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.
Across the Daintree River the dense forest overhangs the twisting road that leads to Cape Tribulation, named by Captain Cook in rueful acknowledgment 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.
Crocodile-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.
Suggested itinerary featuring Daintree Forest & Cape Tribulation
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Daintree Forest & Cape Tribulation, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Accommodation choices for Daintree Forest & Cape Tribulation
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Daintree Forest & Cape Tribulation. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
A small and intimate lodge offering tranquility and total seclusion, set in the world heritage rainforest, Daintree Wilderness Lodge is one of the most natural hideaways in tropical north Queensland.
Silky Oaks Lodge is a luxurious and stylish retreat surrounded by the verdant beauty of the Daintree National Park and overlooks the beautiful Mossman River.