About Cape Tribulation Day Tour

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Active Tropics Explorer has been operating tours to Cape Tribulation since the start of the new millennium, offering full day and overnight adventures.

Active Tropics Explorer is all about giving the traveller the ultimate experience in the ultimate destination. With the ability to build your own experience, travellers can add to their day tour with overnight or multi-night accommodation packages plus include a range of reef and rainforest adventure activities into their Active Tropics Explorer adventure. With Active Tropics you can do as little or as much as you like … It really is all down to your journey … we offer the very best of Cape Tribulation!

Cape Tribulation Day Tour

Cape Tribulation Day Tour

Cape Tribulation is where the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforests, meet the world’s greatest living tropical reef, the Great Barrier Reef. Nowhere else on earth do two natural World Heritage listed sites exist side by side. Such is the natural beauty and precious value of this truly stunning piece of paradise, that you will have ample time to explore and enjoy on the Active Tropics Explorer Cape Tribulation full day tour.

Commence the adventure with a scenic coastal drive from Cairns to Port Douglas. This is the far north’s very own great ocean road and provides panoramic views over the sparkling Coral Sea. Heading north our first stop is at Mossman Gorge, which is in the southern sector of the world famous Daintree National Park. This gorge has been carved out by the cold mountain waters of the Mossman River, which winds through large granite boulders, bordered by lush green rainforest. It’s a magical place and you’ll participate in a “Welcome to Country” with the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, who will also cleanse you of evil spirits with a smoke ceremony and apply traditional rainforest body paint to you. There’s the opportunity for you to enjoy a refreshing swim in the cascading waters.

Continuing north we cross the mighty Daintree River and head to the beach for lunch, at Cape Trib Beach House. This is absolute waterfront dining with the sand between your toes. After lunch, it’s time to explore this ancient rainforest environment on an interesting guided tour of the Marrdja Botanical Boardwalk. Our highly trained guides will give expert rainforest interpretation, which will inform and impress.

Be amazed at the huge diversity you will encounter, everything from low lying ferns and shrubs, to the massive rainforest canopy and even mangrove ecosystems all in one short easy walk. Next stop – Floravilla – which has 26 flavours of locally made ice-cream, including dragonfruit, coconut ginger, black sapote and goji berry with rainforest honey. Yum! [At own cost.]

Photo opportunity at the Alexandra Range Lookout (Walu Wugirriga), which provides sweeping views over the Daintree River, its rainforest delta and out to the Coral Sea. This afternoon it’s onto the river for a wildlife cruise where you might get to see a crocodile, while learning about the fragile ecosystem of this impressive serpent-like river system.

Then it’s back on to the bus for the return journey to Cairns, including a quick drive through Port Douglas, a picturesque beachside village with a laid back vibe and loads of bars and cafes.

Active Tropics Explorer Cape Tribulation day tour includes lunch.

Indigenous Welcome to Country

Indigenous Welcome to Country

EXCLUSIVE! Arriving at Mossman Gorge you’ll be met by the traditional owners and participate in a “Welcome to Country” and Smoke Ceremony with the Kuku Yalanji. Learn about the weapons, custom and culture of the Bama (Rainforest) people with an informative presentation.

What Will I See?

Scenic Coastal Drive (Cairns to Port Douglas), Mossman Gorge (indigenous experience), Daintree River (ferry crossing), Rainforest Boardwalk (guided tour), Cape Tribulation (where rainforest meets reef), Wildlife River Cruise (crocodiles and more), Port Douglas(scope it out).

What Should I Bring?

A smile on your dial and a sense of adventure. Also pack a small day bag with your ticket, swimming costume and towel, camera, walking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, money for drinks and snacks. Spirit of exploration.

What Else Can I Do?

So much! Combine your Active Tropics Explorer Cape Tribulation day tour with some other great tours and experiences, including jungle surfing, horse riding, half day reef trip, guided night walk, sea kayaking or stay and play overnight packages.

Cape Tribulation Day Tour Reviews


Bryony Purse

There's no better way to see Cape Tribulation and visit the Rainforests! Our awesome guide Eli was fun, informative and kept us all entertained throughout the day with facts, jokes, games and not to mention his banging DJ skills! Everything from the smoke ceremony, paddling in the Mossman Gorge, the cruise down the Daintree River, the botanical walk and the ferry crossing were fabulous. I've already recommended this tour to a friend visiting Cairns and I'll be sure to visit again. A huge thank you to the whole team behind the trip and of course special thanks to The Adventure King himself.


Matty Hart

Awesome trip, would recommend to anyone thinking about doing it! Chris was a fun host getting us all belting out queen whilst providing us with unlimited knowledge on the surrounding area and the rainforest. Thanks Chris!

Cape Tribulation Day Tour

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Hours: 6:30am - 8:00pm

19-21 Barry Street
Queensland 4870

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