Daintree River Wild Watch – Sunset Photography Nature Tour
Be rewarded with a magnificent late afternoon nature show as the birds and wildlife search for their last meal of the day or take a bath before settling in for a stunning sunset.
A Daintree River cruise this time on the river can be very rewarding for birdwatching.
As the wind tends to drop late in the afternoon, you can observe some of the birds out and about looking for that last meal of the day, or flying down to the water bathing, before retiring for the night.
You could also see a crocodile laying on a bank catching the last of the sunrays before sliding into the river.
Green tree snakes come out on to the edge of the Native Hibiscus to sleep for the night and sometimes a large Amethystine Python (which can grow to about five-and-a-half metres, Australia’s largest snake) after having a large meal, curls up in a tree.
Watching hundreds of Cattle Egrets flying low over the water on their way down river to roost for the night, and the fragrance of some of the Native rainforest tree species flowering, (especially Ylang Ylang, Cananga odorata which tends to disperse their perfume late evening) all add to the river experience.
You then finish your Daintree River birdwatching tour with some magical sunsets.
Need To Know
- Bookings required by 4pm the day prior to tour.
- Two-hour Daintree River cruise departs from Daintree Village jetty.
- Daintree River cruise starts at 4.30pm in summer months and 4pm in winter.
- Up to 10 guests per cruise.
- Binoculars and ponchos available.
- Custom-built boat features 360-degree swivel seats.
What To Bring
- Insect repellent
Guide Ian “Sauce” Worcester is an experienced and enthusiastic birdwatcher and amateur photographer with early morning bird tours and sunset cruises on the Daintree River and Barratts Creek, Stewart Creek and sometimes Joe Bairds Corner.
Having worked on the Daintree River for many years, in all seasons and weather, I have come to love and respect the river.
No matter how many times I go out on the river there is always something new to see.
It is that type of river, with all of its different ecosystems, the rainforest and mangrove system, where you can see the amazing and beautiful bird life, snakes, frogs, lizards, turtles, butterflies, mammals, insects, epiphytes (plants that grow on trees) including the lovely orchids, and of course the renowned saltwater crocodile.
Being an experienced and enthusiastic bird watcher and amateur photographer, it gives me great pleasure and satisfaction not only for you to see the most birds possible, but also ensuring that you have the best photo opportunities.
Terms & Conditions
The rain doesn’t usually stop a cruise, except on rare occasions if it is really heavy and consistent, Wildlife viewing is surprisingly good if it is slightly raining and you will still see quite a few species, after all it is a World Heritage listed Rainforest.
All monies will be refunded if the weather turns really bad during the cruise. Also a refund if you experience problems with travel arrangements.