The Oldest Rainforest in the World of World Heritage significance

Daintree Rainforest 

When you travel Cairns, you must see the exceptional biodiversity of the Daintree Rainforest. As the oldest living rainforest in the world, when you visit the Daintree Rainforest, you’ll witness more than 160 million years of history.

The world-famous rainforest spreads across three central valleys and reaches the Coral Sea. Merging with the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, the two World Heritage listed sites can both be visited with Daintree Rainforest tours.

cassowary Daintree Rainforest

Consisting of nearly 900,000 hectares, the Daintree Rainforest is easily accessible from many points, allowing for ample opportunities to explore and find adventure.

Although the rainforest is primarily a tropical forest, you’ll also find an open eucalyptus forest, wetlands and mangrove forests.

All areas are protected to preserve the rainforest’s natural beauty.


The Daintree Rainforest is home to evolutionary history and an important biological diversity, including many rare and threatened species.

As you take part on Daintree Rainforest tours, you’ll be amazed at the various animals and plants you’ll see, as well as unmatched beauty and scenery.


There are many places to explore when you visit the Daintree Rainforest. Just a short distance from Port Douglas, you’ll find a popular area of the rainforest– Mossman Gorge.

The steep-sided valley is believed to be 60,000 years old.

The lush forest is home to a creek and many walking trails.

It’s the perfect place for bird watching and picnics.


A small drive away from Mossman Gorge, you’ll explore the Daintree Village along the southern bank of the Daintree River.

You’ll have a thrilling time as you’ll spot crocodiles or take time to relax at the rainforest spa. There are many excellent shops and dining opportunities at the village as well.

green tree frogFor a truly unique experience when you visit the Daintree Rainforest, head to Cape Tribulation, where two World Heritage listed sites connect.

You’ll explore the oldest living rainforest and the largest reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, all at once. Hike the walking trails and guided tours of the rainforest, then dive into the water of the reef to explore the vibrant ecosystem below the water’s surface.

No matter if you’re heading outdoors to explore nature or out for an afternoon of shopping and dining, you’ll have a truly unforgettable experience.

When you visit the Daintree Rainforest, there are too many things to do in one day.

Daintree Rainforest tours will help you make the most of your time visiting this natural spectacular.


Dynamics of Daintree Rainforest

A must see on your list of places to see is the Daintree Rainforest. Queensland, Australia offers two of twelve natural World Heritage Sites, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.

So you’ll have the beauty of all the colourful coral and the abundant wildlife and sea life that call these two exceptional wonders of the world.

The Daintree Rainforest is ancient, extremely ancient; studies have shown that it is about one hundred thirty five million years old.

There are primitive flowering plants; Austrobaileya scandens and Idiospermum australiense are endemic to the Daintree.

Many ancient plants live in the rainforest which survived from the southern super-continent Gondwana. Learning the dynamic of all the diversity of life here at the Daintree Rainforest will be an experience for all the family members.

The wild life is abundant and the diversity of life is wide. 30% of the frog reptile and marsupials of Australia are found in the rainforest.

65% of butterfly species as well as bats are here.

18% of the country’s birds are in Daintree.

12,000 species of insects also are in the area that takes up only 0.02 % of Australia.

That is a lot of diversity in such a small area.

A number of endangered and rare species call the Daintree their home. Southern Cassowary, Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo, the Saltwater Crocodile and Musky Rat kangaroo are to name a few.

This forest was named after Richard Daintree and is north of Mossman, Queensland, on the coast of Cairns in the tropical far north of Australia.

Part of the forest is protected by the Daintree National Park and drained by the Daintree River. Roads wind through areas of lush forest and are designed to minimize impacts on the Daintree Forest.

Accommodations are not a problem with wide range of places to stay from camp sites to private and seclude B&B’s. Resorts and holiday houses can be booked from all prices.

You can also get pampered in a rainforest spa. The choice is yours.

Take the time to visit and stay in the dynamic Daintree Rainforest.