The Daintree Rainforest
Nestled in the north of Queenland, just past Cairns, you’ll find the largest area of continuous tropical rainforest in Australia. At over 130 million years old the Daintree Rainforest is the oldest living tropical rainforests in the world and, as a result boasts astonishing biodiversity. Of course it’s not all about the numbers, but with 30% of all frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia calling the Daintree Rainforest home, as well as 430 bird species – 13 of which can’t be found anywhere else in the world – we know this is a pretty special spot.
A must for any trip to Queensland, a trip to the Daintree will transport you back in time. You’ll witness the stages of evolution of plants and animals that now inhabit the entire Australian continent, as well as participate in a whole host of activities such as zip-lining, river cruising and scuba diving.
The Daintree region encompasses tropical rainforest alongside white sandy beaches and fringe reefs just offshore. In fact, it is the only place on the planet where two World Heritage-listed sites actually touch; it’s where the rainforest meets the reef. This is what makes it a superb area to experience some of the greatest elements of Australia’s natural world.
So, what are you waiting for? Speak to one of our friendly Travel Experts and make the Daintree Rainforest part of your next Australian itinerary.
Cruise the Daintree River
Drift silently through dense tropical growth, surrounded by a million shades of green, and listen out for the many bird species that call the oldest rainforest on Earth home. Keep your eyes peeled for native goannas – a type of monitor lizard – and their larger reptile rellies: saltwater crocodiles. There’s a multitude of options when it comes to cruising the Daintree River, so chat to your Travel Expert to find the tour that best fits you and your Australian holiday.
Take beautiful photos in the tranquillity of Mossman Gorge
The mossy granite boulders that punctuate this region of the Daintree Rainforest, accompanied by the crystal-clear waters of the Mossman River and the thick trunks of the foliage, present fantastic conditions for photography. Get lost (figuratively – the area is actually marked with plentiful tracks and boardwalks) under the lush canopy and slow your pace to try and find some of the colourful butterfly species that can live here.
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture
Take an award-winning guided walk through the aforementioned Mossman Gorge. The Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk is a particular highlight and includes a traditional smoking ceremony, followed by spear-throwing lessons with the Kuku Yalanji people. Additionally, within Mossman Gorge, we would recommend a visit to Janbal Gallery, an Aboriginal art centre which displays artwork from the Indigenous population. Here you even have the opportunity to create your own canvas or boomerang to take home.
Zip-line through the trees
Zip-lining, or ‘jungle surfing’, is an unmissable adventure available to those venturing near Cape Tribulation. Get an adrenaline rush as you soar through the treetop canopy over creeks and dense foliage, and gain an exclusive perspective on this incredible landscape. As you zip from platform to platform, a team of guides will be there to share stories on this World Heritage-listed rainforest environment. Ask your friendly Travel Expert about jungle surfing and select your style: fast, slow or even upside down.
Visit Cape Tribulation
Sir David Attenborough called this place “the most extraordinary place on Earth”. And of course we all know that, if Sir David says it, then it must be true. Indeed, Cape Tribulation is more than its village of the same moniker; it’s the only place in the world where two World Heritage areas meet. Head to its Lookout and you can visibly see the Daintree tumbling onto the squeaky-soft silica and the reef that rises to meet it. And, like most beaches along the Coral Coast, the sands here are deserted, so you can have paradise all to yourself. Make sure you ask your friendly Travel Expert about basing yourself in Cape Tribulation, as the village is extremely popular and hotels book up quickly.
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