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THE DAINTREE - RAINFOREST TO REEF

NATURE'S WONDERLAND ON OUR DOORSTEP

“The Daintree” is a vast region of stunning natural beauty, stretching for almost 100 km (60 miles) from Mossman Gorge in the south to the Bloomfield Track, north of Cape Tribulation - densely rainforested hills form a backdrop to pristine beaches, beautiful valleys and the calm clear waters of the Coral Sea

 

The Rainforest

The lush, dense tropical rainforest of Daintree National Park is believed to be one of the three oldest in the world and is home to many unique species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Daintree National Park was added to the World Heritage List in 1988.

About 430 species of birds live here, including 13 not found anywhere else in the world, making the Daintree one of the world's premier bird-watching destinations. 30% of Australia's marsupial, reptile and frog species are found here together with 65% of her butterflies and bats.

 

The Reef

Daintree's coastline is bordered by the immense Great Barrier Reef which, extending over 2000 km, is the world's most extensive coral reef system and consists of around 2900 individual reefs. In 1981 it was added to the World Heritage List for it's unique natural properties and enormous scientific and environmental importance.

An amazing range of marine life inhabits the Reef, including an estimated 1500 species of fish, 360 of corals, 4000 molluscs and 1500 sponges plus a myriad other marine creatures.

The Daintree and Port Douglas offer the closest access points to the Reef along it's entire length so guests have the choice of a half-day snorkelling tour from Cape Tribulation to the north, or a range of full-, half-day and overnight snorkelling and diving tours from Port Douglas to the south.

 

Rivers and Creeks

The Daintree is bisected by several important Rivers and Creeks, teeming with fish and home to the salt-water Crocodile - a magnet for fishing enthusiasts and nature-loving visitors.

The Mossman River is on it's southern boundary and runs through the magnificent Mossman Gorge. The Daintree River meanders through Daintree Village and the surrounding valleys to join the Coral Sea near Snapper Island. Coopers Creek flows through Daintree National Park half way between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation. The Bloomfield River marks the end of the famous 4WD-only Bloomfield Track which starts north of Cape Tribulation.

 

Beaches

The Daintree coast has some of the world's loveliest, most pristine and almost uninhabited Beaches, including Wonga, Cape Kimberley, Cow Bay, Thornton's, Cape Tribulation and Emmagen.

 

Cow Bay Beach, rainforest and family walking

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