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“Not as spectacular as the pictures”

Daintree National Park
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Cape Tribulation, Mossman Gorge, and Daintree Rainforest Day Trip from Cairns...
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Owner description: Part of Queensland Wet Tropics World Heritage area.
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Not as spectacular as the pictures”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

The pictures depict a beautiful paradise - white sand, blue water, coral reefs; but in reality the beaches at the cape were not nearly as beautiful. Maybe we caught the beach at low tide, but the water appeared brackish and the sand greyish. The signs warning you about stingers and crocodiles rightfully put you off swimming as well. There is no access to the actual tip of the cape and the fact that the rainforest goes straight up to the coast isn't as exciting as it sounds, though a highlight was finding, and eating a ripe coconut. Other than having a quick look, there wasn't much to do.

The drive in a rental car from Cairns is about 2.5 hours and quite pleasant. Organised tours are overpriced. The ferry across a river to gain access to to the last 60 mins of the drive to the cape costs $23 return.

Overall, it was probably not worth the extra hour from the other Daintree attractions. The best part of the day was the earlier stop in Mossman Gorge where you can have a beautiful jungle walk and a dip in a crystal clear, crocodile free stream. If you want to see the Daintree and have a good time, Mossman it pretty much all you need to get it out of your system and avoid having to drive very far.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Ralph S
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Warrnambool, Australia
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25 reviews
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“Rainforest meets the Reef”
Reviewed April 6, 2013

An absolutely beautiful part of our country. The overcast day we visited was no good for lying by the pool, so perfect for a day trip up from Port Douglas. We hired a car for the day and visited numerous attractions, including Mossman Gorge, the Daintree Discovery Experience and the Daintree Icecream Company. Well worth the trip and works out much cheaper for a family to do it this way rather than the $700 odd dollars for a guided tour experience.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Brittgow
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Level 5 Contributor
40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“unique and beautiful!”
Reviewed April 5, 2013

There is flora and fauna unique to this region, it is towering ancient tangle of trees and vines ...you almost half expect to see a dinosaur here ...

Visited June 2012
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Sydney, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
106 reviews
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“Dont bother”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Waste of time and money. Have to pay $23 for the shortest ferry ride imaginable. Windy and poorly maintained roads that are dangerous. Finally arrive to find signs warning that there are crocodiles and stingers so cannot access the beach. Biggest spiders ever seen and the most horrific toilets. We ended up just getting in the car and making the long trek back. Look outs were not particularly impressive or well placed.

Visited March 2013
3 Thank Stacey K
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Austin, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 6, 2013

Amazing. One of my favourite places, I've written about this in depth elsewhere. You just need to find a friend to go on hikes with, or someone with a car to get to more remote locations.

Visited December 2012
Thank Lindsey L
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