Daintree Boatman Nature Tours
Your Guide: The ‘Daintree Boatman’, Murray Hunt
Mobile: 0417 651 929
Email: boatman@daintreerivertours.com.au
Website: www.daintreerivertours.com.au
Base of operation: Daintree Village

Daintree Boatman Nature Tours, provides 2 hour birdwatching cruises led by a knowledgeable and experienced birder, for close views of highly sought-after birds such as Great-billed Heron, Papuan Frogmouth, Little Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher and Black Bittern (amongst others). An average of 40 wildlife species are seen or heard per cruise with sightings reported to the eBird website.

Cruises are limited to just 10 passengers and cruises are personalised; tailored specifically to match guest’s viewing desires. Cruises are conducted in a small comfortable open vessel which enables great views and photography of wildlife. Two hour cruises are deliberately conducted at dawn and dusk when birdlife is at its most active and the river is at its most picturesque.  Cruises are perfect for birdwatchers and bird photographers alike with the skipper taking great care to position the boat appropriately, taking into consideration light direction and animal behaviour, to ensure all passengers attain good views.

For those wishing to maximise their photographic opportunities, two and a half hour private cruises are available, allowing the cruise to focus entirely on your photographic hopes.

A cruise at dawn (7am in cooler months, 6.30am in warmer months) is usually when the birds and wildlife are at their most active and visible. A late afternoon cruise (4pm in cooler months, 4.30pm in warmer months) is also great with birds busily foraging before dusk. Sunset viewed from the water is often spectacular with large groups of Cattle Egrets accumulating to roost for the night. A discount for a second cruise is offered when booking directly. Dual cruises doubles the chance of seeing the special birds of the river, as well as seeing the river under differing light and tidal conditions.

Cruises depart the boat ramp in Daintree Village. Bookings essential. 

Birds regularly seen on cruises include:

  • Great-billed Heron
  • Papuan Frogmouth
  • Black Bittern
  • Little Kingfisher
  • Azure Kingfisher
  • Sacred Kingfisher
  • Spotted Whistling-duck
  • Shining Flycatcher
  • Wompoo Fruit-dove
  • Black-necked Stork
  • White-bellied Sea-eagle
  • Osprey
  • Brahminy Kite
  • Radjah Shelduck
  • Macleay’s Honeyeater
  • Pied Monarch
  • White-eared Monarch
  • Pale-vented Bush-hen
  • White-browed Crake
  • Large-billed Gerygone

Wildlife seen on cruises include:

  • Saltwater Crocodile
  • Green Tree Snake
  • Amethystine Python
  • Keelback
  • Spectacled Fruit-bat
  • Ulysses Butterfly
  • Cairns Birdwing Butterfly
  • Four ‘O Clock Moth
  • Golden Orb Spider
  • Green Tree Ant.