Daintree Dreaming • Aboriginal Cultural Tour
Small group touring of 16 passengers
Option 1 - Traditional Aboriginal Fishing
Arrive at Cooya (Kuyu Kuyu) Beach for your Coast & Cultural Walk with a Kubirri Warra clan member. Cooya Beach is the traditional fishing grounds of the Kuku Yalanji people. Your guide will take you on a journey across Cooya Beach, demonstrating and teaching traditional fishing and gathering techniques that are still used today to source food for their family. The experience calls for a medium to high level of fitness as guests will be walking across Cooya Beach, through mudflats and wading through coastal waters up to knee height
Option 2 - Aboriginal Art & Culture
Delve into the ancient culture of local Aboriginal people. Join an art class at Janbal Gallery with Aboriginal artist Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley. Binna will share his experiences, his culture and how his people share their stories through art. Make your own canvas to take home, learning techniques from Binna
Both options include Mossman Gorge
Arrive at Mossman Gorge Cultural Centre, where you will be welcomed to the land with a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony. Take some time to peruse the gallery and local crafts store at the centre before journeying into the rainforest of Mossman Gorge itself with your experienced Aboriginal guide for an interpretive walk through this ancient environment. Learn about the local Kuku Yalanji people’s special relationship with the land here.
Return to the Mossman Gorge Centre for a delicious lunch at the Mayi Café.
Departs Mon, Wed, Fri & Saturdays
Join this immersive Indigenous cultural tour, be welcomed to lands of the Kuku Yalanji people of North Queensland. Option 1: Traditional Aboriginal Fishing Explore Cooya Beach with a Kubirri Warra clan member, learning traditional fishing and gathering techniques. Option 2: Aboriginal Art & Culture Join an art class with Aboriginal artist Brian ‘Binna’ Swindley at Janbal Gallery. Both options include Mossman Gorge, with a traditional smoking ceremony and interpretive rainforest walk led by experienced Aboriginal guides. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Mayi Café.
Port Douglas Market Day Tour
Departs Sunday Cairns 8.00am
Northern Beaches 8.30am
Starting bright and early this tour runs every Sunday. Journey northbound along one of Australian most scenic roads called The Great Barrier Reef Drive to the famous award winning Port Douglas Markets over looking the Coral Sea. Spend the morning going from stall to stall, admire the beautiful hand made local crafts, & taking home many memories.
2 Day Reef and Daintree Rainforest
Experience the very best of Cairns, visiting two world heritage sites. Tours do not need to be taken consecutively and itinerary can be reversed. Day 1 - Daintree Rainforest/Cape Tribulation Day tour. Day 2 -Great Barrier Reef Day Tour
Day 1 -Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef Day Tour : Evolution with Down Under Cruise & Dive
Check-in from 7.15am - 7.45am at The Reef Fleet Terminal
Departs 8am | Returns 4.30pm
Great Barrier Reef Tour onboard Evolution
Join the luxurious and spacious super-yacht, Evolution, to the Outer Great Barrier Reef for your snorkelling experience. The 35-metre superyacht, Evolution departs Cairns with a record 5 hours spent exploring two spectacular and exclusive outer Great Barrier Reef locations for an adventure-filled day!
In the afternoon, you have the option to add additional reef activities. Join us on the Semi-Submersible Tour, learning about the reef with our marine biologist, or add a scuba dive or a scenic helicopter flight over the reef. Finally, you'll cruise back to Cairns while enjoying a free glass of wine and a snack while you reflect on your day on the Great Barrier Reef.
Day 2- Daintree Rainforest
Daintree/Cape Trib/Bloomfield Track Day Tour with Billy Tea Safaris
Includes pick up & drop off from your Cairns, Northern Beaches or Port Douglas accommodation.
Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation Tour with Billy Teas Safaris
Embark on a full-day adventure to the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef! Sit back and relax in comfort in a custom-built 4WD air-conditioned vehicle while listening to informative and entertaining commentary by your local naturalist guide. Group size is limited for a more personalised experience.
As one of the only tour operators to travel on the Bloomfield Track, your experience will be like no other. Spot crocodiles on a Daintree River cruise, learn about the flora, fauna and history of the Daintree on a guided boardwalk tour, take a 4WD ride through a World Heritage-listed rainforest on the rugged Bloomfield Track, enjoy lunch at a local Daintree Rainforest cafe, visit Cape Tribulation Beach and enjoy a homemade Daintree ice-cream on your journey home.
Cairns City Sights Tour & Surrounds
Departs Mon to Sat 12.30pm - 6pm
Welcome to the half-day afternoon Cairns tour, journey through the tropical paradise of Cairns and its stunning surroundings. Explore the highlights of Cairns city, including St Monica's Cathedral and its breathtaking themed stained glass windows. Cairns Museum with views of the Coral Sea, and lush rainforest-clad mountains that surround the city. Venture out of the city to visit the Cairns Botanic Gardens, lower Barron Gorge National Park. Final stop is Palm Cove, a charming beachside village renowned for its palm-fringed beaches and laid-back atmosphere, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle.
Complimentary Cairns Hotel pick-ups start from 12.30 pm
Palm Cove, Kewarra Beach, Trinity Beach pick up available 12-noon
Discover Cairns’ natural beauty and cultural heritage on the half-day afternoon tour. Throughout your journey, you'll travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, ensuring a relaxed and enjoyable experience. Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will regale you with fascinating stories and insights, enhancing your appreciation of Cairns and its unique blend of natural wonders and cultural heritage.
Your afternoon Cairns tour begins with complimentary hotel pick up as we embark on an unforgettable journey through the tropical paradise of Cairns and its stunning surroundings.
St. Monica’s Cathedral - This Heritage Listed cathedral, dedicated as a memorial to the Battle of the Coral Sea, houses 24 amazing stained-glass windows, depicting the creation story. They are reputably the largest themed stained-glass windows in the world.
Cairns Museum - A local guide will take you on an exclusive tour to discover the story of Cairns and living in the tropics. Learn about the city's fascinating heritage and its transformation into the vibrant, modern metropolis it is today. The museum is a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits that vividly showcase the unique history and the diverse communities that have called Cairns home.
Delicious Afternoon Tea – Take a break and enjoy a delicious Devonshire Afternoon Tea at Noa’s Café in the leafy suburb of Edge Hill.
Cairns Botanic Gardens –Venture out of the city to explore the enchanting Cairns Botanic Gardens, a haven of tropical flora. Renown as one of the best exhibitions of tropical plants in Australia. Your tour guide will lead you through this vibrant ecosystem, where you'll discover the unique and exotic plants that thrive in the tropical climate.
Scenic Lookout and Lower Barron Gorge National Park Have your camera ready as we visit a spectacular lookout with stunning views over the city of Cairns and the Coral Sea, before continuing to Lower Barron River Gorge National Park and Surprise Creek Falls. Here you'll be surrounded by the serene beauty of the rainforest and Barron River.
Palm Cove – Stroll along the jetty or on the sand on this picture-perfect beach, fringed with coconut trees. Nestled behind the beach is the quiet seaside suburb of Palm Cove, with its’ magnificent paperbark trees. Sit back and relax on the return drive to Cairns to your chosen accommodation at approx. 6.00 pm.
Cairns Catamaran Dinner Cruise
Departs daily from Cairns Marlin Marina 6.30pm - 9.00pm
Witness breathtaking views of Cairns city aboard the two-level Spirit of Cairns, featuring exterior decks and air-conditioned interiors. Indulge in waterfront dining along Trinity Inlet, and watch the day turn into night over the mountains, ocean and city. Enjoy a complimentary drink upon arrival and a sumptuous 3-course hot and cold buffet dinner.
Enjoy a relaxing evening cruising on a luxury 26-metre sailing catamaran around the calm waters of Trinity Inlet, Cairns Harbour. The two-level Spirit of Cairns has exterior decks and an air-conditioned interior. Take in the sights and sounds of Cairns' tropical port city and its surroundings as they transition from day to night. Begin the evening with a refreshing pre-dinner drink. The water is calm, the weather mild, and the night is yours to enjoy. Sit down to a sumptuous buffet meal with a wide range of hot and cold dishes, fresh seafood, and delicious local produce. Spirit of Cairns sailing catamaran is fully licensed, selling a range of beverages to complement your meal and enhance your evening. Please note this is a popular experience with the locals and has limited numbers as spaces are strictly limited.
1 Day Chillagoe - Aussie Outback 4WD Tour
Departs 7am - 6pm
Join this small-group tour in a luxury 4WD, enjoy morning tea at Skybury Coffee Plantation in Mareeba, spot kangaroos, emus, wildlife galore! Drive past diverse dry tropical farmlands. Pass through historic mining ghost towns and small outback communities. Visit the local Aboriginal Rock Art and Balancing Rock with local Chillagoe Gift Shop is a must-see! Explore the famous Chillagoe Caves, view the once-booming Chillagoe smelter ruins, enjoy an Outback Aussie lunch in a 100-year-old pub.
Explore the Chillagoe Caves, Granite Gorge and other highlights of Tropical North Queensland on this full-day tour from Cairns.
Stop 1: Skybury Coffee Plantation for Morning Tea - enjoy a coffee or tea and a morning snack (such as scones, jam and cream, and tropical fruit) while enjoying the balcony views.
Stop 2: Private local ranger-guided Chillagoe-Mungana Caves National Park Tour - take a step back in time and be inspired by the knowledge of your guide as he explains about the fossilized remains of the ancient coral reefs some 400 - 420 million years old, with hidden limestone labyrinths give a portal to a lost world just like our own Great Barrier Reef. This was once the inland sea. Millions of years in the making, the limestone formations and Chillagoe-Munagana Caves are nothing short of spectacular.
Stop 3: Chillagoe Smelter Ruins - here we delve into the history of the Chillagoe copper smelters, whose old chimneys dominate the western horizon. We visit the remains of the once-mighty smelters to ponder what it was like working there.
Stop 4: Aussie lunch at Chillagoe's 100-year-old pub - a true Australian Outback Pub built at the turn of the century! There is time to visit the unique gift shop in Chillagoe, which specialises in Chillagoe marble and local Aboriginal art.
Stop 5: Visit Balancing Rock for an iconic photo opportunity!
Stop 6: See Aboriginal Rock Art and learn about some Dreamtime stories.
Stop 7: Visit Granite Gorge to see the wallabies - get up close and personal with these local rock wallabies at Granite Gorge National Park and have time to explore this National Park before making your way home.
There are also stairs to climb to get into the caves. A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour. It is not suitable for people with mobility issues or wheelchairs
Please advise of any dietary requirements at the time of booking. Itinerary may be subject to change due to weather conditions in the wet season. Tour is only available from Cairns. Tour Operator will provide Baby Seats or Booster Seats. Please advise upon booking; all children up to 7 years.
Please note: Itineraries may be changed or operated in a different order, or some destinations may not be reached at the discretion of Billy Tea Safaris' guide during the day due to weather and possible road closures, and for the safety of all passengers.
Daintree Rainforest • Cape Tribulation • 4WD Bloomfield Track Rainforest Day Tour
**Please note revised itinerary until further notice due to weather event in December and some areas are not accessible or are closed
Explore the Daintree Rainforest on a full-day tour with a local guide. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle, venture along the Bloomfield Track to Emmagen Creek for a freshwater swim. Take a Daintree River cruise to spot crocodiles, learn about the region on a guided boardwalk tour, and visit Cape Tribulation Beach. Wrap up the day with a homemade Daintree ice cream on your journey back.
Group size is kept to under 17 passengers so you have a more personalised experience. As the oldest Rainforest in the World, this is definitely something to tick off your bucket list.
Scenic Coastal Drive
Your day starts by being picked up by your local eco-accredited tour guide. As you meet and greet your fellow travellers, sit back and relax as we start to make our way to the Daintree Rainforest. This coastal scenic road is one of the best drives in the world, so have your camera ready!
Daintree River Cruise
After a light morning tea refreshment, it's time to board your Daintree River cruise. This peaceful and relaxing 1 hour Daintree River Cruise is precisely what the doctor ordered, sprinkled with a little adventure spotting crocodiles, other native Australian wildlife and mangroves.
Alexandra Lookout -CLOSED
Alexandra Lookout provides a fantastic photo opportunity. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Daintree Rainforest to the ocean.
Guided Rainforest Walk
Your local guide will then take you along an elevated boardwalk into the Daintree National Park, providing detail on the flora, fauna and cultural history and significance of the Daintree Rainforest.
4WD Bloomfield Track- CLOSED
Billy Tea Safaris is one of the only operators who can travel on the Bloomfield Track due on their custom-made 4WD vehicles.
Emmagen Creek Freshwater Swim- NOT ACCESSIBLE
Cool off with a freshwater swim at Emmagen Creek. This also makes for a fabulous photo opportunity and is relaxing and refreshing! Swimming in the middle of the Daintree Rainforest?! What more could you ask for?
Lunch at a local cafe
Enjoy lunch with your fellow travellers, and then it's off to Cape Tribulation Beach. The only place where the rainforest meets the reef. All dietary requirements must be notified at the time of reservation or at least 48 hours before travel. We cater for vegetarians and most other requirements within reason and providing they are of a medical nature.
No Daintree Rainforest day tour is complete without a stop for exotic homemade ice cream at the Daintree Ice-creamery. You will be amazed at the array of flavours made from the orchids on their property. After your sweet ice cream treat and a little exploration of this lush property, it's time to head home.