DAINTREE DISCOVERY CENTRE
THE #1 ATTRACTION IN THE DAINTREE
The Daintree Discovery Centre offers visitors an opportunity to learn about and explore one of the few remaining unspoiled pockets of lowland rainforest in Far North Queensland, while at the same time protecting the fragile environment of the Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree Discovery Centre is a multi-faceted venue offering access to all levels of the rainforest from floor to the tops of canopy.
WONDER & APPRECIATE
Climb 112 steps to the very top of the rainforest canopy. The tower has five different viewing platforms allowing access to the various levels of the rainforest.
View the spectacular mid-canopy walkway offering access to the mid-level rainforest along with stunning views over McLean’s Creek.
Walk with the dinosaurs in the Jurassic Forest – just one of five exciting self-guided audio tours available at the Discovery Centre.
Offering an interactive experience through touchscreens and interpretive displays, discover the fascinating secrets of the Daintree Rainforest.
There are five self-guided walks, available in eight languages, with around four hours of Audio along with an additional Indigenous interpretation tour and children’s tour.
This 68-page Interpretive Guide Book is full of useful information including entertaining information on birds, frogs, reptiles, weather, and history.
Overlooking the stunning McLean’s Creek and a natural Cassowary watering hole, visitors can enjoy espresso coffees, sandwiches and sweets.
MEET THE MINI BEASTS
Did you know over 12,000 insect species can be found right here in the Daintree Rainforest? Get up close with some of the more unique invertebrates of the Daintree Rainforest with this fun and engaging exhibit. Press the light, and discover a world below the ground with Australian Tarantulas, rainforest snails, scorpions and huntsmans to capture the imagination. Or see up close the fascinating Spiny Leaf Insects and endemic Peppermint Stick Insect – there is so much to be discovered at the Interpretive Centre’s Jungle Bug exhibit.
RAINFOREST UNDERWATER WORLD
The Centre is home to Australia’s only Rainforest Freshwater Aquarium and Creek Ecology interpretive display. It offers a close-up view of some of the interesting aquatic life that inhabits the Daintree River and surrounding creeks, including Archerfish, Barramundi and Jungle Perch, as well as smaller specimens such as Rainbow fish and freshwater prawns.
FUN FOR ALL AGES
Want to climb into a leafy, lush wonderland or hold 130 million years of evolution in your hand? The Daintree Discovery Centre is the door to the Daintree Rainforest, the oldest lowland tropical rainforest in the world and a magical place to visit and explore.
The Discovery Centre provides visitors to the region with the knowledge and skills to explore the 1200 square kilometre Daintree Rainforest further. Take in the live bugs, freshwater aquarium, reptile displays and more, while having plenty of fun learning, with the helpful staff just itching to share their knowledge of the rainforest and passion for its protection.
DAINTREE CAFE & ECO GIFT SHOP
As the first stop after the Daintree River Ferry, our Cafe is the perfect place to take that well deserved coffee break. Overlooking the stunning McLean’s Creek, a natural Cassowary watering hole, visitors can enjoy espresso coffees, iced chocolates and fruit smoothies. We also serve freshly made sandwiches, slices, muffins and cakes. Why not try one of our famous Devonshire Teas – scones with Davidson’s Plum Jam and a pot of locally grown Daintree Tea or enjoy one of our Bush Tucker Tasting Plates. We also have may dietary considerations including gluten free and vegetarian options.
Our Eco Gift Shop is the perfect place to pick up that special unique piece to remind you of your Daintree Rainforest adventure. Find the perfect gift for loved ones with a fantastic range of local and handmade items. Our Eco Shop is fully stocked with arts and crafts, souvenirs, toys, books, clothing and more. With a fantastic range of Bush Tucker foods, jams, and teas we are proud to offer all things grown locally in the Daintree. We also source jewellery and sculptures from local artists and postcards from local photographers.
WET TROPICS MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY
The Daintree Discovery Centre is proud of our long-standing partnership with the Wet Tropics Management Authority. The Wet Tropics offers a range of deeply engaging experiences, captivation wonder and interest in the oldest living rainforest in the world. The best way to start your journey is to have a chat with a local expert at one of the official Wet Tropics Visitor Information Centres, including the Discovery Centre in the Daintree Rainforest. Find out more about the 23 centres spread across the Wet Tropics.
OUR ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITMENT
The Daintree Rainforest is one of the most fascinating and diverse eco-systems on the Earth and your introduction to this very special place starts at the Discovery Centre.
Daily 8.30 am – 5pm
*last entry 4 pm
CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY
CLOSED IN FOOTWEAR RECOMMENDED
Audio Tour (8 languages)
68 Page Interpretive Guide Book
7 Day Re-Entry Pass
Children’s Audio Tour (5-9 years)