The Daintree National Park holds the site of the oldest living rainforest on earth, the Daintree Rainforest. It is the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites meet, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Consisting of nearly 900 000 hectares, this rainforest is the most unique in the world. Vegetation is primarily tropical rainforest, but also includes open eucalypt forest, wetlands and mangrove forests. The area meets all natural criteria for World Heritage listing including the area’s exceptional natural beauty and the importance of its biological diversity and evolutionary history, including habitats for numerous threatened species.
The Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people are the Traditional Owners of Daintree National Park. They welcome you to their country and ask that you respect their special place.
What to do in the Daintree?
The Daintree is easily accessible to explore, the question is how. From Port Douglas, you can book a day trip that may cover some or all of the entry points to the Daintree, as well as to private areas that are only accessible on a tour. Families or groups may benefit from a private day charter – that way the day is yours to determine, with the experience and knowledge of your driver and guide. For self-drivers, the road is sealed to Cape Tribulation and there are great maps you can pick up at info centres to show you the way. We recommend splitting your holiday and stay in the Daintree – that way you can fit more in!
The Daintree Rainforest is one of the most spectacular pieces of natural beauty you will encounter in your lifetime, it’s up to you how you would like to enjoy it. For more information on visiting this region, visit Destination Daintree.