Richly diverse and teeming with exotic flora and fauna, the Daintree Rainforest is a sparkling jewel in the crown when it comes to the beauty of Australia. Every year thousands of visitors make their way to the pristine jungle lands of the Daintree to escape into the dense green canopies and explore a living, breathing Jurassic Park that has thrived since ancient times.
Close to Four Hundred Rare Species
The fragile ecosystem of the Daintree is incredibly intricate and the deep shade, dappled sunlight and abundance of fresh cool waters encourage many rare and ancient plants to grow and survive in the modern world. There are said to be over three thousand plant species growing strong in the Daintree Rainforest and a stunning 365 of these species are incredibly rare and endangered which is why they are protected.
As Old as the Tyrannosaurus Rex
One of the most famous primitive plants to be spotted in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest is the interestingly named Idiot Fruit. These huge trees boast large brown fruits that look quite similar to baseballs. The idiot fruit was discovered over a hundred years ago when it was responsible for the death of cattle who would chew the seeds. This plant species is twice as old as a Tyrannosaurus Rex which makes it an impressive 120 million years old and still going.
Forty Species of Fern
The Daintree Rainforest is full of ferns with over forty species of which can only be found in the rainforest. The King Fern spreads its leaves to look like a palm tree, the Tree Fern is one of the oldest plants on earth and the Tassel Fern is a wonder to behold. The ferns are an essential part of the forest make up lending their soft green hues to the beauty of the lush landscape.
Trees as Big as the Statue of Liberty
Aside from ferns the Daintree Rainforest also boasts the biggest conifer in the whole world known as the Bull kauri. This mammoth tree can reach a staggering forty four meters and has been hailed as one of the most impressive trees to ever be seen as it is almost the same size as the statue of liberty.
Not only can you find a wealth of rich, exotic and rare plants in the Daintree Rainforest but you can find plenty of wildlife, some are also endangered. Entering the ethereal forest splashed in its jeweled colors and incredible beauty makes the Daintree an incredible experience for visitors.
To see all the Ancient Plants, book one of our the Cape Tribulation & Daintree Tours.