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7 Night Ultimate Port & Rainforest Escape
The Port Douglas and Rainforest Escape is perfect for couples. From Australia's finest beachfront oasis to rare Rainforest wilderness your six night getaway will be a magnificent tropical experience.

7 Night Luxury Package

* 4 nights Sheraton Mirage
* 3 nights Silky Oaks Lodge
* Full Breakfast Daily
* River canoes & mountain bikes
FROM $1276 Per Person
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Luxury Eco Nature Escape
Luxury Eco Nature Escape includes 3 nights of absolute luxury in a Treehouse at Silky Oaks Lodge and a day under the warm tropical skies exploring beautiful coral gardens on the Quicksilver Outer Barrier Reef.

RAINFOREST & REEF

3 NIGHTS SILKY OAKS LODGE
*FULL BREAKFAST DAILY
*QUICKSILVER OUTER REEF
*SEMI SUBMARINE
*GLASS BOTTOM BOAT

FROM $867 Per Person
3 NIGHT PACKAGE
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Wait-a-While in the Daintree
Wait-a-While is a stunning, secluded pole framed timber house in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest

Sleeps up to 9 people

*3 BEDROOM HOLIDAY HOUSE
*SELF CONTAINED
*STUNNING POLE HOUSE
*500 SQUARE METRES
*INTERNET
FROM $390 Per Night
DAINTREE HOLIDAY HOUSE
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*Pet friendly
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Cape Trib, Reef, Waterfalls Backpacker
6 NIGHT BACKPACKER CIRCUIT Non-stop thrills on the reef and rainforest, this popular package is fantastic fun and a budget saver! Canoe in jungle crater lakes, snorkel the reef and spot turtles...

- 1 night Cape Tribulation
- Mossman Gorge
- Daintree River Cruise
- Evolution Outer Reef
- Swim in Waterfalls
- 1 night Yungaburra
- Canoe & Mountain bike
- 4 nights Gilligans, Cairns
FROM $706 Per Person
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Daintree Tourism News

Friday, June 06, 2008

So far I have experienced World Heritage-listed rainforests both from underneath and at their coastal edges. Now, after leaving behind the sugar cane plantations north of Mossman and crossing the Daintree River, it feels as if I am travelling through their midst.

As the narrow road twists and curls toward Cape Tribulation, the jungle seems to bear down upon it, giant ferns and screw palms creating a tunnel around it. With an ethereal mist suffusing the trees, lit by glimmers of sunshine, and with choral music playing on the car stereo it is one of the most uplifting drives of my life.

Before I know it I have arrived at Cape Tribulation and am being strapped into a harness for an afternoon of surfing through the jungle canopy on flying foxes. I can already tell from the banter between the guides and my group of mostly young women that this is going to be fun.

Then I am handed my helmet, which has the name "Monkey" inscribed upon it. I might have spent the morning with Lara Croft but, according to their headgear, my companions this afternoon are even bigger cinematic legends such as Tarzan, Princess Leia and, erm, Tinkerbell.

In common with drift snorkelling, this tour melds excitement with education and the guides are careful to pass on information about the 135-million-year-old rainforest we are flying through while also safely scaring the living daylights out of us.

The canopy tour runs on a system of flying fox ziplines linking fi ve tree platforms, the highest of which reaches nearly 20 metres off the ground. Guides do all the hard work propelling jungle surfers along using a rope pulley system, allowing you to enjoy the wide-ranging views across the forest canopy and out towards the Great Barrier Reef.

We begin by travelling in pairs along two spans, with my buddy being a Canadian Tinkerbell. One by one we are secured to the zipline and then coaxed to step off the platform into thin air. Then, trying not to look down, we are hauled along the line to the next platform.

The next span is the longest one at 78 metres, rendered even more heart-stopping when we are left to dangle at the run's highest point, 22.5 metres above Mason Creek. Even with Tinkerbell for company it is unnerving.

Then I travel solo, firstly at speed down a 45-metre stretch and fi nally, living up to my "Monkey" epithet, hanging cross-legged and upside down. Later that evening, after an alfresco dinner serenaded by warbling tree frogs back at the Cape Tribulation Resort and Spa, I add another perspective on the world's oldest continually surviving rainforest by doing a night walk.

It is an eerie experience strolling in the dark through a place ancient enough to have seen the dinosaurs come and go. I pass between giant trees that have been here since before Captain Cook sailed past in 1770.

At night, however, the rainforest also becomes a discernibly living entity, under the cover of darkness allowing a number of nocturnal species such as possums, bandicoots and platypuses to thrive. Tonight, we spot a spindly python hunting for food, a few forest dragon lizards and numerous frogs.

It is the sounds of the jungle that are most apparent: the hum of insects, the whoop of birds, the glug of gently flowing creeks and the crackle of leaves and branches moving in the evening breeze.

Back at my cabin in the resort after a long, varied day exploring the rainforest it is this soothing soundtrack that ushers me to sleep.


 

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

I was up in the Daintree recently to check out some of the ways in which you can have a luxurious and private experience while appreciating the magic of the region.

Well, someone has to do it, so why shouldn't it be me? I found ways in which you can get the best of both worlds. You can chill out completely, avoid package tourists, eat five-star food and be lulled to sleep by a private river and the sound of birds.

The first surprise was Daintree Secrets, a private house at road's end where the house and property are yours alone, whether you're a honeymoon couple or a group of friends.

There are three bedrooms, sleeping up to seven people, and it's self-catering – buy your groceries on the way up from Cairns, cook yourself a feast, and eat it on the wrap-around veranda where a magnificent river rushes just below you.

It's only a few steps down to the paved surrounds of two safe swimming holes, one of which is home to turtles, eels and myriad fish.

You won't find another private pool quite like them – and they are guaranteed croc-free.

Daintree Secrets is not just for the well-heeled. Even in high season it costs only $330 a night for four guests. That works out at $82.50 a night each, and you'd pay that much in a decent motel.

I could happily live there forever, for just down the road is the Heritage Spa where, still in the depths of the rainforest, I was clay-wrapped and Vichy-showered and massaged and finally given a facial that sent me out looking almost as beautiful as the butterflies in the museum a few metres further along the same road. Well, that's a slight exaggeration.

After that I was ready for anything, especially the 15-minute drive to Cape Tribulation for a walk on the beach and then lunch at the wittily named Whet.

The cafe restaurant has been open only a few weeks but delivered a meal to rival anything the posher, pricier cafes of Port Douglas have to offer.

We ate sourdough with roasted garlic butter, sweet potato and pear soup, fresh figs with goats' cheese, and tequila-lime local prawns, and drank a delicious dry white from Margaret River in Western Australia.

Another secret retreat in this area is far from the river, but high on a hill, at Cockatoo Hill Retreat, where life and work partners Carmen Fabro and Gilles Germain have four beautiful little lodges that look out over the forest to the ocean.

The winds are always cool here, and the individual lodges have unique touches like tiny night lights under the bed, which send you to sleep in a subtle glow – although you can turn them off if you prefer the dark.

It's advisable to go bed early, after you've sat outside watching the wildlife settle for the night...
 

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Romantic Reef & Rainforest
Romantic Reef and Rainforest Package From rare rainforest wilderness to a tranquil beach paradise your getaway will be one of elegance and ease.

LUXURY 6 NIGHT PACKAGE

*3 nights Green Island Resort
*3 nights Silky Oaks Lodge
*Full Breakfast daily
*Barrier Reef Pontoon trip
*Semi Submarine tour
*River Canoes
*Mountain bikes etc;
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Ocean Safari
Ocean Safari experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef by snorkelling two pristine reef locations off the Daintree coast at Cape Tribulation.

SNORKEL GREAT BARRIER REEF

*Two departures daily
*Maximum 25 passengers
*Reef & Marine Life presentations
*Two reef sites
FROM $139 Per Adult
CAPE TRIBULATION
TRANSFERS INCLUDED
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Cascades Roundhouse
Daintree Roundhouse 360 degree view of the rainforest and perfectly located on a spring fed creek.

Ideal Romantic Getaway

*Private Waterfalls
*Natural Spa Pools
*Heart of Rainforest
*Tropical Clear Streams
*Romantic!
FROM $350 Per Night
Sleeps 4
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Jungle Canopy Surfing
Jungle Surfing Fly with the birds and tree kangaroos, as you glide up through & above the rainforest canopy along a series of flying fox cables.

JUNGLE SURFING

* Very limited availability
* Must be pre-booked
* Spectacular Views
* Fun for all ages
* Cape Trib transfers included
FROM $105 Per Person
8 DEPARTURES DAILY
2 HOUR TOUR
Children 3 years and older can participate.
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Daintree Wilderness Lodge
Daintree Wilderness Lodge is an intimate lodge situated north of the Daintree within an ancient Fan Palm forest.

STAY 3 NIGHTS & SAVE!

*COOKED BREAKFAST
*NATURE WALK
*ONLY 7 BUNGALOWS
*ROMANTIC HIDEAWAY
FROM $270 Per Night
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Dan's Mountain Biking- Cape Trib
Mountain biking at Cape Tribulation is a fun and active way to explore the tropical rainforest. There are plenty of mountain streams to stop, cool off and refresh yourself

You'll get sweaty!

* You'll get dirty!
* You may even get wet!
* But you'll also get hooked!
FROM $185 Per Person

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Bruce's Croc Cruise
Sit back and enjoy the commentary on this spectacular Daintree River Cruise. Bring your camera and cruise on the stunning Daintree River.

DAINTREE RIVER CRUISE

*One hour river cruise
*4pm cruise most popular
*Environmentally friendly
*98% chance of seeing Crocs
*Plenty of wildlife
*Binoculars included
*Daintree Tea & coffee
FROM $30 Per Person

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Cockatoo Hill Retreat
Cockatoo Hill Retreat boutique rainforest resort, a secret paradise perched between Cape Tribulation and Port Douglas offering four exclusive tree lodges.

The perfect escape...

*Awake to chorus of birds
*Sunrise over the coral Sea
*Tropical breakfast daily
FROM $350 Per Night

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