6 of the best things to do in the world heritage Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree, just north of Cairns, is a UNESCO-listed national park spanning 1,200 square kilometres from the Far North Queensland hinterland to the sea. Here's how to spend a day in the world’s oldest rainforest.
The Great Barrier Reef and silica sand beaches have long lured tourists to the Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach, but Aussie travellers are starting to wake up to one of tropical north Queensland’s other wonders: the Daintree Rainforest.
According to the most recent figures from Tourism Research Australia, domestic tourism to this ancient, UNESCO-listed nature park – the oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest in the world – increased by 17 per cent in 2018. That trend is set to continue, with visitation to the region projected to surge another 26 per cent by 2027.
This influx of local tourists is, at least partly, due to a rise in wellness tourism, which is seeing increasing numbers of eco-tourists swap the reef for rainforests and shopping strips for unsullied swimming holes.
Cape Tribulation is an easy – not to mention magnificent – drive from Port Douglas. If you're hiring a car, it takes about two hours to reach the cape, the northernmost point accessible by car or motorhome. Beyond this is four-wheel-drive territory only. Getting there also involves a river crossing, serviced by a single ferry that lugs cars across the crocodile-infested Daintree River, which takes about 15 minutes.
The Daintree Coast is a small part of the Kuku Yalanji tribal area and has great spiritual and cultural significance for these people.
If you’re planning a Daintree day trip, these are six of the best things to do while you’re there.