About the Daintree Rainforest

  • Area: 1200 square kilometres
  • Population: 128 (2016 census)
  • Postcode: 4873

The Daintree Rainforest in North Queensland, Australia, is 450 million years in the making.  This tropical rainforest is undoubtedly the most significant collection of plants on our planet.

Often referred to as the emerald of Queensland, The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is the World’s oldest virgin rainforest.

This rainforest truly is a remarkable destination and a must-see.

While in the Daintree Rainforest, you can cruise down the Daintree River in search of crocodiles and an abundance of birdlife.   Then cool off in a fantastic waterhole and take a giant breath in the oldest tropical rainforest on earth.

Named after Richard Daintree, The Daintree Rainforest has the wettest climate in Australia.

Sir David Attenborough says that this is the most beautiful and unique place on earth, and we agree.

North of the Daintree River, dense jungle-covered mountains meet the crystal clear blue waters of the Coral Sea, creating stunning landscapes.

This tropical rainforest is the most significant plant community on earth.

The Daintree Rainforest has the richest wildlife habitats in Australia.  Home to nine marsupials, 18 reptiles, 23 frogs and 13 birds.

Where is the Daintree Rainforest?

Located north of Cairns stretches 95 kilometres and 1825 kilometres north of Brisbane.

The Daintree Rainforest is in Far North Queensland, located 95 kilometres northwest of Cairns and just over 1825 kilometres northwest of Brisbane.

This 12,000 km2 map of the Daintree Rainforest demonstrates how the park is into two sections an agricultural region.  This region includes the towns of Mossman and Daintree Village.

Here you will find beaches among the most magnificent in the World.

North Queensland is the only place on earth where two World Heritage-listed areas sit side by side.  Queensland’s natural treasures are the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

The Daintree National Park, part of Queensland’s Wet Tropics, was established in 1981 and designated a World Heritage Site in 1988.

This region which includes the Daintree National Park and parts of the State Forest and privately owned land is the largest continuous tropical rainforest in the World and the largest rainforest on the Australian continent.

The Daintree Rainforest is where “the Reef meets the rainforest” because it extends to the Coral Sea’s edge.

A unique feature of the Daintree is its varied landscape and breathtaking scenery.

Cape Tribulation Beach

The sultry air and sparkling waters along golden sands that stretch endlessly are secluded.

The remoteness of these golden strips of heaven makes the experience seem private.

Flaura and Fauna

This rainforest is home to over 3000 species of flora and 700 specific only to the Daintree Rainforest.

Recycling in the Rainforest

Here you will find 12,000 insects recycling the rainforest.  Birds are also part of the recycling as they forage along the rainforest floor, turning leaves over in their search for food.   Thousands of fungi live on the plant matter along the forest floor.

Next, discover 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.

Animals and Birds

Thousands of birds, mammals and reptiles inhabit the lush vegetation.  Here you will find scarce wildlife like the endangered Cassowary, a brightly coloured bird in the rainforest since prehistoric times.

Interesting fact

Keep an eye out for the Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo, who can leap 9 metres from branch to branch.   They are also known to be able to drop 18 metres to the forest floor without injury.

This gorgeous landscape has beautiful beaches, diverse animal and plant life, and ancient rainforests extending to the World’s most spectacular Reef system.

Don’t miss this destination when visiting Far North Queensland.