The Daintree Rainforest in North Queensland Australia is one of the most diverse, beautiful and ecologically unique rainforest that is home to extensive range of rare plants and animals on earth. It covers an area of approximately 1200 square kilometers and it is the largest protected tropical rainforest in Australia.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Winter is generally a better time to see Daintree National Park with fewer insects, no box jellyfish and more comfortable weather conditions. It is a tourist season and some of the more popular areas can become quite crowded.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are plenty of organized tours available but if that’s not your thing or you are on a tight budget, you can hire a car from Cairns or Port Douglas and drive yourself there as we did. The road is sealed as far as Cape Tribulation beach but is narrow, windy and can be quite slippery. Beyond Cape Tribulation the road is clay based and suitable only for 4WDs as there are several creek crossings that can pose a danger after rain. We drove from Port Douglas all the way to Cape Tribulation which was little over 80 km.
WHAT TO SEE
About 20 minutes north of Port Douglas is Mossman Gorge. It is a popular section of the Daintree National Park on the Mossman River. It is an ideal spot for a day swimming, exploring walking tracks and watching birds and wildlife. Bring your lunch with you and enjoy it in one of the dedicated picnic areas. It is a site of Aboriginal heritage significance, with guided walks from the native Kuku Yalanji Mossman Gorge Community.
Located on the banks of the Daintree River is crocodile tours operator Bruce Belcher’s Daintree River Cruises. They run 6 one hour cruises daily. It is an awesome opportunity to spot some saltwater crocodiles and other wild animals. Our guide was very knowledgeable and we all had a wonderful time.
10 km north of the Daintree River ferry is Daintree Discovery Centre. It is an excellent place to learn about Daintree Rainforest and its fauna and flora especially if you visiting with kids. With its elevated walkways, 23 meter high canopy tower and very informative audio guide it was a perfect choice.
Daintree Rainforest was really an exciting place to see and explore for our family. So if you ever wonder around north Queensland don’t miss this place. Who knows you may get lucky enough to see an endangered cassowary in its natural habitat.