About the Daintree Rainforest
Daintree Rainforest is a tropical rainforest located in the northeastern part of Queensland, Australia is the oldest tropical Daintree rainforest in the world, originating somewhere between 50 and 100 million years ago and its 7,080 square kilometers (2,734 square miles) makes it the second largest in the world.
Named after Richard Daintree, an Australian geologist and photographer (1832-1878).
It is listed by the World Heritage Organisation as one of the world’s most unique natural places in Australia and is home to the largest variety of animals and plants on earth.
The tropical rainforest ecosystem of the Daintree Rainforest is one of the most complex on Earth.
Its plant diversity and structural complexity is unrivalled on the Australian continent and represents the origins of its more familiar ‘Australian’ flora.
Part of the forest is protected by the Daintree National Park and drained by the Daintree River.
The roads north of the river wind through areas of lush forest, and has been designed to minimize impacts on the Daintree Rainforest ancient ecosystem.
Relaxing to the sound of rare birds and exotic animals in this tropical paradise adds up to an unparalleled, unforgettable experience.
1100-year-old giant twin Bull Kauri Pine trees, the tallest in the world, have their enormous roots sunk here in the peaty soil, while their tops tower nearly 45 metres above the rainforest canopy.
Of the 40 fern species in the rainforest, the King Fern has the world’s longest fronds.
With 3000 known species of plants, it is no wonder the lush green Tropics are referred to as the emerald of Australia.
The Daintree Rainforest contains 3% of the frog, reptile and marsupial species in Australia, 7% of bird species in the country can be found in this area and 90% of Australia’s bat and butterfly species.
There are also over 12,000 species of insects in the rainforest.
Tree kangaroos, bats and crocodiles are among the long list of the animals that inhabit the magnificent rainforest.
Daintree Rainforest claims over 150 kinds of freshwater fish, including the colourful rainbow fish and hundreds of species of birds, many unique to the Daintree rainforest and some on the endangered list.
Bird Life in the Daintree
Some of the bird life in the Daintree Rainforest include lovely fairywrens, southern cassowaries. tooth-billed and golden bowerbirds, , Macleay’s, bridled, yellow-spotted and white-streaked honeyeaters, fernwrens, Atherton scrubwrens, mountain thornbills, chowchillas, Bower’s shrike-thrushes, pied monarchs, Victoria’s riflebirds and pale-yellow robins
Daintree Rainforest National Park
Established in 1962, Daintree Rainforest National Park was set up to protect the rainforest from mining, logging and road-building.
One of the biggest reasons the world considers Daintree such a precious jewel is the uniqueness of the plants and animals found there.
It is a very special environment and needs to be respected so it can cast its spell of wonder for generations to come.
Don’t miss the Daintree Rainforest when you visit Cairns
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