Come on board Snapping Tours and experience the world heritage listed wet tropics. Our tours provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the history and biodiversity of the Innisfail area, together with spotting an abundance of wildlife that call the Johnstone River home. Wildlife you will spot include salt water crocodiles, many bird species and turtles.

Our tour guides will take you on a two hour journey around the Johnstone River, so you can experience the beautiful scenery and take a closer look at life above and beneath the waters of the Johnstone River. We have a very keen eye for spotting crocodiles in their natural habitat. They will either be lurking beneath the waters or sunning themselves on the sandbanks. Either way, it is a spectacular sight!

During the tours, our tour guides will also check crab pots in the hope of seeing wild caught mud crabs, as well as explaining their general features and their habitat. Complementary drinks and light snacks are available on board. Don’t forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, a camera and big smiles!

This unique cruising experience on the tranquil waters of the Johnstone River awaits you! Book a tour today!

8:30am Tour

Rise and shine! An early morning cruise that is perfect for spotting crocodiles on the banks of the Johnstone River, soaking up the early morning sunshine.

10:30am Tour

Not an early morning person? Come tour with us at 10:30am to spot crocodiles and see a variety of wildlife on the banks and beneath the waters of the Johnstone River.  

3:30pm Tour

A fantastic opportunity to take a last-minute glimpse of salt water crocodiles on the banks of the Johnstone River before the sun starts to set.  

5:30pm Tour

Come on board our 5:30pm tour and experience the picturesque views our beautiful Johnstone River has to offer during dusk and at night time. This tour is highly recommended from September to May,  giving you a better chance of spotting wild salt water crocodiles in their natural habitat. Night time is prime time for crocodiles to begin hunting, so this tour is not to be missed!  
  • Two-hour guided tour on the Johnstone River
  • Small personalised tours
  • Wild Salt Water Crocodiles in their Natural Habitat
  • World Heritage Listed Rainforest over 150 Million years old
  • Wild caught mud crabs
  • Family owned & Operated
  • Free drink on entry (Beer, Wine, Soft drink or Water)
  • Only 1 Hour south of Cairns
  • NO overcrowding Tourist
  • Come see where two World Heritage Listed Places Meet (Wet Tropic Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef)


For those who have a passion for bird watching or are wildlife enthusiasts, you would certainly enjoy our Eco Tour. Explore the wonderful Johnstone River right on board the Coral Explorer. Our Boat has the capacity for 18 passengers but to make this tour more personal, we have reduced the numbers to only 6 passengers. This tour operates for 2.5 hours (time can be extended), giving you time to appreciate the wonderful world heritage listed rainforest and the amazing wildlife. What is even better is that the tour boat is small enough to sneak into small places that our bigger boats cannot, allowing you to experience the wildlife from up close. You pick the day and depending on the tide, we will choose the best possible time for you to cruise the Johnstone River. Book your Eco Tour today!


Q: Will it be hot on the boat during the day?

A: No, due to having a full canopy on the boat, making the boat fully shaded from the sun.

Q: Can I bring my infant or toddler on board?

A: Yes, it is safe to bring your kid on board.

Q: How much does the tour cost?

A: Adults cost $40 / Children (under 18 years) cost $20 / Family Pass (2 adults & 2 children) cost $110.

Q: I have an injury. Is it easy to get on board your vessel?

A:  You will have to go down a few stairs, but the stairs do have hand rails. Our staff will be there to assist you if needed.

Q: If it rains, will I get wet?

A: No you will not get wet. Our vessel is fully covered, protecting you from the rain.

Q: Do I need insect repellent?

A: You are more than welcome to bring your own, but we do have insect repellent on board.

Q: What time should I book? 8:30am, 10:30am, 3:30pm or 5:30pm.

A: We recommend a low tide for the best chance to spot Crocodiles & other wildlife. Since the low tide changes everyday it is best to call or email us to find out the best time on the date you wanted to do the tour.

Q: I want to book a tour. How do you do so?

A: It is as simple as. Go to our Book page or you may also call us on 0448814655.

  • We went on the tour not expecting what we got.. and what we got was way more than what we paid for! The most informative tour guide- years of local knowledge yet laid back,warm and inviting, beverages on arrival and so many crocs in their native habitat! We literally got right up close and personal only metres away! It was seriously the most exhilarating experience and the best tour yet! Thanks guys so much! - a must do and worth every minute of the drive from Palm cove 10/10!

    EMMIE Dos santos
  • Thank you so much to you both for a fantastic and informative trip. Not only did we learn about the crocodiles, we learnt about the history of innisfail and all the happenings in the area as well as seeing a massive crab in action. The guys had a crest understanding of where a lot of the crocodiles would be and we were not disapppinted.

    Toni Pryn
  • We did the tour today and it was great. We expected to see maybe 2 crocodiles but we saw 5 and we were very close to a big one. The crew (father and son) did a fabulous job. They are very friendly, know the best places and gave us a lot of information about the crocs, the river and the area. We had the chance to chew some sugar cane and had a lot of fun on the whole trip. They provided us cold drinks (beer, wine and soft drinks), chips and cheese&cracker which was also great. For people who want to see crocodiles in their natural habitat and not in the zoo or in a show we totally recommend this tour. Thank you again. Vielen Dank

    Isabel & Patrick
  • Very personalised, small group good boat. Vince (host) and Brenton (skipper/spotter) historical knowledge and passion were spot on. $40 Adults, $20 Kids bargain with drinks and cheese and crackers, Yum. Not too long, 2 hr trip - we ate sugar cane and got up close to a 4.5 meter croc sunning himself on an overcast day on the river bank, so we didn't really expect to see much at all. What at treat! These crocs are not fed by the tour group, instead this is very raw in the wild crocs... I would'nt want to fall in,,, yikes, they were huge!!! A must if you're in Innisfail... Great for kids and the Asian tourists would love it! Highly recommend.

  • The wonderful father son team of Vince & Brenton made for a absolutely wonderful night on the Johnstone river! My friends & I booked the tour not knowing what to expect and we were quickly amazed at what a great night Vince & Brenton had planned for us. The new boat was waiting for us with a lovely dinner of fish & chips, a seafood platter, and wine! We spotted 9 crocs in total (maybe a few more) which was such a great experience in itself but even if we hadn't spotted any crocs it still would have been an excellent night! Vince supplied our group with extensive knowledge not only regarding crocs but also Innisfail and its surroundings, and was more than happy to answer all of our questions! We were also supplied with binoculars to more easily spot the crocs! This tour was the best money we spent for our whole holiday! Thank you again Vince & Brenton! We will definitely be returning!

    Neneh Maire Connors
  • Both Vince and Brenton went above and beyond for my 4 friends and I. We did the sunset dinner cruise and had an absolute blast. It was so great to see crocodiles in their natural habitat. We also learnt a great deal about crocodiles, other local wildlife and Innisfail. I will definitely be bringing my husband and children back the next time we are up this way. Highly recommended.

    Kyrie Rodgers
  • Snapping tours was awesome! Highlight of our trip to the Atherton tablelands!! The local father and son guides know the area and river like the back of their hands, and are full of interesting knowledge and history! Great tour for the affordable price! Saw crocs, lizards, frogs, birds and had an awesome time out on the water. So friendly warm and welcoming. Highly recommend!

    Jono Allen
  • (2 HOUR SUNSET TOUR - Sunday 8th October 2017) Vince and Brenton, what can I say? Thank you so much for giving me the most fantastic end to my time in Innisfail!! The twilight tour was incredible as we got to take in the sights of the river in daylight, the truly stunning sunset, and at night. I would have paid just for that!

    Vince and Brenton make a wonderful father-son team, which was so much lovelier to see than some big faceless corporation! You can tell they are both so passionate about what they do. Their excitement for the river and the wildlife that call it home, is contagious, as you find yourself glued to your binoculars (provided) eager to see what's lurking beneath the water! Their knowledge stretches far beyond Crocodiles, as we were treated to a fascinating history of the river, native animals and trees to the area, and the local town. I was incredibly impressed by their ability to spot the tiniest cute baby crocodiles from a distance, and in the dark!..So rest assured, if there are crocodiles in the area, Vince and Brenton will spot them for you! We got to see both large and tiny baby crocs in the water!!! Finally it was a perfect touch, being able to sit back and relax between sightings with a complimentary wine/beer/soft drink, with cheese and crackers. WHAT A PERFECT SUNDAY! I happily recommend Snapping Tours, to anyone in Innisfail/Cairns/Nearby, looking for a fun day out!
    Hannah Louise


  • Adults: $40
  • Seniors: $38
  • Child (4-15yrs): $20
  • Family Pass (2 adults & 2 child): $110