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daintree river cruise help

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daintree river cruise help

does anyone have a recommendation for a great tour? is there a better time of the morning/afternoon to see wildlife?

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1. Re: daintree river cruise help

we were told that winter was the best time to see crocodiles on the banks of the daintee but at other times, low tide offered the best chance.

we didn't see one in september.

Edited: 24 October 2012, 10:30
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2. Re: daintree river cruise help

Lien is quite right about when you are most likely to see crocs - they are cold-blooded creatures and mainly leave the water to warm up on exposed riverbanks. Even if you don't happen to see one (they are after all wild creatures and feeding them is totally banned on the river) be very sure that there are PLENTY of them in the Daintree River - locals often lose dogs and cattle to them but thankfully we've never lost a visitor yet!

Dawn is the best time to see birdlife, especially now during our springtime - there are over 400 species of birds seen in the Daintree Village area, over various seasons, which makes it a world-famous birding destination for twitchers from all over the world.

There are a number of wildlife tours operating between Daintree Village downstream to the Daintree ferry area - and all have expert guides (if they weren't good they would not survive!). These are just a few which our guests have consistently enjoyed and each operates from a slightly different part of the river:-

www.daintreeriverwildwatch.com.au

www.crocodileexpress.com

www.daintreerivercruises.com.au

www.daintreerivercruisecentre.com.au

The river scenery changes as you move downstream. In the Village area it is narrower, more winding and with views of rainforest and rolling green cattle pastures then it gradually becomes wider with mangroves on one side, some species of which are found nowhere else on the planet.

An interesting feature is that here one side of the river is fresh water and the other side salt - hence mostly rainforest on the fresh side and mangroves on the salty side.

Finally at the ferry area the river is very wide and more more less straight.

Edited: 25 October 2012, 00:12
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3. Re: daintree river cruise help

Ooops, too many 'more's in the last para!

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Update - guests who went out yesterday with Crocodile Express from Daintree Village saw 4 crocs - 2 big ones and 2 smaller ones. Croc Express has a 2-for-1-deal so they're going on another (free) cruise, this time on one of their other boats near the ferry. I'll let you know what they see from that one!

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Thanks for keeping me updated, much appreciated

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6. Re: daintree river cruise help

HI nicmack

You could also go to Hartley's and see the Crocs getting fed there it is a great place to get up really close to them

Also they have kolas... snakes...

I think it is worth a visit

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7. Re: daintree river cruise help

Hartleys is very good...whilst it is very commercial in the approach you will definately see crocs and up close ...worth the visit

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8. Re: daintree river cruise help

Second update - re Crocodile Express.

Yesterday the same guests went for their second cruise, this time near the ferry ... and saw 5 crocs (4 large and 1 small) plus lots of other wildlife, so all up they have seen 9 crocs in about 2 hours.

Two very happy guests!

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