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Frequently Asked Questions
Visitors of Daintree River Cruises ask us a multitude of questions, these are some of the regular questions we’re asked about crocodiles since 1987
Q. “When is the best time to view wildlife?”

Throughout the cooler months (June, July, August, and September), our crocodile sighting success rate reaches an impressive 98%. However, during the warmer months, particularly in the crocodile breeding season and our wet season, this rate drops to approximately 50/50. While low tide can enhance the chances, it's important to note that we never guarantee wildlife sightings, and crocodiles are still observed even at high tide.

Q: "Do your boats deter crocodiles?"

A: No, this is a misleading marketing claim circulating along the Daintree River. Crocodiles are habitual creatures and have become highly accustomed to the presence of our boats. However, newly arrived crocodiles in the river, unfamiliar with boats—any boats, not just ours—may initially be more elusive. With time spent in the Daintree River, they gradually become familiar with the regular boat activity, including ours, and their behavior adjusts accordingly.

Q: "Is it harder to encounter crocodiles and other wildlife during the summer?"

A: Yes, similar to humans, wildlife is also affected by the heat. However, the unpredictability of sightings remains, and you won't know what you might observe until you experience it. December, January, and February mark our hottest months and coincide with the wet season. If you plan to travel during these months, it's advisable to familiarize yourself with the prevailing seasonal conditions.

Q: "Do we have a chance to spot crocodiles in the rain?"

A: Crocodiles are indifferent to precipitation. Every tour in the warmer months is unique, and the outcomes are unpredictable until you experience it. In contrast, during winter, when there are fewer factors influencing crocodile sightings, the success rate is at its peak, reaching around 98%.

Q: "Can you assure us of seeing crocodiles or guarantee crocodile sightings?"

A: As a wildlife operator, we are influenced by numerous variables beyond our control. Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises takes place in the wild, and crocodile sightings cannot be guaranteed. However, with a history dating back to 1987 and over 40,000 tours conducted, our crocodile success rate has consistently been 98%, especially during the cooler months. In the event that you do not spot a crocodile, we are pleased to offer a complimentary return ticket. While low tide can enhance the chances, sightings are also possible at high tide.

Q: "Will I experience wet conditions on the boat?"

A: In the event of rain and windy weather, rain may blow in sideways. Additionally, there is a 200-meter walk to the boats that is not covered.

Our vessels are equipped with clear screen awnings that the guide can pull down during heavy torrential rain; however, this is done sparingly as the screens may limit visibility.

If you intend to travel during these months, it's recommended to acquaint yourself with the prevailing seasonal conditions.

Q. “Does the crocodile breeding season and nesting season affect sightings of them?”

Answer. Yes, although through this time of the year October to the middle of March you may be lucky to see males fighting, crocodiles courting, mating and hatchlings.

Q. “Do you feed the crocodiles?”

Answer. No... Feeding crocodiles in the wild including other wildlife is illegal in Queensland.

Q. “Do I get a refund if I do not see a crocodile?”

Answer. No. In cases where customers do not see a crocodile, we will give you a return complimentary tour.

Q. “Where is the best seat?”

Answer. Preferably one in the boat.

Q. “Can I reserve a window seat for the best sightings?”

Answer. Every seat in the boat is a window seat with the best sightings, so you won’t be disappointed if you board last in the group.

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These are the questions we’re often asked about other wildlife
Q. “Are birds and other wildlife besides crocodiles viewed on the tour?”

Answer. Yes, our tours focus on flora and fauna with an emphasis on the estuarine crocodiles, history of the area is also included. If you are a keen birdwatcher please note that our boats do have roofs, if this is not sufficient then we do have recommendations.

Living in the wet tropics, unfortunately we can’t control the weather, but these are some of the main questions about the weather and our wet season.
Q. “Will I get wet on the boat?”

A: In the event of rain and windy weather, rain may blow in sideways. Additionally, there is a 200-meter walk to the boats that is not covered. Our vessels are equipped with clear screen awnings that the guide can pull down during heavy torrential rain; however, this is done sparingly as the screens may limit visibility. If you intend to travel during these months, it's recommended to acquaint yourself with the prevailing seasonal conditions.

Q. “Do the tours operate in the Rain?”

Answer. Yes, and customers should dress weather appropriate and check the weather forecast on date of travel.

Getting here by transfer, bus or self-drive, keep a look out for our Aussie Flags
Q. “Do you provide transfers?”

Answer. No guests must make their own way to our business.

Q. “Is the departure point down by the car ferry?”

Answer. No, we depart from our Private Jetty Search our address on google maps or you can find our address on our website. 2856 Mossman Daintree Road, Lower Daintree.

Can I get on the internet while I’m there to post my amazing photos on Instagram
Q. “Is there WIFI at the property?”

Answer. No, there is no WIFI at the property. Being offline is the new luxury, so sit back and enjoy the whistling of the birds.

Checking in upon your arrival and what to bring and wear
Q. “Where do I check in?”

Answer. Check in and collect boarding passes from the reception desk onsite. Search our address on google maps or you can find our address on our website. 2856 Mossman Daintree Road, Lower Daintree 4873 QLD.

Q. “Can I wear flip flops?”

Answer. Yes, enclosed shoes are not a requirement but we do require guests to wear non slip shoes.

Q. “Should I bring insect repellent and sunscreen?”

Answer. Yes, and Yes also dress weather appropriate and check out the weather forecast on date of travel.

Q. Should I wear long sleeve shirt and trousers?

Answer. No causal dress is fine.

Making a booking for a Bruce Belcher Daintree River Cruise
Q. “How can I book the River Cruise?”

Answer. You can book Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises on our website.

Q. “Can I just show up on the day without a booking?”

Answer. Pre booking is essential to avoid disappointment especially if you have to travel a far.

Q. “Do you operate in February?”

Answer. No, we do not operate cruise tours in the month of February due to vessel refits and maintenance on our property. You can still make a booking online for any other time of the year (except Christmas Day).

The boats at Daintree River Cruises
Q. “Is the boat safe?”

Answer. Yes, very safe or else we would not be permitted to operate.

Q. “Does the boat have a roof?”

Answer Yes all of our vessels have roofs.

Q. “Do we get off the boat any time whilst on the tour?”

Answer. No and no swimming either.

Bringing children and infants
Q. “Can I bring a pram on the boat?”

Answer. No due to safety we do not allow prams to be taken on our vessels alternatives that are permitted are capsules and slings for infants.

Q. “Should I bring a life jacket for my child?”

Answer. While parents are not obligated to bring life jackets for children or infants, they are welcome to do so if they prefer. Our vessels adhere to all AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) regulations and are equipped with the necessary safety gear as per their requirements. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times on the property and on the boat.

Disability and Impairment
Q. “Is the boat wheelchair accessible?”

Answer. No. There is a 200Mtr gravel path to the boat which has inclines and declines then 6 steps. Wheelchairs can not fit on our gangway which connects to the pontoon.

Q. “Are service animals allowed on the property?”

Answer. Yes, but please call in advance and let us know if you are bringing your service animal.

Dogs
Q. “Can I pat the dogs on the property?”

Answer. Ask first our dogs are very laid back and do not like to be harassed for pats.

Q. “Can I bring my dog or pet to the property and on the boat?”

Answer. No, we only allow service animals on the property. If you have a service animal please call in advance.

 

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Sustainability
As an operator in a Conservation zone we recognise the importance of meeting the highest environmental standards. Our business was designed around the environment, with the buildings and walkways constructed to minimise the impact.
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About us
Our boat was designed to be comfortable, quiet and to maximize our Daintree River cruises observation. Guests are encouraged to stand on the front deck to get “up close and personal” with wildlife on our Daintree crocodile tours.
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Souvenirs
Our Daintree cruises reception area also has a souvenir shop with many items for all budgets and all personalities, to remember your Daintree River Cruises experience.
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Contact us to get the regions best Daintree River experience
We've been providing Daintree River Tours since 1987

2856 Mossman-Daintree Rd, Lower Daintree, QLD.
Look for our Aussie Flags

Phone: 0459 241 899

Email: info@daintreerivercruises.com.au

 

Operating days (March – January)

Monday to Saturday: 9am to 5pm (last cruise 2:30pm)
Sunday: 9am to 1:30pm (last cruise 12pm)

We are closed throughout February

We are Closed Christmas day

If you’re self-driving here, look for our Aussie Flags

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