Far North Queensland
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Hartley's Crocodile Adventures: Entrance Ticket

1. Hartley's Crocodile Adventures: Entrance Ticket

Get up close and personal with Australia's native and exotic wildlife at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, a wildlife sanctuary and ecotourism park located between Cairns and Port Douglas at Wangetti. Upon arrival at the park, you will be allocated a time for a boat tour during which you will be able to see crocodiles being pole fed. During your visit to the park, learn more about crocodiles and snakes with daily talks and shows, including a tour of the crocodile farm, a crocodile attack show, and a venomous snake demonstration. In between shows, feel free to explore the 2500 meters of boardwalks and pathways winding through melaleuca wetlands, eucalypt woodland, and riverine rainforest, enjoying a wide variety of native and exotic animals. No doubt after all the walking you'll be hungry for the range of snacks and meals available at the onsite bistro. After the shows, explore the wildlife exhibits at your own pace. See Komodo dragons, alligators, cassowaries, wombats, koalas, emus, lizards, quolls, kangaroos, and wallabies. In the Gallery of Living Art, meet tropical and predatory birds in a walk-through aviary, then enter the reptile room to admire exotic reptiles. Finish the day with a selfie with the koalas, crocs, or pythons for a memorable souvenir of your day out.

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Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

2. Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, & Mossman Gorge Tour

Get picked up at your hotel and stop at the renowned Mossman Gorge, the first sight on your Daintree Forest tour. Embark on a guided walk and then hop aboard a river cruise on the Daintree River, home to the elusive estuarine crocodile. Observe stunning native and migratory bird life, butterflies, and breathtaking scenery. Cross the Daintree River, journey to Alexandra Lookout, and enjoy sweeping views extending from the Daintree River Estuary to the Coral Sea. Stop for morning tea under the canopy of this prehistoric rainforest. Have some muffin biscuits, coffee, Daintree Tea, and water.  Continue on to Cape Tribulation, with a stop at Kulki Lookout for unparalleled views of the rainforest and beach. Stop at Noah Valley, a World Heritage private property that plays host to some of the most spectacular, pristine rainforest found anywhere in the world. Take a stroll along The Gateway to Paradise and see one of the most primitive flowering plants still in existence. Enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear rainforest stream while your barbecue lunch is prepared in a private retreat surrounded by rainforest. Savor a lunch of steak, fish, and sausage, served with salads and a warm damper (Australian-style bread) followed by a tropical fruit platter. Follow lunch with an interpretive guided rainforest walk through the heart of the Daintree rainforest. Discover how all living parts of the Daintree Rainforest depend on each other for survival. Conclude the tour with a visit to Daintree Ice Cream Company.

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Kuranda: Koalas, Birds and Butterflies Experience

3. Kuranda: Koalas, Birds and Butterflies Experience

Experience an unforgettable day with fantastic wildlife such as koalas, wallabies, kangaroos, rare birds, and colorful butterflies, as you enjoy access to three wonderful attractions. Find yourself among kangaroos and wallabies roaming around a free-range enclosure at Kuranda Koala Gardens, and take the opportunity to hand-feed them yourself! Marvel at the spectacle of tropical birds flying through their natural rainforest habitat at Birdworld, home to some of Australia's most precious bird species. Enjoy the magic of over 1500 magnificent butterflies fluttering above you in the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Learn fascinating information about the wildlife as you benefit from a guided tour at the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, and a complimentary bird spotter's guide at Birdworld.

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Kuranda: Birdworld Entry Ticket

4. Kuranda: Birdworld Entry Ticket

Get ready to experience a unique rainforest habitat and encounter almost 60 native and exotic species of birds. Be amazed at the more than 350 birds of all shapes, sizes and colors on display, including the Finch Aviary. Be surrounded by flying species from the vanishing rainforests of the world, including some of Australia’s most precious and beautiful birds. Encounter brilliant Amazonian macaws, the endangered and stately cassowary, cheeky rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos, and many more. Join the birds in their beautiful world. Enjoy activities including hand feeding, or just relax in this natural landscape of waterfalls, ponds, exotic and native plants.

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Airlie Beach: Kangaroos at Beach Sunrise & Wildlife Tour

5. Airlie Beach: Kangaroos at Beach Sunrise & Wildlife Tour

Break out your binoculars and walking boots to experience a day of Australian nature and wildlife from Airlie Beach. Learn about Indigenous people and their connection to the land. Encounter local wildlife as you navigate through pristine nature reserves. Get an early start to the day as you set out on a road trip to share the sunrise with local kangaroos and Wallabies. After a walk through the National Park rain forest and a sacred Indigenous fish trap site, enjoy a delicious breakfast on the beach. Walk off your breakfast with an interpretive wander through a subtropical rain forest or a hike to the lookout. Then, hop back on your guide-driven vehicle and continue the road trip to a local farm. Get your cameras ready from some of the most beautiful sights. Once at the farm, get a chance to interact with several tropical birds in a walkthrough Aviary and some friendly farm animals. Sip on a cup of light morning tea before heading back to Airlie Beach. Use your free time in some locations to swim and relax. This is an educational experience is crafted with a personal touch in a small group so you can have a completely personalized experience close to nature. Encounter wildlife such as kookaburras, fruit doves, birds of prey, goannas, turtles, platypus, and lizards.

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From Cairns: Daintree National Park Day Trip and Night Tour

6. From Cairns: Daintree National Park Day Trip and Night Tour

Begin your foray into northern Australia's tropical rainforest climate with a pickup from your accommodation in Cairns in the mid afternoon. Drive along the Great Barrier Reef Drive, the region’s most scenic coastal highway, and observe the changes in habitat diversity as you venture north to Daintree National Park. Go for a guided cruise down the beautiful Daintree River and keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles and other native wildlife. Enjoy a quiet and fume-free experience on a solar-powered electric boat with zero environmental impact. Hop off at Cape Tribulation, a UNESCO World Heritage area with pristine beaches, rainforest, cool streams, towering mountains, and freshwater valleys. Spend an hour exploring this tropical paradise before heading to dinner at Whet Restaurant nestled in the dense jungle. Then finish with a not-to-be-missed night tour through the rainforest. Get the opportunity to see a variety of nocturnal species that come out at night to avoid to heat of the day in the tropical climate. Afterwards, cross the Daintree River on the cable ferry and get transported back to your accommodation in Cairns, arriving around 10:30 pm.

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Kuranda: Friends in the Rainforest Koala Gardens & Birdworld

7. Kuranda: Friends in the Rainforest Koala Gardens & Birdworld

Enjoy the opportunity to hold a koala, and discover two of the most unique wildlife attractions in Tropical North Queensland, the Kuranda Koala Gardens and Birdworld Kuranda. Visit the Kuranda area and see some of Australia’s most well-known native animals including quokkas, wallabies, lizards, possums, gliders, kangaroos, and many others. Snap your own momentous memories to share with your family and friends with hand feeding and photo opportunities. See brilliant Amazonian macaws, the endangered and stately cassowary, cheeky rainbow lorikeets, galahs, cockatoos, and many more exotic and beautiful birds. Explore the natural landscape brimming with waterfalls, ponds, exotic and native plants. Surround yourself in the rainforest habitat and be amazed at more than 350 birds of all shapes, sizes, and colors on display.

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From Cairns: Daintree National Park Private Tour

8. From Cairns: Daintree National Park Private Tour

Start with pickup from your accomodation in Carins at 7:30 AM. Begin a journey heading North along the Great Barrier Reef Drive with beautiful coastal views of the Coral Sea. Upon arrival at the park embark on a Daintree River wildlife cruise. This 2-hour cruise is full of opportunities to observe and photograph some of the most primitive forms of animal and plant life in the world. After the cruise, enjoy lunch at the Daintree Tea House. Lunch has an exotic theme with the outside dining area secluded in the rainforest with beautiful views of tropical rainforest and continuous sounds of birds and nature.  After lunch travel to Mossman Gorge. Go on an ancient journey to witness the evolutionary complexities of the rainforest. The gorge has multiple trails for you to explore with your guide. Enjoy up to 4.5 kilometers of quiet walking tracks within the World Heritage Area, and take some time to swim in the incredible freshwater gorge. After a full day of exploring the park, be returned to your accommodation at 5:30 PM.

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From Cairns: Full-Day Birdwatching Excursion

9. From Cairns: Full-Day Birdwatching Excursion

This excursion offers visitors to North Queensland the opportunity to explore a private wetland reserve known for its highly-prized birdwatching experience. Encounter diverse habitats, stumble upon endemic wildlife and have a chance to spot up to 220 different species.  Begin your day with an early morning pickup and start exploring the wetland by 7:30 AM. Enjoy the morning tranquility as you walk around the lagoon in search of bush birds, ducks, geese, and many more species.  In the afternoon, stop for a picnic lunch and travel to the nearby Atherton Tableland to visit what is known as the oldest continually growing tropical rainforest in the world. Be stunned by the Tableland's beautiful landscape and continue your birdwatching excursion. 

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What people are saying about Far North Queensland

Was a great day Guides were very well informed the park was very clean and well maintained and the animals were housed very natural in their habitats The crocodile show was great and the river cruise was very enjoyable Having a crocodile meat with salad for lunch was a great ending to an enjoyable day

Well worth it. This is a fantastic day trip in a nice small group. Our guide Jans was extremely knowledgeable and the whole experience was well organised. You can tick off so many sites in this region in a single day and it doesn’t even feel rushed. 100% recommend.

This is a must do experience especially for those who are fascinated with Australian wild life. Plenty to do and see for a full day trip!

The whole family enjoyed the live shows, lots of knowledge about the animals and all the team members there were friendly..

Excellent experience! All the facilities and staff were amazing.