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1. Posted by Rach23 (Budding Member 55 posts) 10y

Hi I'm flying out to Cairns at the end of June and would really like to go see the rainforest (probably in Daintree if thats the best place??) Anybody recommend any tours they've been on or the best way to do it etc please....thanks Rach

2. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

I did the Daintree last year and i know a few people that have and it is the best one to do! Most tour companies will take you to the Daintree.

3. Posted by Rach23 (Budding Member 55 posts) 10y

Hi LilJ do you remember which company you used - was it just a day trip or did you stay up there camping for any time? Thanks Rach

4. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 10y

I did the cape tribulation 2 day, it was well worth it. I stayed in a hostel. Hope this helps, i'm terrible at remembering things, haha!

5. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 10y

Like all good rainforests, the daintree whould be cut down and replaced with smoke-belching factories.

6. Posted by angieg (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y living in cairns and its a very touristy destination. When you get here you will see tour booking outlets everywhere who can help you and then you can best decide which one you want to do. If i were you i would wait and book when you arrive...

7. Posted by Rach23 (Budding Member 55 posts) 10y

Hi Angie thats great thank you - seen as your living in Cairns do you have any advice on the best things to do - places to eat/drink etc. Anything you can advice would be good. Thanks Rach

8. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 10y

If you're after a good hostel to stay at in Cairns I would recommend Rosie's. It was $14/$16 per night when I was there but that was a few years ago so the price will probably have gone up since then.

You also got a voucher for a free meal at the Woolshed every night, so it worked out as a class deal. The meal was pretty basic (but okay for free) or if you wanted you could pay $4 and upgrade to a really good meal. Most people from the hostel used to head along together to the Woolshed every night so it was also an excellent hostel for meeting people.

It also had a swimming pool and a jacuzzi. It you were wandering around the shops in Cairns you probably wouldn't just stumble across it, so I think that's why it was so cheap and such a good deal. It was couple of streets back from the seafront and about a five minute walk to the town centre.

[ Edit: Edited at May 2, 2006 10:31 PM by Emmett70 ]

9. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 10y

I also did a 3 day/2 night tour up to Cape Tribulation, which included a tour along the Daintree (spotting crocodiles) and a rainforest walk, and it was really good.

There were loads of companies doing similar trips and I think the only real difference is that there was a choice of three hostels you could stay at up at Cape Tribulation. I stayed at the one with the swimming pool so I'd try to stay there if you can. All the competition meant that the price was totally good value and I think I paid about $100 (but again that was a few years ago).

Overall though, compared to all the other things I did in Australia, Cape/Tribulation/Daintree wasn't one of my highlights, but that's because there are so many places and things to do in Australia which are totally class. So if you've got a few spare days in Cairns then it's definitely worth making the trip up there.

10. Posted by Rach23 (Budding Member 55 posts) 10y

Hi Emmett thanks for the advice - much appreciated