Often, as you stroll around our walking trails you'll come across one of our little Northern Swamp Wallabies. They're very shy and will often suddenly take off in front of you, bounding away into the rainforest.
The first rains of the wet season bring on a wonderful 24-hour-a-day "frog symphony" around the dam, and if a giant White-lipped Tree Frog (which can grow up to 140mm) should announce it's presence from inside a drainpipe then earplugs may be required!
Dusk is usually when you will see these furry little creatures scurrying across the grass and next morning you'll see little holes where they've been digging for insects. We have both the Long-nosed Bandicoot and it's larger, bulkier cousin the Northern Brown Bandicoot.
Our wetlands-dam is home to a number of small Saw-shelled Turtles. If there's an old branch sticking out of the water you will often see them sunning themselves on it, other times if you see a shape swimming around just under-water it will most likely be a Turtle, although there is always a very small chance it could be a Platypus. Platypus are very shy and normally only seen at dawn or dusk - we do know there are a lot of them in our valley and they move around between creeks and dams but it's a while since we've seen one here. News flash - 5th July 2016 - this morning guests have watched a large Platypus in the dam, just below Sunbird Sanctuary!
The Daintree Striped Possum is endemic to the Daintree region and being nocturnal is quite rarely seen. Also very occasionally seen here is an Echidna and on one memorable occasion we found a Cassowary outside our front door and gazing in at us! There are reports of Tree Kangaroos in the valley as well although we have not been lucky enough, so far, to spot one. Many small marsupials - Betongs, small mice and rats, the biggest of which is the huge White-tailed Rat which has teeth strong enough to gnaw holes in our coconuts! Our many tropical fruits often fall prey to Spectacled Flying Foxes which can strip a tree of fruit overnight.
Join one of Daintree's expert wildlife guides for a memorable cruise on the Daintree River - only a 10-minute drive from Daintree Valley Haven - to spot these amazing prehistoric-looking creatures in their natural habitat.