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Daintree River Dawn Cruise provided by Daintree Boatman Wildlife Cruises

Daintree River Dawn Cruise
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Tour snapshot
Stunning views of the Daintree Rainforest from the water
Duration:
2h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    10
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Discover the natural wonders of the UNESCO-listed Daintree Rainforest from the water on this early morning cruise. Set sail along the Daintree River at dawn when the cooler temperatures are ideal for wildlife watching and cruise through the scenic wetlands and mangrove forests. Along the way, look out for wildlife such as crocodiles, snakes, kingfishers, and herons; and learn about the region’s unique ecosystems from your guide.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Dawn cruise: experience the river at its most tranquil
  • Spot crocodiles and exotic birds in their natural environment
  • Small boat cruise with a maximum of 10 passengers
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Dawn cruise: experience the river at its most tranquil
  • Spot crocodiles and exotic birds in their natural environment
  • Small boat cruise with a maximum of 10 passengers
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 86779P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree Boatman Wildlife Cruises
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Stewart Street, Stewart St, Daintree QLD 4873, Australia At the Daintree Village boat ramp, just down the hill from this address.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Recommended to bring a hat and jacket for weather protection
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Vessel is roofless but has a dual Bimini roof that can be erected in inclement conditions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Entry/Admission - Daintree Boatman Wildlife Cruises
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • Stewart Street, Stewart St, Daintree QLD 4873, Australia At the Daintree Village boat ramp, just down the hill from this address.
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Recommended to bring a hat and jacket for weather protection
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Most travellers can participate
  • Vessel is roofless but has a dual Bimini roof that can be erected in inclement conditions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 1 Jul 2020
A note from Daintree River Dawn Cruise
Currently operating with reduced passenger numbers to ensure social distancing maintained throughout the cruise. People that are unwell are requested to not attend. Management retain the right to refuse entry to those showing signs of illness. Seats and equipment is sanitised between cruises.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Stewart Street
    Stewart St, Daintree QLD 4873, Australia
    At the Daintree Village boat ramp, just down the hill from this address.
    See address & details
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    Daintree Boatman Wildlife Cruises
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    Start your day with a cruise on the mighty Daintree river.  This 2 hour cruise takes you on journey of discovery exploring the main river and its tributaries in search of iconic wildlife including crocodiles, birds and snakes.  The dawn cruise showcases the river at is most picturesque and serene as the boat travels along the smooth waters of the Daintree river.  The river meanders through tranquil farmland and into the bounds of the Daintree rainforest from its freshwater origins into the saline tributaries to explore the mangroves and surrounds.  The small boat allows for up to 10 passengers to experience the river in comfort with a professional guide to personalise the experience. Tours depart from the Daintree Village boat ramp.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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N T
Sydney, Australia52 contributions
Excellent dawn cruise with Murray, who made this experience really special with his wealth of knowledge about the area and the wildlife. The Boat is small and comfortable and very quite, which made for some serene cruising and some close up views of the wildlife. A very relaxing way to start your day in the Daintree area. Highly recommended.
Written 3 January 2022
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MurrayH206
Thank you for your kind review 👍
Written 4 January 2022
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HanLauren
Drummoyne, Australia7 contributions
My partner and I took an early morning cruise departing Daintree Village, beautiful at this time of day before the heat sets in, though the boat has a lovely shade if needed - we didn’t as the breeze was great for us!

Murray expertly guided us through the freshwater and saltwater section of the river, pointing out a number of trees, shrubs, wildlife and birds. We were lucky enough to see a Papuan Frogmoth, Kingfishers , Black Butcherbirds, Yellow Orieles, Sea Eagles and lots of variations of Egret. (Handy checklist to help you keep note of what you’ve spotted).

At this time of year crocs are unlikely, which we knew before booking, however we think it would have just been a bonus! The boat cruise itself was jam-packed full of other goodies, so we were chuffed even despite there being no crocs today.

Thanks for a memorable trip out on the water Murray! Favourite shot was the water gum reflections!
Written 24 November 2021
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MurrayH206
Thank you for visiting and taking the effort to leave a lovely review. I appreciate it. I too think the morning reflections are just stunning.
Written 2 December 2021
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Mike
Queensland, Australia46 contributions
Nov 2021
What an outstanding tour guide.The boat and number of people was just the right size for this trip out. His knowledge of the flora and fauna was outstanding!
Due to the time of year it was hard to spot any crocs, however he did not fail! Over all a great trip to do if your in the local area for the evening.
Thanks for a great trip Murray.
Written 12 November 2021
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MurrayH206
Thank you for your review. I’m pleased the cruise met your expectation. Thanks for visiting.
Written 13 November 2021
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Indira R
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
Oct 2021 • Couples
I am still reminiscing the river cruise, it was one of those truly gorgeous experience, Murray is super knowledgeable he explains everything with attention to the details, the story he weaves immerses us into the river, the forest surrounding us, the species he just makes nature more heavenly. We truly enjoyed every moment on the river, he took care of our special wishes to see a croc & birds made sure we spotted them. Will definitely take my friends back on his boat.
Written 27 October 2021
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MurrayH206
Thank you. It was a pleasure to have you aboard.
Written 28 October 2021
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Gavn B
2 contributions
Oct 2021
In my view, to experience Daintree's nature, you have to be on the river as much as possible which makes Murray, The Daintree River Boatman, an excellent choice. This two hour cruise is suitable for especially birders but also if you just want to sit back and take in the serenity of the morning river. The boat is super quiet, glides gently, takes 8 max and is spacious allowing for plenty of space for serious photographers to move around in. A nice touch at the start is getting your own mini clipboard with listings of all the birds, animals, plants you might see along the way so easy to tick off and read up about after. Murray is super knowledgeable and at the start of the cruise will work out each guest's wish list and then goes out of his way to make sure your wishes come true - even if it means going over the cruise time. Murray has this calm, laid back character so true to the beauty of the river as you cruise along and become lost in it's splendour. We saw and heard endless birds, watched some nest and interact, tree snakes and one gliding crocodile framed in native fauna. Definitely a must for all. Enjoy!
Written 27 October 2021
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MurrayH206
Thank you very much for your extensive review. I appreciate it greatly. Visitation has been very slow lately, business has been difficult, so I particularly appreciate your kind words right now.
Written 28 October 2021
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LS1960
Cooktown, Australia12 contributions
Oct 2021
This was my second time with Murray in a two week period. Both trips were amazing and we traversed up & down the Daintree river. Murray is full of knowledge on all species of bird life, Crocodiles etc. We saw different species of wildlife on both occasions. Even a pair of the rare Large Billed Heron. A definite must do.
Written 18 October 2021
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MurrayH206
Good. Thank you. I’m very pleased you’ve enjoyed your cruises on the river.
Written 20 October 2021
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jon s
perth13 contributions
Oct 2021
Small, quiet boat, perfect for nosing up creeks and sitting quietly in stillness.
Knowledgeable guide.
Breath-taking scenery, varied bird-life, couple of crocs.
Recommended.
Written 13 October 2021
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MurrayH206
Thank you for your kind review. Cheers!
Written 14 October 2021
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pchu
Brisbane, Australia314 contributions
My husband and I did the dawn tour. Just like other posts said, Murray is very knowledgeable and informative about the river and wildlife and plants.
He has exceptionally eyes and ears that can locate birds and wildlife from afar.
Although its high tides (unfortunately that's the only day and time suited our tight schedule), we managed to see a few azur
kingfisher, a snake and a and a baby cro.
The scenery is amazing too. We thoroughly enjoyed Murray's company.
Written 7 October 2021
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MurrayH206
Thank you for taking the effort to leave a review. I appreciate it very much.
Written 11 October 2021
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Lee
Brisbane, Australia3 contributions
Aug 2021
Such a nice way to experience one river of the Daintree and its flora and wildlife. Murray was very knowledgeable. I was impressed at his keen eye for spotting even the tiniest baby crocodile to the great billed heron blending into the vegetation. Well worth getting up early to experience. The tour group is a nice small size and you really will have a lovely morning. I'd recommend following up the tour with a nice breakfast locally, you won't be disappointed.
Written 7 September 2021
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MurrayH206
Thank you very much. I'm pleased you enjoyed your day.
Written 9 September 2021
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Greg W
1 contribution
Jul 2021
Murray's natural history expertise, knowledge of the river, powers of observation, combined with consideration for his passengers were all exemplary. A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and eye-opening experience.
Written 12 August 2021
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MurrayH206
Thank you very much. A lovely review. Cheers.
Written 14 August 2021
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Mtayn
Mtayn
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Beyond words! Thank you Murray for sharing this piece of heaven on earth 🙏🏼
I agreed to this tour not expecting much. We picked a sunset cruise on a hybrid boat with minimal noise pollution.
RolandCrabbe
RolandCrabbe
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Fantastic Sunset Cruise
Did a sunset cruise, followed up on a tip from a fellow boatman, continued upstream past the jetty and followed a c
taniamM1183UA
taniamM1183UA
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Brilliant! Thanks Murray
This has been the highlight of our stay. Don't hesitate to chose this tour as your river experience. Murray is a na
Robson1950
Robson1950
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Awesome
Murray was extremely knowledgeable and pointed out birds, nests, flowers, trees and...a crocodile. The 2 hours fle
yinongs2021
yinongs2021
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Thanks for guiding us to the wonderland
Murray has wide and deep knowledges for the wild life, native vegetation, geography and even cosmology. We enjoyed
joanneo320
joanneo320
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Serenity
Our experience cruising up the Daintree was amazing. Murray is so knowledgeable regarding the bird life, plant life
Caitlin D
Caitlin D
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Book it! So good.
Definitely recommend. We had the best time! Murray was informative, entertaining and made it his mission to find as
Pioneer54765434771
Pioneer54765434771
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Stunning wildlife and so peaceful. Get away from the crowded boats and treat yourself - it’s so worth it!
Amazing experience- saw three types of kingfisher, crocs and a fabulous sunset. Very knowledgeable guide snd great
noleneco
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Friendly and informal.
We spent a happy two hours on the river in the late afternoon with Murray. He pointed out lots of interesting flo
Julie A
Julie A
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Breathtaking Experience
We were moved to be gliding on the Daintree River and surrounded by the rainforest. Our guide, Murray, was very pol
Hoffofficial
Hoffofficial
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Personalised and very experienced guide
This was such a lovely sunset cruise. The boat is very comfortable, small and personalised. Murray is very knowle
Bruce R
Bruce R
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Evening River Cruise
Exceptional, I saw and experienced a heap. Noticed and asked about an item bobbing on the surface, to discover it w
Wander41390365683
Wander41390365683
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Great sundowner
After a very long day travelling the sunset cruise was a welcome reward. Beautiful, serene and extremely interestin
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Compass02563815348
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Daintree highlight
Highly recommend this tour! Murray, the Boatman, is extremely knowledgeable and did a fabulous job steering us down
Happytripper2203
Happytripper2203
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Daintree River cruise
We had a wonderful experience. Murray was very knowledgeable & provided a great. Highly recommended.
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