D’Arcy of Daintree Tour FAQ’s
Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions for our tours. Click on the question to view the answer.
If you have any other questions, please contact us.
Actual driving time from Cape Trib to Wujal Wujal Falls and community is one hour (30 kms) – a little more or less depending on the condition of the Bloomfield track. So, two hours drive time in a 5 hour tour. We have plenty of sightseeing stops, with short 3-4 minute walks onto the beach, to the waterfall etc
Cooktown adds a little over 60 minutes each way. That is, just over 4 hours tour driving time in an 11 hour day.
We certainly hope so! Regrettably, nature has its own pace, and cassowaries, although they do have some “regular” food-trail habits, vary their times to cross over the road. The best research indicates maybe 4-4,500 in the Wet Tropics, with less than120 in this part of the Daintree – albeit in a narrow corridor where they cross the road regularly. How to maximise your chances? They’re daytime animals. Stay up here longer. Drive. Walk. Keep looking. Nature’s great.
There are fewer crocs than cassowaries but their habitat on the Bloomfield River, is more definable than cassowaries, especially as they have reasonably regular resting spots on sandbanks and rocks. In winter, being cold-blooded reptiles, they like to escape from the coldish water (Yes, I know it’s warm compared to where you come from). Regular spots are from the Bloomfield River lookout (southside), near the Wujal Falls, and near the Ayton boat ramp on the northern side. We try to visit the best spots, conditions allowing.
Swimming with crocodiles is not included on the tours, therefore the waterfall is a big “NO-NO” for swimming, but a great place to spot a croc-on-the-rock if you are lucky.
Woobadda Creek is well above sea level (150 meters up and definitely has no crocs, nor platypus for that matter. It’s a safe and beautiful scheduled stop on the half day Wujal tour. It is also possible to include it on a private extended full day trip to Cooktown, but not on the Cooktown shared tours as it does swallow up time on an already packed schedule. We can definitely find great spots on private charters.
Yes. Of course. It’s iconic, charming and a compulsory stop on the way back from Cooktown.
Not much, really. Camera, a towel and bathers if you want a swim, and sandals or shoes with decent grip for the 3 minute walk to the waterfall.
We supply cold bottled drinking water, hot thermos water for tea or coffee, home made cake, insect repellent for the green season and umbrellas for any rain. Plastic coats can be hot, but bring them if it makes you feel comfortable.
The Arts centre at Wujal is open between 9am and 4pm Mondays to Thursdays, with an early closing at 12:00 on Fridays. It’s not open at weekends in the low season and it is closed during the end of the year holidays (between Christmas and New Year).
There are no shops between Cape Trib and Wujal.
In Cooktown, the James Cook Museum is open every day in the season between about April and September. In the quieter October to March period, it is usually closes on Mondays and from 1pm on other days.
Regrettably, no. It’s a long drive up and back (4hrs plus) from Cairns and your own free time is probably limited.
We suggest that you visit the Cairns Botanical Gardens, and later on take a stroll along the Esplanade to see some seabirds. The Botanical Gardens is a “Must-Do” for any Cairns visitor interested in the rainforest. It is spectacular, and varied with a brilliant Conservatory (think butterflies and carnivorous plants!), lakes, many different walks, Aboriginal Plant Use Garden, a Gondwana Heritage Garden, bamboo, palm and cycad areas and lots more, including food!
We can pick up at your accommodation between the Cow Bay and Cape Tribulation. If you’re driving up from Mossman, Daintree Village, Port Douglas or other places south of the Daintree River, we would suggest outside CJs Cafe at Thornton Beach, or the Turtle Rock Cafe at Cape Tribulation. You might think of your possibilities before or after the tour. For example, if you’re doing a half day Wujal Tour, you could use the spare morning/afternoon to visit some of our iconic places and a bite to eat, so Cape Tribulation could be a good meeting place.
It’s great to have families young children to experience and learn about the rainforest. When the children are very young, we can only do this as a private tour so we can tailor it to suit the interests of the children, and provide the extra care and time not possible on a shared tour.
A private 6 hour tour is ideal as an experience for the very young, or for those whose attention spans may be stretched! For the slightly older and those with a developing love of nature, a tailored private 9 hour tour will provide greater depth, variety and understanding.
If the young folk are old enough to appreciate a little European history, and are good travellers, Cooktown has a lot of appeal, as we cover a range of habitats and topics.
We don’t carry baby seats as it’s best that these are provided by visitors. We can provide a booster seat by request.
Our tours are about sharing the passion we have for the rainforest and the Daintree region, focusing on the scenery, ecology, nature, history and beauty. And our vehicle is an 8 seater Toyota Landcruiser series 200, with all forward seats providing good views and comfort. But the Bloomfield road is a 4WD-only track beyond Emmagen Creek, and it is often potholed and corrugated. There are creek crossings, steep hills, occasional trees across the road and big landscapes. In the drier months, the creek crossings are generally lower. The drive is pretty, it is interesting and it is a World Heritage wilderness area.
For those seeking a high adrenaline adventure, the CREB Track starting at the Daintree Village might be their choice if they have their own vehicle.
There is a lot to see but if you are short of time our Top Two are:
- Marrja Botanical Walk (35 minutes north of the Daintree River, 10 minutes south of Cape Trib on the Cape Trib Road) is profuse, diverse, fascinating even a little scary. It packs in so much – ancient plants, epiphytic ferns and strangling trees, orchids, prickly ant plants, complex mangroves with amazing root systems, and woody liana vines, wait-a-while vine thickets, fish, mangrove crabs and the odd cassowary and tree kangaroo.
- Cape Tribulation headland and beach walk (2 minutes drive north of Cape Trib, 47 minutes from the Daintree River). Walk as far as you like (at lowish tide!) along the beach to the north. You’ll see arguably the most diverse shoreline vegetation anywhere in Australia. Oh, as well as marvellous views of Cape Tribulation itself, fringing reef at low tide, a few mangrove species, and shady resting spots under the outreaching big Beach Calophyllum trees. A short 5 minute each way boardwalk to the lookout is wheelchair friendly and gives great views. Lace Monitors, and two of Australia’s mound-building birds (scrub turkey and the super-precocious orange-footed scrubfowl) and the occasional teenage cassowary wander around the carpark area. Avoid the middle of the day when you can.
And the rest? Dubuji Boardwalk and Myall Beach at Cape Trib, Thornton Beach and the mouth of Cooper Creek, Cow Bay Beach, and Jindalba Boardwalk. For longer stays, Cape Kimberly beach walk along to the mouth of the Daintree River is special. You can get details on all the walks from a local booklet called “Walks in The Daintree”. Just $2 from local shops. Don’t plan your stay without one.