The Daintree Rainforest is located in Australia. Visitors to the rainforest will enjoy its pristine nature, untouched by artificial structures and real time wildlife sightings. The rainforest takes its name from the photographer and geologist, Richard Daintree. Daintree was born in 1832 and dies in 1878.
The Daintree Rainforest encompasses the Daintree National Park, privately owned land that includes a residential community with a population of five people, and some parts of State Forest. The land north of the Peninsula Range is gradually purchased from private owners and is used for conservation.
The rainforest is home to thirty percent of the marsupial, frog, and reptile species in Australia, ninety percent of the butterfly and bat species. Seven percent of the bird species in Australia are located in this part of the country. The Daintree Rainforest boasts twelve thousand species of insects. The diversity of the rainforest makes up 0.1% of Australia’s landmass.
Roads north of the Daintree River wind through the forest. They were developed in a way that minimizes the impacts of travel on the ancient ecosystem.
Daintree Rainforest practices genuine ecotourism with interpretation from expert long-term resident guides. The rainforest contains the World Heritage centerpiece and is the oldest rainforest in the world. There are several tour options for the rainforest, but tours are generally two or four hours of guided walking through the rainforest. Packages include the following:
· Greater Wilderness Experience- This tour uses the knowledge of inhabitant guides to present the old-growth rainforest. The tour is intensive and provides insight into the intricacies of the ancient ecosystem. The tour lasts four hours and is about a six and half kilometer walk.
· Grand Fan Palm Gallery Tour- This tour takes visitors to the heart of the rainforest. The local guides are experts on the biodiversity and complexity of the ecosystem. The evolutionary progress through the last one-hundred and eighty million years has made the rainforest a living museum of primitive and rare animals and plants. This tour is two hours and requires a moderate level of fitness to traverse the flat terrain.
· Walk Cruise Combination- This tour combines the Grand Fan Palm Gallery Tour and a one-hour cruise through the most diverse mangrove area in the world. The cruise explores the habitats of crocodiles and cassowaries. The tour and cruise combo allow visitors to explore the Cooper Valley at the base of Thornton Peak. It has rich ecosystem that includes primitive fauna and flowering plants that cannot be found in the world anywhere else. The guides are experts and will explain the Daintree Rainforest beginning with it’s development and evolution through time, to the numerous primitive, endemic, and rare species located there. The tour and cruise combination lasts three hours.
· Walk Cruise Extension- This package combines the Greater Wilderness Experience and a one-hour cruise through the mangrove community. The tour and cruise combined will last five hours. The combination tour and cruise explores an old growth Gondwanan rainforest and the mangrove community that is home to a diverse set of wildlife including the estuarine crocodiles.
· Daintree Rainforest River Combination- This package combines a two-hour wildlife cruise with either the Grand Fan Palm Gallery Tour or the Greater Wilderness Experience. If combined with the Grand Fan Palm Gallery tour, it will last four hours. If combined with the Greater Wilderness Experience, it will last six hours.
· Walk Cruise and Dine- This package combines the Grand Fan Palm Gallery Tour with a cruise that last one hour and is interpreted by experts and a lunch at one of the nearby Heritage Lodge, followed by a tea in the afternoon at one of the local tea houses. The total time for this package is five hours.
· 7-Hour Package- This package combines the Daintree Rainforest Walk, Cruise, and Dine Package with the Greater Wilderness Experience. The cruise last one hour and is interpreted by experts. For more information on what this package includes see the website.
· Private Charters- The Daintree Rainforest provides private tours that can tailored to specific interests. Those who prefer the private tour may choose to focus on interests such as plants, insects, photography, or the part humans play in changing the environment. Depending on the amenities and type of tour a visitor is looking for, the times for these tours will vary.
The Daintree Rainforest allows field trips for university and secondary schools. Guides with expert knowledge interpret the rainforest and its uniqueness and evolutionary process. The Rainforest also provides boundless opportunities for research as it is the most diverse rainforest, biologically in the world.
Daintree Rainforest, Australia, Phone: +61-74-09-89-16