FROM PORT DOUGLAS G4 22 “RAINFOREST & WILDERNESS EXPERIENCE” – Premium, Gold & Platinum Class – 3 DAYS

DAINTREE RAINFOREST, BLOOMFIELD FALLS, CAPE TRIBULATION & WILDERNESS RAINFOREST BY 4WD Tour Code G4 22 -   ()

DAINTREE RAINFOREST, BLOOMFIELD FALLS, CAPE TRIBULATION

& WILDERNESS RAINFOREST BY 4WD – 3 DAYS

G4 = minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD with a naturalist driver/guide

Introduction

An exciting three day adventure with a different expert specialist driver guide each day to show you their personal favourite spots in far North Queensland. The most experienced and award-winning guides have been chosen to make this itinerary special. Each of these three days will be memorable in their own right with travel in luxury 4WD taking you into unique and restricted regions to make this experience a trip of a lifetime.

Bloomfield Falls, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation & Wilderness Rainforest Day 1

Meet your specialist guide and commence your escape from the crowd and experience a wilderness adventure. Travelling beyond the end of the sealed road where few companies dare to venture, deep in the remote region of the Daintree Rainforest, is an area seldom seen by visitors. Escape the crowds and experience a true 4WD off road Daintree Wilderness Adventure, like no other. Start the day crossing the Daintree River followed by a stop at Alexandra Lookout, then travel north through some of the most picturesque and remote wilderness region of the Daintree/Cape Tribulation National Park with spectacular lookouts and natural creek crossings which become a challenge at times after the seasonal rains, untouched coastal scenery and the rugged Bloomfield Track before we reach our destination of the Bloomfield Falls. View Aboriginal Rock Art and the splendour of the falls.

En route enjoy morning tea in the rainforest and a break at Cape Tribulation with a stop at Kulki Lookout, the point where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the isolated Stingray Bay, home of the ”Lone Soldier” protected by fringing reefs and an army of soldier crabs before arriving at Noah Valley in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, a World Heritage Listed Private Property, which supports some of the most spectacular, pristine rainforest found anywhere in the world.

At Noah Valley, a barbeque lunch is prepared in our unique setting, a private tree sanctuary surrounded by rainforest where the only sounds you will hear will be the stream and birds. Swim in the crystal clear rainforest stream, before heading for an interpretive guided walk, in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. This World Heritage listed area of Noah Valley has plant life yet to be named. There are plants that are not yet discovered. The complexity and diversity of this area are yet to be experienced. Leaving Noah Valley stop for afternoon tea and make your way to The Daintree Ice Cream Company to savour the flavours of the rainforest, then on to the Daintree Ferry crossing for your journey home.

  • Daintree River cable ferry crossing – The Gateway To The Daintree Rainforest
  • Alexandra Lookout with sweeping views from The Daintree to the Coral Sea
  • Kulki Track and Lookout for unsurpassed views of the coastal ranges and sea
  • Cape Tribulation, the only place in the world where two World Heritage areas meet
  • Bloomfield Track – off road tracks, rugged, traversing creeks and the Bloomfield River
  • Bloomfield Falls, view Aboriginal rock art. See the spectacular sheer drop of the falls
  • Stingray Bay is isolated and protected by fringing reefs and mangroves
  • Swim in the crystal clear water of the exclusive/private Noah Valley stream
  • Tantalise your senses with a barbeque lunch of steak, fish, salads and damper
  • A personalised guided/interpretive walk in the heart of The Daintree Rainforest
Meals:
Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Accommodation:
Central Port Douglas four star

Red Hill Reserve, Savanna Country, Gondwana Walk & Cloud Forest Day 2

A nature based history tour with another new, specialist driver guide. Pick up from your hotel at 7.15 am approx. with a short drive from Port Douglas when you’ll see great views from canefields to the rainforest clad mountains of The Daintree. This area is rich in history from goldfields and pioneers of bygone days as well as the sugar industry alongside Eco-Tourism of today.

Daintree National Park is nature’s own little secret, dense, untamed rainforest covering some 96 thousand hectares and also listed as a part of the protected World Heritage in 1988. The Daintree National Park showcases outstanding examples of plants representing the major stages of the earth’s evolutionary history.

Mount Lewis Rainforest was once called Australia’s Cloud Forest. This area is a part of the Daintree that is refuge of flora and fauna dating back to the evolution of the flowering plants on earth. Here some of the most important and significant natural habitats of threatened plants and animals of outstanding universal value still survive. One of the finest drives in Queensland.

 

Cycad Valley Walk, here the ancient Hope’s Cycad [Lepidozamia hopei] reaches ages of 1,000 years or more dominate this unique area, one of the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest.

Red Hill, a privately owned exclusive Nature Reserve, a true example of Eco-tones in this wonderful area and some of the most breathtaking scenery on the Great Dividing Range. Red Hill represents some of the closest modern counterparts to those found in the Jurassic fossil forests.

Savanna Country/Wet Lands, travelling further west you gain a glimpse of the vastness of the Dry Eucalypt Forest in the Australian Outback. Once over The Dividing Range you will access the dry area with great termite mounds and kangaroos, historical townships and outback wetlands with multitudes of birds will also be observed.

The Gondwana Walk, an amazing walk amongst ancient plants and towering trees, highlighting the parallel evolution of plants and animals from ancient times to the present day.

Cloud Forest’s, climbing through 900 metres you enter the Cloud Forest; this zone directly contributes a higher volume of water to catchments than lower altitude rainforest. Like giant sponges, they capture large volumes of water and release it slowly throughout the year. For this reason, Cloud Forests are believed to be of great importance to the maintenance of stream flows in the wet tropics throughout the dry season.

Morning tea consists of seasonal tropical fruits, cakes and biscuits a perfect setting within the Tropical Rainforest a great morning far from the general crowds. Lunch today will be at a local Aussie Pub. Return to Port Douglas accommodation at 5.00 pm.

  • Mt Lewis Rainforest
  • Savanna/Wetlands
  • Black Mountains/Farmlands
  • Birds, Kangaroos and Wildlife
  • Daintree River/Wet Tropics
  • Port Douglas/North
  • Shannonvale and Whyanbeel
  • History/Wildlife
Meals:
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
Accommodation:
Central Port Douglas four star

Tablelands Region, Granite Gorge & Lake Barrine Day 3

Day 3 a new day another exciting itinerary new specialist driver guide. Pick up from your hotel at 7.10am approx. Begin your day travelling through the Great Dividing Range with a stop at Rex Range Lookout, for sweeping views extending from Port Douglas to the Daintree Rainforest and out to the Great Barrier Reef. Your early start may see you come across a few wallabies and kangaroos springing across the road while you also start to experience a change in temperature.

The landscape here will alter to a more ”Outback” feel as you notice more giant Termite Mounds dotted in the fields until you reach your destination of Granite Gorge.

Morning tea will be served here before a walk through this Reserve where the enchanting Mareeba Rock Wallabies call home and you get up and close to nature.

Leaving the Granite Gorge make your way to The Curtain Fig, (a giant strangling ficus that has devoured its host tree) then onto Lake Barrine for a well deserved lunch and a refreshing swim in an ancient crater lake, followed by a walk to view the thousand year old twin Kauri Pines. Leaving this area make your way to the volcanic crater at Mt. Hypipamee, a geological oddity that has resulted in a very deep hole and also home to Dinner Falls where you will take a walk and enjoy afternoon tea.

On the return journey home stop for a final view of this grand valley and surrounds at The Halloran’s Hill lookout. Back to your hotel at approx. 5.30pm.

  • Rex Range Lookout views extending from Port Douglas to The Daintree
  • Granite Gorge getting up and close to nature and wildlife
  • View the grand Curtain Fig, estimated to be over 50m tall and over 500 years old
  • Lake Barrine lunch at the quaint 80 year old teahouse nestled right on the lake’s edge
  • Volcanic Crater created by an exploding vent sending volcanic bombs across the landscape
  • Hypipamee National Park private guided walk
  • View the 1,000 year old Twin Kauri Pines
  • Swim in the tranquil pools fringed by rainforest
  • Dinner Falls – a series of cascades in the headwaters of the Barron River
  • Halloran’s Lookout for an exceptional view of surrounding areas, farmland and rolling hills

Meals:         Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea

 

 

 

ABOUT THE WET TROPICS DAINTREE RAINFOREST

The Daintree National Park is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, which covers an area of 900,000 ha from Cooktown in the north to Paluma in the south and includes the Daintree in the north.

Although the Wet Tropics covers only one per cent of Australian continent, it contains an incredible 62 per cent of butterflies, 30 per cent of all marsupials, 23 per cent of reptiles, 60 per cent of bats, 30 per cent of frogs, and 40 per cent of all bird populations in Australia.

The region is of critical importance as it contains some of the last extensive lowland tropical rainforests in the region – both endangered and unique.

The Wet Tropical Rainforest contain one of the most complete and diverse living records of the evolution of land plants, as well as one of the most important living records of the history of marsupials and songbirds.

Inclusions

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel.
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited specialist driver / guide.
  • The provision of 4 star accommodation–twin share basis.
  • Family Room accommodation if children are travelling.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.
  • The provision of two cooked breakfasts, three lunches and two 3 course evening meals
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment from a specialist guide
  • Tours departing daily excluding 23rd, 24th, 25th December

Exclusions

  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – available on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.
  • Tours departing 23rd, 24th, 25th December

Special Note: Travel insurance is highly recommended – refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel.

Note: accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

Prices Premium Range 

Adult $2250

Child up to and including 16 years $1800

prices valid to 31st March 2016

Prices Gold Class Range

Adult $2500

Child up to and including 16 years $1950

prices valid to 31st March 2016

Prices Platinum 4 Range

Adult $2750

Child up to and including 16 years $2100

prices valid to 31st March 2016

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