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PLANNING HOLIDAYS IN THE DAINTREE ?
The Daintree rainforest meets the pristine beaches and reefs of the
Great Barrier Reef
Congratulations on your decision
to have a holiday in the Daintree!
Now, let me help you on your way, to make sure you find the right accommodation,
tours and all information that you need to make this the highlight of
your Australian holiday.
This website is built and maintained by a long term local resident,
who has lived in the Daintree for decades, and knows the area, the accommodation
and the tours.
Looking for other Daintree
tourist information? This site is not just about accommodation and
tours, it has everything you need to plan your Daintree holiday, from
maps to local history to general tourist
information, and guides on where to eat, where the good beaches and
walking tracks are, and how to make the most of your holidays.
So, what is "Daintree"?
The Daintree is an extremely special part of our
planet, it contains spectacular scenery and the oldest surviving
rainforest in the world that runs right down to the pristine beaches
of the Great Barrier Reef, and it is home to unique animals and
trees that are not found anywhere else on this planet, such as
the cassowary on the right, filmed at Rainforest Hideaway:
There are several definitions of the word "Daintree":
1. The Daintree National Park, this is made up of
several sections, starts at Mossman, and ends north of Cape Tribulation.
2. The Daintree Rainforest, this includes both the
National Park and the rainforest on private land.
Apart from some walks at Mossman Gorge and Daintree Village, most
of the accessible rainforest is north of the Daintree river.
To fully appreciate the ancient Daintree rainforest you really
need to get across the Daintree river, do some of the boardwalks,
enjoy the drive through the rainforest, and even better spend
at least one night at Cape Tribulation and do a guided day or
night walk to learn about this amazing eco-system.
3. The Daintree Region, this is an area without
exact boundaries, but runs roughly from Daintree Village to Cape
Tribulation and includes the Bloomfield Track.
4. Daintree, or Daintree Village, a small town on
the southside of the Daintree river.
Map showing the sections of
the Daintree National Park
Introduction to The Daintree Region
Here is an introduction to the various localities within
the Daintree, choose your location carefully, if you don't have your
own transport you could find yourself a bit stuck if you were planning
on certain tour pickups, walk to the beach, or dining out.
- The rough unsealed road north of Cape Tribulation,
pure wilderness and remote beaches to explore with four wheel
Tribulation - the jewel on the Daintree Crown, 36
km. north of the Daintree river, a visit to the Daintree is not
complete if you haven't been here, and the drive up there through
the rainforest is an attraction itself.
This is one of the most convenient areas to stay overnight, within
a two km. radius you will find in Cape
Tribulation accommodation, bars, restaurants, shops, beach
walks. Many local tours only pick up from here, not from further
- A small community of only a dozen or so houses right by a pristine
beach with a cafe, a holiday home and two bungalows, perfect for
relaxing beach holidays.
Diwan - You won't see any signs to this area
but it is roughly anything in between Cow Bay and Thornton Beach.
This area has some holiday homes for rent and a few attractions
such as the Ice Cream Company and the Insect Museum, as well as
large areas of fanpalms.
- A rather spread out area of rainforest with a nice beach, there
is quite a choice in accommodation available here and some attractions
such as the Discovery Centre, Cow Bay Beach and the Icecream Company.
Forest Creek - the first road on your left after
you leave the ferry. Two nice holiday homes here but no tourist
Cape Kimberley - An undeveloped area, currently
only has only two holiday homes for rent as accommodation options,
both with stunning views.
Snapper Island - Only accessible on a seakayaking
tour, or if you have your own boat. There is no resort, only a
National Parks campsite with a pit toilet. Some very nice reef
surrounds the island.
- a very scenic area but not a village in the rainforest as some
publications say, timber cutters cleared the land a long time
There are some accommodation options in and around the village
which is handy if you want to do the early morning birdwatching
tour, and many crocodile spotting tours operate from here.
But to really see the Daintree rainforest you need to travel further
up across the Daintree river up to Cape Tribulation.
What's so special about The Daintree?
Your own beach !
The Daintree contains some of the last surviving ancient rainforest,
which according to the scientists has been virtually unchanged for
at least 120 million years. The Amazon rainforest might be more
famous, but is "only" about 20 million years old.
The Daintree rainforest contains many plants and animals that are
rare, endangered, or live nowhere else than here.
Some trees have been discovered that were previously thought to
be extinct for millions of years!
The Daintree adjoins the Great Barrier Reef and UNESCO has recognized
both as outstanding areas of scientific value and spectacular beauty
and listed both the Daintree National Park and the Great Barrier
Reef as World Heritage Areas.
The area north of the Daintree River is of spectacular beauty,
and thanks to protective government policies it is still quite undeveloped.
There are no high rise hotels or concrete structures, resorts, restaurants
and houses are mostly of designs to fit in with nature, and buildings
are hidden away in the rainforest
In a world gone crazy with traffic jams and over-development the
Daintree is an oasis of peace and quiet and scenic beauty where
you can still have a pristine beach all to yourself or come face
to face with a cassowary.
The ferry over the Daintree River is the gateway and as soon as
you drive off the ferry you will find yourself in a different world.
Don't drive up in a convoy looking at the bumperbar of the car in
front of you when you get off the ferry, but pulll over to let the
other traffic pass and then wind your windows down and cruise up
slowly to fully enjoy the spectacular drive through the rainforest.
The Daintree has some wonderful accommodation options built right
inside the rainforest, and it is an unforgettable experience to
sleep at least one night immersed in this ancient jungle, listening
to all the mysterious night time sounds, and to wake up to the singing
of all the tropical birds.
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