The Daintree Rainforest National Park
Located near Cairns in the North-Eastern part of Queensland this National Park is somewhere between 50 and 100 million years old.
Therefore it is the second largest in the world, with its 7,080 square kilometres (2,734 square miles).
The Daintree Rainforest Wet Tropics of Queensland are listed by Unesco as World Heritage as one of the world’s most unique natural places in Australia.
It is home to the largest variety of animals and plants on earth.
Swimming, snorkeling, sailing and hiking are among some of the activities enjoyed by visitors of the majestic Daintree Rainforest.
Relaxing to the sound of rare birds and exotic animals in this tropical paradise adds up to an unforgettable experience.
The Bull Kauri Pine trees which are 1100-year-old are the tallest in the world.
They have their enormous roots sunk in the peaty soil while their tops tower nearly 45 metres above the rainforest canopy.
Of the 40 fern species in the rainforest the King Fern has the world’s longest fronds.
With 3000 known species of plants, it is no wonder the lush green Tropics are referred to as the emerald of Australia.
Tree kangaroos, bats, the Cassowary and crocodiles are among the long list of the animals that inhabit the magnificent rainforest.
The Daintree claims over 150 kinds of freshwater fish, including the colourful rainbow fish and hundreds of species of birds.
Many of those are unique to the rainforest and some are even found on the endangered list.
About the Daintree National Park
Established in 1962 the Daintree National Park was set up to protect the rainforest from mining, logging and road-building.
One of the biggest reasons the world considers Daintree such a precious jewel is the uniqueness of the plants and animals found there.
It is a very special environment and needs to be respected so it can cast its spell of wonder for generations to come.