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Wet Tropics World Heritage Area Tours

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
Explore the world’s oldest tropical rain forest, the Wet Tropics UNESCO World Heritage Area. Stretching along the northeastern coast of Queensland, the area is renowned for its rich biodiversity, spectacular scenery, and rugged terrain, including lush rain forests, deep gorges, and waterfalls.
 
The Basics
There are plenty of ways to enjoy the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, which spans 3,452 square miles (8,940 square kilometers) and includes over 20 national parks. To get the most out of the area, book a guided tour, most of which originate out of Cairns or Port Douglas and take in highlights such as Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation, or Kuranda. Activities include wildlife spotting, bird-watching, hiking, horseback riding, ziplining, ATV riding, river rafting or cruises, 4WD safaris, and scenic railway, skyway, and jungle-canopy tours. Opt for a multi-day tour to see the most of the vast area or the nearby Great Barrier Reef.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is ideal for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and adventure travelers.
  • Wear sturdy, comfortable shoes if you plan to hike or explore the area.
  • It’s a good idea to bring sun protection, water, and insect repellant.
  • Don't forget your camera, as there are stunning vistas throughout the area.
 
How to Get There
The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area stretches from just north of Townsville to just south of Cooktown, in Queensland. The best way to get there is to join a guided tour or drive. Most tours operate out of Cairns or Port Douglas.
 
When to Get There
The best time to visit the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is between August and November, when the temperatures are the most comfortable. December through March are hot and rainy, so be sure to bring rain protection if traveling during this time.
 
Biodiversity of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
The biodiversity of the region is unparalleled in Australia, with some species originating when Australia was still part of the Gondwana supercontinent. The area is home to over 650 species of vertebrae, around 85 of which are unique to the area. It's also home to over 300 plants and over 100 animals that are rare or endangered, including the southern cassowary, the yellow-bellied glider, the lemuroid ringtail possum, and the northern bettong.
Address: Cairns, Australia
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Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park Half Day Rainforest and Waterfall 4WD Tour from Cairns

Barron Gorge and Kuranda National Park Half Day Rainforest and Waterfall 4WD Tour from Cairns

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Experience Australia’s natural beauty up-close on a thrilling half-day 4WD adventure from Cairns. Venture off-road in the Barron Gorge National Park and Kuranda National Park, and witness the startling contrasts of tropical rainforest, savannah, and rugged mountains, as you drive along the Great Dividing Range. Stop along the way to snap photos of Lake Morris, Copperlode Dam and Surprise Falls; enjoy views of the Great Barrier Reef from Lamb Range; and stand before the mighty Barron Falls. This small-group tour is limited to 13 people for a personalized experience.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

Barron River Half-Day White Water Rafting from Cairns

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Experience the fun and thrills of a half-day whitewater rafting trip on the Barron River, located just 20 minutes north of Cairns. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics as you raft through stunning terrain, including highlights such as Barron Falls. Your expert guide provides all necessary rafting equipment and paddling instruction for the 2-hour rafting trip, you simply bring clothes that can get wet. No experience needed for this fun and safe rafting excursion. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off from Cairns and the Northern Beaches.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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