The World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park is an area of 1200sq km between Mossman Gorge and the Bloomfield River north of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Estimated to be an astonishing 180 million years old, this is the world's oldest living rainforest. Described by Sir David Attenborough as “the most extraordinary place on earth”, the Daintree is a complex ecosystem of unique ancient plants and thousands of species of birds, animals and reptiles.
Visitors to the Daintree step back in time to be awed by this breathtaking, untouched landscape. Days are spent discovering the many trails and boardwalks through the forest, swimming in refreshing Emmagen Creek or kayaking along the peaceful Mossman River. Wildlife is at every turn, with cassowaries busy in the undergrowth and crocodiles cruising along the Daintree River. The Daintree is paradise on earth, a must for any intrepid traveller. Connect with nature and discover an intriguing ancient world in the Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
Considered to be tens of millions of years older than the Amazon, the Daintree is a 95 km stretch of land that starts an hour’s drive north of Cairns at Mossman Gorge. The region includes Daintree Village, the Daintree River (where you can take a relaxing river cruise), the rainforest of Daintree National Park, Cape Tribulation and some of the legendary Bloomfield Track as it heads north towards Cooktown.
The Daintree is a remote part of Queensland, and visitors should be prepared for that. Phone reception is limited, making it the perfect excuse for a digital detox. Connecting with nature is the priority here.
You can explore the Daintree on your own or join a Daintree eco-tour to learn about the region with an expert guide. Day trips to the Daintree and Cape Tribulation are available from Cairns and Port Douglas. There is a lot to be discovered here. Ancient rainforests, pristine beaches, lush valleys, crystal clear streams, magnificent rivers and rolling farmlands fill this remote region.
To connect with Indigenous culture, spend some time with the Kuku Yalanji people who have lived in the Daintree for 50,000 years. An Indigenous guide will reveal the history of the Daintree Rainforest and give you an insight into bush tucker and traditional medicine.
The Daintree is a bird-watchers paradise with abundant birdlife to look out for. Other wildlife to be aware of is cassowaries and crocodiles. Always be ‘crocwise’; obey crocodile warning signs, never swim in water where crocodiles may live, and be extra vigilant during breeding season from September to April.
The best time to visit the Daintree is during the dry season, from May to September. The rainforest can be hot and steamy in summer, making for uncomfortable walking conditions.
Those planning to stay in the Daintree should stock up on food and essentials before heading north, as supplies can be limited. Several accommodation options cater to everyone, from backpacker and budget dwellings to unique, sustainable eco-luxury resorts.
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