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Daintree/Cape Trib-- what to do and where to stay!

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Daintree/Cape Trib-- what to do and where to stay!

My husband and I will be flying into Cairns on a Wednesday, and out the following Saturday, and are looking to spend some time seeing the beautiful scenery around the Daintree area. Would love some suggestions on what we should do to maximize our time.

We enjoy hiking, boat tours, seeing beautiful, natural things, and relaxing. What town should we look to stay in? Should we spend all three nights in the rainforest, or maybe 1 in Port Douglas. We're particularly intrigued by eco-lodges.

Thanks!

Cara

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1. Re: Daintree/Cape Trib-- what to do and where to stay!

Should also mention, that we would be traveling in early January. This is 4 days out of a 3 week trip-- how miserably hot might it be? Should we skip all together?

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2. Re: Daintree/Cape Trib-- what to do and where to stay!

It will be very hot, but more importantly it will be very humid. If you don't cope well with humidity it would be better to skip far north Queensland.

However, the Daintree is really beautiful, and you can also do a Great Barrier Reef cruise, which is also fabulous.

I would do 2 nights in the forest, and 1 night in Port Douglas to do a cruise and enjoy the beach..

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3. Re: Daintree/Cape Trib-- what to do and where to stay!

As morticia suggests a night in Port Douglas (easy access to many Reef cruises - make sure you visit the outer reef for the best coral/fish experience) - and 2 nights somewhere in Daintree is a good idea.

Yes, it will be humid but nearly everywhere is air-conditioned although, having said that, if you stay north of the Daintree River on the Cape Tribulation side please be aware there is no mains power there and not all accommodation has air-conditioning. South of the river in the Daintree Village area we all have power and most places are air-conditioned.

The village area would be a good base as there are wildlife-watching Daintree River cruises, walks, galleries and several eating-places. The Daintree ferry is only 10 minutes away and you can get to Cape Tribulation in about an hour - lovely walks, great beaches, Daintree Discovery Centre etc.

No-one knows when the wet season will start - sometimes as early as November, other years not till the end of February, but it is a spectacular time of year. There's nothing quite like the sight, sound and even smell of warm tropical rain - it's actually quite cool while it rains! - but it does get very humid when the sun comes out again, as it always does between any rainy days.

We love the wet season - everything is lush and green and all the creeks and waterfalls are in full spate. (If there is a lot of rain just check on the road conditions as there can be occasional flash-flooding, but the water usually goes down quite quickly.)

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4. Re: Daintree/Cape Trib-- what to do and where to stay!

Me again - here's a link to our local tourism website:-

http://www.daintreetourism.com.au

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