Jungle Escapes Adventures and Tours are based in the Daintree National Park at Cape Tribulation, we are 100% locally owned and operated. Our location is a 3-minute drive or picturesque 20-minute walk from the centre of town and only 2-hours from Cairns and 1.5 hours from Port Douglas in Far North Queensland; Australia
The large property is privately owned old growth Rainforest bordering the Daintree National Park. This remnant of Gondwana has never been logged it is in pristine condition. Our trails are minimal impact, we walk amongst ancient plants and animals on their natural terrain without the artificial separation, significant visual impact, distractions and interruptions of the often crowded boardwalks
Our night and day walk tours are fully guided; our guides are local and biological scientists with over 23 years guiding experience in this unique tropical location and you have exclusive access to this unique jungle adventure
Our guides are biological scientists experienced in tropical ecology and have Wet Tropics Guide Accreditation so understand their 'brief' is to engage and entertain as well as accurately inform, they love to put on a show. It is hard to put a personality onto a page however, the love child of Monty Python and Attenborough may come close
We believe only a real depth of knowledge can equip a guide to consistently present this complex and dynamic ecosystem's true nature, every day is different and the capability of guides to adapt their commentary to this forest's ever changing personalities and our guests' individual personalities is helpful for visitors to be able to personally connect with the forest around them
Our most ancient guide is a Bachelor of Biological Sciences graduate from James Cook University of Far North Queensland often called the walking encyclopaedia, very apt as he is certainly 'full of it'...
"The reason I started guiding in the Cape Trib was to help a friend promote his conservation model to show through minimal impact tourism that the dollar value of natural areas can be greater than the value of the raw materials they contain. I soon realised how blessed I was to be able to spend time in such an amazingly beautiful untouched wild place. For me the air is the best part, fresh from the leaves of the plants that crowd around it's so crisp and clean, breathing is so energising, it's amazing. However, without the company of other people for motivation to get out there many experiences would have been lost and a shared experience is far richer! I am constantly mindful of this and the opportunity to present this ancient forest, tell its story, it's history and inner workings from the smallest microorganism to the largest plants and animals is my Mana.
For many of us guiding in the Daintree the opportunity to show off this unique and vulnerable forest home to a culture that has survived here for tens of thousands of years and build a greater awareness of the need to protect it gives use purpose beyond monetary reward. It should also be our desire to become custodians and caretake of this World Heritage Rainforest for our children, and our children’s children, so they too can experience this magical forest that is home to life forms that have literally survived from the beginning of life on land…"
Complex Notophyll Vine Forest, the most diverse terrestrial ecosystem on land, the oldest continually existing Tropical Rainforest, a World Heritage listing; Impressive titles however, it is the atmosphere of being immersed in such a timeless place that makes the most lasting impression, so many large trees and types of plants and animals, breathtakingly beautiful and obviously ancient. Bush walking through this forest along natural bush trails away from public access boardwalks there is a disconnection from the outside world. It is so diverse you just want to see what’s hidden ahead; and It's not just the visuals, it's the sounds, smells and other senses that create an atmosphere words alone cannot adequately describe. It is exactly how you imagine an exotic jungle adventure would be.
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We have six different trails varying from 'nice & easy' to 'full on trekking' - you choose the trail to suit your level of fitness.
Please note, wildlife sightings of certain species cannot be guaranteed, we are not a zoo! However, Cassowary and Tree Kangaroo's do roam freely within the properties. What we can guarantee is exclusive access to pristine forest, a friendly smile and a 110 percent commitment to entertain you local style.
Ngana wawu yalarrku acknowledge the 'sorry business' of Waybul colonisation of Jalanji country and the 'stolen ones'. We thank the Eastern Kuku-Yalanji Elders past, present and emerging, custodians of this place Kulki. We hope the spirits of those past can rest awhile now 'clan estate' is Yalanji again.