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Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour

Destination: Atherton Tableland Rainforest by day
Duration: Day Tour

Departs: Cairns & Cairns Northern Beaches 8:00am
Returns: Cairns & Cairns Northern Beaches 5.30pm

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Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
  • Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
  • Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
  • Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
  • Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
  • Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
  • Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
  • Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
  • Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
  • Wildlife by Day 4 Wheel Drive Eco Safari - Day Tour
The Tour

Experience North Queensland from a different perspective with this eco sensitive 4WD safari. Taking you away from the mass marketed areas to one of the north's last wilderness frontiers, where there are no ‘touristy crowds’, no other vehicles and no sealed roads, just pristine ‘World Heritage Listed Rainforest’. This area is little known and not often promoted; this tour offers a non-commercial look at the Cairns Hinterland & Tablelands World Heritage Rainforest, Outback and the Australian bush in a customized 4 Wheel Drive Vehicle.  With no set schedules or timetables, you will enjoy the pace of your day at leisure.

Your day starts with a pick up from Cairns City or Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation. Introductions are made all around and sets the tone of the day which is a relaxing day out with friends, enjoying a glimpse of nature’s bounty!

After a brief explanation of the days’ activities you’ll soon arrive at your first destination, Stoney Creek. Part of the Barron Gorge National Park, Stoney Creek was originally Cairns’ drinking water source, now it’s an incredible place to introduce the Tropical Rainforest. Here You will enjoy an informative walk following the crystal clear creek. As the canopy closes in, the smells, sounds and atmosphere of the rainforest surround you. After enjoying a refreshing morning walk, the tour will carry you up along the Great Dividing Range. Once back on board the vehicle you’ll commence climbing the mountain range behind Cairns. Small glimpses of the city can be seen through the trees. And now we arrive at the City View lookout, as the stunning panorama of Cairns City is revealed with sublime views out over the Trinity Inlet extending toward Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef!

Arrive at Lake Morris. Enjoy morning tea while taking in the beauty of Lake Morris from the lookout and stretch your legs prior to crossing the dam wall where you’ll begin your four-wheel drive journey.

The tranquil waters of this man made marvel are framed by Lambs Range, a small part of the 900,000 hectares that make up the Wet Tropics World Heritage Listed Tropical Rainforest of Northern Queensland.

Travel through Dinden National Park. The operator’s exclusive access permit sees you visit areas not open to the public. The track winds through rainforest and over mountains of the Great Dividing Range. You’ll stop to view ancient King Ferns before stopping at the Clohesy Boardwalk. Your Guide will interpret the rainforest surrounds and introduce you to the giant strangler fig tree, which is hundreds of years old.
 
You are now travelling back in time, the rainforest surrounds represent a a living museum. Plants and animals that no longer survive anywhere else on the planet still inhabit this area. The rare Cassowary, Musky Rat Kangaroo, Boydes Rainforest Dragon and the Giant King Fern are found nowhere but here. Marvel at the immenseness and natural beauty of the surrounds, as you cross through five water crossings and arrive at the days' lunch spot.

A buffet lunch is served alfresco in the middle of the forest on the banks of the Clohsey River. The sounds of the stream and the birds are your background music as you enjoy good food in good company with your fellow travellers and guide. Certainly you will enjoy a unique lunch spot you’ll not forget!

After lunch it’s time for a boardwalk adventure. Sites may include the biggest birds nest you will ever see, an amazingly beautiful water feature, a tree you think is the biggest you have ever seen. That is until you see the surprise at the end of the boardwalk, a 900 year old Strangler Fig Tree. This particular specimen has strangled, killed and eaten another tree, it’s definitely a jungle around here!

After two more water crossings along the beaten track the rainforest disappears rather suddenly. Having crossed to the other side of the Great Dividing Range, the landscape and the weather changes dramatically.

Now you will find yourself in the Aussie Bush, where eucalyptus trees and giant termite mounds are the predominate features of a dryer landscape!

One more water crossing and you’re on the highway once again and civilisation begins. As all of a sudden, seemingly out of the middle of nowhere, an ice cream shop appears! Not any old ice cream shop, here you’ll find up to 45 varieties and flavours of handmade tropical ice creams made from the local produce grown in the local area.

Your short afternoon ice cream break is followed by another landscape change as the tour makes its way to Davies Creek  Falls! Here you’ll head on up to the top of the waterfall for a refreshing afternoon cool down swim. The waterfall itself is an amazing, secret natural rock pool at the top of the falls! The fall’s rock pool area is so incredible that even an Aussie Beer commercial has been filmed there! What more of a recommendation do you need?

On the way back to Cairns you’ll stop off to see the location where all the streams we’ve see all day join, the Barron River and Barron River Falls. The falls stand at 68 meters high and are a spectacular sight to behold.

Travel down the Kuranda Range as you make your way back to Cairns. As no Australian adventure would be complete without seeing a wallaby or two, your day finishes with a quick visit to see the resident local wallaby population at Trinity Beach. Who doesn’t love a macropod?

All to soon it’s time to say your farewells, finally arriving back into Cairns at approximately 5.00pm / 5.30pm with a drop off back to accommodation

Tour Includes
  • Informative personalised guided tour with no crowds or other tour vehicles
  • Award Winning Tour of ‘restricted access' areas with diverse landscapes
  • Genuine 4WD Tracks through World Heritage Listed Rainforest 
  • Stops to view Giant strangler fig trees & Cedars (The Red Gold Tree)
  • Rainforest river crossings via 4 Wheel Drive Vehicle  
  • Fully guided rainforest interpretation & walking trails
  • Wildlife spotting and viewing with Wet Tropics accredited guid
  • Picnic lunch in rainforest surroundings by the banks of Clohesy River
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea at Lake Morris & Emerald Creek Ice Creamery 
  • Rainforest Waterfalls & Rock Pool swimming experience
  • Spectacular views and photo opportunities at lookouts throughout the day
  • Return coach transfers from accommodation

Rates - Valid 01st of April 2019 to 31st of March 2021 - From Cairns City Accommodation
  • AU$199.00 per person
Rates - Valid 01st of April 2019 to 31st of March 2021- From Cairns Northern Beaches Accommodation
  • AU$204.00 per person 
Rates - Sole Vehicle Private Charter 
  • Sole Vehicle Charter Rates Departing Cairns City accommodation (1-4 passengers) From AU$930.00
  • Sole Vehicle Charter Rates Departing Cairns Northern Beaches accommodation (1-4 passengers)  From AU$950.00 
  • Extra persons AU$90.00 per person 
What to Bring
  • Casual clothing, walking shoes, swimwear, hat, a water bottle and sunscreen.
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