The Daintree Discovery Centre will celebrate its 30th birthday on Wednesday, August 7, marking three decades of hard work, innovation, education and environmental guardianship of this unique piece of Australia.
The Centre has been a fun and informative introduction to the Wet Tropics for over 1.8 million visitors, giving them an appreciation of the significance of the world’s oldest lowland tropical rainforest and easy access to all its beauty and secrets from the heights of the canopy to the depths of the jungle floor.
Throughout its 30-year history the Centre has personified invention: its creators Ron and Pam Birkett built it from scratch on a site without power, phone service or reticulated water with only dirt road access.
Today it is world-class visitor and interpretive centre, leading the way in eco-tourism and providing an important scientific site for research, including participating in a global carbon flux study.
The centre is now steered by the Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust and general manager Brian Arnold said the 30th anniversary is an important milestone.
“The Centre is the cornerstone of tourism in the Daintree. It provides visitors with the knowledge to make the most of their visit to this very special swathe of lowland tropical forest, which we want to share with as many people as possible.
“The Centre has always been innovative and intrepid, from the building of Australia’s first canopy tower in 1998 to its embracing of sustainability and a very soft environmental footprint.
“We still don’t have mains power, reticulated water or sewage – that pioneering spirit the Birketts brought to the project makes the Daintree Discovery Centre what it is today – an exceptional and one-of-a-kind tourism experience.”
The Centre has won more than 30 state and federal tourism awards as well as a United Nations award since it opened in 1989 and is a prime mover in a number of environmental campaigns such as increasing cassowary numbers and regeneration of rainforest.
The big 3-0 for the centre will be celebrated with visitors, former employees, the ADBT board and local dignitaries on Wednesday.
The Daintree Discovery Centre is on Tulip Oak Road (off Cape Tribulation Road) in Cow Bay. It is open every day except Christmas Day from 8.30am to 5pm.
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In a move never before seen by a local tourism operator, the Daintree Discovery Centre is offering a full refund on the cost of the Daintree River Ferry for the month of February.
Daintree Discovery Centre director Ron Birkett said there had never been a better time to discover the oldest rainforest on the planet with the one-time offer open to all visitors who crossed the ferry and visited the Centre.
“While some conditions do apply this isn’t an offer exclusive for locals, it is available to absolutely everyone. A full refund of your ferry receipt, when purchasing an entry ticket to the Discovery Centre – it is that simple.
“We want people to discover just how incredible the Daintree is and there is nowhere better to experience this than at the Discovery Centre.”
Mr Birkett said the promotion coincided nicely with the influx of visitor numbers for Chinese New Year, however he said the idea behind it was to help boost visitor numbers north of the Daintree River.
“We are heading into what is traditionally our quietest period, so if we can make it even more attractive for people to visit us, then that is our aim.”
It is estimated around 400,000 people visit the Daintree Rainforest each year, with the majority of these travelling in their own vehicle.
To reach the Daintree Rainforest, travellers must cross the Daintree River, which Ron believed was an attraction in its own right.
“We are hoping we see a real difference in the number of people travelling north of the river and if we do, this will only have a positive affect on all businesses here from restaurants to accommodation and other visitor attractions.”
Mr Birkett said there was a range of things to see and do north of the river and the tourism operators who provided these services set the bench mark when it came to best practice and environmentally sustainable management.
“The Daintree Discovery Centre capped off an incredible year last year, receiving a total of five awards including the coveted Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award at the Queensland Tourism Awards but there were a number of other operators who were also award recipients.
“We are incredibly proud of our achievements and want to share what makes the Discovery Centre so special and unique.”
For more information contact Ron Birkett on 4057 8499 / 0417 668 418
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