The waterways of Tropical North Queensland wind their way through thousands of kilometres of the oldest - and some of the most ecologically diverse - rainforest in the world. There is a great range of tours and operators to choose from, and a river cruise can be a great way to escape the madding crowds and add another perspective to your experience.
Just remember to keep your arms inside the boat at all times!
SCROLL DOWN FOR A VERY COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ALL THE COMPANIES OFFERING RIVER TOURS AROUND TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND. TO SEE OTHER TOURS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE LINKS ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE.
SOLAR WHISPER WILDLIFE CRUISES
Daintree River (MAP)
Phone (07) 4098 7131
Welcome to our boutique facility on the banks of the Daintree River. We are all Queenslanders and are keen bird watchers and have a good eye for crocodiles and tree snakes.
* View wildlife & Crocodiles UP CLOSE with binoculars provided.
* No loud speakers
*Small personal groups with Bruce's 22 years experience on the Daintree River.
*Crocodiles spotted 98 per cent of trips (particularly in cooler months).
More than just a one hour cruise....come and relax in our tropical garden with the birds and butterflies and listen to nature with the Aussie owned operators.
The calm waters of the beautiful upland Barron River provide great photographic opportunities whilst your local guides share their vast knowledge of this unique area.
The river is home to a host of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, turtles, snakes, water dragons and fish together with over 100 species of tropical birds.
Kuanda Riverboat is conveniently situated, only a few minutes walk below the Kuranda Railway and Skyrail Stations on the Esplanade of the Barron River. Access to their departure jetty is "over the railway footbridge and down the stairs." The Esplanade extends approximately two kilometers along the river front and offers panoramic views of the forest areas in which they operate their river cruises. Suitable for all ages
Explore the mangrove lined waterway of the Norman river with the Ferryman, informative and educational cruises. Ferryman River Cruises wildlife adventures include birdwatching, croc spotting and unforgettable sunsets over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Ferryman River Cruises have lots of room, flat bottom so its stable and easy wheel chair accessible. While on the cruise, enjoy heaps of snacks (fruit platters, cakes, nibbles, etc), complimentary wine, tea coffee and a full galley and fridge full of COLD drinks. Have heaps of fun with theme nights and the best sunsets in the world.
Departing at 1:00 pm Tuesday to Sunday (throughout the season) this two hour eco cruise will be one of the highlights of your stay in Cooktown. On your tour you will see one of Australia's most historic harbors where, in 1770, Lt. James Cook beached the 'Endeavor' to repair damage that was sustained on a reef near Hope Island. You will hear some of the Chinese and European history from the gold rush days and be shown the oldest brick building left on Cape York.
Wildlife, in particular birds, a crocodile nest and sometimes basking crocodiles, are a feature of this cruise along with information on the mangroves. Sometimes the skipper has crab pots in the river and on inspection you may be able to say "we caught a Mud Crab on our trip". People travelling with pets are most welcome.
CROC AND CRAB TOURS
Phone (07) 4745 9009 / Fax (07) 4745 9001
Mobile 0428 496 026
If you'd like to experience an exciting adventure, or just kick back and enjoy a relaxing and peaceful tour on board our spacious luxury vessel, then Croc and Crab Tours have something for you.
Croc and Crab Tours operate both half day tours as sunset tours. Take a Croc and Crab Day Tour on the luxury 10 metre vessel, and experience the excitement of an outback-by-the-sea adventure. Half day tours include live crab pot lifting, live crab handling and crab tying and both croc and bird spotting. Or take a peaceful and relaxing Croc and Crab Sunset Tour, and watch the sky and sea turn into fire while you kick back on board this luxury vessel. Enjoy a free wine glass, fresh cooked Gulf prawns, a tropical fruit platter and refreshments on both tours.
Invite your friends and family for a spectacular sunset cruise every Sunday at 2pm, with multi-award winning....Pop Sullivan Tours and Cruises! The best dam cruise in Townsville is on the Ross River Dam.
The Mv Kathleen Mary is a fantastic scenic venue for weddings, private functions, eco cruises, school and educational purposes, club fundraising and birthday parties. This vessel is super stable and offers an
exceptional venue for themed music, dinner dancers and bush poetry. The Mv Kathleen Mary is fully roofed and features a licenced bar. The capacity of the vessel is 47 passengers and 2 crew members and is also suitable for wheel chairs.
BTS TOURS PTY LTD
49 Macrossan Street, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 5665 / Fax (07) 4099 5765
View rainforest and river creatures in the wild. The Daintree is the natural habitat of many species of birds, bats, snakes, reptiles and, haunt of the fearsome estuarine crocodile.
CAPE TRIBULATON WILDERNESS CRUISES
Phone (07) 4033 2052 / Fax (07) 4033 2057
Cape Tribulation Wildernes Cruises offer mangrove tours on the only tour boat permitted in the Cape Tribulation Section of Daintree National Park on a mangrove discovery tour in search of the estuarine crocodile.
CAIRNS HARBOUR CRUISES
The Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 4007 / Fax (07) 4051 8896
Cairns' tidal estuary is only accessible by boat. M.V. Crocodile Explorer is a comfortable, air-conditioned vessel taking small numbers of visitors along Trinity Inlet on this scenic nature cruise. Expect rich diverse wildlife; this is the saltwater crocodile's natural habitat'.
5 Stewart Street, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 6120
Crocodile Express operates a one hour, one and a half hours or a two and a half hours cruises on the Daintree River. Their guides are local naturalists.
DAINTREE RIVER AND REEF CRUISE CENTRE
PMB 4, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 6115 / Fax (07) 4098 6208
Departing early morning or late afternoon, Daintree River and Reef Cruises will take you to the most charming part of Daintree River.
LADY DOUGLAS RIVER CRUISE
Marina Mirage, Port Douglas
Phone (07) 4099 1603 / Fax (07) 4099 1604
Enjoy a fun and informative calm water cruise on the Lady Douglas. Aboard you can explore the beautiful mangrove channels near Port Douglas, where you can see saltwater crocodiles and a wide variety of birds and fish. Different tour options available.
DAINTREE RIVER ELECTRIC BOAT CRUISES
Daintree Road, Daintree
Phone (07) 4098 6103
A relaxed cruise on the prettiest part of the river, Daintree River Electric Boat Cruises run personalized tours with a maximum of just twelve people.
Phone (07) 4069 5980
With a maximum of four guests, Gone Fishing operates a two hour interpretive tour of the Endeavour River. Cruising is leisurely as you hear about this diverse river. Wildlife is abundant, and chances are that you may even see a croc.
KATHRYN M FISHING TOURS
Phone (07) 4745 9449 / Mobile 0429 437 580
Fish the Gulf of Carpentaria & adjacent estuaries & rivers. "Kathryn M" Charters operate from mid April to mid October. They offer full day and half day tours as well as Karumban Sunset Cruises up the Norman River.
DAN IRBY'S MANGROVE ADVENTURES
Phone (07) 4090 7017
Small, personal and informative day and night Daintree River Tours. Go where other tours can't go. Don't miss the very special night spot-lighting tour.