The Daintree Rainforest is one of the most famous rainforests on earth. Bringing over 400,000 visitors of travellers to Australia annually. The World Heritage Listed Daintree Rainforest is located north of Cairns in the tropical land of Queensland. But what makes this tropical wonderland so unique?
The jungle stretches across approximately 1,200 square kilometres of land. That can fit the country Singapore in 16 times! It is the third largest tropical rainforest in the world and is the largest within Australia. It is also the only place where two world heritage listed sights stand side by side; where the rainforest meets the reef. The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest live together peacefully and the wildlife flourishes between the two.
Dating back 180 million years, Daintree is one of the oldest vegetations in the world. It is older than the even the famous Amazon Rainforest by about 10 million years.
The Daintree is one of the best biologically diverse rainforests in the world. Home to a huge percentage of the entire country’s animal population. This includes 30% of Australia’s frog population, 65% of butterfly and bats and around 12,000 different insect species. As well as being diverse, the animals are unique. Some of these species aren’t found anywhere else on the planet, including the Ulysses Butterfly, Boyd’s Forest Dragon, and the Southern Cassowary.
The plants are just as interesting, with over three thousand types of plant species existing in the rainforest. The diversity, complexity, and age of the ecosystem’s plant species are one of the greatest in the entire world. Out of the 19 primate plants families remaining on earth, 12 are found in this rainforest. The ‘Idiot Fruit’ is one of the most ancient plants that litter the rainforest, which thrived when dinosaurs wandered the earth. The trees tower over the area, with some reaching up to a whopping forty-four meter, almost the same size as the statue of liberty.
It is a Gateway
It acts as a gateway to one of the greatest tourist spots around; the Cape Tribulation. The Cape Tribulation is a coastal area within the National park and is bursting with unspoiled beaches with the beautiful reefs. It is a tropical heaven, untouched by urban development. The only way you can see this spectacular site is by passing through the rainforest, which acts as a protective border from the modern world.