Port Douglas is a spectacular one hour drive north of Cairns along one of the most scenic coastal roads in Australia. Home to some of Tropical North Queensland's most exclusive resorts, award winning restaurants, beautiful galleries and boutique shopping. For a small village Port Douglas offers...
Travel to Cape Tribulation and experience this exciting activity, all in one day! Jungle Surfing is a unique and exhilarating way to experience the beauty of the world-renowned Daintree Rainforest – a fun, educational, fully-guided, all-weather activity where your feet don’t touch the ground. Fly...
Join us for a small personalised Eco accredited tour to Chillagoe Caves & Outback includes environmentally friendly cruise at the Mareeba Wetlands, Outback historical towns, Chillagoe Smelters, Guided Chillagoe Caves Tour, delicious Aussie pub lunch, Mt Uncle Distillery and see amazing wildlife!
Join a small personalised family operated Advanced Eco Accredited business with 35 years experience to the World Heritage Daintree Cape Tribulation 4WD Bloomfield Track Day Tour. With only a maximum of 16 passengers per vehicle and travelling in Custom Built 4WD High Clearance Vehicles Air Condition...
Located just 40 minutes north of Cairns and 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures is simply the best place to see crocodiles and local wildlife in Tropical North Queensland. With over 2100 metres of timber boardwalks and pathways leading you on a journey of discovery throu...
Jungle Surfing takes you on a guided zipline experience through six tree platforms and the world's first Human Hamster Wheel cable lift. The tour is a personal journey of discovery through every level of the rainforest canopy. Our guides are with you every step of the way, sharing their wit and...
Daintree Boatman offers 2 hour river cruises on the famous Daintree River. Cruises depart two times a day. One at Dawn (6:30am) and one at Dusk (4:00pm). You will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of species including the Little Kingfisher, Papuan Frogmouth, Black Bittern, Great-bill...
Ever wanted to explore the beautiful beaches and tropical rainforest in Far North Queensland? A Tropic Wings Cape Tribulation tour is the best way to get up close and personal with the Daintree rainforest. Our tours include stunning scenic coastal drives, personal experiences with animals at the Wil...
Want to Cuddle a Koala, meet pythons, crocodiles, amazing Australian birds and hand-feed kangaroos? Want to see the endangered Southern Cassowary and Lumholtz’s Tree Kangaroo? Fancy getting up close and personal with Estaurine Crocodiles on our new Predator Plank? Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas offer...
Jungle Adventures Nightwalks take small groups deep into the ancient forest to experience the nocturnal world. As the sun sets over the trees, the animals stir and the forest comes to life. It’s a singing, bustling world, far removed from man’s dominance over the earth, and the Jungle Adventures Ni...
Our overnight tour options offer the activities included in our day tours plus various levels of Cape Tribulation accommodation for your extended visit. Choose from 2 or 3 day options or stay for as many days as you like, just add on the cost of any extra nights. You can also book additional activit...
Billy Tea Safaris is a locally owned operator, which operates small personalised tours to Cape Tribulation. Your naturalist guides have extensive knowledge of flora, fauna, history of the area and aboriginal culture, which will ensure you day will be a memory of a life time.
Experience a full all inclusive day for all things Kuranda. This is a full day inclusive of the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Gondola Cableway, some free time in the village to visit the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary and then transferred to Rainforestation to watch the local indigenous Pamagirri...
Jungle Tours operates out of Cairns and runs day and extended tours to Cape Tribulation and the Daintree – where the rainforest meets the reef. Locally owned and operated, Jungle Tours specialises in youth and adventure trips. Travelling in small groups, you’ll be kept informed and entertained th...
Crocodile Express was the first wildlife cruise operator on the river in 1979. Your cruise will take you along sections of this spectacular waterway with your guide pointing out wildlife and flora along the foreshore and creeks. Our naturalist guide will interpret the importance of this amazing Worl...
Day birding tours ex Port Douglas and surrounding visiting coastal habitats, Julatten rainforest, Mt Lewis and dry savannah around Mt Carbine. Multi day birding tours of the wet tropics and selected Cape York area's.
Daintree Wonder Tours is your World Heritage Rainforest Tour specialist – providing daily trips to the Daintree National Park, incorporating the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, the mighty Daintree River, secluded Daintree Rainforest swimming holes and much more! Daintree Won...
Guest feedback, has taught us that visitors see and enjoy more in small personalised groups, travelling to out-of-the-way places mainstream tours never witness. Brings you the best in luxury day touring to the Daintree Rainforest, Mossman Gorge, Cape Tribulation and Bloomfield Falls. We also do p...
One of the must do trips In Far North Queensland is to visit the exquisite Daintree Rainforest. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, it is immensely important as a living link back to the Gondwanan times. It is considered as the oldest continual living rainforest on Earth. Departing from Port...
In Daintree, Australia - experience a Daintree River wildlife cruise on SOLAR WHISPER, an eco friendly, electric powered boat with instant digital video replay of wildlife and action in the mangroves and rainforest along the Daintree River with "CROC CAM"
Daintree Boatman Nature Tours is a small tour business offering premium small-group wildlife cruises on the Daintree River. Cruises are a special experience, with highly sought-after birds, snakes and crocodiles seen on most cruises. An average of 40 wildlife species are observed per tour. Cruises a...
During the past 15 years, we have ensured that the Tropical North Queensland Rainforest and remote areas has been experienced to its fullest. Our Tour Operators have vast knowledge of the areas, its fauna, flora and indigenous scenery and they love to pass on their wisdom to you.
Fine Feather Tours is owned and operated by Del and Pat Richards, and is based in Mossman, North Queensland, adjacent to the richest birding area in Australia. Well over half of Australia's species have been recorded within a distance of 200 kilometres. Del is Mossman / Daintree representative for B...
The award-winning Wildlife Habitat is Australia's leading environmental wildlife experience, providing visitors with a chance to observe up close a huge range of flora and fauna. Wildlife Habitat was constructed in 1988 on 8 acres of agricultural land that has been transformed to provide a window in...
Lady Douglas can take you searching for crocodiles on an idyllic calm water river cruise through the mangrove wetlands near to Port Douglas. Each cruise includes both an exploration far up Dickson Inlet and a cruise to the inlet entrance. An entertaining commentary covers mangroves, crocodiles and...
Tropic Wings is the longest established coach operator in Cairns. Locally owned and operated, it offers full day touring programs, exploring all the wonders of the Tropical North. The most popular tourist destination is Kuranda, including the Kuranda Scenic Railway, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, Au...
About Wildlife Experience For Port Douglas
Wildlife Tours & Activities
Explore the unique & diverse wildlife & ecosystems of Tropical North Queensland. Yes there are snakes and crocodiles but there are also Ulyses Butterflies, Sunbirds, bandicoot.... The Daintree Rainforest and surrounding areas is home to a diverse and amazing range of flora & fauna, experience it for yourself!
Bruce Belcher's Daintree River... Crocodile Cruise
Bruce Belcher's Daintree River Cruises offer a one-hour wildlife cruise. We are enthusiastic, honest, exciting and informative. We are keen bird watchers and have a good eye for crocodiles and tree snakes. With crocodiles spotted on 98% of trips, particularly in cooler months.
We operate from our home on the banks of the Daintree River in a secluded boutique facility. Board our vessel for a personal guided tour with Bruce's 20 years experience on the Daintree River.
Phone/Fax: +61 7 4098 7717
2856 Daintree Road, Daintree Queensland 4873
Chris Dahlberg's Daintree Specialised River Tours
The reputation that the Daintree Village now enjoys for wildlife viewing and birdwatching can be largely attributed to this tour. Chris pioneered small group tours with dawn departures and the use of a vessel without a roof back in 1992. An average of 50 wildlife species are seen on the two hour tour and a list of the wildlife sightings for that particular tour is uploaded to the web site before lunch the same day.
Phone: +61 7 4098 7997
, Daintree Village Queensland 4873
Daintree River & Reef Cruise Centre
Personalised, Tropical Rainforest Cruises with a professional naturalist guide on the loveliest part of the Daintree River aboard the M.V. Matilda. 2 1/2 hour Bird Watchers & Nature Lovers special. Early morning & late afternoon departures. All cruises include free use of binoculars and free refreshments.
Phone: +61 7 4098 6115 Fax: +61 7 4098 6208
Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree Queensland 4873
Daintree River Nice n Easy Cruises
Nice n Easy offers a wildlife adventure on the Daintree River. We specialise in small groups and comfort, but most of all, our aim is to let you experience the beauty of this enviroment.
Relax, enjoy, and admire.
Phone: +61 7 4098 7456 Fax: +61 7 4090 7803
Daintree, Daintree Queensland 4873
Fine Feather Tours - Safari or Cruise
Fine Feather Tours are renowned for expert guidance locating many of the species in this, the richest birding area in Australia. Available tours include 'Full Day Bird Safari', 'Morning Bird / Wildlife Tour', 'Daintree Cruise & Tour'.
Phone/Fax: +61 7 4094 1199
PO Box 853, Mossman Queensland 4873
Jungle Adventures - Cape Tribulation
Jungle Adventures Cape Tribulation run guided walks through the World Heritage listed Daintree rainforest. Your guide, a local biological scientist will share their knowledge about the tropical plants and animal species, which include wildlife and birds which are unique to the oldest living rainforest on earth. Or try, the zipline flying fox for the experience of a lifetime, jungle surfing through the pristine Daintree Rainforest.
Phone: +61 7 4098 0090 Fax: +61 7 4099 5293
PO Box 117, Port Douglas Queensland 4870
Solarwhisper - Daintree River Wildlife Cruise
Solarwhisper invites you to join us for a relaxing 1.25 hour cruise in our quiet, eco friendly Solar Electric Boat. Crocodiles seen on most trips, (especially during low tide) by our experienced guide with 'Eagle Eyes' who also tracks down Birds, Butterflies, Snakes, Frogs & Crabs. 'Croc Cam' zooms in on hard to see wildlife and gives action re-plays on the big screen. Electric motors - See and hear nature with no emissions into the river, the atmosphere or your lungs.
Phone: (07) 4098 7131
, Daintree Queensland 4873
Wait-a-while Enviromental Rainforest Tours
Wait-a-while Rainforest Tours have been leaders in guiding diurnal and nocturnal tours focusing on viewing wildlife in its natural environment of the Rainforests and near Outback of the Wet Tropics World Heritage region of Tropical North Queensland. They offer the ultimate experience, with tour sizes of 4, 6, 10 and 20 guests maximum, led by some of Australia's leading Rainforest and Wildlife Guides, showcasing the greatest diversity of flora and fauna with expert interpretation.
Phone: +61 7 4098 2422 Fax: +61 2 9475 0107
PO Box 170, Mossman Queensland 4873
Tour 1: The Secret World of the Platypus
Tour 2: The Complete Wildlife Eco-Tour
"We are not just a business, but an enviromental awareness company, with an infectious passion for wildlife."
Phone: +61 7 4057 6272 Fax: +61 7 4057 8093
PO Box 510, Smithfield, Cairns Queensland 4870
Feral Pigs in Tropical North Queensland
By Jamie Harbord
I love my little miss piggy, because she brings home the bacon. On the other hand, feral pigs, like the cane toad, are a very bad addition to Australias flora and fauna.
Environmentally, feral pigs are truly pigs! They cause severe habit destruction, and add huge competition to the natural food chains. They are the most dangerous predator for many animals, and provide a prime host for the spread of diseases.
Feral pigs, Sus scrofa, were introduced into Australia by early traders and settlers, lazily letting their food stocks roam wild. Now their population is estimated to exceed our own, except they dont congregate themselves into cities. Pigs are anywhere and everywhere they can find water. Populations can increase by 100% per year, and since the 1970s their distribution has rapidly spread.
Probably the biggest problem with feral pigs is their wreaking of habitat havoc. They scoop out wallows around waterways and dig up the ground with their tusks whilst foraging for food. In the process, (on top of what they actually eat) they uproot and destroy plants, also creating cumulative erosion. They devastate breeding and nesting habitats eliminating that wildlife, and encouraging the spread of weeds into the area.
All of this, in combination with their own vast food subsistence requirements, drastically throws out the natural food chains. Feral pigs are also notorious for crop and pasture destruction, putting to squander over 20 000 tones of sugarcane per year.
Feral pigs make a formidable predator. Small mammals, lizards, frogs, insects, and ground nesting birds are all on the hit list. Pigs love eggs, and because of their high intelligence, (greater than your pet dogs) are particularly good at being in the right place at the right time to gorge themselves at the endangered sea turtles annual nesting sites. In agricultural areas they are responsible for the hunting, killing and eating of up to 40% of newborn lambs.
Feral pigs are not fussy, they will scavenge on dead animals, including their own, making them more susceptible to diseases. One in five of Queenslands ferals have Leptospirosis. Its a bacterial disease fatal to humans and livestock, easily spread from pig blood, urine, or raw meat contact, too human eyes, nose, mouth, or broken skin. Pigs would be a perfect host should Australia experience an outbreak of swine fever, or worse still, foot and mouth disease.
So what can we all do to help? Definitely dont try to hit one in your car, and cricket bats wont help either. I suggest hiring a helicopter and machine guns with some mates, or more appropriately simply request wild boar for a taste sensation at your favorite restaurant. During the mid 1990s meat exports peaked at $20 million per annum.
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Terry - The Australian Tarantula
By Jamie Harbord 8th July 06
Yeh Gidday, Im Terry Tarantula. Me and all my family, were what you humans call the Barking, Whistling, or Bird eating spiders.
Actually that's all a bit of a hype, 'cos I only know of a couple of Tarantulas who where ever lucky enough to find a ground nesting birds hatchlings. And as for the whistling, well to be honest, there are only a few of my family who can even do it.
Look, the reason I'm writing is from now until the start of summer all us male Tarantulas (that have made it to five years old), will be out and about looking for a female to breed with... and then along comes one of you guys, and SPLAT!
Every year more and more of me mates are getting killed. Why! We're always having to hide from you humans. The girls even build these huge, up to a metre deep, big tunnels, that they live their whole lives hidden away in. Us blokes, if you give us half a chance, would prefer to run like hell to avoid something of your size.
We believe us Tarantulas are true treasures of the Aussie bush, and its history. Some of our oldest ladies live for 30 years. Us boys only ever get to five or six years, so long as we can skip all the big snakes, birds, goannas, pigs, dingos, bandicoots, oh and people! But thats when we reach maturity and get to have sex. Bad thing for us is that its only ever once. After that we die, not by the girls though, just naturally.
That's why we dont understand when we see one of the older boys accidentally scaring some person and they get killed instantly for it.
Us Tarantulas have been around for hundreds of millions of years, and the vast majority of my family in Australia are still to be studied or described, yet alone be given a name.
Most of my different family members can be found around Port Douglas or the greater Cairns area so I'm local: 'been here long before any you people turned up. Some of my family are all over Australia, (except Tasmania, to cold, we dont like to do anything if its below 20 degrees).
Anyway, that's my little sympathy speech. I know its human nature to be scared of spiders, and I know Im a big one with big fangs, and I know I can look pretty angery when I put my front legs up in the air. But, what Im really saying is, 'Cricky', look at the size of that person there - I surrender! Please, just carefully, carefully, put me in a big container and let me go some place else.
The Golden Orb Spider
By Jamie Harbord
One of our most beautiful and interesting spiders found around Port Douglas is the large, hand-sized, Golden Orb. With its jet-black legs and golden body markings it is an icon of the tropics, but it is it's golden silk that spins the best yarn.
This spiders silk is so strong it can entrap small birds and bats, and it is actually the worlds strongest natural silk.
In an attempt to synthesize spider silk, science is using transgenics (merging genes of one species onto anothers) and has produced Spider Goats.
In 1998 Nexia Biotechnologies of the US flew 130 goats from New Zealand and implanted them with the spider genes responsible for their silk production.
The goats milk which looks and tastes normal contains the spider silk proteins. Through filtering and purification processes a fine white powder is then spun into a usable fibre.
The race is on with other international companies to produce a commercial BioSteel, with the next anticipated move to Spider Cows to increase productivity.
By Jamie Harbord
Cane Toads, 'Bufo Marinus' are the only animal I would intentionally kill whenever possible. Common around Port Douglas and north queensland, they are one of Australias biggest blunders, yet deserve admiration as a repugnant miracle of survival.
Seventy years ago old mate cane farmer in Gordonvale imported only 100 South American toads from Hawaii to combat the Geyback beetle damage to his sugar cane crops. The toads had no effect on the beetles, simply because the beetles live at the top of the cane and the toad on the ground, opps!
The toads quickly adapted and with their prodigious appetite have put massive strains on native fauna. Toads grow up to 25cm in length and can weigh over 4kgs. They reach sexual maturity within 6 months, have about 30 000 eggs twice a year, and live for up to 5 years. One adult therefore may generate over a quarter of a million others within its short lifetime.
Cane toads contain 14 toxic poisons and even their eggs and tadpoles are poisonous. Anything that tries to eat them, from small fish to crocodiles, may die. However, nature finds a way. The Keelback snake is believed to be immune to their poisons and some birds and rodents have figured out they can turn the toads over on their backs, peel back the soft belly skin and eat their internals.
For some people cane toads have provided a lick for kicks. The toxins are called Bufotenine, regarded as a hallucinogenic, also found in amanita mushrooms, and treated as an equal to heroine and cocaine under the Drug Misuse Act. This has not stopped some people refining cane toads into teas, smoking and powdered snuff.
Lately a monkey at the Mareeba Wild Animal Park has taken up licking toads. His handler refers to him as the 'junkie monkey', saying he just sits in his tree, gets stoned and stares up at the sky. This is quite concerning as cane toad poisons may also cause us cardiac arrest, convulsions, vomiting and even paralysis.
Governments have pumped huge volumes of money into cane toad controls over the years. The latest focus is on a biological control using a virus to introduce a unique gene into the toad population that will disrupt their breeding and development cycle. A genetically modified disease that kills toads but leaves all else unharmed? They want to be careful, as it was this same brilliant thinking that lead to the cane toad epidemic in the first place.
As they have spread into the Northern territory scientist may find their 'silver bullet' through the Lavender beetle found up there. Toads die after eating them. In the meantime as the wet sets in so do more cane toads. So keep your golf clubs and cricket bats handy and remember this is one animal you can actually swerve to hit in your car.