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Destination Daintree: The World’s Oldest Rainforest

Discover the Daintree, the oldest rainforest in the world, on your next trip to Tropical North Queensland.

Tropical North Queensland is renowned for natural beauty, with leafy green rainforests and a coastline worth travelling for. Located just a two hour drive from Cairns is the world’s oldest rainforest; the Daintree. Heritage listed in 1988, the Daintree is an inviting landscape, imploring you to explore a lush green landscape filled with natural wonder, ancient history and captivating wildlife.

Daintree Museum
Daintree Museum
Daintree Entomological Museum

If the critters outdoors are making you nervous, here’s a safer avenue to spy them up close and personal. Showcasing exotic butterflies, beetles, giant dragonflies and newer local species, the Daintree Museum’s extensive collection has been collected and bred by owner Stephen Lamond, and is housed within a building made from rainforest timberwood on Lamond’s property.

31 Turpentine Road, Diwan

Solar Whisper
Solar Whisper
Solar Whisper

If you fancy meeting a croc or two, hop on board the Solar Whisper; the only zero-emission boat on the Daintree River. The electric solar boats allow the operators to smoothly and quietly immerse you in nature, without impacting the environment or disturbing the wildlife. This means you can safely side-eye some crocodiles from a closer distance! You might also spot tree frogs, owls, snakes, lizards and more!

Cape Tribulation Road, Lower Daintree

Wildlife Habitat
Wildlife Habitat
Wildlife Habitat

With a conversation-first approach, Wildlife Habitat was first opened to the public in 1989 as a bird and butterfly sanctuary. Since then, it has expanded it’s conservation and public education efforts to include animals such as crocodiles, koalas, gliders, possums, tree kangaroos and much more. You can easily spend an entire day here exploring the five different habitats, catered to each animal type, as well as having your very own wildlife experience with ‘Feature Creature’ photos or the Crocarena saltwater croc swims!

Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas QLD

Madja Botanical Walk
Madja Botanical Walk
Madja Botanical Walk

Exploring the natural history of Australia is made possible by the Madja, as you can find plants representing all stages of the evolution of land plants over the last 400 million years within it’s leafy surrounds. Stroll along the boardwalk and concrete path, and if you follow signs to Oliver Creek you can pull up a stump to sit and watch for crocodiles.

Lot 10 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation

Cape Trib Farm
Cape Trib Farm
Cape Trib Farm

Combining regenerative farming principles with sustainability and state of the art technology, Cape Trib Farm maintains a light footprint on the Earth whilst celebrating the fruits of our native wildlife and beyond. A must-do for foodies, with over 70 rare and exotic fruits available for tastings, grown right here in their orchards. You can also enjoy a stroll through the orchard to learn more about each plant and their origins, uses and legends. Cottages are available for accommodation, so that you can stay a little longer to drink in the expansive mountain views.

3939 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation

Daintree Tea
Daintree Tea
Daintree Tea Company

Established in 1978, the Daintree Tea Company is proudly 100% Australian owned, grown and operated. And you can see it for yourself by visiting the Cubbagudta Plantation, where they are situated in the Daintree. By visiting the plantation you can explore old tea machinery, shop at the roadside store and experience a little bit of homegrown history.

Lot 12 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan

Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree Discovery Centre
Daintree Discovery Centre

No trip to the Daintree is complete without visiting the Discovery Centre. Learn the history of one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world through audio visual theatres, self-guided walks, an aquarium and an interpretative display centre equipped with colourful infographics chock-full of information. The incredible aerial and canopy walkways will leave you awestruck, elevated above the forest floor not only allowing a better view; but also protecting the rainforest from damaging foot traffic.

Corner Cape Tribulation Road & Tulip Oak Road, Cow Bay

Daintree Wellness Spa
Daintree Wellness Spa
Daintree Wellness Spa

For those who have escaped to Tropical North Queensland for some well deserved R&R, look no further than the Wellness Spa, located in the Daintree Ecolodge. Inspired by the Indigenous wisdom of the traditional land owners, the Kuku Yalanji people, the healing properties of Australian botanical ingredients come to the forefront here. We recommend indulging in a Vichy (rain shower) treatment for the ultimate, full body relaxation experience.

3189 Mossman-Daintree Road, Daintree

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