Rainforest to Reef

Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest exploring its ancient ecosystem, stunning valleys, spectacular forest-clad mountains, clear streams, and magnificent rivers.

Journey Overview

Immerse yourself in World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest exploring its ancient ecosystem, stunning valleys, spectacular forest-clad mountains, clear streams, and magnificent rivers. Silky Oaks Lodge is the ultimate luxury eco lodge in an unrivalled riverside location in the oldest living rainforest in the world.

Next, it’s on to secluded Lizard Island, for a true lap of indulgence. Remote and beautiful, with 24 powdery-white beaches, Lizard Island is the closest archipelago to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Design your own luxury escape with a range of experiences, as you explore deserted palm-fringed beaches, bleeding sunsets, all-inclusive culinary excellence and a stunning underwater immersion in the vibrant 500,000-year-old reef.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef
  • Purify your skin in the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef discovering its ancient corals and vibrant tropical wildlife
  • Enjoy a secluded picnic on a powder-white private beach

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Daintree Mossman

On arrival into Cairns, make your way via the spectacularly scenic Captain Cook Highway to Silky Oaks Lodge, located on the banks of the gently flowing Mossman River. Enveloped by the leafy canopy of the ancient Daintree Rainforest, the lodge will entreat you with a cornucopia of natural sights, sounds and smells.

Settle into your secluded suite, bedecked by its own private balcony, daybed and hammock. Perhaps take a cooling plunge in the invigorating waters before indulging in the lodge’s signature drinks hour with canapés. You’ll enjoy a delectable dinner in the towering treehouse restaurant paired with stunning wines and often infused with local indigenous flavours.

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Day 2: Daintree Mossman

Today your guide accompanies you on a private exploration of the Daintree Rainforest, dramatic Mossman Gorge and Cape Tribulation. Walk through tree-clad mountains to the spell-blinding beauty of the Mossman Gorge, hearing secrets of the enchanting rainforest and its unique indigenous wildlife and ecosystem.

Take a swim if you wish before journeying on to the Daintree River, home to hundreds of large vivid cassowaries and saltwater crocodiles. Cross the river by ferry to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the reef, and enjoy a sumptuous lunch at the Daintree Heritage Lodge.

Delight in an afternoon sugar hit at the Daintree Ice Cream Factory before continuing to the foothills of Mount Alexandra and the Jindalba boardwalk. Listen as your guide imparts expert knowledge of the million-year evolution of the lowland forest – a living museum of rare flora and fauna.

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Day 3: Daintree Mossman

Enjoy a full day at leisure at stylish Silky Oaks Lodge.

Perhaps join the early morning yoga class, explore the Fig Tree Rapids walk, take a kayak down the Mossman River, or enjoy a leisurely swim with a snorkel to experience life beneath the translucent surface. If it’s pampering you prefer, spend the afternoon indulging at the lodge’s Healing Waters Spa (additional charges may apply).

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Day 4: Daintree Mossman – Lizard Island

Awake to fresh oxygen and a delectable breakfast, before making your way to Cairns Airport for your flight to remote and exclusive Lizard Island. On arrival you’ll be welcomed by your friendly host and transferred to your room, hugged by lush and tropical gardens, with serene meandering pathways to beautiful Anchor Bay beach.

Once settled in, curate the next three days as you please (bookings for some activities essential). Choose from spectacular snorkelling in crystal-clear waters, beautiful nature walks through pristine mangroves, and picnics on deserted beaches. For an extra charge, consider a full degustation on a private beach at sunset, expertly paired with the Cellar Master List, or perhaps take a boat trip to scuba dive or fish in the outer reef.

Lizard Island | BLD

Days 5-6: Lizard Island

Enjoy two days at your leisure to explore this beautiful, secluded island and its multi-award-winning resort.

Lizard Island | BLD

Day 7: Depart Lizard Island

After your delicious breakfast and a morning at leisure, your journey comes to an end with your departure flight from Lizard Island to Cairns.


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Lizard Island

Rainforest to Reef

Lizard Island, Australia’s northernmost island resort on the Great Barrier Reef, is a one hour scenic flight over the reef from Cairns. R... Read more

Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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