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Cape Tribulation walks day and night in the Daintree rainforest escorted by Mason's Tours knowledgeable tour guide. The following are suggested tours you might like to try.
Please email me if you have a special request lawrence@masonstours.com.au
DAINTREE RAINFOREST TREE
Each tour includes expert commentary about the history of the ancient Daintree Rainforest, its conservation, ecology, bush food, traditional culture and its unique wildlife.

My Guided Walks are not “High Comfort” – I am about providing a real rainforest wilderness experience. We go if it is raining and in fact it is often more fun in the wet. Raincoats and repellant are provided and you need to choose shoes that are covered or wear hiking sandals. There is a chance your shoes will get wet if it rains – thongs (flip-flops) are not permitted.

FAN PALMS
I enjoy your interest and I am happy to answer your questions.
No walk is longer than 5 kms (3.5miles) but you do need average fitness and full mobility, especially your legs. Anyone who is obese, has poor balance or hip, knee or ankle problems or who has difficulty lifting their legs to climb stairs should not attempt our walks or email me for advice lawrence@masonstours.com.au .
MYALL CREEK

The Half Day Walk includes an opportunity for a swim so remember your swimming costume!
If you go for a swim on your own please check you are safe from crocodiles and marine stingers.

 

Day and Night Jungle Walks – The Concept

Mason’s Tours aim to keep your experience in the rainforest as ‘real’ as possible. We do not look at the rainforest from a bus: we go right inside of it.

Except when booked as a special tour, we do not use hardened facilities such as Boardwalks and concrete paths. We use real jungle trails.

My concept is to cater to those who want to walk in the forest and learn a little about it as well. We place an emphasis on interpretation and providing accurate information in an entertaining manner. Your private guide aims to show you the way, keep you safe and share his knowledge.

The Rainforest Tracks

Our Tracks are located on private land, which adjoins the Daintree National Park and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The land is owned by The Mason Family. None of the tracks are open for public access.
An honest description of the trails is unimproved. They perhaps resemble an Aboriginal Road that would have existed here before the arrival of Europeans. We have designed them to be narrow and winding in order to do as little damage to the forest as possible.
Numerous vines cross the path (to cut them would be to kill the whole plant). Fallen logs sometimes have to be climbed over and small creeks crossed.
The ground is uneven due to rocks and tree roots along the way. Basically they are typical jungle trails.
By not allowing public access to this area of private land we are able to ensure that damage to the forest is kept to an absolute minimum.
It also means that in most cases your group will be the only one using that track at that time.
This is most beneficial at night as it reduces noise.

The Golden Orb Spider spins
its enchanting web of gold.
GOLDEN ORB SPIDER

 

The ½ Day Interpretive Walk

See Real Jungle with a local resident Guide!

The Rainforest at Cape Tribulation is incredibly interesting and beautiful. There are strange, ancient and dangerous plants, as well as rare birds and wildlife. Lawrence Mason can take you to the best areas on real jungle trails, on private land. We do not use boardwalks or concrete paths, we walk on the forest floor.

Our walking tracks are on our own 170ha property – bounded by the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Daintree National Park to the west and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east. We are in far North Queensland, Australia, about 1.5hrs drive north of Port Douglas and 2.5hrs north of Cairns.

Come and join Lawrence Mason for an adventure in the jungle. Our 1/2 Day Walk is an easy paced tour through breathtaking rainforest and Lawrence is always there to answer your questions. Lawrence literally knows the forest like the back of his hands!

I also look for wildlife and some days there are good birdwatching opportunities. You may be lucky enough to see a Cassowary – one of the world’s tallest birds at 6ft. It is among the most important of all rainforest birds because only it can transport the seeds of many large fruited rainforest plants.

  • Learn about dangerous rainforest plants and animals and how to stay safe
  • All guides qualified First Aiders
  • Find out about our amazing wildlife
  • See huge buttressed trees and Primary Rainforest
  • Hear the story of this ancient forest’s ‘discovery’
  • See living ‘Red Gold’ (Red Cedar)
  • Brilliant photo opportunities
  • See how the rainforest recovers from man-made and cyclone damage
  • View Myall Creek rushing down through Granite Boulders – and enjoy a swim in its crystal clear waters.
  • See real examples as your guide explains some of the rainforests secrets
  • Learn about some local issues as they relate to the forest
  • And much more!

This tour is a very special opportunity to spend time in the Daintree rainforest with a well informed local resident. I won’t confuse you with scientific jargon, I pride myself on explaining things in simple, understandable English. A slow paced walk covering – 5km, a special guide, real jungle tracks and a refreshing swim in Myall Creek – is there a better way to be introduced to the Daintree rainforest at Cape Tribulation?

Cost: $500 for up to 5 people. Extra persons please ask for a quote.
School or other groups are quoted depending on what is required.
(Prices, in Australian Dollars, are current to 31 March 2014)
Payment Options: All Cards and EFTPOS.

Departure time is your choice it is possible to meet the tour at Cape Tribulation by driving from Cow Bay, Mossman, Port Douglas and Cairns.

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Night Walk
The ‘Dark Side’ of the Daintree!

Cape Tribulation has some of the oldest, richest and most diverse rainforest in the world. To see it by day is very special, but nothing can compare with experiencing the Daintree Rainforest at night.

Join your local guide for an exciting adventure in the jungle. Search for the sometimes elusive wildlife including Boyds Forest Dragons, Water Dragons, Snakes, Bandicoots, Frogs, Native Rodents, Birds and of course Crocodiles!
Our Nightwalk takes anything from 1.5 to 2.5 hours to complete and is taken on our own private jungle walking trails. These trails are situated on private property at Cape Tribulation, north of Port Douglas and Cairns in Far North Queensland, Australia. The property has a 2km boundary with the Daintree National Park and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to the west and a 1km boundary with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east.

We show you real jungle, not concrete paths or boardwalks. Flashlights, raincoats and repellant are supplied to each walker. Our friendly local guides are qualified in off-road driving and first aid. Each Nightwalk looks at a variety of habitats and goes right inside the rainforst. As we pass through different habitats, we hope to encounter different wildlife.

DAINTREE RAINFOREST WALKERS

We have the most varied habitats on our tracks. Only with us do you have the opportunity of spotting for crocs on foot at night! At least once, we turn all the lights off to really experience the ‘dark side of the Daintree’. Wildlife sightings vary enormously from night to night, but it is rare to see nothing. Common sightings include crocodiles or croc eyes, forest dragons, snakes, birds, frogs, insects and spiders.

Cost: $350 for up to 5 persons, extra persons please ask for a quote.
(Prices, in Australian Dollars, are current to 31 March 2014)
Payment Options: All Cards and EFTPOS.

Recommended departure time is 1930 - 2000. It is possible to meet the tour at Cape Tribulation by driving from Cow Bay, Mossman, Port Douglas and Cairns.

MASONS NIGHT JUNGLE WALK

Interesting Crocodile facts
Crocodiles use the "death roll" when trying to kill their prey. They repeatedly roll their prey under the water until it is dead or it disintegrates. They like their food semi-rotten and seldom eat freshly killed prey so they jam it under logs on the river bottom until it becomes appetising croc food.
Crocodiles never outgrow the pool in which they live. A baby crocodile kept in an aquarium will stay small.
Crocodiles ancestors date back 230 million years. Human's ancestors date back only 23 million years.
Crocodile nearest living relatives are birds.
Crocodiles sex is determined on how deeply buried in the nest are their eggs, and what the temperature of the nest is.

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The 2 Hour Interpretive Jungle Walk
Ideal for Day Visitors!

The Rainforest at Cape Tribulation is incredibly interesting and beautiful. There are strange, ancient and dangerous plants, as well as rare birds and wildlife. Mason’s Tours have guides who can take you to the best areas on real jungle trails, on private land. We do not use boardwalks or concrete paths, we walk on the forest floor.

Our walking tracks are on our own 170ha property – bounded by the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and Daintree National Park to the west and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park to the east. We are in far North Queensland, Australia, about 1.5hrs drive north of Port Douglas and 2.5hrs north of Cairns.

Come and join your friendly entertaining local guide for an adventure in the jungle. Our 2hr Day Walk is an easy paced tour through breathtaking rainforest and your guide is always there to answer your questions. Our guides literally know the forest like the back of their hands! We also look for wildlife and some days there are good birdwatching opportunities.

  • Learn about dangerous rainforest plants and animals and how to stay safe
  • All guides qualified First Aiders
  • Find out about our amazing wildlife
  • See huge buttressed trees and Primary Rainforest
  • Hear the story of this ancient forest’s ‘discovery’
  • Brilliant photo opportunities
  • See how the rainforest recovers from man-made and cyclone damage
  • See real examples as your guide explains some of the forests secrets
  • Learn about some local issues as they relate to the forest
  • And much more!

This tour is a very special opportunity to spend time in the Daintree rainforest with a well informed lifetime local resident. I won’t confuse you with scientific jargon, I pride myself on explaining things in simple, understandable English. A slow paced walk covering 2km, a special guide and real jungle tracks – is there a better way to be introduced the Daintree rainforest at Cape Tribulation? This tour is ideal for day visitors from Cairns and Port Douglas.

Cost: $300 for up to 5 persons. Extra persons please email for a quote .
(Prices, in Australian Dollars, are current to 31 March 2014)
Payment Options: All Cards and EFTPOS.

You choose the departure time It is possible to meet the tour at Cape Tribulation by driving from Cow Bay, Mossman, Port Douglas and Cairns.

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Bird Watching - The following birding information is courtesy of wettropics website - (You will find a direct link on our Links page) - There are at least 137 species of closed forest dependent (rainforest and mangrove) birds in the Wet Tropics 23 bird species are either endemic to the region or are largely confined to the Wet Tropics region 13 species are known to be strictly endemic to the Wet Tropics and 9 of them are from the uplands with the other 4 ranging down to lower altitudes.

Mason’s are proud
to have assisted numerous scientific research studies over many years and our founder, the late Paul Mason collected weather data for the Bureau of Meteorology and his Wife Ann has continued this tradition.



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