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“Simply wonderful - a sensitive, deep exploration of ancient rainforest” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cooper Creek Wilderness

Cooper Creek Wilderness
2333 Cape Tribulation Rd | PO Box 590, Queensland 4873, Australia
+61 7 4098 9126
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Owner description: Cooper Creek Wilderness is famous for its magnificent Fan Palm Galleries. This rainforest-relict from Gondwana is inspirational and exceptional. Old-world rainforest, pristine and primitive, needs to be experienced on a guided interpreted tour with a local expert to fully appreciate its rarity and complexity. We recommend both day and night tours.
Wales, UK
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“Simply wonderful - a sensitive, deep exploration of ancient rainforest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2012

We went on the Cooper Creek Wilderness Combination Day & Night Package, because we're keen amateur naturalists and we wanted to meet people who really knew and loved the land rather than a "touristy" thing. Also, we knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime visit (we're from the UK) so a full day and evening exploration sounded good. We weren't disappointed, because the guides, Prue and Neill Hewett, were real experts and the day was divided into a whole range of different activities, seeing and learning about so many wonderful animals, birds, insects and plants. Some of the highlights were an unexpected encounter with a huge wild Southern Cassowary; walking under a majestic Fan Palm Gallery; a boat trip on which we saw two large saltwater crocs, and a brilliant torchlight night walk, when we all turned off our torches and watched an astonishing firefly display. The organisers were liaising with local restaurants and we had lunch and supper in two really nice different venues, too (included in the price of the Package).

Visited October 2011
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“Well worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Pru was passionate and knowledgeable. Excellent morning out to explore a phenomenal part of nature

Visited November 2011
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Kettering, United Kingdom
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“Friendly guide and an informative tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2011

We were part of only a small group so the tour was friendly and personal. Very knowlegable and enthusiastic guide. Fantastic rain forest and we did glimpse a cassowary. The tour is not cheap but you pay for the personable service.

Visited November 2011
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Boulder City, Nevada
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“Fantastic Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

We spend 4-5 hours with Neil who took just the two of us on a track only he could see. His knowledge and love for the forest and Australian culture(s) and history were amazing and he shared his knowledge and answered our questions generously. The forest is a fantastic experience - like no place else on earth. A dip in the stream at the end was wonderful!

Visited December 2011
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Woking, United Kingdom
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“You couldn't get closer to the rainforest than this”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2011

we spent a good 2 1/2 hours with our guide Theon on our "2 hour trek" in The Daintree. The walk was easy to do and Theon was really knowledgeable but also really honest about some of th plants and things he didn't know about - as he said, there are many things in the forest that haven't been named yet and so many different varieties of similar species that it's really tough. He was friendly, fun, and went at a good pace for us considering it was really hot and humid, and at one point extremely wet!

As well as pointing out all the plants he was very quick to spot wildlife - some strange rodent marsupial thing, a tree frog and best of all the amazing Boyd's forest dragon. He also picked some lovely fruit for us at the end while we were looking for giant stick insects in the orchard. I have to go back though as we still didn't see the elusive cassowary!!!!!! we did see lots of leeches though - all over our friend's leg at the end! she survived! and they are HARMLESS!

Visited November 2011
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