Daintree Retreat

5 daysDepart 30 Dec 2022Return 04 Jan 2023
Total $2,422.25
4  x fortnightly from $605.56
66  x weekly from $36.70

Daintree Retreat

Cairns, QLD

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.


  • 4 nights / 5 days tour
  • 4 nights twin-share on a 4* resort accommodation
  • Meals and activities as per itinerary
  • Private vehicle transport and water taxi
  • Spot crocodiles during a wildlife cruise on Cooper Creek.
  • Take a guided walk along the pristine, rainforest-rimmed beach of Cape Tribulation.

Please note:

Age: Minimum is 15 years
Group size: Maximum 12

This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to really get among nature. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

Travel Validity

Valid for Departures

  • 01 Oct 2021
  • 15 Oct 2021
  • 29 Oct 2021
  • 05 Nov 2021
  • 12 Nov 2021

Itinerary & Map

Day 1: Cairns - Kuranda - Port Douglas

Welcome to Cairns! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 11 am. With the formalities out of the way, it’stime 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 aquick lunch (not included), before hitting the road again at around 2 pm. Settle back into the vehicle for anapproximately 1.5-hour drive along the coast to Port Douglas. Take in views of cliffs covered in distinct native flora onone side and glittering blue ocean on the other, with some photo stops along the way. Arrive at the accommodationand spend a few hours settling in. In the early evening, take an orientation tour around Port Douglas. Stop at TrinityBay lookout point to admire the perfect crescent of sand and surf in the twilight. Head to a local restaurant for drinksand dinner with your fellow travellers, then return to the resort for the evening.


  • Dinner
  • Cairns - Barron Gorge lookout
  • Kuranda - Lunch stop
  • Port Douglas - Local dinner, leader-led orientation walk and Trinity Bay lookout.
Day 2: Daintree Rainforest - 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 theDaintree Rainforest. Meet up with a local family who live and breathe the rainforest, so much so that they hostedDavid Attenborough’s documentary crew when they were filming in the area. Spend some time learning from themabout the forest, then continue exploring with a cruise along Cooper Creek. Your guide will point out crocodiles, birdsand other wildlife while you glide through the water. Stop for an included lunch at a heritage restaurant smack-bangin the middle of the forest. If you need to cool off, there is also time to take a swim before continuing to CapeTribulation. Take in views over the cape from a lookout, then head down to the beach for a guided walk and to learnabout the region’s history. Return to the resort for the evening, where you can grab dinner at one of the restaurantswithin walking distance or choose to enjoy an optional al fresco dinner experience with Flames of the Forest.


  • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Cape Tribulation - Lookout & guided walk
  • Daintree Rainforest - Guided nature walk, Cooper Creek boat trip and Heritage restaurant lunch.
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 besure to talk to your leader about your options when it comes to snorkelling, reef tours, and nature experiences. Yourleader will also be on hand today to provide a transfer to Port Douglas town (and back) at 10 am and 6.30 pm if youwant to spend the day shopping or grab dinner. If you’d prefer to move as little as possible, you could always take aday to unwind with spa treatments at the resort or chill by the pool with a book.


  • Breakfast and lunch.

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 aspear, 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 andcontemporary art and storytelling to First Nations people and leave with a small souvenir. Return to the resort in theearly evening and enjoy a few free hours to relax. Grab dinner tonight with your group and toast to the beauty of thecountry around you.


  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Mossman Gorge - Guided rainforest walk
  • Kuyu Kuyu - Kuku Yalanji First Nations experience.
Day 5: Cairns

Enjoy breakfast and time for one last swim before a 10 am departure for Cairns. We will make one drop-off stop atCairns Airport and another at a central hotel in Cairns – before your tour begins please let your Intrepidrepresentative or travel agent know which option you would prefer.


  • Breakfast and lunch.
  • Cape Tribulation - Lookout & guided walk
  • Daintree Rainforest - Guided nature walk, Cooper Creek boat trip and Heritage restaurant lunch.
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
Terms and Conditions
  • Accommodation is on a twin share basis, and single travellers are paired with the same gender. Single supplement room upgrades can be requested at the time of booking.
  • The accommodation featured are the usual properties. At certain locations, may use alternative accommodation (of equal standard) when needed.