Visitor Information

The Daintree Rainforest is as old as time itself! You’ll find this primordial rainforest a truly magic place. At the Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre, we are passionate about conserving this ancient landscape – for you and your children.

The following information will assist you in planning your visit to the Daintree Rainforest Discovery Centre:

The Daintree Discovery Centre is one of the best things to do in Port Douglas, Cairns and Cape Tribulation, just make sure you keep the following in mind when visiting the rainforest, to ensure you have the best experience possible.

Dos and Don’ts of Visiting the Rainforest

Stinging Plant

Stinging Plant – beware!


  • Protect the forest by walking on designated tracks – preferably elevated boardwalks
  • Drive slowly and watch out for wildlife – especially at night
  • Take home rubbish including fruit scraps which may contains seeds that will germinate
  • Watch out for Stinging Plants and Wait-a-While tendrils
  • Check yourself for ticks and leeches if you have been walking through the forest


  • Touch or eat plants, including fruits that you cannot identify – many are poisonous
  • Take domestic pets such as dogs into National Parks
  • Remove any plant or animal material from National Parks
  • Feed native wildlife
  • Sit on rotten wood as you can pick up small mites which are often referred to as scrub itch


Animal Etiquette in the Wet Tropics:

Learn about the dangers of the Daintree Rainforest

Learn about the dangers of the Daintree Rainforest

    • When you see a cassowary on the road, slow down – do not get out of your car
    • If you encounter a cassowary in the wild, do not run or turn your back on it
    • Don’t get between a male cassowary and his chicks – they are very protective
    • Never feed a cassowary
    • Remove all food scraps when you leave
    • If you come across a snake, leave it alone and do not provoke it
    • Always obey National Parks warning signs – especially regarding crocodiles
    • Never swim in Estuarine Crocodile habitats – these can be many kilometres from the sea
    • Keep well away from the water’s edge – crocodiles can move very quickly
    • Never clean fish near the water’s edge, around camp sites or boat ramps
    • Camp at least 2 metres above the high water mark and at least 50m from the water’s edge
    • Be especially aware of crocodiles at night and during the breeding season, September to April

Injured or Orphaned Native Wildlife:

Discovery Centre staff form part of Wildlife Rescue in the Daintree region

Discovery Centre staff form part of Wildlife Rescue in the Daintree region

  • Do not touch or attempt to feed the animal
  • Avoid handling injured bats and flying foxes
  • Keep a respectful distance to prevent increased stress to the animal
  • Keep an eye on it
  • Report all wildlife casualties to registered wildlife carers
  • Contact Environmental Protection Agency on 1300 360 898 or phone FNQ Wildlife Rescue 07 4053 4467 (24 hours for Wildlife Emergencies)

Entry Fees

Adult: AUD$37.00
Concession/Student: AUD$34
Child: AUD$18.00 (5 – 17 years)
Family: AUD$90.00

Audio Tour (8 languages)
68 Page Interpretive Guide Book
7 Day free re-entry
Children’s Audio Tour (suit 5 – 9 years)

Recent Media

Position Vacant: Operations Supervisor

Position Summary The Operations Supervisor plays a critical leadership role at the Daintree Discovery Centre (DDC), ensuring a world-class tourism experience is consistently delivered to our customer

February 28, 2022 read more


COVID-19 RESPONSE: Following a period of closure due to COVID-19, the Daintree Discovery is again fully operational and open to the public seven days a week.

Opening hours:
8.30 am – 5 pm
Last entry 4 pm