Blending stunning seaside scenery with the ancient landscape of lush forest, the Daintree Rainforest provides visitors with the chance to marvel at incredible coastal views, get up close and personal with an array of native animals, and immerse themselves in the amazing natural beauty of Australia.
Set in a UNESCO World Heritage area, located north of Cairns, the rainforest peppered with an ancient species of trees and plants, promising something new around every twist and turn – an unusual swamp, perhaps, or a picturesque mangrove gallery, a peaceful eucalyptus woodland, and plenty of vibrant birds. It is famous throughout the world and brings over 400,000 visitors of travellers to Australia annually.
Dating back 180 million years, listed as one of the oldest rainforests in the world. As well as being old, its huge! Covering roughly 1,200 square kilometres and is the largest tropical rainforest within Australia. It is where the rainforest meets the reef; the reef being the Great Barrier Reef, being the only known place in the entire world where two world heritage listed areas are side to side.
Being so big, it is swarming with incredible attractions for every taste and budget.
The great beauty of the rainforest is Mossman Gorge, one of the best environments for the world’s most diverse range of fauna and flora. Visit the Mossman Gorge Centre to learn more about the land’s aboriginal history, the natives roaming within, and to see beautiful art of the area. Venture along one of the Gorge’s many walking paths and submerge yourself in the ancient greenery. And of course, no trip to Mossman Gorge would be complete without a plunge into the clear green waters. Listed as one of the best swimming holes in the region.
One of the main attractions when visiting Daintree is the Cape tribulation. The rainforest is the gateway to this unspoiled coastal area. Snake through the lush greenery before you arrive at the pristine waters and stunning sand of Cape Tribulation’s beaches. Cape Tribulation Beach is by far the biggest, and most popular. Stroll barefoot through the soft sand, kayak along the sapphire shore, or relax at the restaurant to tuck into some delicious food with a beer or two.
Australia’s scaly beasts roam the waters of this region, the famous Salt Water Crocodiles. These crocs are the largest living reptiles in the world, growing up to 6 metres, and weighing around 1000 kilograms. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled as these are sneaky creatures. Blending into the green-brown water by their thick scales camouflaging them. They can remain quite still, disguising themselves into a fallen log or vegetation. Cruise along the rivers to learn more and to see the crocs leap from the air, famously known as the Jumping Crocodile Tours.
Where the reef meets the rainforest! After trekking though the ancient rainforest, cool off in the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, overflowing with colourful coral and unique marine life. Snorkel or scuba dive your way down to the bottom to see the underwater wonderland up close. Ride a boat to the outer, untouched regions of the reef on a full day of sea and sun.