Daintree River Cruises: Bruce Belcher’s Crocodile Cruise Tour Review

Daintree River Cruises are quite the adventure! Dragon rarely gets to make friends with other creatures who are most like him, so when he first heard that there are wingless dragons (that’s what he calls crocs) living in the Australian Daintree Rainforest (and that there’s a boat that will take you to tour their lair) he didn’t waste any time begging us to let him go. So away we went to Bruce Belcher’s Crocodile Cruise on the Daintree River. And it was a beast of a trip!

Large Crocodile We Saw at Daintree River Cruises Bruce Belcher's Crocodile Cruise Tour
One of the ground dragons…I mean crocodiles…that Dragon photographed on our Daintree River cruise

Daintree River Cruise Highlights

  • Full hour of cruising the Daintree River
  • Complimentary Daintree tea or coffee
  • Daintree River Crocodiles spotted on 98% of cruises
  • Bruce Belcher has over 28 years of experience on the Daintree River
  • Cute gift shop for picking up souvenirs after your Daintree River Tour

The Gift Shop at Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises

Daintree Rainforest Wildlife and Daintree River Cruises Gift Shop at Bruce Belcher's Crocodile Cruise Tour

The Bruce Belcher’s Crocodile Cruise gift shop is full of crafts and souvenirs of wildlife and other things you’re likely to find along the Daintree River or inside the Daintree Rainforest. Dragon made friends with some cute lil froggies before practicing his boomerang-throwing skills. Since he’s not an Aboriginal, he says he still needs a little more practice. But he’s working on it.

The Daintree River

The Daintree River belongs to the much larger Daintree Rainforest and is included in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Wet Tropics of Queensland. Because saltwater crocodiles flourish in the river, the location has become a prime spot for river tours. Multiple companies now offer Daintree River Cruises, but Bruce Belcher’s has over 28 years of experience on the river. They boast a 98% success rate on spotting Daintree River crocodiles on their tours.

Bruce Belcher’s Crocodile Cruise Tour on the Daintree River

Daintree River Cruises Bruce Belcher's Crocodile Cruise Tour Sign
Daintree River Cruises Bruce Belcher's Crocodile Cruise Tour
Daintree Crocodile Tours with Bruce Belcher
Daintree River Crocodiles Spotted at Daintree River Cruises - Bruce Belcher's Crocodile Cruise Tour Closeup
“Look! It’s a dragon! Like meee! But where are his wings?”

Bruce has been running Daintree River Cruises from the back of his riverfront home for 28 years. He’s logged over 40,000 trips. With that kind of expert experience, he and the other guides have grown adept at spotting crocodiles long before anyone else can. Even at absurd distances away, their trained eagle eyes can perfectly identify crocs that you simply just will not be able to see.  But don’t worry – you’ll get the chance to move closer to get a better view with your own peepers after the experts have pointed them out.

If you’re feeling daring, you can even opt to ride out front on a deck designed to give bold passengers more personal, in-the-moment encounters. Your tour guides will bring you as close as possible to encountering crocodiles in the wild without disturbing their habitats or compromising the safety of the passengers on the boat. On our journey, we saw four large crocodiles and lots of juveniles. The guides know all the crocs in the region by name, can tell you personal tales about all of them, and also delight in teaching you about the natural history of the region and the mangrove eco-system during your tour.

Prices, Times, and What’s Included in Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Crocodile Cruise Tour

Bruce Belcher’s operates 7 days a week and runs 7 cruises each day. The lunch time cruise (12:00 time slot) includes a free meat pie and drink. The 4 pm cruise — dubbed the “Relax cruise” — includes a complimentary beer or wine along with some snacks. All other cruise times (9:30, 11:00, 1:30, and 2:30) include just complimentary tea and coffee. Fees currently run at AUS $27.00 for adults, and $12.00 for kids 5-15, but you can get a discount by buying a family pack or tickets in bulk.

Where to Stay While Visiting Daintree River Cruises

We stayed at Silky Oaks Lodge — a luxury treehouse hotel in the Daintree Rainforest. Check out our treehouse adventures here (coming soon).

Bruce Belcher’s Crocodile Cruise made the list as 1 of our top 10 favorite things to do in Cairns, Australia. To see the rest of the list, click here (coming soon).

Or check out one of our other Australian adventures here:

You can also view all our Australia Travel Articles here.

Want more Adventures with Wildlife? We’ve also been Swimming with Sharks and Searching for Jaguars in the Belize Jungle!

We owe a huge thanks to Allison Smith from Flights to Fancy for inviting Adventure Dragon to Cairns and teaching him the ways of the rainforest. All photos of Dragon in this Bruce Belcher’s Crocodile Cruise article are courtesy of her amazing photography skills, and you can check out her own experience on the Daintree crocodile cruise here.

Please do not copy or reproduce any of the photos or content on this page without permission. It makes dragons sad. And nobody likes a sad dragon. Except for maybe sad people. Away with you, you poopy pirate.

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Daintree Crocodile Tours at Bruce Belchers Daintree River Cruises

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Jillian Michelle
FAIRY DRAGON MOTHER at Adventure Dragon. Artist. Writer. Dreamer. Adventurer. I still believe kindness can change the world. I just want to inspire.


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