Daintree Rain Forest is Australia’s largest tropical rainforest, located on its northeast coast. At the town of Cape Tribulation north of Cairns, Daintree Rain Forest meets one of the wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Much of Daintree is a National Park, while some of it is State Forest, and some is private land. Daintree offers an over-abundance of natural beauty. Endangered species, such as the southern cassowary, reside there. An estimated 30% of Australia’s frog, reptile, and marsupial species live in this rainforest. The rainforest grows right down to the sea, which makes for spectacular ocean-side scenery as well, provided you can find it through this dense hearth.
- Go bird-watching in Daintree where the enormous variety of species include fern wrens, mountain thorn bills, white-streaked honeyeaters and the flightless southern cassowary.
- Take a Daintree River Tour departing from Cape Tribulation, where you can try to spot crocodiles and other rainforest wildlife.
- Try something different—take an Exotic Fruit Tasting Tour at Cape Tribulation, and learn how to pick the ripe fruit from orchards, prepare it, and enjoy tropical delicacies such as jackfruit, dragonfruit, pommelo, chocolate pudding fruit, and some others.
The airport that provides a point of departure to Cape Tribulation and Daintree is Cairns Airport, which services domestic and connection flights. There are many shuttle operators that offer vehicle transportation from Cairns to Cape Tribulation. You can also rent a car at Cairns and drive yourself. Once you arrive at Daintree, there is a certain amount of exploring you can do either with a car, or on foot, but hiring a guide is advised. There are operators offering tours of all types to Daintree. To explore deep into the rainforest, you can choose a tour company that lines up with your particular interests.
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