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Daintree jungle safari

Thursday, March 11, 2010
Jules Lund headed to the Daintree in the north of Queensland. It's Australia's largest block of tropical rainforest and the only place on earth where two complex World Heritage eco-systems — reef and rainforest — exist side-by-side in spectacular beauty.

There's also some fun to be had. The Jungle Surfing Canopy is a long zip line with six platforms allowing you a bird's-eye view of the Daintree Rainforest all the way down to the Great Barrier Reef. Each landing is a little higher and you reach it a little faster than the last one.

Walking through a rainforest is quite wonderful, but most people spend their time looking at the forest floor so they don't trip. Flying through the trees give a great new perspective and there is minimal impact on the environment.

Jungle Surfing takes place in a private reserve adjoining the national park and you fly 20m from the ground. Highly knowledgeable and experienced guides control the course leaving flyers to glide hands-free. That's great when you want to take pictures.

There is commentary at platform stops so you know that amongst the 1500 species of trees you are amongst some are more than 1000 year old.

Jungle Adventures Night Walks

After an exciting day of flying through the trees, many people like to take part in a Jungle Adventures Night Walk. Biologist Ian Samuels takes small groups deep into the Daintree to check out the nocturnal world. His knowledge of the surroundings and creatures seems limitless.

The forest literally comes to life as animals and birds awaken and forage for food. Halfway through the walk it's torches off and that's when you truly appreciate being one with nature. There's just the odd bird and animal noise in the world's oldest rainforest.

Tours take around two hours and follow natural trails over uneven ground, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. They run every night and you will be given a torch and raincoat, if needed.

Location

Cape Tribulation, 2.5 hours north of Cairns.

Cost

Two-hour Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours cost $90 per person. All equipment and transfers within Cape Tribulation are included. They run between 7.45am and 5.30pm every day. Two-hour Night Walks are $40. They include raincoats, torches and transfers within Cape Tribulation. They begin at 7.30pm.

Virgin Blue has flights to Cairns.

One-way fares from:

  • Brisbane $159
  • Sydney $169
  • Melbourne $209
  • Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart $249
  • Darwin $279
  • Perth $340

There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are subject to change.

Prices correct at March 11, 2010.

For further information

Virgin Blue
Ph: 136 789
www.virginblue.com.au

Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours
PO Box 117
Port Douglas 4877
Ph: (07) 4098 0043
www.junglesurfing.com.au
info@junglesurfing.com.au

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