Endless Summer In the Daintree Rainforest

January 22, 2014
Mossman Gorge - Daintree Rainforest - Queensland - Australia

A refreshing swim at Mossman Gorge

Summer is in full swing here in Tropical North Queensland. Our balmy weather and little rain has everyone enjoying the outdoors. If your idea of an endless summer is warm weather, a dip in a cool rainforest stream, basking in the sun, a hammock in a shady secluded part of a beach, a good book in one hand and a cool drink in another or even the odd tropical storm, then we have it all for you at present.
While our beaches are out of bounds for swimming at this time of the year because of the prevalence of marine stingers, many of our southern neighbours  and overseas visitors are still enjoying a dip in the ocean within the netted and patrolled areas as well as a plunge in the crystal clear rainforest streams.
A most popular spot for locals and visitors alike to refresh is the Mossman Gorge. Located at the foot of the Daintree National Park, this popular tourist attraction offers swimming and picnic areas, and beautiful walks. Enjoy the solitude and the sounds of cascading water over the granite boulder, but be prepared for crowds on a weekend.
The Daintree Rainforest offers many other beautiful streams and swimming areas however we do not recommend that you jump in unless it is safe to do so. As crocodiles inhabit many of our waters it is strongly recommended that you ask a local for advice and heed any warning signs.
Enjoy your time in the Tropics, we certainly are at present. The weather is stunning and perfect for that break away from traffic, chaos and uproar of city life.

 

Sugar Cane Harvesting – Tropical North Queensland

November 4, 2013

As a visitor to Tropical North Queensland, at any time of the year, you will notice the many sugar cane fields. Our warm tropical temperatures are ideal for growing sugar.
Approximately 95% of Australia’s sugar cane is grown in Queensland and approximately 80 to 85% of Queensland’s raw sugar is exported.
With over 20 different varieties of cane growing in the area, the Mossman Sugar Mill production area spans over 8500 hectares all the way from the Daintree Rainforest up to Atherton Tablelands.
The sugar cane flowers early May through June and July to November is typically cane harvesting season for our local sugar industry.
Originally the cane was burnt before harvesting but nowadays in the tropical north it is generally cut ‘green’. The remaining roots then produce new shoots and several crops may be grown from the same stock before ploughing and replanting is necessary.
If visiting during these months you will see many cane carriages standing and waiting to be filled. Giant harvesters bustle along the fields cutting the cane by removing the leafy tops of the cane stalks, cutting the stalks off at ground level and chopping the cane into small lengths which are immediately loaded into wire bins drawn by a tractor alongside the harvester. Each full load is then tipped into huge cane carriages for transport by small railway locomotives to the Mossman Sugar Mill for processing into raw sugar.
The narrow gauge tracks line the roads and occasionally you may have to stop at one of the rail crossings and wait as they busily criss-cross the roads. In some areas huge cane trucks will be busy ferrying the cut cane to the mill, so be extra careful on our roads.
This is a great photo opportunity so give yourself plenty of time to pull over to take that extra holiday snapshot.
If you would like to learn more about our area and the Daintree Rainforest, be sure to take one of our tours where our guides will not only entertain you but deliver a professional service and a wealth of knowledge on the region.

Suar cane trains at Mossman Queensland

Suar cane trains at Mossman Queensland

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The Jungle of Tropical North Queensland

October 2, 2013

How wonderful it is to have world famous natural historian – Sir David Attenborough endorse this most unique and undeniably most stunning part of Tropical North Queensland.
While searching for something totally different on youtube, we came across this interview with Jonathan Ross that we thought we’d share with you.
Sir David Attenborough really does say it all… “The Northern Queensland Jungle is absolutely fantastic..Full of great things ..wonderful birds and extraordinary animals”.
It’s excellent to hear that the Daintree Rainforest is at the top of Sir David Attenborough’s favourite list.
If you are visiting the Daintree Rainforest, allow us to show you the  oldest continual living rainforest on Earth, The Amazon rainforest might be more famous, but it is still only a baby in comparison to the estimated age of the Daintree Rainforest.
Care to learn more and have an delightful day out ? Then don’t hesitate to contact us. You will be impressed with the knowledge of our guides, the spectacular scenery and the examples of flora and fauna the Daintree has to offer.

Southern Cassowary – Daintree Rainforest – Far North Queensland – Australia

August 12, 2013

An amazing start to the week in the Daintree Rainforest. Our guide, Chris together with his guests were treated to a most remarkable sight, when they came up very close and personal to a Southern Cassowary family.
Although Cassowary sightings are not uncommon at this time of the year, it is uncommon to see a family together, as it’s the male’s role to raise the chicks alone.
It is vital that all guests be aware to never get close and take extra care when around a male cassowary and chicks as he will vehemently defend his chicks from any perceived danger.

Some Ways to Help us care for our Cassowaries:
Don’t stop if you see a Cassowary on the road, but slow down instead. This will reduce its risk of it being hit or causing an accident.
Alert oncoming vehicles by flashing your lights
Keep car doors and windows closed and never chase a Cassowary
Do not feed a Cassowary
NEVER get between an adult bird and its chicks

August is a splendid time to be in Far North Queensland and a great time for Cassowary sightings. Contact us if visiting and allow us to show off this magical Daintree Rainforest and it’s wildlife.

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Southern Cassowary - Daintree Rainforest with Tony's Tropical Tours

Southern Cassowary – Daintree Rainforest with Tony’s Tropical Tours

Free activities to do in Port Douglas

July 4, 2013

With the peak tourist season upon us, Port Douglas is prepared for the blitz of visitors.
Some visitors in the area will be on a budget and besides the two ‘must do’ activities in the region, being a visit to the oldest living rainforest in the world – The Daintree Rainforest and a visit to the Great Barrier Reef, they will be looking for a few ‘free’ things to occupy themselves and family while here in holidays.
As locals in the area with over 20 years experience, we’ve gathered a few of the genuine free of charge activities for you and your family to enjoy.
These are in no particular order:
Sunday Market -  From 8am every Sunday morning at Market Park, near Anzac Park - browse the many stalls that offer fresh produce and locally made arts and crafts, jewellery and clothing.
Picnic at Rex Meal Park – in the afternoon and watch the boats come back from the Reef. The park is located next to Anzac Park near the Police Station, a children’s play area is also available.
Walk Four Mile Beach - It is not exactly four miles long but close. On a windy day head towards the south of Four Mile Beach where you can spend some time under the shade of the coconut trees and watch the kite surfers put on a wonderful and colourful display.
Take a walk to Flagstaff Hill Lookout – for panoramic views of the coastline and out to the Coral Sea
Visit the Sunset Markets – every Wednesday from 2 to 7pm at the Port Douglas Marina, browse the stalls, listen to some local buskers and you can follow on with
Sailing at the Yacht Club – on Wednesday afternoon. Previously known as WAGS (Wednesday afternoon gentlemen sailing), now also known as WAGLS (Wednesday afternoon Gentlemen and Ladies Sailing) minimum age for participants is 18. This is a free sail. Arrive at The Yacht Club by 4.00pm sign in and a skipper will personally ask you to join their team on their private yacht for a sail.
Take a historic walk around Port Douglas - Start at The Old Court House located near the Police Station where you can obtain information about some of the historic landmarks.
Take a walk into town via Mowbray Street and see the Flying Fox colony - Bring your camera. The evening fly-out is a spectacular sight, especially during the breeding season, when the camp size is at its greatest.
Have a car and you’re energetic? -  Then take a hike. Literally!  Drive yourself to Mowbray, about 5 minutes from the highway and you’ll reach The Bump Track. The track is 6 kilometres long, mainly on a steep incline and a moderate level of fitness is required.
We hope that this will assist the more budget conscious and also visitors who wish to do different activities besides tours. Enjoy your stay in Paradise and if we can be of any assistance in making your stay more enjoyable, feel free to contact us.
Our Tours to the Daintree Rainforest depart daily with the exception of Christmas Day and New Years Day and we look forward to having you on board.

Kite Surfing - Four Mile Beach - Port Douglas - Queensland - Australia

Kite Surfing – Four Mile Beach – Port Douglas – Queensland – Australia

 

 

Winter ? In Tropical North Queensland

June 19, 2013

With the ‘wet’ season behind us, we now look forward to the cooler temperatures and low humidity.
While the northern hemisphere, our neighbours in New Zealand and many parts of Australia are experiencing  very cold or close to freezing winters, our winters or the ‘dry season’  as we call it in Tropical North Queensland are full of clear skies, sunshine and warmth.  Because of our pleasant  winter temperatures the area draws thousands of visitors from Australia as well as all over the world who come to bask in the sun and enjoy this township of Port Douglas which we call ‘Paradise’ .
Being a most popular time for visitors many flock to experience the Great Barrier Reef to swim with the inquisitive Minke Whales and the giant Humpbacks as well as experiencing The Daintree Rainforest where our seasonal rains have left us with luscious thick vegetations, not to mention the abundance of crocodiles basking on the banks of rivers and creeks. The temperate weather also makes it a very popular time of the year to hold that tropical wedding and there’s not too many days that go by without witnessing a wedding party in one of the many romantic venues in the area.
If visiting the Tropical North Queensland during this busy time of the year, particularly if you are visiting during a period that any school holiday falls in, you will notice that accommodation is limited and booking any tours may become a juggling act.
As a must see destination and to make the most of your visit, do try and:
*Book your accommodation early, especially if you are mindset on a particular property.
*Do book your tours early, to avoid disappointment remembering that most tour operators in Port Douglas do travel with small numbers so there is a great possibility of missing out. *Travel with an Ecotourism Accredited operator. Look for the The Eco Certification logo which means that you are guaranteed to experience a genuine and authentic tour, attraction or accommodation that looks after the environment
*Find out what’s happening in the area during your visit. Chances are there is something that the internet is not showing, such as a local performance/plays, mini concerts, festivals, local markets or sports events.
If you’re feeling like just relaxing then try one of the many day spas, or an afternoon sail on the calm waters or an early morning balloon flight over the Tablelands or just relax by the pool or 4 Mile Beach.
Whatever your vacation commands, Port Douglas has something for everyone and  more, so try it, we know we will not disappoint you.

Daintree Beaches - Winter in Tropical North Queensland

Daintree Beaches – Winter in Tropical North Queensland

 

The Daintree River

February 6, 2013

The Daintree River has been described as majestic, exotic and alive. It is renowned as a bird-watchers paradise and is home to a diverse ecosystem, boasting a vast array of animal and plant life, including ferns, orchids, epiphytes, as well as butterflies, and the elusive ‘Estuarine’ Saltwater Crocodile.
Nature-lovers from around the world converge onto the Daintree River to experience its unique attributes.
For the devout fisherman, it is a paradise offering a range of lure, bait fishing and fly fishing.
Currently there is no bridge to enable crossing the river, so access is limited to the Daintree River ferry, a commercial ferry that traverses the river. This is the only ferry that operates on a cable system in a World Heritage area anywhere in the world.
The trip from the south bank to the north bank of the river takes about 5 minutes but with over 400,000 visitors per year using this ferry to enter the World Heritage Area, this is a major undertaking for operators therefore visitors are warned to expect delays.
Should you try and cross the Daintree River in the middle of a school holiday, public holiday or at some stages during our busy season the wait can be up to an hour.  
For the scenery lovers, a Daintree River Cruise is a must, as high rainfall in the area during our ‘wetter’ months ensures a strong flow of water and while meandering through mangroves swamps, it presents the visitor with spectacular views. As part of our Daintree Rainforest experience, we are pleased to include a Daintree River Cruise. This is included in both the Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation via Mossman Gorge tour as well as the Bloomfield Falls, Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation tour.
Why not try a tour with us and experience this magical River.

Daintree River Ferry

Daintree River Ferry

Daintree River Cruise

Daintree River Cruise

Our Daintree Rainforest Tours are now ‘Advanced Ecotourism Certified’

July 30, 2012

Tony’s Tropical Tours is pleased to advise that both our Daintree Rainforest Tours
TOUR”A” Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation via Mossman Gorge tour and
TOUR”B” Bloomfield Falls, Daintree Rainforest, Cape Tribulation tour
have been endorsed as Advanced Ecotourism Certified products by Ecotourism Australia.
The Advanced Ecotourism Certification illustrates our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment and recognises our efforts in ensuring as minimal impact as possible to the Wet Tropics area of the Daintree Rainforest while still showcasing the best of the region to our guests.
This is the highest level possible in Ecotourism Certification and with it, we now also hold the ” Australia Accredited Tourism Business” Certification as well as the “TQUAL” Certification, a great honour and a fabulous endorsement of the quality of tours that we are delivering daily.
We have an ongoing commitment about conserving the environment so that people from all over the world can experience it now and in the future.
A big thanks to all our guides, Chris, Dave, Randall, Ross, Rob and Adrian, who are very passionate and are our key to success. Together with Tony, they are the driving force behind this.

Ecotourism Australia defines Advanced Ecotourism certification as:
“Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.”
The accreditation process is designed to identify genuine ecotourism operators in Australia, and provides visitors with an assurance that a certified product has a commitment to best practice ecological sustainability and the provision of a quality ecotourism experience.
The process of obtaining Ecotourism certification is extensive. Operators must be able to demonstrate that they achieve the required levels of performance. As the benchmarks of environmental best practice continually improve, so too does the EcoCertification tool, providing more stringent guidelines for environmental performance.
Our small company strives to continually improve upon these standards with a constant stream of improvement and implementation.
Are you visiting or intending to visit the Daintree Rainforest?
Want to help the environment while you are on holidays?

The ECO Certification logo is a globally recognized brand which assists visitors and assures that a certified product is backed by a commitment to best practice, is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable and delivers of a quality eco tourism experience. 
You can recognise ECO Certified products because they display the Ecotourism logo.

Advanced Ecotourism Certified
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

Wildlife of the Daintree Rainforest

June 19, 2012

As winter settles in many parts of Australia, the Far North Queensland is experiencing glorious warm days with temperatures averaging  25 °C.
We have certainly turned on some great weather for our visitors, who are all bathing in delight. Meanwhile, you can always spot the locals or should I say, long term residents. They are the ones all rugged up, especially early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

The perfect clear days has spoiled us lately with an abundance of wildlife playing and foraging in the Daintree Rainforest. Ranging from the smallest insects to the largest animals, it is a delight for guides and guests to be in the Rainforest and Wet Tropics area of North Queensland.
Great bird sighting at present in and around Mossman Gorge and the Daintree includes the Little Kingfishers, Kookaburras and Satin Flycatchers. The Raptors are also around at present and eagerly waiting the start of the sugar cane harvest in search of snakes and rodents.
The Cassowary is becoming a daily sighting  with many guides having record tallies of adults as well as juveniles.

We have joined the Daintree Region Cassowary Group to register our daily sighting and assist them with maintaining a Cassowary Database. If you happen to be in the area, please log on to the site and register your sightings,
http://daintreecassowary.org.au/

Crocodiles are also out and about looking for warmer spots along the banks of the Daintree River to sun themselves, so in all it is a perfect time to be in Far North Queensland and visiting the Daintree Rainforest.
The greatest sighting though has been the elusive Platypus. This shy and intriguing monotreme only grows up to 50cm in length and can be quite difficult to spot. In general we seem to spot the platypus more so during this time of the year, so it is a real treat for guides and guests alike.
Our guide Ross, managed to take a couple of photos of the Platypus last week and you can view them on our facebook page
http://www.facebook.com/tonystropicaltours

No holiday in Port Douglas is complete without a day trip to the Daintree Rainforest.
Drop us a line and let us assist you with the best tour.

 
Praying Mantid - Photo by Chris O'Dowd

Praying Mantid - Photo by Chris O'Dowd

 
 
 

Thinking of taking a day trip to the Daintree Rainforest?

April 8, 2012

Cassowary at Noah Valley

Cassowary at Noah Valley

Planning a day trip to the Daintree Rainforest is generally on every guest’s agenda. Whether to go with an organised tour or self drive is the number one forethought.           

There is lots of advice on the web on how to plan it on your own and there are also many companies vying for the business. While you could spend countless hours on the web considering each tour company and comparing inclusions, costs and fare discounting, some of the important things are often missed.

 There is a lot more that a good Daintree Rainforest tour company can offer beyond a day out, a nice drive and great scenery. So before you leap into making a decision check all the little details and if unsure, have your questions answered.

 From experience and emails, here are some common questions answered to assist you in making the best decision for a day trip to the Daintree Rainforest.

 Should I stay in Cairns or Port Douglas if we want to visit the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest ?.. Port Douglas is the closest point to both therefore will save you unnecessary travelling time to both, giving you more time to benefit from your day. Why add in excess of two extra hours onto your day when you could be sleeping in and on your return have the extra hour to savor in the day’s experience.

I have found a cheaper alternative for a day tour to the Daintree Rainforest than yours, can you tell me why?..Consider the inclusions – Will you be going on an bus carrying up to 24  people or will you be joining a small group tour of no more than 8 (including yourself). 

Does the alternative offer a world heritage listed private rainforest area for you to experience an interpretive walk with your guide or is it just an area that they have been given access to with not many Rainforest plant species.

Will you be taken to the point where the Rainforest meets the Reef or will you be visiting a beach along the way because the operator does not have a proper permit.

What will lunch include, a salad, a roll? or a full barbeque served with three salads, a damper and followed by a tropical fruit platter. We also cater for vegetarians, vegans and gluten/lactose intolerance.

How can you offer swimming in the Rainforest stream when others only swim in creeks and cattle properties or don’t swim at all? .. The Rainforest stream we access is in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest and it is not crocodile inhabited. We pay a fee for access to this world heritage listed private property to ensure our guests have as much privacy and are able to swim freely and safely.

Will you cancel if we are the only two people travelling? ..No, as long as we have two paying guests, we will travel…  Are other companies willing to do the same?

Are your tour guides experienced?.. Yes, they are not bus drivers, they will not take you to the Daintree Rainforest, drop you off and ask you to be back in an hour, they will guide you, be there to interpret and make certain you have ample opportunity to take photos, appreciate and enjoy the day.

Some companies have told us that giving us free time to enjoy Cape Tribulation is what it’s all about?..You will have some free time at Cape Tribulation Beach to explore on your own, however the idea is that we are not a bus transfer company we are a group tour, to ensure you get the most out of your day at take you to all the must see stops along the way, not just Cape Tribulation.

 I can do this myself and save a lot of money!…Sure, you can and in some cases we recommend that some guests do that. If you have very young children and wish to stop more regularly than a group tour offers and if they do not travel well with others, then we recommend just that. Otherwise you can join a group tour or if the children are under eight a charter is always an option. If you don’t like group tours, then self driving is best.

Can I access the areas you go to?.. Not the world heritage listed private property we visit. This is not open to the public. You can though, access other private areas that some other companies access. As a self driver you can visit the Daintree Store and they will give you directions to the same cattle farms/properties that other operators visit and you can do it yourself..

What about the Bloomfield Falls?..Unless you are able to hire a 4WD vehicle, you will not be able to drive further than Cape Tribulation.

Some things to take into account when self driving…One person will not experience the Daintree Rainforest as much. He/she will be too busy keeping their eyes on the road and missing most of what’s out there. If driving, please be very careful and do look closely for the cassowary. He is a icon of the Daintree Rainforest. If you do see one please visit www.daintreecassowary.org.au and submit your sighting details.

You will not have a guide by your side explaining the wonders of this world heritage listed area and pointing things out all day or spotting wildlife. You will miss most of it because unfortunately you will not know where to look.

You will need to take into account the cost of a hire car, fuel, ferry fees, entry to any centres, the cost of the Daintree River cruise, morning tea, lunch and the tiresome drive.

You will be competing with many hundreds of other self drivers for a rest stop and lunch spot as well as competing with the other tour companies that utilise these spots daily, because they don’t spend the extra to ensure that their guests have a wonderful private lunch and swimming area.

You will possibly not have a chance to swim in the Rainforest, as most of the local creeks are a ”no swim” area because of crocodiles and the beach is closed for swimming because of marine stingers during some months of the year.

You will however be able to stop when and where you like, without the care of other people in your group and you will hopefully still appreciate this wonderful eco system and leave just a little more enlightened with your journey.

We hope that this has been of assistance in answering the many questions we receive. 

Our guides and company have earned us the “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor as well as “Best Daintree Rainforest Tour” award for two consecutive years.    The feedback and opinions by many guests is that…

“The tour was the highlight of our trip to Port Douglas….”

We hope to see many of you on board with us.

 

Stingray Bay - Daintree National Park

Stingray Bay - Daintree National Park