Australia Tourist Guide
Daintree National Park
Next: Port Douglas Queensland
Lush tropical rainforests and valleys meet the ocean with stunning landscapes and glorious deserted beaches. An Australian nature wonderland that photographers dream of and nature lovers hope to visit.
The Daintree National Park is for wildlife, flora and fauna conservation as well as nature-based recreation. The traditional owners of the region are the Kuku Yalanji. They ask that you respect this wonderful place.
One way into the Daintree is via the Daintree Ferry. The only cable ferry in tropical Australia will take you to the southern part of the lowland Daintree Rainforest allowing you explore on your own.
Or take a a cruise down the Daintree River, which snakes its way through the ancient and spectacular Daintree Rainforest. Croc spotting, barramundi fishing and bird watching are popular pursuits on the river.
Listed as a World Heritage Area in 1988, the park has prime examples of every epoch in earth’s evolutionary history. The forest dates back more than 140 million years, making it the oldest living rainforest on earth.
The park is divided into 3 main areas: Mossman Gorge, Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation.
In the Mossman Gorge part of the park, there are expert guided tours available from the Kuku Yalanji people here. Join one of their rainforest walks to Aboriginal heritage sites and other special places.
With them you can learn how the traditional owners found sources of food (bush tucker), medicines, aboriginal art and Dreamtime beliefs during their fascinating 1.5 hour easy walk tour. You’ll see bush turkeys, timid jungle perch suspended in crystal clear pools, and water rushing over mossy rocks in this pristine wilderness.
Cape Tribulation, named by Captain Cook when his ship the Endeavour struck a reef at this point of his first journey. Unique flora and fauna are found here, you can participate in Eco Tours and take a cruise along the Daintree River to spot saltwater crocodiles.
At Cape Tribulation, the coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef meet land. Which would explain why it was here that Captain Cook struck the reef. Today, there are cruises available for snorkelling, diving and fishing, or simply enjoying the ambience and sunsets.
You can contact the Tourism Tropical North Queensland office located at 51 The Esplanade, Cairns Queensland. Phone +061 2 4031 7676.
Adjoining the Daintree is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. See more about the the Great Barrier Reef: Great Barrier Reef QLD.
The Whitsunday Coast and Islands - seventy four islands, eight of them with resorts. Cruising the blue azure ocean is a wonderful way to explore this part of the world, the beaches are stunning. Diving and snorkelling the Barrier Reef is a life long memorable experience. Whitsunday Islands.
About touring the Queensland East Coast: Queensland Coast.
See Cairns map and the Surrounding Region, showing location of beaches, national parks and towns : Tropical North - Cairns Map.
Check the weather for your activities and tours, including forecasts Cairns Weather North Queensland Australia.
In the Daintree and Mossman, you can stay in a range of lodges and resorts from stylish treehouses perched in the forest canopy to comfortable cabins among the trees.
Accommodation in Cairns is plentiful, as well as places like Port Douglas with everything from quality backpacker lodges and self-contained apartments to beachfront B&Bs and world class hotels and resorts on offer.
Topic: Far North QLD
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