Daintree Rainforest - Tropical North Queensland Holiday Destination
The Daintree Rainforest is the largest area of tropical rainforest in Australia and is located a short 2 hour drive north of Cairns. The Daintree National Park is a World Heritage Site and part of the unique Wet Tropics area.
It's a spectacular piece of country full of hundreds of tropical animal and plant species as well as some rare and endangered species.
Daintree Village is a laid back rural town located on a bend on the mighty Daintree River. It was once a place for gold rush pioneers, then became a centre for the Queensland timber industry and is now a tourist town that opens up the wonders of the Daintree - from Mossman Gorge to the Bloomfield River with all the wonders that lie between.
There's not an abundance of accommodation options in Daintree Village so we recommend you book well in advance before you make the trip out there. There is a range of eco friendly lodges as well as self contained cabins, small bed and breakfasts and motels. Once you get over the Daintree River you will find a number of accommodation options around Cape Tribulation Beach. There's hostels, backpackers and motels for the budget conscious and more upscale holiday houses, resorts and boutique lodges.
Things to Do or Places to Visit in the Daintree
The Daintree covers a huge expanse of country from rainforest to beach, river to ocean. It's a nature lover's ideal getaway with some adventure filled activities to go along with it. There's no right way to explore this region however there are some experience that should not be missed.
Have a look at all the different tours on offer because they are extensive and are often led by the people who know the area and the animals best - there's horse rides along Cape Tribulation, Sea Kayaking to Snapper Island National Park and all sorts of cruises so you can view the region both day and night.
Daintree National Park
Wander through the Daintree National Park which is believed to be around 110 million years old and home to the largest range of animals on earth. There are many different walks that range in difficulties and will take you past sights like Mossman Gorge, the Manjal Jimalji trail and over the Mount Sorrow Ridge Trail. Keep your eyes peeled the whole time and your camera at the ready as there are beautiful lookouts, approximately 430 species of birds in the trees, brilliant butterflies, croaking frogs and many more marsupial and reptiles that are only found in Australia.
The Daintree River
Once you leave Daintree Village you must cross the Daintree River. This river runs through the rainforest and is home to salt and freshwater animals including the terrifying saltwater croc. There's only one way to cross this mighty river and that's by the Daintree River Fairy which connects the northern section of the Daintree Rainforest to the Cape Tribulation Area. The ferry operates from 6am till midnight, 7 days a week and carries up to 40 vehicles at a time. Once on the other side you'll have the only sealed road to take you on the next part of your journey. Make sure you keep your eye out for a croc or two!
The Daintree Discovery Centre
The Daintree Discovery Centre is a great place to begin exploring the region as it offers great insight and information into this beautiful yet delicate environment. Sit in the Audio Visual Theatre and watch a series of educational DVD's or climb high into the rainforest canopy and walk through the trees on a series of boardwalks 400 metres above land.
There's sign posts as well as audio tours available in a variety of languages so you can learn more on the different circuits. Another great way to get a view of the area is by climbing The Canopy Tower which has a number of different viewing platforms that take you from the forest floor to tips of the trees with amazing views to match.
Cape Trip Exotic Fruit Farm
The Cape Trip Exotic Fruit Farm is an interesting way to learn more about the regions exotic fruits and farming practices. It's quite a unique experience and the fruit tasting tour starts at 2pm everyday and lasts until about 3.45pm. Take a walk through the exotic fruit orchard that is home to over 2000 trees from not only North Queensland but also the Amazon, Borneo and the Caribbean. You'll probably never come across most of these fruits again so make sure you try them even if they don't look that conventional.
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Experience two of Australia's natural wonders on the one trip by adventuring to Cape Tribulation and letting nature envelop you in its riches. On these extended and overnight tours, various levels of accommodation are offered, from backpacker dorms to deluxe resorts, with plenty of options to party and play. Simply choose from the available packages, and off you go!
Journey into the heart of Cape Tribulation onboard a luxury coach or 4WD vehicles for a truly unforgettable rainforest experience. Our expert driver/guides will impart a wealth of fascinating insights and informative local commentary on the region.
Getting to the Daintree
It takes about 2 hours to drive from Cairns to the Daintree Rainforest and it will take you on one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world, Cook Highway. You'll pass Port Douglas, amazing views of the Coral Sea with a backdrop of rainforest on your left. While you won't need a 4WD to take you through the Daintree Rainforest if you are thinking of going further north to the Bloomfield Track you will definitely need one.There are a number of bus and boat tours that will take you to the Daintree as well. Also, if you're running low on time there is an airstrip, the Cow Bay Airstrip which takes you to your destination but also gives you wonderful views along the way.