Daintree Rainforest Tours & Cape Tribulation Visitor Information
The Daintree rainforest, located 2 hours north of Cairns, is the world’s longest continuously surviving rainforest with more plant and animal species than anywhere else in the world.
The lush green rainforest is sprawled over 1200 square kilometers of land until it touches the sandy beaches of the Coral Sea.
The Daintree rainforest is a magnificent place to see two World Heritage-listed sights – the reef and the rainforest – together in one majestic display of scenic beauty.
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Daintree Rainforest Tours & Cape Tribulation Visitor Information
The Daintree Rainforest is rich with cultural and natural splendor. The Kuku Yalariji people were the traditional owners of the land and the rainforest served as food, shelter and resources to these people. The roots of the Daintree Rainforest can be traced back to 135 million years ago and visiting the Daintree gives you a sense of what the world would have been like millions of years ago. The top of the rainforest canopy extends 45 metres into the sky and the diversity of plants competing for the sun’s light is spectacular. Today, the Daintree rainforest has a pristine and unspoiled feel displaying natural habitats and ecosystems that are not found anywhere else in the world.
The ecological significance of this area is immense. The Daintree rainforest not only provides humans with the oxygen needed on a daily basis but contributes to a symbiotic relationship with the animals and insects that flourish in the area. The Daintree rainforest contains 30% of frog, marsupial and reptile species, 65% of bat and butterfly species and 20% of bird species in Australia. Some unique animals that can be found in this region include cassowaries, Musky rat kangaroos, Ulysses butterflies, bandicoots, Sugar gliders and thousands more species. The Estuarine crocodiles are of particular popularity in this region. There are several cruises on the Daintree River that give visitors an up close and personal experience with these primitive creatures.
Whether it is discovery, relaxation or adventure that you’re looking for, the Daintree rainforest offers a spectacular natural setting that is unique to this precious region. If you are travelling to the rainforest for exploration there are many wilderness walks that will take you on a journey through floral evolution. Cruise through the Daintree River and spot ‘Fat Albert’ and ‘Scar Face’, two huge Estuarine crocs soaking up the suns rays on the river bank. Charter a fishing boat and catch some of the most diverse fish species in the world. Snorkel, scuba dive or sail the Great Barrier Reef or just chill out on the magnificent Cape Tribulation Beach and take in the breathtaking scenery.
Cape Tribulation is a small town nestled at the tip of the Daintree. This stunning little village was named by Captain Cook himself and got the name ‘tribulation’ as this was the location where all his trials and tribulations begun. Cape Tribulation is about an hour from the Daintree River and is a great jump off point to explore the many wonders of this region. From Cape Tribulation venture off on a beautiful rainforest or bush walk, or go for a swim in the pristine coral blue sea or in the fresh clean waters of Emmagen Creek.
Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation Accommodation
There are plenty of accommodation options in this area, whether it is a quaint boutique resort you are after or a bustling backpackers’ hostel.
Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa is a combination of sultry elegance woven into an eco-friendly retreat and is the perfect getaway for those wishing to surround themselves with the stunning beauty of the rainforest. A fantastic place for a rainforest or waterfall wedding, incentive package or romantic weekend away, Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa has it all. The resort features a world class spa, all-weather al fresco dining overlooking a lily pond, and aboriginal experiences in the form of rainforest walks and aboriginal art and cultural workshops.
Coconut Beach Resort is located minutes away from Cape Tribulation Beach and is nestled amongst pristine rainforest settings in the lap of luxury. The resort boasts two swimming pools, two restaurants as well as conference facilities.
Ferntree Resort, which is just down the road from Coconut Beach resort, offers a variety of accommodation options for any type of traveller. Choose from a poolside room, lodge, standard room or dormitory all of which are sprawled on the spacious grounds with rainforest views all around.
Daintree Rainforest Food and Entertainment
The Cape Restaurant and Bar is designed to replicate an Indonesian Long House and enjoys spectacular views of the pool and sand of Coconut Beach. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, this lovely restaurant showcases the freshest local produce. After a busy day exploring this region cool off with an ice cream from the Daintree Ice Cream Company. All the fruits are grown on the property and made into ice cream — try unique flavors such as sapote, passionfruit and mango. The Daintree Tea House Restaurant is the most established restaurant in the area. The Daintree Tea House is open for lunch 7 days a week and serves the finest local grown foods.
If you’re looking for a cocktail by the pool or to dance the night away, PK’s Jungle Village in Cape Tribulation has a pool bar, volleyball courts and nightly DJ’s. Primarily a backpacker hot spot, PK’s offers visitors cheap meals, drink specials, nightly events and a chilled-back rainforest atmosphere that visitors come to enjoy year after year.
How to Get There
From Cairns, drive north up the Captain Cook highway and pass Port Douglas. Continue through the small town of Mossman for a further 20 minutes until you reach the Daintree Ferry crossing. After you have crossed the ferry the town of Cape Tribulation is about 45’60 minutes on a windy bitumen road; drive safely, as the roads are narrow and surrounded by the Daintree rainforest which is home to many endangered species such as the cassowary.
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The average temperature in the Daintree is about 28 degrees Celsius and averages about 120 days of rain a year. Although the temperature doesn’t fluctuate much, the humidity is much higher during the wet season December - March.