Daintree River Wild Watch
Daintree River Wild Watch
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Welcome to the fabulous World Heritage tropical rainforest area of the Daintree. You can experience this beauty through the eyes and expertise of your guide, Ian "Sauce" Worcester. Ian has a real passion for this amazing natural wonderland called the Daintree River. On our Early morning or Sunset tours you will see the vast array of the unique wildlife in their natural habitat, or simply enjoy the beauty and serenity of the picturesque waters of the Daintree. Don't forget your camera!!!
Daintree, Queensland, Australia
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matt2batt
Blaxland, Australia4 contributions
Mar 2022
The last day of FNQ birding / wildlife trip delivered in spades for my son & I helped by the experienced and enthusiastic Alex. We were hopeful for a number of birds for our lists, better views and importantly learning more about their behaviour / character. Alex was brilliant in searching out the birds and investigating the goings on on the river - including a ruckus caused by Black butcher birds hassling a an Amethystine python. The trip was well paced with time to get onto the birds and get better views. The boat was very comfortable and had an adjustable roof which helped when it was lightly raining on our trip. Booking & communication was a breeze which helped with our tight itinerary - will definitely book again when back to this beautiful part of the world.
Written March 22, 2022
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katycorkill
Cairns, Australia31 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
What a beautiful way to spend a morning! The river was quiet and still, the mountains covered in mist, and the sun just coming through. It felt almost prehistoric out there.
Sauce is a fantastic tour guide with years and years of experience and was able to guide us directly to some birds nests and the best spots to see wildlife.
Unfortunately the morning we went, the wildlife made it hard for him to find everything, but he still did a wonderful job of finding what birds he could, and sharing stories and knowledge.
Sauce provided us with binoculars which were invaluable (thank you!).
Highlights included a big croc cruising down Barrett’s creek alongside the boat and a juvenile sea eagle attempting some fishing.
We’re not traditionally bird watchers, and we still very much appreciated and enjoyed the tour and time on the river.
Written February 9, 2021
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nov973
Tea Tree Gully, Australia56 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Absolutely loved this cruise. A highlight of our Daintree stay. Guide was extremely knowledgeable and took an interest in what we wanted to see. The boat only takes 8 or 10 people so it's a much more personal experience than the bigger boats. You also get your own set of binoculars which makes it much easier to see and look at the wildlife. Couldn't recommend this enough....
Written January 28, 2022
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Christine Armstrong
Bellshill, UK20 contributions
Feb 2021
We went out twice with 'Sauce' (derived from his family name Worcester). What a great guy, friendly, witty and full of knowledge about the Daintree and its inhabitants.

We would definitely recommend doing one of their cruises. Its currently $60 for adults (about half for children) but it lasts two hours and although bird numbers are down recently, we saw so many birds, some of which are pretty rare (so much so, people come from around the world to see them), and for us, they were lifers. Oh, and let's not forget the crocs!

Overall, 5 stars plus and great value. Thanks Sauce!
Written February 14, 2021
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Megan S
Carmel Valley, CA4 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Excellent tour, even though we visited during a time of heavy rain. We came dressed for the conditions and our guide John had ponchos on hand, which came in handy.

We enjoyed seeing a number of wildlife, including numerous azure kingfisher, cattle egrets, and other birds and a crocodile. Apparently during times of heavy rain you don’t see as many crocodiles, but we got a wealth of other learnings about the flora and fauna of Daintree that was fascinating, and John was a great storyteller about what we were seeing. I got the impression that other tours of the river were very crocodile centric, whereas we wanted to learn about this ecosystem and weren’t just there for the crocodiles. If that’s your preference too this is a tour for you!
Written August 30, 2022
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john p
15 contributions
Jun 2021
We had a beautiful day trying to take in all the scenery and wildlife. My camera was working overtime getting in the wildlife and landscapes. Alex did a great job as he knew where all the good shots were. We woul have never spotted the frogmouth owls. Would go again when we are here again.
Written June 11, 2021
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jcwm_10
sydney10 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
We had such a wonderful evening on the cruise. Our tour guide Sauce was a wealth of knowledge and such a lovely person. The breeze was refreshing and it was such a nice way to see the Daintree from the river. We also spotted 2 crocodiles and plenty of flora and fauna
Written March 26, 2021
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MelbTrav
Cairns, Australia47 contributions
Nov 2011 • Friends
The perfect river cruise for any bird watcher. Just as enjoyable for any tourist desiring a true Daintree River experience. I'm a videographer and the guide Ian “Sauce” who is himself a photographer was more than accommodating, allowing time to get those amazing shots.

His boat also has the advantage over the others, it is a little smaller, it is very stable, has comfortable swivelling chairs and has no roof. This makes it much easier to see up without leaning out the side of the boat and much easier to manoeuvre into smaller places to find the hidden birds, snakes & lizards.

One of the great advantages is that if there is no wildlife in one spot the boat can pick up and shoot off to a different area. It can do it much more quickly, with less noise and less of a wake than the bigger boats.

I have never been into birds and the idea of a river cruise never really appealed to me. Through work I found myself on Sauce's boat and now I'm converted, it was an awesome experience.

I have uploaded some stills I took of Ian, I hope he doesn't mind.

Here is the video we did for work, it was about a retired Daintree Guide named Chris Dahlberg. Ian was nice enough to take us on a tour while we made the video.

http://cairnspo.st/ChrisDahlberg
Written November 15, 2011
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Seattle Meadowlark
Seattle321 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
I'm afraid of boats. So I boarded Ian "Sauce" Worcester's small boat with a bit of trepidation.

How foolish of me. And how happy I am that I boarded his boat, for Sauce showed me an Australian biome that I would NEVER have seen from the land.
Sauce's handling of the boat reassured me, and I stopped worrying about falling in. From the moment we left the wharf, I was entranced. The views were enchanting. I saw a large white cloud of Pied Imperial pigeons against an impossibly green background of lush, rainforested hills. We slipped into the Barret slough and watched a kingfisher bathing, found a wompoo fruit dove sitting on her nest, even slid silently underneath a frogmouth, nesting on the barest platform of a nest and pretending she was a tree limb. Ian positioned the boat so that my husband could get some close ups of a Nankeen Night Heron. Sauce knows them all. He plies his beloved Daintree River so often that he knows all the spots to find the birds. He even knew when the Wompoo Fruit Dove had started incubating eggs. We learned not only about the birds, but about the mangroves and the water gum trees. We ghosted along and found a large Eastern Water Dragon basking in the sun.

Sauce's tour is no sanitized "wild animal park" sort, but one of the real, natural Australian rainforest river. This point was amply made when we passed the carcass of a very large cow. It'd been killed by a crocodile and pulled up onto the riverbank. Even half eaten, the carcass was very large, and you realized that the croc that killed it was equally large, strong-and dangerous.

It was worth taking the trip with just me, my husband, Del Richards, our bird guide (Fine Feather Tours), and equally accomplished birder Sauce.
There are other boat tours, but those boats appeared to be rather crowded. Nothing scares off a bird faster than a bunch of noisy humans. Having the boat to ourselves, and all of us being quiet, made it a more successful and intimate view of the many birds we added to our list.

What a lovely trip it was, and what a lovely person Sauce is. I highly recommend his boat tour of the Daintree.
Written November 12, 2013
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Sue F
99 contributions
Aug 2011 • Couples
This trip is run by "Sauce" a local who has lived in the area for years and knows the river & its wildlife intimately. His boat is small & my husband & I were the only ones on this morning sunrise trip (I guess 6 would be the maximum). He also does sunset trips.
This trip was amazing value for money - we got so close to the birds & Sauce knew every one of them. We were given a birding list to complete as we went & we saw well over 30 different birds which is about half his record. We went for the photography and we weren't disappointed. There was a heavy mist when we started out which made light levels low, but our 2 hour cruise lasted nearly 2 and a half hours & the impression we got was that Sauce enjoyed it as much as we did.
He is photographer himself so he gets the boat into just the right position for you to get the best possible shot. His tours need to be booked in advance (by phone), but for anyone staying in Daintree itself, this has to be one of the best things you can do. He also had ponchos for us to keep out the cold of the mist (not needed once the sun broke through).
Written September 11, 2011
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