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 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.


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

David Attenborough says that this is the most beautiful and unique place.

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.

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.

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 surprisingly 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

Any leaf litter is quickly broken down and recycled along the rainforest floor.   Here you will find 12,000 insects recycling the rainforest.  Birds are also part of the recycling project as they forage along the rainforest floor, turning leaves over in their search for food.  The fungi are also an essential component of the rainforest recycling program.  Here thousands of fungi live on the decaying plant matter along the forest floor.

Here you will find 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.

Keep an eye out for the Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo.  This agile marsupial 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.

The Daintree Rainforest is a work of Mother Nature at her most creative.  This rainforest is an absolute must-see when visiting Far North Queensland.