Our Wet Tropics World Heritage 8 Day Pack-Free walk explores the oldest living rainforest on earth. Discover the renowned Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation in and around the Wet Tropics World Heritage area. See roaring waterfalls, crystal-clear waters, gigantic tropical trees, sprawling mangroves and long, golden beaches. As an added highlight of this tour takes you to hike out on Dunk Island. Staying in gorgeous accommodation in pristine habitats, with the daily possibility of seeing cassowaries, dugongs, tree-kangaroos, and a veritable host of other animals, this tour brings you as close to a literal paradise on earth as you can get.
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Today is an arrival day. Book your own flight to arrive any time into Cairns and make your own way to the Shangri-La Hotel set on the marina in the heart of the city. Your accommodation has been booked in a deluxe room. Accommodation is based on twin share (note: solo travellers will need to pay a single supplement cost of $200). Tonight enjoy a free evening to explore one of the many restaurants in Cairns alternatively dine in the hotel’s restaurant. (own expense)
TRAIL NOTES: 9km of walking over two tracks
TERRAIN: Walk 1: Expect a steady climb from the start all the way to glacier rock about 470m over 4km, a variety of terrain underfoot and of course all downhill on the way back. Walk 2: Easy board walked track
WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast in the hotel restaurant, before meeting your guides in the hotel foyer at 7.30am for our transfer north to Barron Gorge National Park. Located just outside of Cairns, Barron Gorge National Park is home to the precipitous Barron Falls, a roaring torrent of tumbling water that thunders with unimpeached ferocity from the Atherton Tablelands to the coastal lowlands, 265 metres below. Our walk today will take us on a circuit through the lush vegetation and cascading falls of Barron Gorge National Park getting us away from the more touristy areas as we eventually travel through the beautiful rainforest to Glacier Rock Lookout, which gives us an overarching view of the vibrant landscape we have just been wending through. After our hike we will duck up to an easy board-walked path to see the stunning Barron Falls, before continuing our journey by road, making our way up into the Daintree Rainforest itself and your awaiting accommodation at the Heritage Lodge. Set amongst the rainforest this charming accommodation is your home away from home for the next 2 nights. Tonight enjoy dinner in the lodge’s open-air restaurant featuring candles and flaming torches. Savour in the local produce created by the resident chef accompanied by wonderful wines.
TRAIL NOTES: 6.5km walk.
WALKING ITINERARY: Today is a day of unparalleled choice, beauty, and variety. After breakfast, we will head for today’s adventure.
This morning choose from one of two options:
OPTION 1: Choose to do a Daintree wilderness discovery river cruise with your naturalist guide pointing out wildlife and the foreshore. From the rainforest to the mangroves the scenery is spectacular. Cruise down the river watching out for colourful birdlife such as parrots and Azure Kingfishers and keep your eye out for the estuarine crocodiles.
OPTION 2: Alternatively with the Great Barrier Reef just a stone’s throw away, visitors are able to explore one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. This beautiful part of the tropics is truly where the rainforest meets the reef. Our morning ocean adventure explores the Mackay Cay with eco appreciation presentations. This is a snorkelling paradise, teeming with colourful tropical fish and coral and you can snorkel alongside sea turtles which are often found in abundance swimming over the coral reef.
Enjoy a beachside lunch, before the group comes back together and enjoys an afternoon walk in the beautiful Daintree Rainforest in the Cooper Creek Wilderness region. Today’s walk takes us through the beautiful Daintree Rainforest, the best place to witness the world’s oldest rainforest and the extraordinary biodiversity found in the region’s backyard, which has survived all the changes wrought by time. Walk with your local guides and learn about the cultural and natural heritage values of this complex eco system.
Afterwards, we head back to the remote Heritage Lodge with time to relax. Tonight enjoy dinner in the lodge’s open-air restaurant featuring candles and flaming torches. Savour in the local produce created by the resident chef accompanied by wonderful wines.
TRAIL NOTES: 12km over two walks. Option to walk Eacham an extra 3km if time permits.
TERRAIN: At Mossman Gorge expect well-maintained tracks footbridges and boardwalks and occasional small sets of stairs. Lake Barrine: A walk around the crater lake that passes through rainforest.
WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy a peaceful morning waking up to the sounds of the forest. Savour breakfast in the restaurant before we depart the Lodge and head south towards beautiful Mossman Gorge. This 56,000 hectare region located within the Daintree National Park is is a landscape of spellbinding crystal-clear pools cascading over large granite boulders and surrounded by lush rainforest. Our walk today takes on a gorgeous circuit over bridges under and through the lush rainforest canopy. Afterwards, enjoy a sit-down lunch before we bid farewell and continue on our way towards the Atherton Tablelands. Our afternoon 5km walk explores the crater lake (Lake Barrine) that passes through rainforest characteristic of the type found on fertile basalt (red) soils in areas of high rainfall. This walking track offers secluded forest-fringed views of the lake and excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife, including saw-shelled turtles and eastern water dragons. You may be lucky enough to see the long olive-green body of a freshwater eel. This unusual-looking fish spends up to 30 years in Lake Barrine before migrating to the sea, via Toohey Creek and the Mulgrave River, to breed and die. Afterwards, we’ll head to the historic town of Yungaburra in the Atherton Tablelands and your accommodation at the charming Eden House Retreat where we spend the next 2 nights. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner featuring wonderful local produce, perfectly matched with Australian wines.
TRAIL NOTES: 9km walks. 278km ascent and one steep descent.
TERRAIN: Expect well-maintained tracks with boardwalks and smooth track.
WALK ITINERARY: After a delectable brekkie we start the day by walking Peterson Creek Wildlife & Botanical Walking Track, located in the heart of Yungaburra where you may be able to view platypus, a rare Lumholtz Tree-Kangaroo, the unique ‘Lloyd’s Suspension Bridge’, historical objects and more. After this, we will set out on day’s walk through the beautiful Wooroonooran National Park, passing through rainforest and open woodlands of the Atherton Tablelands. Our journey takes us to the plateau of beautiful Windin Falls, from here we will see spectacular views across the mountains which has been rated as one of the most views in Far North Queensland. Atop this incredible waterfall is a stunning natural infinity pool the perfect place to cool off. We return to our accommodation to relax. Tonight enjoy a wonderful dinner served with Australian wines.
TRAIL NOTES: 7.5km over multiple walks. Easy to moderate
TERRAIN: Variety of terrain from paved tracks to dirt tracks, most well maintained.
WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast we start the day by checking out the Curtain Fig Tree, a strangler fig of epic proportions and one of the largest trees in all of Queensland – well worth a visit to posit away the image in the memory banks. After this, we will set out to walk the Hypipamee Crater located high on the southern Evelyn Tableland, in the Hugh Nelson Range. The crate is in Hypipamee Crater National Park, centred around a volcanic pipe, thought to have been created by a massive gas explosion. A platform at the end of a 400m walking track through the rainforest provides an uninterrupted view of the remaining crater. The crater is almost 70m across with sheer granite walls. Fifty-eight metres below the rim is a lake over 70m deep, covered with a green layer of native waterweed. It is a hot spot for possums with several different species found in the area and a good place for seeing high-altitude birds. Afterwards, we’ll head on to the aptly named Waterfall Circuit in the Atherton Tablelands region. Our walks today will be easy but indescribably beautiful, with the aquamarine and emerald colours cascading all around us. We walk to the iconic Mila Mila falls an 80-metre waterfall surrounded by lush rainforest We will then enjoy a delicious lunch at a local cafe taking in the views and enjoying locally sourced organic produce. We head to Nandroya Falls, a 50-metre vertical plunging waterfall located in the rainforest valleys of Wooroonooran National Park, Queensland. One of Tropical North Queensland’s most incredible rainforest waterfalls. From here we make our way to the charming Castaways Resort and Spa, Mission Beach. Ideally located on the beachfront this Resort offers sweeping views of swaying palm trees and the beautiful Coral Sea. Tonight enjoy a 2-course dinner in the beautiful poolside Buko Restaurant which specialises in a modern menu of fresh local cuisine such as reef fish. Dinner will be accompanied by Australian wines.
TRAIL NOTES: 11km walk with gradual inclines. Shorter 4km walk available.
TERRAIN: Some beach walking, then gradual climb on a dirt track to Mount Kataloo.
WALK ITINERARY: Today is something amazingly special, as we board our boat and cruise and head across to the beautiful Dunk Island. This island was originally the home of a resort that was destroyed by two consecutive ‘once in a hundred-year’ cyclones which devasted the facilities. The abandoned ghost town resort can be seen at the start of our walk today, as we make our way along the beachfront. From here our trail gradually climbs through the tropical rainforest, with colourful butterflies fluttering past us as we make our way up to the top of Mount Kataloo. At the top, we will rest and take in the spectacular views across the neighbouring islands and Coral Sea. After this we head down into Palm Valley and across to Coconut Beach. Enjoy time for a swim on the island before our boat transfer collects us for the journey back to the mainland. Return to Castaways Resort and Spa with the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the resort. Tonight we savour another sensational meal in the Resort’s Buku restaurant served with fine Australian wines.
TRAIL NOTES: 6.5km
*Please note that a very difficult hike up a 900m granite pyramid is available on this day for the brave and/or adventurous in addition to a 6.5km walk
TERRAIN: Well maintained walking tracks with some ups and downs with occasional slippery stream crossings.
ITINERARY: After breakfast, we bid farewell to Mission Beach and head north towards Cairns. Enroute we will discover a number of short walks to some favourite locations frequented by the locals. Our first walk is a 4km circuit track up Bicton Hill at Bingil Bay is in the Clump Mountain National Park, and has unsurpassed views and an enormous variety of rare rainforest plants and animal life, one of which is the unusual nesting site of the buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher. Next we head to Babinda Boulders, an iconic local attraction surrounded by lush rainforest, and its fast-flowing creek and learn about the legend of the Devil Pools. We finish our tour with pretty Josephine Falls, ranked as one of the most beautiful in Tropical North Queensland. From here we make our way back to Cairns. The end of a fabulous journey.
FINISH TIME: We arrive back at the Shangri-La Cairns at approximately 3.00pm.
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