Nature and Parks
A visit to the Daintree is an opportunity to immerse yourself in a world-class and unique natural environment dominated by rainforests and nature parks.
Awesome nature abounds in the Daintree, and there’s plenty to see and do in the various parks and settings throughout the area.
The tropical Daintree Rainforest near Daintree, in Australia’s tropical far north, is around 1,200 square kilometres in size. It is the largest continuous area of rainforest on the Australian mainland. The Daintree National Park protects part of the forest and drained by the Daintree River.
Estimated to be over 135 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest, occupying 0.2% of Australia’s landmass, assessed as containing 30% of frog, marsupial and reptile species in Australia, and 65% of bat and butterfly species.
It hosts 20% of Australia’s bird species, with 430 of them living among its trees, 13 of which are found nowhere else in the world.
Its extensive natural values were acknowledged when it was added to the World Heritage List in 1988. Including its role in the earth’s evolutionary history, its significant ongoing ecological and biological processes, as an example of superlative natural phenomena.
It is recognised as a harbour of important and significant habitats for conservation of biological diversity.
In its assessment of the larger Wet Tropics area, UNESCO says it exhibits “exceptional natural beauty, with superlative scenic features highlighted by extensive, sweeping forest vistas, wild rivers, waterfalls, rugged gorges and coastal scenery.
This is particularly apparent between the Daintree River and Cedar Bay, where exceptional coastal scenery combines tropical rainforest and white sandy beaches with fringing offshore coral reefs.”
Rainforested mountains, sweeping down to long sandy beaches, one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world.
The Cape Tribulation area was included in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in 1988.
To get a better perspective of Cape Tribulation to visit the lookout located on Cape Tribulation Beach. It takes around 45 minutes to walk there, and it is a fantastic opportunity to see the beach and the rainforest.
Find out about the Daintree Rainforest history