Introduction – Daintree

Often referred to as the emerald of Tropical North Queensland, the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is the oldest, virgin rainforest in the world.

Located north of Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest stretches 95 kilometres before giving way to beautiful golden beaches and the Great Barrier Reef.

A unique feature of the Daintree is its varied landscape and breathtaking scenery. It’s so environmentally valuable, the Daintree National Park was created to protect it from tin mining, logging and major road-building.

Daintree’s beaches are among the world’s most magnificent. The sultry air and sparkling waters, along golden sands that stretch endlessly, are surprisingly secluded and almost isolated. The remoteness of these golden strips of heaven makes this your own private tropical experience.

Over 3,000 species of flora can be found in the rainforest, 700 of them being unique to the Daintree. It also hosts 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, 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 coloured 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 region is an absolute must-see on any tour to Tropical North Queensland.

Quick Facts

  • The Rainforest is named after Richard Daintree, an Australian geologist and photographer (1832-1878)
  • 12,000 square kilometres
  • Listed as a World Heritage Site in 2015
  • 430 species of birds
  • 30% of the frog, reptile and marsupial species in Australia
  • over 12,000 species of insects