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Queensland Daintree Retreat

Daintree, Tropical North Queensland

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Leave hustle and bustle in the rear-view mirror on this five-day journey to some of the world’s oldest tropical rainforest and the untouched coast it spills onto. This trip takes you into the heart of the land the Kuku Yalanji people have called home for 50,000 years, into the complex ecosystem of the forest and deserted white-sand beaches. Learn about hunting native plants from a First Nations guide, encounter crocodiles and colourful birds on a cruise through mangrove thickets and walk under heavy green canopy in Mossman Gorge.

 
Departure Dates: Multiple dates available between Dec 2021 - Dec 2022
Nights: 5 Nights
Was: $2,345 | NOW From: $1639*pp Twin share | Ask us about solo traveller pricing 
Tour operated by: Intrepid
Flexi Pledge: Travel local with peace of mind - $99 deposits, the ability to change your dates or to cancel up until 48 hours before departure^
 
Inclusions:
  • A total of 8 meals; 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, Ferry
  • Accommodation: 4 nights in a resort

Included activities:
  • Cairns - Barron Gorge lookout
  • Kuranda - Lunch stop
  • Port Douglas - Local dinner
  • Port Douglas - Leader-lead orientation walk
  • Port Douglas - Trinity Bay lookout
  • Cape Tribulation - Lookout & guided walk
  • Daintree Rainforest - Guided nature walk
  • Daintree Rainforest - Cooper Creek boat trip
  • Daintree Rainforest - Heritage restaurant lunch
  • Mossman Gorge - Guided rainforest walk
  • Kuyu Kuyu - Kuku Yalanji First Nations experience
 
 
 
Why you'll love this trip:
Experience 180 million years of magic in the world’s oldest rainforest and enjoy access to a secluded private area that’s not open to the general public.
Spot crocodiles during a wildlife cruise on Cooper Creek, with expert eyes on board to point out creatures hidden in the forest.
Take a guided walk along the pristine, rainforest-rimmed beach of Cape Tribulation, where Europeans tried and failed to tame the coastal wilderness for hundreds of years.
After warm days spent walking deserted beaches and rambling through the rainforest, relax in the comfort of your 4-star resort accommodation.



 
 



TRUE! The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest continually surviving rainforest in the world!

Itinerary

Day 1 - Carins, Kuranda, Port Douglas

Welcome to Cairns! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 11 am. With the formalities out of the way, it’s time to hit the road for Port Douglas, with a couple of stops en route to break up the journey. First up is Barron Gorge lookout that looks over a set of tumbling falls bursting from the rainforest. Spend some time ooh-ing and ah-ing at the lookout, then continue to the town of Kuranda. This little mountain village is the perfect place to grab a quick lunch (not included), before hitting the road again at around 2 pm. Settle back into the vehicle for an approximately 1.5-hour drive along the coast to Port Douglas. Take in views of cliffs covered in distinct native flora on one side and glittering blue ocean on the other, with some photo stops along the way. Arrive at the accommodation and spend a few hours settling in. In the early evening, take an orientation tour around Port Douglas. Stop at Trinity Bay lookout point to admire the perfect crescent of sand and surf. Then you’re in for a real treat – hop aboard a riverboat for a guided cruise among the mangroves in search of wildlife, especially estuarine crocodiles. Finish the cruise with a gorgeous sunset, then head to a local restaurant for drinks and dinner with your fellow travellers before returning to the resort for the evening.

Day 2 - Daintree, Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas

Grab breakfast and get ready in time to leave the resort at 8 am, jumping on the ferry and crossing the river into the Daintree Rainforest. Meet up with a local family who live and breathe the rainforest, so much so that they hosted David Attenborough’s documentary crew when they were filming in the area. Spend some time learning from them about the forest, then continue exploring with a cruise along Cooper Creek. Your guide will point out crocodiles, birds and other wildlife while you glide through the water. Stop for an included lunch at a heritage restaurant smack-bang in the middle of the forest. If you need to cool off, there is also time to take a swim before continuing to Cape Tribulation. Take in views over the cape from a lookout, then head down to the beach for a guided walk and to learn about the region’s history. Return to the resort for the evening, where you can grab dinner at one of the restaurants within walking distance or choose to enjoy an optional al fresco dinner experience with Flames of the Forest.

Day 3 - Port Douglas

Enjoy a day to explore this tropical paradise at your own pace. There are tonnes of activities on offer today, so be sure to talk to your leader about your options when it comes to snorkelling, reef tours, and nature experiences. Your leader will also be on hand today to provide a transfer to Port Douglas town (and back) at 10 am and 6.30 pm if you want to spend the day shopping or grab dinner. If you’d prefer to move as little as possible, you could always take a day to unwind with spa treatments at the resort or chill by the pool with a book.

Day 4 - Mossman Gorge, Kuyu Kuyu, Port Douglas

Grab breakfast before leaving the resort at 8.15 am for a guided walk through the rainforest of Mossman Gorge. Work up an appetite on this gentle 1.5-hour hike, then grab morning tea (not included) before heading to Kuyu Kuyu (Cooya Beach) for an educational experience with a member of the local Kuku Yalanji community. Learn to throw a spear, which plants are edible and how Kuku Yalanji people live in harmony with the ever-shifting landscape. Enjoy lunch, then join an Aboriginal painting class in the afternoon. Learn about the significance of traditional and contemporary art and storytelling to First Nations people and leave with a small souvenir. Return to the resort in the early evening and enjoy a few free hours to relax. Grab dinner tonight with your group and toast to the beauty of the country around you.

Day 5 - Port Douglas, Cairns

Enjoy breakfast and time for one last swim before a 10 am departure for Cairns. We will make one drop-off stop at Cairns Airport and then continue back to Cairns where your trip comes to an end.

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Check in
2:00pm
Check out
10:00am

Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person based on twin share, land only and include all savings. Prices are correct as at 24 November 2021 and subject to availability until confirmed. *From price is based on 15 Dec 2021 departure date. Surcharge applies to other departure dates. Itinerary may be subject to change. Intrepid reserves the right, to modify or cancel any holiday (definite or not), accommodation, in-destination activity or arrangement at any time. Additional/optional experiences are available on your holiday and can be purchased for an extra charge during your holiday. Tips/gratuities are included for services on guided holidays, except to your Motorcoach  Driver and Travel Director (and your Local Host and Local Guides) whose tips/gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis at the end of your holiday. Included tips/gratuities cover all services provided by dining-room waiters, housekeeping staff and porters at hotels. Some holidays are based on a minimum number of persons travelling. If a holiday fails to satisfy minimum numbers, the holiday may be cancelled or rescheduled. Intrepid strives to improve holiday itineraries, services and features. If improvements can be made, or if circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods multiple departures may operate, sometimes in reverse order; accommodation may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages. Departures in early and late season are potentially operated in cool weather conditions. As a result, itinerary variations may occur. Certain activities may not be precisely as described or may not be available due to seasonality or weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control. We will try to notify you of changes. Please contact us for full terms and conditions.

^Unless otherwise specified in these Flexi Pledge terms and conditions below, our Booking Conditions shall apply to your trip. Flexi Pledge applies to domestic Intrepid Travel trips in Australia (except trips in Western Australia) and New Zealand, booked by 31 December 2021 and departing until 31 December 2021. The Flexi Pledge terms and conditions apply to domestic travellers only. The Flexi Pledge excludes bookings for trips travelling in Western Australia, Urban Adventures, Tailor-made Experiences and Intrepid Drives product. Flexi Pledge Deposit: You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $AUD99 per person, per trip, for any Australia or New Zealand trip for your booking to be confirmed. Full payment is due at least 28 days prior to departure. If your booking is within 28 days full payment is due at time booking. Flexi Pledge change policy: You can change the date of your trip up to 28 days prior to departure and no change fee will be incurred. Flexi Pledge cancellation policy: Cancellation by the customer: You can cancel your trip up to 28 days prior to departure and Intrepid will hold the money on file as a future travel credit with no expiry date. You can cancel 27 days or prior to departure and Intrepid will hold 50% of the monies paid by you in connection with the booking as a credit and retain the remaining 50% of monies paid by you in connection with the booking You can cancel your trip up to 48 hours prior to departure if the cancellation is due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, (supported by a medical certificate) or you can no longer physically get to the location of the trip due to an internal border closure or government–imposed travel restrictions. In such instances Intrepid will hold 100% of monies paid by you in connection with your booking as a future travel credit with no expiry date.

*Please note - cancellations outside of business hours may incur fees. 

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