Private Half Day Tour: Exclusive World Heritage Rainforest And Waterfall Tour From Cairns

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 5 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:00am or 1:00pm from Cairns City area only (5 hour tour), 7:00am from Port Douglas area only (7 hour tour)
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up from all Hotels and most rental accommodation (including AirBnB's) in Cairns, Holloways
    Beach, Trinity Beach, Kewarra Beach, Yorkeys Knob, Palm Cove, Thala .. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Do you want to have your own private tour guide and vehicle all to yourself? This tour will take you to some of the most spectacular scenery in a World Heritage rainforest, with exclusive access.


  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

Know More about this tour

After pickup from your hotel by your local guide, head north to the lower Barron gorge national park in the heart of Cairns. Stop at Surprise Falls, a 797-foot (243m) high waterfall set among the lower Barron Gorge.

Continue climbing the Lamb Range to the west of Cairns and enjoy the spectaculars views over Cairns city and out towards Green island on the Great barrier reef.

Next, visit Lake Morris and Copperlode Dam; this is Cairns water supply and is surrounded by rainforest covered mountains. There is time to stretch your legs at the unique location and get some amazing photos from the lookout prior to crossing the dam wall.

With an exclusive access permit, your 4WD will take to you to areas not open to the public, away from the crowds. Wind through some of the most amazing rainforests in the region and over the Great Dividing Range, one of the longest Mountain ranges in the world and Australias largest.

Continue through the rainforest, crossing several creek systems and stopping at a boardwalk for an interpretive overview of the rainforest from your guide. Here you will be introduced to the Clohesy River Fig, one of the most impressive fig trees in the tropics.

The next destination will take you from the lushness of the Wet Tropics rainforest to the beginning of Australias mighty Savannah country. You will truly be amazed at the rapid change in the forest types and scenery.

From here, head back onto the sealed road towards the Wet Tropic World Heritage area and into Kuranda Village. Continue to the Upper Barron gorge national park. Stop at the Wrights lookout for a stunning photo overlooking the Barron Gorge and back towards the coastal plains and Cairns City. Then, take a very short drive to the Barron Falls lookout to view possibly the most famous waterfall in Northern Queensland -- the mighty Barron Falls.

Head back towards Cairns via the Wet Tropic World Heritage drive on the Kuranda range, stopping at the Henry Ross Lookout overlooking the northern beach suburbs of Cairns and back out towards the Coral Sea before you are returned to your Cairns accommodation.


National Park fees

Bottled water

Light refreshments

Local guide

Hotel pick-up and drop-off

Private tour

Transport by private vehicle

Entry/Admission - Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

Entry/Admission - Barron Gorge National Park

Entry/Admission - Henry Ross Lookout


Food and drinks, unless specified


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Not recommended for child aged 4 and under

Please bring water/water bottle

Wet weather gear (November through June)

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 09-Jul-2018

    Very interesting tour. Learned much about Australian Steve did a great job. Very knowledgeable and very gracious

  • 23-May-2017

    Cathy our guide was the best! She seemed to know every plant, tree, hill, stream, and animal in the forest. The views were incredible, and I can't imagine a better, more informative guide!

  • 20-Jan-2016

    Great tour