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Why take a Daintree Tour instead of Self Drive?

June 19th, 2019

This question is often asked by travellers to our beautiful destination. Why should they pay $190 per person to go on a tour they can simply drive themselves in the car they have already spent money on to hire?

The answer is pretty simple – the Daintree is so much better on a tour!

Let us share with you why this is so.

 1. The Guide

Whose family is lucky enough to have a highly trained rainforest ecologist who spends 40+ hours a week exploring the Daintree on holidays with them?


Our guides know where the Daintree hides her secrets. We know where the cassowaries chill, the peppermint insects hang, the Boyd’s Dragons kick back, the location of that Hope cycad that only grows 1cm every 100 years.

We know her history too – how the Kuku Yalanji survived in a world of venomous animals, toxic plants and constant rain; how lucky Captain James Cook really was to have encountered his ‘tribulations’ when and where he did.

An intimate guided tour is to truly explore the Daintree, to lose yourself in the world’s oldest rainforest and for a lot of our travellers, the BEST day of their FNQ holiday.

2. Take in the scenery – this is rubber-necking territory

The drive through the Daintree Rainforest is arguably one of the most scenic rainforest drives you will ever take.


There are some parts where you can literally touch the rainforest from your car window. It envelopes you in a big green hug.

There are ancient trees, roadside waterfalls, weird and wacky looking animals to spot – and you do not want to miss one thing because you are the driver and have to keep your eyes on the road.

3. Be taken to the REAL best spots and beat the crowds

You know when a visitor asks you the best spots to visit and the people that live there show them the same walks and swimming holes… you know what we’re talking about 😉

The Daintree is so beautiful, everything is the best – but to beat the crowds you need to be with an experienced guide who truly know the best spots that day – the rainforest moves her secrets daily, she is a capricious lady.

Priority is given to tour companies, whether it be taking the bus for the Mossman Gorge, the Daintree River ferry, a river cruise or grabbing a cup of the best ice cream in the world, joining a tour gives your guest the VIP line jumping feeling.

4. It’s worth the cost!

For the majority of visitors to FNQ this is their first and more than likely last visit here. When will they have the opportunity to explore the world’s oldest rainforest again?

We can’t take money with us, but we leave memories of amazing and special moments shared with those we love.

Trip Advisor Hall of Fame

July 11th, 2018

We are excited to share that with 5 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence awards under our belt (2014-2018) we have now been inducted into the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame. Thank you so much to each and every one of our guests who took the time to leave a review. This is all thanks to you !




Dave’s 15 mins of fame…

May 28th, 2018

Our owner/operator Dave Mainwaring cracks up the team from Sunrise during a interview. Writing about it won’t do it justice so just press play and enjoy!


Dave on Sunrise (Channel 7)

Daintree Wonder Tours owner/operator (and budding comedian?) Dave Mainwaring was interviewed by Sunrise this morning about our work. Definitely worth a watch!

Posted by Daintree Wonder Tours on Monday, 26 March 2018

Daintree Wonder Tours an ‘Ultimate Tour for 2018’

February 7th, 2018

We are thrilled to be featured as one of Flight Network’s Ultimate Adventure Tours for 2018. So what are you waiting for? Book a tour with us today: http://www.daintreewondertours.com.au/rates-bookings/


For more on the Australia’s best tour experiences click on the below link.

Adventures Abound: Australia for those who Seek the Extraordinary

Wildlife Care – Heron Chicks

December 7th, 2017

We have been privileged to raise two orphaned striated heron chicks this year.

The two little fluff balls were handed in a week apart but came from the same location (the Reef Marina, Port Douglas) so were most likely nestmates. Both had fallen out of the nest and unfortunately, it was not possible to return them to their home.

Once coming into care they received a mix of fresh fish (Dave had an excuse to go fishing each day so was pretty happy), insects (crickets, worms etc), insectivore mix, a little mince and calcium supplement. The first chick, Harry, suffered a bout of paralysis when first rescued and we were doubtful he was going to make it. Fortunately, with lots of TLC he pulled through and showed marked improvement after being joined by his sibling (Keenie). Watching them learn to fly and catch food was an absolute pleasure and it was amazing to see how strong their instincts became (e.g. I had read that this species sometimes engage in ‘fishing’by dropping a leaf into the water to bring fish to the surface for them to catch. I assumed this was a behaviour learned from their parents but our chicks started performing this act at about 7 weeks of age!)

After almost 3 months in care, both birds were fully fledged so taken up to the Daintree Ice Cream Co property for release at the river. They now live a full life in the wild (where they belong).

Our Business Supports The Reef!

October 4th, 2017

Daintree Wonder Tours is very proud to have joined Great Barrier Reef Legacy as a Small Business Champion. We not only gift some of our profits to this organization but also offer in-kind support (spaces on board our tour for them to use during fundraising events).

Great Barrier Reef Legacy is a not for profit that aims to change the reef is understood and protected by operating the reef’s only independent research vessel. Their expedition ship will serve as:

  • A floating laboratory
  • Interactive classroom
  • Multimedia hub to communicate directly with the public
  • Platform of collaboration for other NGOs, institutions and citizen scientists

The reef and rainforest are intimately connected and the health of one has direct and indirect effects on the other. It is important that we take action to safeguard these natural resources so that we can ensure their survival for future generations.

For more on this wonderful charity visit: www.reeflegacy.org or visit their facebook page


King of the Jungle

June 16th, 2017

Ever wonder what happens when a cassowary and a feral pig face off? Run little piggy run! No doubt who is ‘king of the jungle’ here!


What happens when a cassowary and a feral pig face off? Run little piggy run! No doubt who is 'king of the jungle' here!Visit Port Douglas & Daintree Explore Tropical North Queensland Visit Queensland, Australia Australia.com World Cassowary Day ABC Far North

Posted by Daintree Wonder Tours on Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Summer Newsletter

April 12th, 2017

Daintree Guided tours News from the daintree

Find out what’s been going on in the Daintree Rainforest

Our summer newsletter is out. Check out what’s been going on in the Daintree here: http://eepurl.com/cG3tmD

Turkey vs Snake

March 7th, 2017

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

Brush turkey vs Black snake!

What a treat to witness this rare interaction between a snake and brush turkey. While the bird take a 'passive aggressive' approach (turning around and kicking sand) the snake opts for a more assertive tactic. Who do you think is the victor?Video captured by our wonderful guide DeanVisit Port Douglas & Daintree Explore Tropical North Queensland Visit Queensland, Australia Australia.com Tourism Port Douglas Discover Queensland Destination Daintree

Posted by Daintree Wonder Tours on Tuesday, 28 February 2017


What a treat for our guests witness this rare interaction between a snake and brush turkey. While the bird take a ‘passive aggressive’ approach (turning around and kicking sand) the snake opts for a more assertive tactic.

Video captured by our wonderful guide Dean

Fortunately both animals were unharmed and went their separate ways following the chance encounter.

Coco’s story

January 5th, 2017

This is ‘Coco’ – a male agile wallaby joey. Many readers would be familiar with his mother Apple, a charismatic wallaby that won the hearts of many visitors to Thala Beach Nature Reserve (for more on Apple click here). Sadly Apple passed away recently, leaving Coco an orphan. The good news is that despite a rocky start Coco is doing well and will one day be released back to the wild.


About 6:30pm on November 8th we received a distressed call from Loren at Thala Beach Nature Reserve reporting that Apple was very sick and that her joey had gotten a fright and run off into the bush. He was still quite young (less than 1kg) and not used to spending much time away from mum, especially at night. We arrived  just on dusk and immediately started scouring the area. I was not optimistic we would find him – trying to to locate a tiny, scared joey in a huge area of thick bush at night is like trying to finding a needle in a haystack. But we we had to try. Armed with our headlights we split up. After about 20mins of fruitless searching I suddenly I heard someone cry out ‘He’s here! He’s here!’. Loren had heard a ‘chirp’ which is a peculiar sound made by joeys to call their mothers. He only did it the one time, but that was enough to hone in on the sound. In the beam of Loren’s torchlight appeared a small, brown fur ball.

We couldn’t believe our luck – against all odds we had found him!


Coco after his first night in care. His left eye is swollen and tender due to green ant bites.

Sucking his dummy. Marsupials have an innate urge to suckle and having a dummy helps reduce the stress of orphaning.

That face.

Coco was severely underweight and dehydrated by the time we got him so received fluids immediately upon getting him home (via subcutaneous injection). His left eye was swollen and he couldn’t open it as a result of green ant bites. Other than that he seemed ok and took the bottle well. He continued to feed and after a few days of medicated drops was able to open his eye again. He did well for first two weeks but then started to show signs of illness – diahorrea, lethargy and an unwillingness to eat. He was diagnosed with e.coli and pneumonia – both common killers in orphaned joeys.

Keeping Coco hydrated with electrolytes. Joeys can dehydrate and perish quickly so it’s very important to keep them hydrated at all times

A few of the medications Coco was on. Poor little thing had to be stabbed with multiple needles every day as the best way to administer antibiotics to wallabies is via intramuscular injection. 

After consulting with vets and other wildlife carers Coco was put on a treatement regime that included 3 different types of antibiotics (administered intramuscularly), electrolytes and supplements. He needed constant monitoring and neither of us got much sleep! After a week of critical care he started to show signs of improvement and we are thrilled to report that since then has made a full recovery.

Here he is enjoying a hop shortly after a rain shower.