Advise on Daintree /atherton tablelands self drive

Dec 12th, 2015, 05:54 AM
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Advise on Daintree /atherton tablelands self drive

We have just arrived in PD and loving the place! Kids were thrilled with the wild life habitat experience.

We plan to spend the day after tomorrow exploring mossman gorge( do the longer walk) and daintree rainforest. Croc cruise is not a priority unless its a better way to experience the rain forest env. So is it better to drive to the daintree village for the cruise or cross the river to visit the discovery centre and go further up north to cape trib. Advice would be appreciated.

The following day morning , we hope to drive to yungaburra for the night and have till next day 4pm flight to explore the area. The crater lakes and the curtain fig are on the list. Wondering if any other stops are recommended.
Also should we visit tjapukai to experience some aboriginal culture as we are skipping kuranda in favor of daintree rainforest.
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Dec 12th, 2015, 06:44 AM
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nikidi - you can get a flavour of aboriginal culture at Mossman - about 30 mins from PD - and then have a wonderful meal at Mojos on the main drag just by the turn off for the Gorge.

http://www.mossmangorge.com.au/the-centre/the-centre>>

http://www.mojosbarandgrill.com.au

[i know the website says that it's only 10 mins from PD - perhaps we went the wrong way!]

Yungaburra is great but we did it with a guide so I'm probably not the best person to ask. We did have a bit of tome by ourselves in which we went looking for platypus by the creek - I suggest going in the early morning as at night it was really difficult to spot what you are looking at [or if thee is anything there at all!] whereas in the morning we saw at least 6 platypus plus loads of birds.

what is interesting at night is to go down to the giant curtain fig and try spotting some animals in the trees - but you need strong torches for this. There are boardwalks round the figs and forest which were fun and your kids would probably enjoy.

in PD don't miss supper down at the Tin shed - we found it very reasonable and it seemed child friendly.

http://www.thetinshed-portdouglas.com.au

Also the life saving club restaurant on the beach was great too:

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaur...d.html#REVIEWS

hope you have as good a time there as we did!

[PS - the Sunday morning craft market at PD was very good - we bought loads of souvenirs there and rarely saw anything else better on any of our travels so it's worth stocking up if you can]
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Dec 13th, 2015, 12:33 AM
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Thnx annhig. Tried the life saving club today and it was great. Thnx for the recommendation.

So what is the best way to experience the daintree np. Any boardwalks that shouldn't be missed.
All suggestions welcome!!

Feedback on tjapukai would also be appreciated.

P.s if anyone is looking for snorkelling tour recomendation, we did the calypso tour today and it was great!! I got their name from wavelength as the kids were too young for their boat. Small group, great crew and the reef was beautiful.
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Dec 13th, 2015, 02:10 AM
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nikidi - we didn't do Daintree as we ran out of time. I think that you can just drive there and get the chain ferry across the river but not sure after that - the TI or your hotel should know though. There are also tours you can do which the TI or your hotel will book for you but that seems a bit of a waste when you have your own car.

Glad the life-saving club worked out. we went twice and it was just as good the second time.
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Dec 13th, 2015, 04:35 AM
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Not sure if you made it to Yungaburra but remmeber to walk under the bridge along the little trail by the river! Be super quiet and if your lucky you will spot wild platapus! Try your luck at sunset! Just awesome!
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Dec 13th, 2015, 04:49 AM
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I think that they are still in PD, LovetoDive.

We went to look for the platypus under the bridge at dusk but didn't see anything - we had much better luck the next morning [with our guide] further along the stream towards the town.
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Dec 14th, 2015, 02:09 AM
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Thnx all
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