The Daintree river and surrounding region is home to
many crocodiles and there are a number of boats available that can
take you out on the water to see these amazing reptiles from a safe
You can do a crocodile cruise along the way up or down
to Cape Tribulation, in Daintree Village there is a multitude of tour
operators doing crocodile spotting cruises and near the Daintree River
ferry there are another bunch of booking offices for the tours that
are based there.
When you are staying at Rainforest Hideaway the nearest
croc cruise in Cape Tribulation Wilderness Cruises located near the
mouth of Cooper Creek, about 200 metres south of Cafe On Sea. They
are the only boat with a permit to enter this heavily protected creek
and this guarantees maximum croc spotting as the crocs know the boat
and do not get scared off.
Best time to see crocodiles is in the dry season at low tides, when
they come out of the cold water to warm up in the sun, but they can
be seen at any time of the year.
Be crocodile aware when you arrive in this area, many
people stand right at the waters edge of the Daintree river or other
creeks, even with their children. A crocodile can swim 20km/h under
water without a ripple on the surface and burst out with enough speed
and power to drag a horse or cow into the water so you or your children
are an easy target. Keep away from the waters edge and get on a safe
boat is the best advice.
Cape Tribulation Wilderness Cruises
is the only tourboat permitted up Cooper Creek, roughly halfway
between the Daintree river and Cape Tribulation. They can take
you on a mangrove discovery tour towards the panorama of Queensland’s
third highest mountain, Thornton Peak, on a leisurely &
informative cruise into this unique world of mangroves.
Home to reputedly the most biodiverse mangrove system in Australia,
Cooper Creek’s significance has been internationally recognized
and rewarded by Queensland Park’s & Wildlife Service,
which has afforded absolute protection to the creek’s
flora and fauna.
Devoid of tourist infrastructure, freehold subdivision and agriculture,
Cooper Creek is, as it was, unspoiled by development, a perfect
picture of prehistoric times.
Cost for this cruise is $34.- for adults and $24.- for children.
HERE TO BOOK
Most of the other tours run on the Daintree River,
you will find the ticket offices just before the Daintree river
Looking for crocodiles on Cooper Creek
Solar Whisper is an electric wildlife
cruise boat with the latest technology in whisper quiet electric
outboard motors and their croc-cam can instantly replay any
missed action of Daintree wildlife. The on-board digital video
camera linked to a full size television screen for hard to see
wildlife and action re-plays of the Daintree River. Trained
and experienced guide with 'eagle eyes' to track down Crocodiles
(spotted on most trips, especially low tide), Birds, Snakes,
Frogs, etc. and interpret their part in the Mangrove & Rainforest
One crocodile attacks another
Dan Irby's Mangrove Adventures offers
Daintree River cruises which are very personal and informative
for both the amateur and professional visitors all year round
catering for small tour groups of 2-10 people
Join Dan for a Daintree River Tour and you will see and learn
about the interaction and importance of the fascinating plants
and animals found only in the Daintree River Mangrove ecosystem.
The main boat, "Nightwatchman" is 6 metres long with
an open top and very comfortable 360 degree swivel seats. The
swivel seats allow you to turn to see "the action"
rather than sitting shoulder to shoulder on a bench seat. Nightwatchman's
shallow draft allows a much closer approach to things of interest.
Its wide beam also gives it great stability. Dan's tours depart
from the ferry crossing on the north side of the Daintree river.
Dan Irby with a tree snake
Crocodile Exress, established
in 1979, offers nature lovers the best of the Daintree with
one hour cruises departing regularly from multiple locations
on the river. Each passenger is offered a "Croc Pass"
to travel unlimited on any of our cruises over a three day period
from the saltwater mangrove and rainforest habitat in the lower
Daintree River or the freshwater pasture lands and rainforest
upstream from the Daintree Village. There is lots of wildlife
to be seen including birds, reptiles, butterflies and crocodiles.
BOOK ONLINE HERE...
No swimming, crocodiles !
More info on crocodiles
You can either book these tours on arrival in Cape Trib
or, if you'd like to book in advance, your host Shane will be happy
to make arangements for you. This way you can book your accommodation
and crocodile spotting trip all at the same time and only need to
send your deposit or credit card details once. If you have already
booked your accommodation at Rainforest Hideaway you can at any time
later easily book these trips and it will not be necessary to re-send
your credit card details. (There is no extra booking fee, you pay
exactly the same as when you'd go to the tour operator directly).
When you book please include:
- date and time of travel, and a second option if possible
in case this time is fully booked
- number of adults and children
To book or ask any other details on the trip send an
Please note that none of the crocodile tours do pick-ups,
you will need your own transport to get to the tours.
If you're staying at Rainforest Hideaway the nearest one is Cape Tribulation
Wilderness Cruises at Cooper Creek, about twenty minutes down the
road, though most of the crocodile tours on the Daintree river will
pick you up from the north side of the river on request to save you
paying the ferry to get your car across.
Tour prices correct at time of publishing this website,
no responsibility accepted for any changes by operator.