Daintree Rainforest’s cutest creatures

Daintree Rainforest’s cutest creatures

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 04/22/2024

Reading time: 2 mins

Explore a lush rainforest filled with wildlife in tropical North Queensland.

The Daintree Rainforest is the world’s oldest rainforest and is home to an array of cute animals. Some can be more difficult to spot, but you’ll likely come across one of the many wildlife that live in the rainforest.

What animals live in the Daintree Rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest is home to thousands of animals. The Daintree alone has over 300 mammal species and over 400 bird species. With all kinds of animals living here, these are some of the cutest!

Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo

One of the many tree kangaroos found in the Daintree, the small Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo is found around Atherton Tablelands between Cardwell Range and Mount Carbine.

Keep an eye out for these creatures as they’re usually sleeping in the tree canopy during the day.

Daintree River ringtail possum

The cute little ringtail possums are found around the Daintree River banks. The possum can be found in the treetops, making it difficult for those to spot, so bring along a binocular!

These ringtail possums are light brown and typically weigh less than a kilogram!

Bennett’s tree kangaroo

The Bennett’s tree kangaroo lives in the Daintree’s north around the Daintree River and other wet tropics. This tree kangaroo is mainly brown and grey, with a grey face and black hands and feet.

Musky rat kangaroo

This small brown animal is a mix between a rat and a kangaroo. The creature bounds across the floor like a rabbit and can easily climb the tall trees.

You’ll see them looking for food on the rainforest floor in the late morning to early afternoon.

Green tree frog

The green tree frogs are seen across the Daintree Rainforest and throughout the northern parts of Australia. You’ll easily spot these bright green frogs on the trees, and you’ll likely be able to hear their distinctive croaking.

Ready to go try to spot some of these cute creatures?

With a chance to spot some of these adorable creatures, book a one day tour of the Daintree! Not only will you see some cute animals, but you could also see the remarkable cassowary and saltwater crocodiles!

This Daintree tour includes visiting Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge. You’ll explore the ancient rainforest, go on the Daintree River cruise, and spot wildlife throughout the day.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.