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Stretching from Daintree Village across the river, the Daintree encompasses Cape Kimberley, Cow Bay, Thornton’s Peak, Cooper Creek, Thornton Beach, Noah Valley, Cape Tribulation and the Bloomfield Track to the north.

This is the home of the world’s oldest surviving rainforest with examples of plant species that existed millions of years ago. Be dwarfed by king ferns and giant bull kauri pines, watch for the flash of blue that gives away the cassowary moving through the evergreen forest or discover tiny fish in cool freshwater pools.

Winding for 140 kilometres, the Daintree River is one of the longest rivers on Australia’s east coast providing diverse habitats for many species. Cruise along it to spot prehistoric crocodiles and colourful birds or join a fishing charter to haul in a mighty barramundi.

Guided walks, Four Wheel Drive or Eight Wheel Drive tours also give an insight into this special environment. Sir David Attenborough described the Daintree rainforest as extraordinary after a recent visit filming in the area, telling viewers around the world he was particularly impressed with the region’s diverse birdlife.

Daintree village has a number of eateries, artists’ studios, local souvenir shops and a general store with a post office, bottle shop and information and tour booking centre. It is the last stop-off before the Daintree River Ferry which takes you across the river even deeper into the Daintree rainforest.

Choose to stay in a discreet eco-resort, amazing tree house, join the fun crowd at a backpacker resort or get to know the locals at an intimate bed and breakfast. Venture out at night when the rainforest puts on a spectacular show with mammals emerging for midnight feasts, bush turkeys hosting noisy parties and frogs providing the rainforest chorus.

Cape Tribulation

Stepping straight on to the beach from the rainforest is a very special experience at Cape Tribulation. This extraordinarily pretty stretch of the Daintree National Park is where you can climb aboard a fast boat to explore the Great Barrier Reef or take a kayak to nearby islands.

Marvel at empty beaches where driftwood and shells wash up to form natural sculptures, feel the wind in your hair as you ride a horse from the beach to the rainforest or pitch your tent so you can gaze at the ocean as soon as you wake. Taste exotic tropical fruits on a farm tour, try them in a locally made ice cream, refresh in a swimming hole or soar through the rainforest canopy on a flying fox.

Cape Tribulation is a bushwalking paradise with many short walks taking in the beaches or rainforest. The experienced can spend a day hiking to admire spectacular views from Mount Sorrow. Guided walks on private properties show you animals and plants you may otherwise miss or join a night tour to see nocturnal animals.

Australia’s richest diversity of flora and fauna is found in this region, so a guided tour will explain the intricacies of this ancient environment and introduce you to the likes of the peppermint stick insect or the Boyd’s forest dragon.

Cape Tribulation is popular with backpackers who enjoy the jungle setting and party atmosphere of the hostels. Accommodation options vary from camping grounds to resorts, bed and breakfasts and holiday houses.

Just 35 kilometres north of the Daintree River, Cape Tribulation is where the bitumen ends and a Four Wheel Drive is needed to venture further north.

     
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    Red Mill House

    Red Mill House in Daintree caters to travellers with an interest in ecology, wildlife and the conservation of the Daintree. Set in one and a half acres of secluded tropical gardens rich in birdlife and butterflies, Red Mill House is within easy reac...

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    Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa

    In line with the philosophy of combining nature, nurture and culture in a pure rainforest environment, Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa offers quality accommodation, stunning cuisine, authentic Aboriginal culture and a world‐acclaimed day and wellness sp...

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    Daintree Valley Haven

    A peaceful 30 acre rainforest hideaway at the end of a beautiful valley, surrounded by Daintree National Park, 8 km beyond Daintree Village. Ideal for couples, honeymooners and birdwatchers. Three modern, private self-contained B&B bungalows overlo...

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    Tea Tree Daintree

    Tea Tree Cottage is an elevated, pole-framed structure, nestled in the foothills of the majestic Thornton Peak; this mountain (1374 metres), sacred to the traditional owners, the Kuku Yalanji, and shrouded with mystery and legend, dominates the Daint...

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    Lync-Haven Rainforest Retreat

    Lync Haven Rainforest Retreat Motel, Camping and Wildlife Experience in the Daintree, is a well established, family friendly and affordable rainforest property in Cape Tribulation, Tropical North Queensland. Situated on 20 acres of Tropical Rainfores...

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    Daintree Secrets Rainforest Retreat

    Daintree Secrets is your own private waterfall sanctuary set in the heart of the beautiful Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world! Only two hours from Cairns, this house captures the true essence of this spectacular wilderness… W...

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    Heritage Lodge and Spa - In the Daintree

    Heritage Lodge and Spa 'In the Daintree' is located 18 kilometres over the Daintree River, almost exactly at the midpoint of the Daintree Cape Tribulation rainforest coast. This section of the Daintree Rainforest is where the world's most ancient rai...

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    Thornton Beach Bungalows

    Thornton Beach Bungalows are just across the road from one of the best beaches on the Daintree Coast. Both bungalows offer comfortable accommodation for up to two people, a perfect escape for a romantic weekend or week away. They are solar power...

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    Cow Bay Homestay Bed and Breakfast

    Cow Bay Homestay B and B is a unique tropical designed B and B in the famous Daintree Rainforest. They are just 10 minutes from Cow Bay Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. The pole home has a large deck - great for bird watching and lots of butterflies...

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    Wait A While Daintree

    Wait a While Retreat is a stunning pole framed timber house offering private and secluded accommodation for up to nine guests in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest, and only 600 metres from the picturesque Cow Bay Beach. Stay in one of the most bea...

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    Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours and Jungle Adventures Nightwalks

    Jungle Surfing takes you into the beating heart of the Daintree Rainforest on a guided ziplining experience through six tree platform and the world's first Human Hamster Wheel cable lift. This is nature's own spectacular high definition live stream. ...

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    Ocean Safari

    Experience Queensland's real wild side on this Great Barrier Reef half day Eco Tour. The tour begins at Cape Tribulation beach where guests board the Ocean Safari vessel bound for the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. After a fast, exhilar...

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    Daintree Discovery Centre

    A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - fr...

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