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This dense, precious rainforest sports a million shades of green, outlandish fungi shining in the dark and a chorus of curious sounds.

An environmental jewel that dates back 100 million years, making it the world’s oldest, it reaches from Mossman through Cape Tribulation to Cooktown and plays host to a bewildering variety of plant, animal, insect, bird and reptile life.

Cape Tribulation

Across the Daintree River the dense forest overhangs the twisting road that leads to Cape Tribulation, named by Captain Cook in acknowledgement of the trouble he experienced navigating the Great Barrier Reef.

Breathtakingly beautiful with rugged mountain ranges and rainforest that tumbles down to the beach, there are endless ways to explore: kayak gently along the shoreline, rise high into the canopy on a crane giving an amazing perspective or take an interpretative walk accompanied by the guides who are only too happy to share their passion for the area.


Cassowary in the Daintree RainforestCrocodile-spotting in the Daintree River is fascinating, especially at night, when the forest’s nocturnal residents come into their own.

The Daintree Rainforest heaves with life: butterflies flit through the trees, tropical birds squawk frantically and the ancient trees creak. Amazingly, it is all so accessible from Cairns that it is reached in less than a two-hour drive.

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