Explore the Daintree National Park from Cairns or Port Douglas. Mossman Gorge to Cape Tribulation, travel through some of the most magnificent, lush countryside in Australia
For those of you who are interested in exploring the biodiversity of the tropical rainforests and parks, this World Heritage rainforest offers a unique experience. There's lots of tours that start off in Cairns and wind their way through one of the most scenic coastal routes of Australia to lead up to the World Heritage listed rainforest.
It's only 100 km or 62 miles north of Cairns, and an easy drive through some spectacular sights.
As you move closer to the Daintree National Park you can make a stopover at the Habitat Wildlife Sanctuary at Port Douglas. Here you get to see various native animals and rainforest creatures in their natural habitat. Kangaroos, koalas, and crocodiles are among some of the native animals you can encounter. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could even hand feed some wallabies or kangaroos.
The highlight of this sanctuary are the birds!
You can have breakfast with the birds or lunch with the lorikeets! Breakfast is a must do on your list things to do in and around Cairns, but if your have more time, do them both and spend the day here.
The Mossman Gorge area, at the main entrance of the Daintree National Park is a good starting point to ease into the tropical rainforest.
Take an Ngadiku Dreamtime Walk with the local aboriginal people to experience their world.
The Kuku Yalanji
Aborigine people are the traditional owners and have been
around for centuries. They live in complete harmony with the
Guided tours with an experienced indigenous interpreter start off with a traditional smoking ceremony. Their belief is to help keep away bad spirits. As you meander through the local community and learn some of their traditions, you end up at a water hole where you can go in for a refreshing swim.
Continuing on your with your Daintree tours, you can enter the Daintree National Park via the cable ferry into the breathtaking Cape Tribulation area of the park. Alternately, you can experience a river cruise while spotting lazy crocs on the banks of the Daintree River.
Once in the Cape Trib area, you can go on guided walkabouts through this area to witness several fascinating rainforest creatures. If you’re in luck you might even catch a glimpse of a rare cassowary or come across a cute little green tree frog or a harmless and beautiful green tree snake.
The Daintree National Park is teeming with all sorts of tropical rainforest plants and flowers along with rare and colourful rainforest birds and animals. You'll also learn lots about the history of this mystifying region!
The rainforests of this region have survived over 110 million years and the vast wilderness – both in flora and fauna – provides the proof of this historic anomaly. This tiny area – less than half a percent of the Australian continent – accounts for over 65% of its butterfly and bat species, 30% of the reptile, frog, and marsupial species and 20% of the bird species!
The region also has the highest concentration in the world, of rare or almost extinct animal and plant species.
Typical of a tropical rainforest climate, the region receives heavy downpours during the wet season that lasts from December to April. The best time to visit would be during the drier months of May to September when the temperatures are more moderate.
When you visit the Daintree National Park, you have to try the Daintree tea that has been hailed by many tea connoisseurs as being the most aromatic and taste-bud-tingling tea they've had for quite sometime.
Along with the local tea, you must also try the ice cream made by the Daintree Ice Cream Company. All the fruits used in these ice creams are grown in the tropical rainforest and contain rich, strong, organic flavors.
Most people who get to the Daintree National Park on one of the many Daintree tours, plan to head back to Cairns or Port Douglas at the end of the day. However, if you find yourself wanting more time in the rainforest, you can find accommodation in a number of really comfortable and well appointed Daintree hotels.
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