THINGS TO DO IN THE DAINTREE
TAKE IN ANCIENT DAINTREE RAINFOREST
The Daintree Rainforest is an exciting pre-historic environment that contains many botanical species that were present when the dinosaurs were alive. Although the Daintree National Park extends up and down the Far North Queensland Coast, many of the southern pockets of National Park are relatively young, around 70,000 years old. To visit the oldest part of the Daintree Rainforest visitors must take the ferry north across the Majestic Daintree River. The Rainforest across the river on the way to Cape Tribulation is widely regarded as the oldest tropical rainforest on earth dated at around 150 million years old!
SEE DAINTREE RAINFOREST FROM ALL LEVELS
The 23m Canopy tower at the Daintree Discovery Centre is widely considered the number one thing to do in the Daintree Rainforest. Combined with the 10m high elevated Aerial Walkways and over 900m of elevated Boardwalks, visitors can experience every level of this ancient environment from the leaf litter on the forest floor, to high up above the top of the rainforest canopy.
SEARCH FOR WILD CASSOWARIES
Searching for wild Cassowaries at the Daintree Discovery Centre is one of the other great things to do in the Daintree Rainforest. As a natural Corridor and wild Cassowary Habitat, The Daintree Discovery Centre provides Wild Cassowaries with naturally occurring Food Sources including Cassowary Plums and Blue Quandongs. Macleans Creek that winds its way through the property, provides a vital source of water for the Cassowaries as they drink and Bath in the Creek on a Daily Basis. Cassowaries can be viewed at any time of year, all from the safety of elevated viewing platforms that provide wonderful vantage points for securing that elusive photo!
LOOK CLOSER AT THIS AMAZING WORLD
The Daintree Rainforest has one of the most unique ecosystems on Earth. Although many visitors are only interested in seeing, crocodiles, cassowaries and larger animals, the complex environment contains millions of insects, small invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. Spend the time, look closer and see a world just waiting to be discovered.
VIEW NATIVE REPTILES AND RAINFOREST FISH
Although there are a myriad of wild reptiles and fish that live in the Daintree Rainforest and surrounding Creeks and rivers, they can often be tricky to spot! The Daintree Discovery Centre has developed a specially designed Creek Ecology Room and a number of Reptile Displays to exhibit some of the weird and wonderful predators of the Jungle. The Creek Ecology Room contains local freshwater fish and crustaceans that can be found all throughout the Daintree. Fish like the Mighty Barramundi, Jungle Perch, Archer and Rainbow Fish are on display. The Discovery Centre’s Reptile collection includes Palmerston Jungle Pythons, Julatten Jungle Pythons and Carpet Pythons.
ENJOY LUNCH AT DAINTREE CAFE
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 the Cafe’s famous Devonshire Teas – scones with Davidson’s Plum Jam and a pot of locally grown Daintree Tea. The Cafe also caters to many dietary considerations including gluten free and vegetarian options.
Leave your pets at home; take any rubbish out with you; don't feed the wildlife and don't pollute the water.
Enjoy yourself and leave nothing but footsteps and take nothing but photographs!
Wet Tropics Management Authority