North West Outback Safaris Australia is owned and operated by Cathy Wharton. With over 20 years’ experience operating in the region, Cathy and her team consistently deliver outstanding experiences exploring Tropical North Queensland. From the Daintree Rainforest to Cape York, Cathy has an innate and enthusiastic passion for the region that comes across in every tour. Her access to the Rainforest and relationships with the local indigenous people help Cathy and her team deliver an unrivalled experience.
Cathy has felt connected to nature from an early age being raised on a north Queensland cattle station in close association with the aboriginal people of the area. In her 20’s she travelled throughout Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Africa and Europe, sailed throughout the Pacific Ocean including the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. These journeys fuelled her interest in exploring her own country and learning more about its Aboriginal culture, and ultimately encouraging Cathy to share her knowledge of the region.
North West Outback Safaris custom-design tours, offering authentic experiences in the National Parks and World Heritage-listed areas of Tropical North Queensland and in particular the pristine environment of the Daintree Rainforest. Depending on your interests, your experienced private guide will tailor journeys that may incorporate Aboriginal experiences, boat cruises, walking trails, and spontaneous stops. Cathy and her team strive for their guests to leave with lasting memories and a desire to experience more of our great country, Australia.
Port Douglas is one of Australia’s most fashionable resort destinations with five-star restaurants, art galleries and designer boutiques. It’s located at the end of a peninsula, benefitting from tranquil waters and famous Four Mile Beach.
Port Douglas is notable for its closeness to three areas of natural significance: Daintree Rainforest and the adjoining Cape Tribulation region (home to some of the oldest surviving rainforests on earth) and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system comprising nearly 3,000 individual reefs and 900 islands – it is also the planet’s biggest single living structure, formed by billions of tiny organisms known as coral polyps. It stretches for over 2,600km, covering approximately 350,000 square kilometres.
The Tailor highly recommends that you include touring with North West Outback Safaris Australia to ensure that you discover as much as you can about the Tropical North region of Australia.
Tours are on a private basis where the itinerary is tailored to suit your interests. Below is an example of one of The Tailor’s favourite tours that we regularly utilise for families seeking a private experience of the ancient Daintree Rainforest.
Family focus itinerary
Your private guide will pick you up to begin your unique rainforest tour offering diversity in landscapes, wildlife and an extensive history of Australians in the early days. First you will enjoy a private cruise with your own private river guide in the Daintree River System looking for crocodiles, snakes and birds. You will travel through the oldest rainforest in world, estimated at about 135 million years of age, with amazing jungle on each side of the river.
Next it’s time to enter the Daintree section of the Wet Tropics World Heritage protected rainforest. This journey takes you up the beautiful Alexandra Range passing through rainforest, all the while learning from your guide the insight into the local aboriginal culture of the area. The Wet Tropics is one of the richest sites for biodiversity on earth and the Daintree is a place of spectacular beauty, rugged mountains, deep gorges and flowing rivers with numerous waterfalls.
Lunch is a special treat today, deep under the rainforest canopy, of tropical rainforest-inspired local produce. You will enjoy a wild life experience of feeding kangaroos in the wild and there will be a chance for a private rainforest walk, where you may possibly spot rainforest lizards, birds, butterflies and perhaps even marsupials!
After lunch head to Jungle Surfing in the Daintree Rainforest canopy. You will be flying through the trees on fox ziplines, stopping at 5 tree platforms to take in spectacular bird’s eye views over the treetops, down to cascading streams and out to the Great Barrier Reef. Jungle Surfing is safe, fun, fully guided and no experience necessary.
The next stop is at a secluded beach, where your guide will highlight the amazing wildlife and ecosystems unique to this part of the world. Sometimes you can be the only people on this stretch of wilderness beach.
On the way back stop at the outstanding panoramic picture postcard view at Alexandra Range Lookout. From here you’ll have a spectacular view of the mouth of the Daintree River, Snapper Island and on a clear day Port Douglas.
Cairns/Port Douglas – guests are able to be collected from either the Cairns Airport or Cairns/Port Douglas accommodation
Private tours operate daily and are subject to availability.