'The Daintree' refers to the coastal lowland area stretching between the Daintree and Bloomfield Rivers, home to the most diverse range of plants and animals on the face of the planet. Driving through the lush rainforest, you may not realize that this region is also a beach lover's paradise, and you will often find long expanses of golden sandy beaches, largely deserted. Oh, you want to see crocodiles?
PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW ABOUT GETTING TO THE DAINTREE, AND USE THE LINKS ABOVE TO VIEW THE RANGE OF DINING AND ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS, AND THE SIGHTS AND ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN THE AREA.
NOTE: In this region, visitors should be particularly careful venturing near riverbeds or creeks. This is most definitely CROCODILE TERRITORY. Only swim from a beach or elsewhere if it is signposted as being safe to do so. For more information on crocodile safety, and other potential dangers, please visit our SAFE TRAVEL page.
The World Heritage listed rainforest of the Daintree area is the largest expanse of rainforest on the continent, covering over 1,200 square kilometres. Many of the plant species found here are believed to date back to when Australia was part of Gondwanaland, and was covered with dense rainforest... over 135 million years ago. As Australia's climate changed, there were fewer and fewer places where the rainforest could survive, but the Daintree region provided one last refuge for this unique ecosystem. This is a true nature lover's paradise, abundant with tropical birds and butterflies. The Daintree is home to over 3,000 plant species, and about a third of Australia's 315 mammal species - 13 of which are found nowhere else in the world. But of course, the most famous (or infamous) resident of these forests is the giant saltwater crocodile.
Most visitors stop and visit the Daintree on the way to Cape Tribulation. For nature lovers, the Daintree will simply blow your mind, and if you explore the area a little, you will soon appreciate why movie producers have chosen this location for the filming of some of your favourite MOVIES
. Taking a river cruise is essential and this is the most likely place to see a saltwater crocodile in the wild (keep your toes out of the water).
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