The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest tropical rainforest on earth, and is the home of one of the oldest Aborigine cultures.
It is a World Heritage Protected eco destination, and can be visited by any number of day trips from Cairns or Port Douglas.
The accommodation offerings in the Daintree area range from the basic to the completely luxurious. Travel Destination Daintree is protected as the Wet Tropics World Heritage Site.
Things to do
To get the most out of visiting Daintree, it is wise to take a guided trip. Most guides need to be licensed to go into the Daintree Rainforest and it is a good idea to pick a reputable operator.
The experience of staying in the rainforest is totally unique. It is hard to describe the feeling of close wetness, teeming insect and bird life of the forest. The thrill of seeing a huge crocodile on the a river flat in the wild, is not to be missed. Aboriginal Guided Experiences will give you their perspective on the Daintree.
History and Geography
Daintree has one of the oldest ecosystems on earth and has been home for Aboriginal Peoples for at least 30,000 years. Captain James cook ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef and punched a hole in the bottom of HMS Endeavour in 1770.
After much work, he and the crew repaired the ship and sailed on, but not before aptly naming the nearby point Cape Tribulation. In 1988 the whole area was designated a World Heritage by UNESCO to preserve it for future generations.
Many of the plants are direct descendants of ancient Gondwana ferns and palms, representing the greatest concentration of such plants in a natural habitat on Earth.
The Daintree is an area of mountains and gorges, fast flowing rivers and wide tracts of undisturbed rainforest. Where the Rainforest meets the Coral Sea, it is one of the few places on the planet where rainforest ecosystems change so abruptly to a marine environment such as the Great Barrier Reef.
Map of Daintree
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