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Waterfalls and Walks To Explore in The Daintree

The Daintree would have to be one of the best places in Australia to put on your walking shoes and explore waterfalls and walking tracks. The rainforest has walking trails to suit every age, fitness level and experience; the Daintree Rainforest offers the perfect opportunity! Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest provides some of the most beautiful and exotic walking destinations in the world, in fact, many people visit every year to experience our beautiful walks! Whether you’re an avid bushwalker or a nature lover, you are sure to enjoy the tranquillity and sheer beauty that hiking through the Daintree Rainforest provides. The walking and hiking tracks in our region are unique compared with any other part of the world….taking you into the heart of world heritage rainforest. Be rewarded with cascading waterfalls, breathtaking views and refreshing rock pools and creeks. There’s nothing more fun or refreshing than jumping into a cool rock pool after a long, hot walk through the tropical rainforest. If you are visiting Cairns or Port Douglas, make sure you include a trip up North to experience the Daintree Rainforest! Here are a few walks and waterfalls to check out while you’re visiting.

Mardja Botanical Walk

The Mardja botanical walk is a pleasant half hour circuit walk just south of Cape Tribulation. The boardwalk will take you over Oliver Creek which is home to plenty of crocodiles and other wildlife. This shady rainforest walk takes you through the rainforest and has plenty of signs with informative facts about the wildlife and the vegetation.

Cape Tribulation Lookout

The lookout path starts just after the Kulki car park toilets. This concrete path takes you to a viewing platform on Cape Tribulation Beach headland. This lookout has some spectacular views of rugged mountains and the vast beautiful tropical beaches.

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You can also tag on a long beach walk after the lookout. Start your adventure from the Kulki car park then follow the signposted track over the mountain ridge of Cape Tribulation Beach. After a short walk, you’ll pop out on Myall Beach, at low tide you can access the southern end of Myall Beach and stop to do the Dubuji Boardwalk on the way.

Dubuji Boardwalk

The Dubuji Boardwalk in Cape Tribulation takes you on an adventure through swampy mangroves, beautiful tropical plants, ending up on the stunning Myall Beach. It’s also worth checking out at night to see the glow in the dark fungi.

The walk is about 1.2km and takes around one hour to complete, check out the information signs along the way so that you can learn about mangroves, plants and wildlife.

Mount Sorrow Ridge

For those looking for a challenging hike, Mount Sorrow Ridge is a 6-hour hike up steep terrain. The trail begins 150 metres after the Kulki day-use area in Cape Tribulation and takes you up a steep mountain ridge to a lookout which boasts spectacular views of the Great Barrier Reef, Snapper Island and the Daintree Rainforest. This is a challenging walk, so make sure you take plenty of water and don’t attempt the trip at night. Always check the weather as it can be slippery after a lot of rain. Also, make sure you sign in with a local resort to let them know you’re going! There can be leeches along the way, so it is a good idea to spray your shoes and trouser ends with insect spray as a deterrent.

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Emmagen Creek

10 minutes’ drive north of Cape Tribulation Beach House is a short walk to Emmagen Creek. The trail starts just south of the creek and takes you through the rainforest to a beautiful, secluded freshwater swimming hole, which is safe to swim. Make sure you bring your snorkel gear to make friends with the resident turtles!

Night Walk Jungle Adventure

As the Daintree Rainforest slowly gets shrouded with a cloud of darkness, you can set out with Jungle Adventures on a guided night walk to experience the magic of the Daintree when it comes alive – at night! The two hour guided walks start every night at 7.30pm. The guides are full of fun facts and information and will take you deep into the heart of the rainforest. You will be amazed at the variety of wildlife and insects that you will see on your night adventure. Before the sun sets why not try a Jungle Surfing Canopy Tour? Experience the beautiful rainforest from high up in the canopy on a guided zipline tour. This two-hour tour and is suitable for all ages!

Many people visit the Daintree every year to experience the walking tracks, freshwater creeks and waterfalls! There is simply no better way to experience the Daintree’s fantastic wildlife and vegetation. With world class views, freshwater swimming areas and ancient world heritage rainforest, the Daintree offers the ultimate escape for those looking for an adventure!

For more information contact us at Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours and Jungle Adventures Night Walks on 07 4098 0043 or email

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