- Adult Ages 18+
- Child Ages 3 - 17
Tropical Rainforest 4WD Day Tour in Cairns
Experience World Heritage Wet Tropics from a unique perspective with our eco-sensitive 4WD Safari.
Wilderness Eco Safaris takes you away from the mass market tourist areas, into a spectacular and ancient wilderness wonderland offering the most bio-diverse ecosystem in the world.
Venture with us into ‘restrictive access’ areas where you find no other crowds or vehicles, no sealed roads, just the genuine ‘Land of the Giants’ as we discover the largest and most ancient rainforest trees and plants in the world (not seen by other tours). Some of them date back over 300 million years.
Our journey takes us to places Cairns’ locals know about and the tourists don’t. Though pristine tropical rainforest, seven water crossings, lunch in a truly relaxing and tranquil setting.
The afternoon takes us to the other side of the Great Dividing Range; Australian Bush, The Outback and a waterfall for a swim.
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Depart Cairns at approx. 8:00 am
Introductions are made all around to set the tone of the day, a day out with a bunch of mates. After a brief explanation of the day’s activities, we soon arrive at our first destination.
Part of the Barron Gorge National Park, Stoney Creek was originally Cairns’ drinking water source. Now it’s an incredible place to introduce the tropical rainforest.
Here we enjoy an informative walk following the crystal clear creek. The canopy closes in, the smells, sounds, and atmosphere of the rainforest surround us.
After our refreshing wake up walk, we start our climb up the Great Dividing Range.
City View Lookout
We’re back in the vehicle, climbing the mountain range behind Cairns. Small glimpses of the city can be seen through the trees. And now we arrive at the lookout.
The panorama of Cairns City is revealed. Views over Trinity Inlet and out towards Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef can be seen.
Morning tea is enjoyed while taking in the beauty of Lake Morris. The tranquil waters of this man-made marvel are framed by Lambs Range, a small part of the 900,000 hectares that make up the Wet Tropics World Heritage Listed Tropical Rainforest of Northern Queensland.
Dinden National Park
After unlocking the gate we cross over the dam wall and suddenly loose civilization (and all the other tourists). 4Wd is locked on and our journey into the vastness of the Rainforest begins. Jurassic Park is a statement heard quite often on tour…
We follow a seldom-used logging track, into the traditional homeland of the Tjapakai people.
We are now travelling back in time. A living museum. Plants and animals that no longer survive anywhere else on the planet still inhabit this area. The rare Cassowary, Musky Rat Kangaroo, Boydes Rainforest Dragon, and the Giant King Fern are found nowhere but here
Marvelling at the immenseness and natural beauty of the surrounds, we cross through five water crossings and arrive at our lunch spot.
A buffet lunch is served Alfresco in the middle of the forest on the banks of the Clohsey River.
The sounds of the stream and the birds are our background music. A unique lunch spot you won’t forget…
Clohsey River Fig Tree
After lunch, we take a boardwalk adventure. The biggest birds nest you will ever see, an amazingly beautiful water feature, a tree you think is the biggest you have ever seen, until you see the surprise at the end of the boardwalk.
A 900-year-old Strangler Fig Tree. This tree has strangled, killed and eaten another tree. Definitely a jungle in here…
After two more water crossings, the rainforest disappears suddenly. Now we have crossed to the other side of the Great Dividing Range. Landscape and the weather change dramatically.
We are now in the Aussie Bush, eucalyptus trees and giant termite mounds are the new features.
One more water crossing and we find the highway again and civilization (well, ice cream anyway).
Emerald Creek Ice Creamery
All of a sudden, seemingly out of the middle of nowhere an ice cream shop appears.
Not any normal ice cream, but 45 handmade tropical ice creams made from the local produce grown in this area. This is a great place to purchase a locally made souvenir.
Davies Creek Falls
Our afternoon break is followed by another landscape change. On our way to Davies Creek Falls, we touch on the edge of the Aussie Outback as we head to the top of the waterfall for an afternoon cool-down swim.
The waterfall itself is amazing, but it’s our secret natural rock pool at the top which is the surprise.
This pool is so incredible that a beer commercial has been filmed there! What more of a recommendation do you need?
On our way back to Cairns we stop off to see where all the streams we’ve to see all day join, the Barron River. The falls at 68 meters high is a spectacular sight.
Pretty Faced Wallabies
No Australian adventure would complete without seeing a wallaby or 200. So we do finish the day with a quick visit to the wallabies at Trinity Beach. Who doesn’t love a macropod?
Back to Cairns at Approx. @17:00
Days over. Hopefully, everyone has been awed and educated and left with a great memory of their day out with Wilderness Eco Safaris.
Wet Tropics Accredited Tour Guide
- A local with many years of experience in interpretive guiding. (since 1992)
- Including working as a Ranger at Cairns’ major ecotourism rainforest attraction.
Driver, photographer, model, guide, interpreter, amateur comedian, mechanic, lumberjack navigator, iPhone technician, childminder, singer, marriage counselor, translator, chef, waiter, trying to be ornithologist, botanist, and biologist, storyteller, snake removalist, historian, nurse, vehicle detailer, IT expert, part-time phycologist, waterfall expert, lifesaver and general dogs’ body… and that was just yesterday’s tour.
To enjoy a great day out in the rainforest the most important thing to bring is a great sense of adventure.
Our friendly staff will take care of the rest.
- Sun hat
- Water bottle
Note: Light jacket recommended during the cooler months (June – September).
- Access to rainforest within 15 mins of leaving accommodation – compared to a long drive north other larger companies visit
- Guided interpretive walks. With Kevin’s knowledge and experience, you may even learn a thing.
- 100% unique itinerary, away from the usual mass-market over-commercialized areas
- Wildlife spotting
- Small groups maximum of 7 guests
- Genuine 4WD off-road. This allows us deeper into the exclusive restricted tropical rainforest, not seen by others
- See the most ancient and largest plants and trees not seen on typical tourist routes
- No strict schedules. A relaxed, informative, personalized and fun day out
- Chance to cool down in an incredibly beautiful rock pool at the top of a waterfall
- An unequaled rainforest encounter experienced only by Wilderness Eco Safaris passengers
- An unrivaled itinerary that takes you through the Cairns Highland’s Tropical Rainforest, Australian Bush on route to the famous Aussie Outback
Between bird watching and wildlife spotting in a true rainforest, you are provided with a luncheon, plus morning and afternoon teas…it is indeed a wonderful day out from Cairns, a fully escorted safari, naturalist guides, and reliable 4WD vehicles.
A great day of adventure in the Australian rainforest!!!
- Informative personalized guided tour
- No crowds or other vehicles
- Award-winning tour guide
- Access to “restricted areas”
- Genuine 4WD tracks
- World Heritage rainforest tracks
- Giant strangler fig trees & cedar (The Red Gold Tree)
- Real Australian Bush/Outback tracks
- River crossings
- Rainforest interpretation & walking trails
- Wildlife spotting and interaction
- Morning & afternoon tea
- Delicious Ploughman’s lunch in unique rainforest surroundings
- Beautiful rock pools and meandering mountain streams
- Spectacular views and photo opportunities
- Pick-up/drop-off from your place of accommodation
- Full day (8 am – 5 pm) adventure