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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.



FROM $867 Per Person
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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

FROM $390 Per Night
*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

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The wet season is roughly between December and April each year. The majority of North Queensland residents welcome this time of year. The rivers, creeks and waterfalls are in their prime and the rainforest comes alive. When the first heavy rain hits Cairns City you can see the steam rise from the concrete and bitumen roads as it cools and cleans the streets.

Just because it's raining in or around Cairns doesn't mean the sun won't be shining at the Great Barrier Reef. You may find the sun is shining brightly and the wind is so low that you have chosen the perfect day for snorkeling and diving on the Barrier Reef.

If you happen to visit Cairns while a low is crossing the coast though, you will see the rain come down in all its glory, the sun will disappear for a few days and you may have to reschedule your Reef trip until it passes.

Traditionally the wet season means low visitor numbers to our region. North Queensland has a lot to offer this time of year. Below I have listed 5 reasons to visit during the wet season!:

Low Season Pricing:
Because of the low visitor numbers accommodation pricing drops and there are are always huge savings to be made.
No Crowds:
In the peak of July and August, as well as paying full price for everything you may find it difficult to find the ideal accommodation or day trips for your dates even if you do book in advance. Because everything fills up so quickly (sometimes popular properties will fill up months in advance) people often end up compromising and won't end up with their ideal package. Although we still recommend you book at least 3 weeks in advance the Low Season will give you many more options and flexibility to re-arrange your itinerary.

The Rainforest:
This is the ideal time to see the Rainforest come alive either on a Self drive expedition or one of the fantastic Rainforest Day Trips on offer to the daintree or Southern tablelands.

Low Wind and Water Clarity:
With the low winds comes water clarity on the Barrier Reef. If you have been to the reef on a day trip where the water is like glass you will know what a difference it makes. Some of the most perfect days on the reef are during the wet season.

Waterfalls & Fresh Water Swimming:
For me this is one of the most over looked activities available in North Queensland. Spending a hot day at one of our wonderful swimming holes is an activity not to be missed. There are many to choose from and Day Trips such as Uncle Brian’s - Fun Falls & Forest generate some of the very best feedback we hear.

Activities for Rainy Days:-

If it's raining outside your Cairns accommodation it doesn't mean you have to stay put and wait for the sun to come out. There are quite a few activities which are actually enhanced by the wet season. Below I have listed a few ideas:

  • Visit Kuranda Markets by Skyrail & Train
  • White Water Rafting on the Tully River
  • Visit the Great Barrier Reef ( you're going to get wet anyway! )
  • Visit the rainforest
  • Visit our beautiful waterfalls
  • Swim at Crystal Cascades
  • Go White water rafting
  • Go ATV riding
  • Browse boutiques
  • Meet the locals at the brewery
  • Take a cooking class
  • Do some Yoga
  • Go Salsa dancing at Casa de Meze
  • Blissful spa treatments
  • Cable Ski Park
  • Go Bungy Jumping
  • Take a Food Trail tour
  • Have a cocktail on the verandah
  • Stay in bed for the day
  • Go Jungle surfing
  • Take a drive through stunning moutain scenery
  • Visit the Rainforest Dome

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

There is no flooding in Cairns - the flooding is 3 hours drive south of Cairns.

Currently the weather is overcast with some showers which is nothing unusual for this time of year.

Please visit our Live Webcam! to take a look at todays weather.

Here’s the latest information on weather conditions and tourism operations in Cairns brought to you by Tourism Tropical North Queensland:-

  • Cairns is open for business. More than 650 day tours operated today showing visitors the Tropical North Queensland rainforest, hinterland and reef.
  • It’s business as usual for Cairns - the reef boats are operating along with Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Rail. Day trippers are enjoying the spectacular waterfalls, lush rainforests and exciting white water rapids Tropical North Queensland’s green season is famous for.
  • While floods and a heat wave savage other parts of the country, Cairns is the cool place to be at the moment with average daily temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius about 10 degrees cooler than those being experienced in southern states.
  • The Bureau of Meteorology reports the tropical low pressure system in the Coral Sea is not influencing Queensland's weather. It predicts there may be some heavy rainfall along the coast between Townsville and Mackay over the weekend as the low drifts back towards the coast.
  • According to road reports, on the morning of Friday February 6 the Bruce Highway was closed about 200km south of Cairns, but the rest of the highway was open to Cairns as was the Captain Cook Highway to the north of Cairns.
  • The major touring routes of the Tropical Highlands are flood-free, vehicles can access Cooktown via the inland road, Port Douglas is unaffected by the weather and Mission Beach had only minimal damage to vegetation from Cyclone Charlotte which dumped the heavy rains further south this week.
  • Cairns Airport is fully operational with 34,171 seats per week into the city on domestic routes. The airlines are offering some fantastic specials at the moment.
  • TTNQ is not the only organisation with confidence in the region. Capacity into the city increased by 1062 seats only this week with the addition of Jetstar’s new services from both Perth and the Gold Coast three times a week.

    - Rob Giason, Tourism Tropical North Queensland CEO

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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.


*3 nights Green Island Resort
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*Full Breakfast daily
*Barrier Reef Pontoon trip
*Semi Submarine tour
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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.


*Two departures daily
*Maximum 25 passengers
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*Two reef sites
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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
FROM $350 Per Night
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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.


* Very limited availability
* Must be pre-booked
* Spectacular Views
* Fun for all ages
* Cape Trib transfers included
FROM $105 Per Person
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.


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.


*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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