Seething with life, the Daintree Rainforest is a dense, vast and spectacular tropical rainforest. It has the distinction of being the largest swathe of continuous rainforest in Australia, as well as the oldest living rainforest in the world with an estimated age of 135 million years, so there’s a lot to see. Situated about three hours North of Cairns, the Daintree Rainforest is composed chiefly of broadleaf rainforest over a variety of terrains. The Daintree National Park is a great gateway into the heart of the rainforest. A significant proportion of the Daintree Rainforest is part of the area demarcated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and called the Wet Tropics of Queensland.
The Daintree National Park is an area of great scientific significance and displays some of the highest levels of biodiversity in the world. An astonishing variety of plants thrive in the rainforest, including ferns and conifers. Even more astonishing is the fact that many ancient plant species and families, some going as far back as the age of the dinosaurs, continue to grow and thrive in the depths of the rainforest. In fact, the Daintree Rainforest is believed to have been the spot where much of the evolution of Australia’s flora and fauna took place, and continues to even today.
Daintree National Park is also home to Mossman Gorge which lies just after the entrance of Daintree National Park to the south and is itself a sight to behold, as well as Cape Tribulation, which offers visitors the opportunity to take in stunning views of the rainforest against a backdrop of sea, sand and sky. While it is certainly possible, though dangerous, for the intrepid traveller to bash through the rainforest on his own, most would agree that the best way to explore such a massive and rich landscape would be to take a tour.