Heritage & Interpretive Tours

Heritage & Interpretive Tours

Heritage & Interpretive Tours
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KilburnPost
New York City, NY297 contributions
Jan 2020
We really enjoyed our tour with Pete. He has a wealth of knowledge and a love of nature. He grew up in Africa and then lived 20 years in Papau New Guinea. He has lived near the Daintree National Forest for nearly 20 years. He really helped us get to know the rainforest and have a unique experience. He took us in his Range Rover, which holds six tourists comfortably. He uses a headset in the vehicle, so it is easy for everyone to hear. His wife made excellent cookies for our morning snack and a great lunch. We ate very well on the tour. If you want a tour that can move at your leisure from someone who has a great passion for nature and deep knowledge of Daintree, I highly recommend you arrange a tour with Daintree Outback Tours.
Written January 12, 2020
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Laurence D
Shanghai, China13 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
Please contact Pete directly by phone to organise your tour. His website and email has been hacked. He is working on fixing it but best to phone.
Written March 28, 2018
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Davina R
Watford, UK35 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
If you are looking for a rainforest tour where you just sit back and enjoy the view, then this isn't for you. On the other hand, if you want a real (but safe) adventure, exploring the rainforest up close, learning about the history and culture of the region and getting a real taste (quite literally) of the area's flora and fauna, then look no further.

Pete is an extremely knowledgeable guide, with a delightful sense of humour. Morning coffee/tea and a fantastic lunch were all provided and served with a great sense of style. It would be hard to identify a highlight from the day, but a swim in a secluded creek must rate highly. Although, the fruit bats were also amazing, as was the visit to the beach and the wealth of knowledge and survival tips that we came away with.

Despite the necessity to start out a little earlier, I would strongly recommend going on the boat trip on the river to see crocodiles and river birds, which Pete arranged for us.
Written August 17, 2017
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toasted00
Toronto, Canada20 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
We booked a private tour with Pete and we had the most wonderful time exploring the Daintree region with him. He gave the most engaging tour and pointed out everything of interest. You not only learn about what the plants and animals that you see, he also tells you its historical and cultural significance, giving you context of the importance of each component of nature. We were in the rainforest during heavy rains and it it was just magical! How often in your life can you go experience the rain in the rainforest but still have a guide to take care of you as you explore your surroundings? Definitely a once in a lifetime experience! Don't hesitate to go though the puddles of water while in the rainforest- this was the best part! Just pack extra shoes/clothes.

We tasted ants, plants, leaves, fruit and he even opened up a coconut for us to enjoy after our walk on Cape Tribulation. Pete packs the most generous and delicious tea and lunch and he even carefully packed real drinking glasses! It's the little things that just made the experience better. We had a wonderful time playing with the propeller toy during lunch break so be in the look out for that experience.

Pete is a wonderful guide with a wonderful sense of humor. He was engaging and entertaining and took good care of us. He was prompt with his responses when we were arranging bookings and gave good directions for our meeting place. He is a unique person and you leave with a better appreciation of how diverse our life experiences are. Overall, this was a memorable trip and highly recommended!
Written March 7, 2016
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ckdooley430
Greensboro, NC20 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
My husband and I booked an all-day rainforest hike with Pete. The max group size is 6, but we lucked out and had the tour to ourselves that day. You really need a naturalist guide to fully experience Daintree, and I highly recommend Pete. He is very knowledgeable about the flora, fauna and history of the rainforest and made an incredibly fun time out of learning. He introduced us to a lot of the "bush snacks," such as green ants (yes, I did try one and yes, it did taste like a Starburst!) and plants that are used for medicinal purposes. After our rainforest hike, we had a delicious prepared lunch on a secluded beach overlooking Cape Tribulation. Our day with Pete was the highlight of our trip to north Queensland.
Written December 2, 2014
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Doublevs
Carmichael, CA26 contributions
Sep 2010
We took a tour with Pete and had a GREAT time! Our day started when he picked us up from our hotel in the morning: we hiked through the Daintree Rainforest where he taught us all about the local plants and wildlife, we had a delicious lunch in a special hide-out (we LOVED placing rocks!!), we visited Cape Tribulation and learned why it’s such an extraordinary place. Take a tour with Pete and your day will be filled with wonderful nature, amazing stories and magic (yes, magic!). You will do, taste, and smell things that you never dreamed you would do, taste, or smell.
Thanks for giving us such special memories, Pete!
Janice and Scott
Sacramento, California
Written January 22, 2011
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ANK8284
Los Angeles, CA24 contributions
There are 2 types of tours that take you to the Daintree Rainforest (and beyond).

1. Corporate tours that disguise themselves as “small operators”. They will pick you up in a fancy SUV with no character, take you to all of the normal spots, teach you stuff you can read on Wikipedia, and feed you processed food.
2. Small operators.

Pete is the second type. Let me explain what makes Pete stand out from the corporate tour operators.

We met Pete in the morning where he had Kenyan coffee and tea ready for us. In addition he had homemade cookies! The cookies were absolutely delicious. It was the perfect start to the morning. Once we finished with coffee/tea we headed into the Daintree Rainforest in his Land Rover (a true off-road vehicle with character). Our first stop was a lookout point for some pictures and ant licking. Yes, ant licking! It’s well worth it and it doesn’t hurt the ant. Pete then took us deep into the rain where he explained to us how to “survive if you plane crashes in the forest,” He showed us what we could and could not eat. We tasted everything he gave us and none of us got sick! Pete explained the different trees in the rainforest and what makes each of them special. You won’t find this information on Wikipedia; you have to go on this tour with Pete to know.

Lunch was the best part of the day. Pete took us to a pond in the middle of the rainforest. There we had a homemade lunch made by his wife! It was delicious and tailored to our vegetarian diet. Then we took some time to swim in the pond and relax after eating a large lunch. After lunch, we made the trip to Cape Tribulation where Pete explained the mangrove forests to us.

Overall, I would highly recommend Pete. If you are looking for a tour of the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation then Pete is your man. Don’t get caught into the corporate tour trap. Pete is one of the last true independent tour operators left in the Cairns area and for obvious reason – he is good!
Written November 23, 2010
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paigesilva123
Melbourne, Australia27 contributions
Sep 2015
We had an outstanding day out with Pete in the Daintree, and I would highly recommend booking with him if you're looking for something a bit different from the standard tour. Pete is the kind of person we were happy to spend a full day with - he's a warm, friendly, and has quite a skill for keeping things engaging and lively.

When I booked the tour, I asked Pete what it would be like, and he said "well you come all this way to see the Daintree, but if you don't have someone to interpret it for you, all you'll see are trees." I think this is a great way to talk about the experience he provides. He makes sure you see way more than the trees (and shows you some cool trees, too).

At one point we stopped at an scenic overlook. Pete helped us take some nice pictures, but then spent the next half hour or so pointing out all the stuff we would never have seen without him. He caught an ant that "disguises" itself as a spider when it's feeling threatened. He found a "cassowary fruit" that we have never seen before, and that is apparently only eaten by cassowaries.

In the time we spent at this lookout, several other tour vans came and went, but we felt like we were the ones who had the opportunity to really see up close all the fascinating life in the rainforest. There were very few questions that we could come up with for which he didn't have a detailed explanation.

If you're going into the Daintree, having Pete as your guide is well worth the money.
Written October 5, 2015
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MattyGee20814
Bethesda, MD62 contributions
Jun 2015 • Family
We are not hikers. We are not outdoorsy. We had a wonderful day with Pete on an adventurous but not arduous hike through an isolated trail in the rainforest. His personal story is fascinating and his breadth of knowledge about the land, plants and animals is impressive. He took us to his own personal swimming hole where we had a lot of fun as well as fresh and delicious homemade box lunches. His jeep is more functional than comfy, and it is sometimes hard to hear one another, but we were glad to spend the day with him. Remember to ask him to take you for Floravilla ice cream -- which is not the one that "everyone" recommends.
Written June 30, 2015
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Chip F
Fort Myers, FL12 contributions
I recently enjoyed a private tour with my girlfriend through the Daintree rainforest and Cape Tribulation, led by Pete, the best tour guide you'll ever meet. The day started early beginning our journey by being picked up by Pete in his authentic all wheel drive Land Rover. During the short journey to Daintree, he kept us entertained with his knowledge of the area and it's history.
Upon arriving we stepped into the first of Pete's many "picture studios" for a scenic photograph and had a quick morning tea/coffee with cookies (which were delicious by the way). Shortly after he took us down a path through the rainforest known only to him. It was quite an "off the beaten trail" type of experience. Along the way he shared his extensive knowledge of the local plants and wildlife. We learned a great deal about falling out of the sky and still surviving, about different bush food, and hazards. Our feet got wet and muddy, but we were having a great time. He shared with us his personal experiences and his unique history. And then we drove some more fording streams in his off road vehicle until we got to "Pete's Restaurant". You can't beat this place for atmosphere as he takes you to have lunch at an unknown picturesque fresh water swimming hole in a quiet stream. An experience that must be rare because it is my understanding that much of the streams and rivers in Australia are full of crocodiles. There it is not so, and I enjoyed a dip in the refreshing waters with my girlfriend which is something I'll always remember. We finished the day on the beach at Cape Tribulation learning a lot about washing ashore and surviving and getting one more photo in the last of Pete's "studios". This is a highly unique experience which I highly recommend. Thanks, Pete, for the experiences, and for memories I'll always cherish.
Written June 30, 2012
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