Daintree National Park sits on the north east coast of Queensland and sprawls out in a flurry of lush rainforests and incredible views. Just north of Mossman and Cairns, it proves to be a popular place for visitors to head in search of the great outdoors. Within its clutches, the Daintree forest hosts a huge range of native wildlife and unusual flora, as well as a variety of different landscapes, from soaring mountains to mesmerising rivers and thick jungles. Covering more than 1,200 square kilometres, the national park is the largest of its kind in Australia, and there are plenty of adventures to be had there.
Hiking is a hugely popular activity in the Daintree National Park, and many keen walkers head straight to the Alexandra Range Lookout, which sits at the peak of the incredible Alexandra Range. From here, you can see right out across the surrounding scenery, taking in the swell of the Daintree River’s mouth, with its verdant marshland and its cool blue waters. From this vantage point, you can also see the Coral Sea in the distance, the cobalt colouring providing the perfect contrast to the vibrant greens of the rainforest.
Marvel at the Mangrove Trees
The beach end of the Alexandra Range, which spans a huge portion of the national park, joins together with the Daintree River and Wonga Beach in a naturally formed funnel. A thick south-east trade wind regularly blows through this unusual phenomenon, creating the perfect conditions for mangrove trees to grow. Dotted all around the river mouth and the end of the Alexandra Range, mangroves form a large part of the landscape, their seeds carried along in the water by the currents and cool winds. They cling and clump together in the estuary of the river and along the sandy stretch of Wonga Beach, creating an incredible scene from the top of the Alexandra Range.
Fishing Shacks Meet Mansions on the Coast
Whilst the rainforest is known for its natural backdrop, there are also a handful of architectural wonders peppered throughout the park. Holiday homes stucco the coastline, and there are plenty of 1930s fishing shacks to add a dash of history to the proceedings. These are visible from the lookout at Alexandra Range, proffering carpeted views of the natural scenery and a heady dose of culture, too. A collection of multi-million dollar mansions have started popping up along the coastline as well, but these certainly don’t detract from the jaw-dropping beauty of the region.
Book one of our 1 or 2 day Cape Tribulation and Daintree Rainforest tours to experience the glorious Alexandra Range for yourself!