Four-wheel-drive tours - Daintree and Cape York Peninsula
Reef and Rainforest Connections is ecocertified, has an extensive green policy, and is one of several 4WD companies that offer full day tours in small groups from Port Douglas through the Daintree World Heritage Area.
Although the roads on Cape York Peninsula are being improved all the time, a 4WD is still needed to get to many of the key spots and is vital after wet-season rains. Various companies offer 4WD tours up the Peninsula, with either camping or accommodation options. The eco-certified company Wilderness Challenge offers trips from three to 14 days, to the Peninsula and further afield. Their trips often involve treeplanting and support of organisations such as the Australian Rainforest Foundation and the Wilderness Society.
Oz Tours, another eco-accredited company, has a 12-day Cape York trip that includes travelling on a cargo ship from Cairns to the Torres Strait, through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, then 4WD back to Cairns. There are also options to visit the Torres Strait Islands. On Thursday Island, make sure you visit the Gabi Titui Cultural Centre.
Wilderness Challenge: (07) 4035 4488 or 1800 354 486
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