The best way to explore the Daintree Rainforest with kids

Time is precious so we’ve discovered the best places for you to visit and experience with your little adventurers when exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site The Daintree Rainforest.

Jungle Surfing

Explore the Daintree Rainforest (QLD) with Spirit Quest Travel.

Swing through the rainforest with Jungle Surfing.

Jungle surfing is an awesome way to explore this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site. This 2-hour adventure is suitable for kids three and above. Spend at least an hour amongst the canopy learning about the area whilst taking in the magnificent views.

The staff are friendly and knowledgeable sharing their wisdom with you in the treetops. If you’re not a vegan or vegetarian be sure to inquire about the green ant tastings.

Dependent on the kids’ ages parents can send them up with the crew and enjoy some quality time together. Book your jungle surfing adventure here.

Discovery Centre

The Daintree Discovery Centre provides your little explorers with an opportunity to see cassowaries, interact with dinosaurs and meander through the rainforest along the boardwalks.

Purchase your Discovery Centre tickets here.


The Daintree is home to the elusive cassowary. 

Emmagen Creek

This is a short walk through the forest for a swim in a waterhole. There is a tree swing into the pools which is fun for kids of all ages. Cassowaries can be sighted along this path too. We recommend closed in shoes or sandals for the walk.

Cow Bay

Here you’ll find a palm tree swing on the beach which the kids can enjoy swinging and jumping into the sand. This is a great spot for family holiday photos.

Turtle Rock Cafe Park

There is a park across from Turtle Rock Cafe which has some groovy play equipment. This area is also known for spotting a cassowary with chicks who frequent the area and a  great spot to grab a bite to eat.

Croc Spotting with Daintree River Cruises

The best time for spotting crocs is on either the morning or late afternoon tours. The Daintree River Cruise guides have a wealth of knowledge,  sharing information about the Daintree Rainforest, the indigenous people and the wildlife. They also know the best spots to find snakes in the trees or on the banks which are easily missed when you’re focusing on the big guys.

Daintree Ice Cream


Every trip to The Daintree Rainforest must include a visit to the Daintree Ice Cream Company. The flavours are made from tropical organic fruit which is grown on the farm and tasty for kids of all ages.

The best way to experience the taste of the Daintree is to try to the four flavour signature cups. Our favourite flavours were wattle, Davidson plum and passionfruit. It was so nice we went twice!

Booking your adventures

If you want to do it all but don’t want the hassle of organising it yourself then we’d recommend travelling with Jungle Tours and Trekking. They’re professional, organised and take you to the best spots in the Daintree on either single day tours, overnight or multi-day trips at an affordable price. Click here to learn more.

Share your experiences with us by tagging us @spiritquesttravel on social media. 

2 thoughts on “The best way to explore the Daintree Rainforest with kids

    • Rach Pope says:

      Thanks so much Lawrence for assisting me there. I’ll have to add your other details in too. When we visited there was no water in Masons Waterhole but the area looked beautiful and the food was delicious too!


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