgeable guides are eager to share the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area with you.
Our tours have a major focus on observing and photographing wildlife. It’s not uncommon for you to observe a southern cassowary, tree kangaroo and platypus on a single tour! The trails and boardwalks we access are the longest and most immersive compared with other commercial operators. In addition, many of our nature viewing locations are on private land or reserves for complete exclusivity. This increases your opportunities to observe wildlife in the wild.
THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR on Day 3 provides a unique opportunity to enter research locations not accessible to the public to observe the endangered spotted-tailed quoll. Justin McMahon and Alberto Vale are our expert research guides and they have been carefully studying these fascinating and mysterious creatures for several years. Join them in the rainforest and take part in their research projects. The spotted-tailed quoll is the largest marsupial mammal in the world! Sadly, their closest cousin, the Tasmanian tiger, is already extinct. Spotted-tailed quoll populations in North Queensland are now critically low and this amazing creature is at real risk of extinction. This precious animal needs our help so that future generations can appreciate their magnificence and beauty.
The Australian Quoll Conservancy (AQC) is a not-for-profit organisation, now in its sixth year of operation. Several Species Recovery Units are now established in Victoria and North Queensland. AQC emphasises the need for the recovery of these species in those areas, with unique, innovative and non-invasive monitoring methods that transcend current Animal Ethics, scientific methodologies and requirement. Guests will join our researchers and other team members as they check camera traps and motion detection areas to catalogue sightings, document food sources, locations and behaviours and search for evidence of visits. AQC AIMS: To dramatically increase global awareness of spotted-tailed quolls To bridge the gap between tourism and science, allowing a deeper educational journey into the Wet Tropics To undertake and assist with studies into quoll habitats and biology To contribute – not many wildlife experiences allow guests to directly contribute to the prosperity of native animals.
Day 1: Cairns to Daintree / Cape Tribulation World Heritage Park
Witness the magical Great Barrier Reef Drive as we head north on the scenic coastal highway. Learn about the unique habitats within the local environment and observe the changes in biodiversity as we get closer to the Daintree tropical rainforest. Walk the Jindalba Interpretive Rainforest Trail. The Daintree is an area of ancient tropical rainforest spanning 120,000 hectares, making it the largest portion of tropical rainforest in Australia. Wildlife sightings may include the southern cassowary, Boyd’s forest dragon, wompoo fruit dove and many more. After lunch continue to Cape Tribulation (where the rainforest meets the reef). This famous valley resembles a giant amphitheatre with a semicircle of hills dominated by Mt Sorrow (850m) and Mt Hemmant (1000m). The south-eastern rainfall trapped by this valley results in a lush tropical climate with high temperatures, humidity and rainfall. Several walks, scenic lookouts and beach areas are located in the coastal community. Optional night walk – Night spotting in the Northern Daintree: A wildlife tour in Far North Queensland is not complete without a night walk. A large portion of the local wildlife has adopted a nocturnal lifestyle to avoid to heat of the day in the tropical climate. We often visit two sites to experience the overall diversity of nocturnal wildlife in the Wet Tropics. Accommodation: Heritage Lodge in the Daintree Includes Lunch and dinner
Day 2: Daintree – Atherton Tablelands
Day 3: Conservation tour
Day 4: Atherton Tablelands to Cairns