Unwind at beautiful Mission Beach - all rooms have ocean views
Take a boat then hike on picturesque Hinchinbrook Island
Variety and more variety – that’s what you’ll get on this group guided walking holiday. The walking is outstanding, with everything from very easy to hard (optional) walks.
You’ll visit numerous waterfalls, walk through World Heritage rain-forests, stroll along isolated tropical beaches, circumnavigate freshwater lakes, see one of the largest trees in Australia with an estimated one tonne of leaves and visit a picturesque tropical island.
More on what you'll see
This is a circuit trip from Cairns. Destinations include the Atherton Tablelands – home of the famous Millaa Millaa Falls.
Rainforest walks will lead us away from the tourist route to remote gorges, cascading waterfalls and secluded lakes.
In the Daintree World Heritage area we’ll learn about the importance of mangroves, walk to Cape Tribulation and enjoy a two night stay at a rainforest retreat.
At Mossman Gorge national park we’ll trek with the Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people and learn about their bush foods, medicine and way of life.
A highlight for many will be three nights at Mission Beach where we’ll enjoy beach walks, rainforest hikes and a day of walking on nearby Hinchinbrook Island.
Rainforests, beaches, mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls and a tropical island – this trip has it all!
Let's dive into
This is a circuit trip starting and finishing in Cairns.
Overall this holiday has easy to moderate walking along board walks, beaches and well graded walking tracks. There are some optional walks that are more challenging including the Bump Track and another with several river crossings.
This trip operates with two guides so we can offer easier and harder walk options along the way. For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.
Rainforest retreat, family-run motel and tropical resort.
Two guides, all transport from Cairns, 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners, guided Kuku-Yalanji Aboriginal walk, ferry across the Daintree River, crocodile spotting river trip, boat trip to Hinchinbrook Island, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps & map case, info pack, memento DVD containing photos of your trip.
What's not included
Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).
The best time to go
Tropical North Queensland is at its best for hiking during the cooler winter months. It can get chilly at night on the Atherton Tablelands but the day time temperatures on the coast are great for being active.
Far North Queensland is the home of the barramundi - a delightful white fleshed fish that lives in river estuaries. There will also be plenty of interesting tropical fruits to try
This holiday starts in Cairns at 8.00am. Hike in the Barron Gorge National Park. From Glacier Rock there are sweeping views of Trinity Inlet, the Coral Sea and the city of Cairns.
Travel the scenic coastal route to Mossman then across the Daintree River by ferry into the heart of the Daintree National Park. This is the first crocodile territory encountered during the tour, so we’ll keep well away from the edge!
On the route to Cape Tribulation the distances are small, but the steep, rainforest-covered mountains and narrow roads reduce driving speeds, eventually averaging just 40kmph. We’ll spend two nights in the heart of the rainforest in an area frequented by elusive cassowaries.
Begin the day with an early morning walk looking for cassowaries. After breakfast, our Daintree walk starts out along a picturesque stretch of sandy beach. Along the way we’ll head inland along an elevated boardwalk through tidal mangroves and freshwater swamps where we often see kingfishers and catbirds (you’d swear that it was a cat calling).
The track eventually emerges at a tropical beach overhung by the lush rainforest at Cape Tribulation – where the rainforest meets the reef. There's time to walk along the beach, relax or have a swim.
After lunch we'll board a small boat on a crocodile spotting cruise. After that we'll stroll along a boardwalk through a fascinating environment. Then it's back to our accommodation for the night.
Back south of the Daintree River, our first walk for today is at beautiful Mossman Gorge. This rainforest circuit walk is accessed by a high suspension bridge over a fast flowing, turbulent river. The gorge teems with wildlife, especially birds.
Next is a special treat – the Kuku-Yalanji Bush Tucker Walk with the traditional custodians. Here you can learn how the Aborigines prepared and used various rainforest plants for shelter, medicines and food. This walk is a very popular part of our trip. Finish the walk sharing tea and damper with locals from the nearby village.
After lunch we leave the Daintree behind and hike up the historic “Bump Track”, an old trail blazed by early settlers to move supplies from the coast onto the Atherton Tablelands. Home for the next two nights will be in the historic tablelands village of Yungaburra.
After an el fresco breakfast we’ll enjoy a day of exploring the Atherton Tablelands.
First stop is the Curtain Fig Tree, a strangler fig that is one of the largest trees in Queensland and has a distinctive shawl of aerial roots.
Next is Mt Hypipamee where we’ll hike to an unusual volcanic crater formed in the shaped of a deep cylindrical hole. The Tablelands were formed after many volcanoes erupted. Some of these have now filled with water, are surrounded by rainforest and are home for numerous birds.
Our final walk is a circuit walk right around the edge of one of these pristine crater lakes at Lake Barrine.
Today we start with the scenic Waterfalls Circuit drive where we’ll visit four waterfalls including picture-postcard Millaa Millaa Falls. There are waterfalls of all descriptions – gigantic, pretty, invigorating, serene and intimidating.
Time to leave the tourists behind now and walk to Nandroya Falls walk in the Wooroonooran National Park. This delightful hike is our favourite and culminates in several waterfalls, cascading one after the other right beside the track. It makes a great picnic lunch stop.
Then we’ll leave the Atherton Tablelands behind and head for Mission Beach on the coast. Finish the day with the short Licuala Walk and the hope of spotting a cassowary or two. Licualas are commonly known as fan palms and these spectacular palms tower overhead as the path meanders below.
Accommodation: Mission Beach
The morning walk features picturesque beaches and rocky coves of the Kennedy Track as we head towards the remote Hull River.
After a beachside picnic lunch and swim in the crystal clear waters there will be a choice of afternoon walks – an easy beach stroll back to Mission Beach or a more challenging hike through rainforest to a high vantage point overlooking the region.
Accommodation: Mission Beach
Travel to Hinchinbrook Island by boat and spend the day enjoying rainforest and beach walks. There will also be time to enjoy a swim at a delightful bay beach. A fitting finale!
Accommodation: Mission Beach
Travel back to Cairns after breakfast, finishing around 1100.
enjoy a flawless experience
Betty, – NSW
Another fabulous Auswalk trip. Well organised as always. Great guides, lots of fun. I was surprised by how different the rainforest is and just how much I learnt about it. 10/10 yet again Auswalk!