Cairns Region Guide

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THE DAINTREE RAINFOREST IS A 2 HOUR DRIVE NORTH OF CAIRNS
THE DAINTREE RAINFOREST IS A 2 HOUR DRIVE NORTH OF CAIRNS
GREEN TREE FROG
GREEN TREE FROG
MOSSMAN GORGE
MOSSMAN GORGE
DAINTREE VILLAGE MAIN ST
DAINTREE VILLAGE MAIN ST
CROC SPOTTING CRUISE
CROC SPOTTING CRUISE
CROCODILE ON THE BANKS OF THE DAINTREE RIVER
CROCODILE ON THE BANKS OF THE DAINTREE RIVER

Welcome to the Daintree!

Updated: 01-May-2009

Rainforests don’t get much more special than the Daintree, one of the most unique ecosystems in the world...

The Daintree Rainforest is over one hundred and thirty-five million years old. This is the only World Heritage listed area in the world where two ecosystems exist side by side - the magnificent underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef and the lush tropical rainforests of the Daintree.

The Daintree rainforest is situated an easy 2-hour drive north of Cairns along one of the most beautiful coastal roads in the world. The Cook Highway north of Port Douglas offers beautiful scenery ranging from secluded palm fringed tropical beaches, hidden coves and rugged headlands to the rich green of lush sugar-cane fields and rainforest covered mountains.

The Daintree region, encompassing the rainforest of Daintree National Park, extends over a large area.  The northern section is often referred to as the “The Daintree” or the “Daintree Coast” and covers the coastal lowland area between the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers and this is where “the rainforest meets the reef”. 

The southern Daintree region stretches from the rainforest walks of Mossman Gorge on the Mossman River northwards to the Daintree River and includes rainforested coastal ranges, pristine beaches, tropical farmlands, a wildlife sanctuary, horse-rides, tropical gardens and tiny, historic Daintree Village which is still home to descendants of some of the original pioneering families.

Connecting the southern and northern Daintree regions is one of Australia’s last remaining car ferries, which operates across the Daintree River every day from dawn until late at night.

Daintree Village, which gave it’s name to the region, is perched on a bend of the Daintree River, just further on from the turn off to the Daintree Ferry. This little township and its surrounding scenic valleys have a permanent population of about 100 people.

Visitors are very well catered for with plenty of accommodation options, and restaurants and cafes offering fresh local cuisine. Daintree is also well known for it’s local arts and crafts. Visit the souvenir shops and also the timber gallery and pottery studio for many interesting and locally made gifts.

Wildlife of every kind flourishes on the Daintree River and its banks, it has become a bird watchers haven.

Riverboat tours are an excellent way to view the forest and its inhabitants. The area's most infamous inhabitant of all are the estuarine crocodiles. During the winter month’s daily visitors arrive to see crocodiles sunning themselves on the riverbanks, and view the rich and varied plant life in the rainforest and mangrove forests.

There are many locally owned and operated tour companies offering excellent guided rainforest walks, river cruises and wildlife viewing around the area.

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