Often referred to as the emerald of Queensland, The World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest is the oldest virgin rainforest in the world. It is located north of Cairns and stretches 95 kilometres before giving way to beautiful golden beaches and The Great Barrier Reef. It is the only place on earth where two World Heritage listed areas come together.
A unique feature of the Daintree is its varied landscape and breathtaking scenery. It is spread over the Bellenden Ker mountain range and the lowlands below with fast flowing streams and waterfalls, deep gorges and dense rainforest. It’s so beautiful in fact, that the Daintree National Park was created to protect it from tin mining, logging, and major road-building.
Daintree’s beaches are among the most magnificent in the world. The sultry air and sparkling waters along golden sands that stretch endlessly are surprisingly secluded. The remoteness of these golden strips of heaven makes the experience seem private.
Over 3000 species of flora can be found in the rainforest, 700 specific only to the Daintree Rainforest. There are at least 90 species of orchid, 40 species of fern and six types of conifer, including the largest in the world, the twin Bull Kauri, both of which tower more than 40 metres above the rainforest floor. Thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles inhabit the lush vegetation, some very rare like the endangered Cassowary, a brightly colored bird present in the rainforest since prehistoric times.
With its gorgeous landscape, beautiful beaches, diverse animal and plant life and ancient rainforest that extends all the way to the world’s most spectacular reef system, the Daintree Rainforest is a work of Mother Nature at her most creative; an absolute must-see on any tour to Far North Queensland.