Things to do in the Daintree Rainforest

Cairns is blessed with loads of dreamy wonderlands within a credit card’s throw from the city, ideal for blissed-out breaks with your partner or posse. Daintree Rainforest is one of them, jam-packed with dense greenery, unique wildlife, and incredible natural wonders. Check out our list of the best things to do in this lush rainforest.

The rainforest is the oldest and biggest rainforests in the entire world, being the ripe old age of 180. It reaches up to a whopping 1,200 square kilometres (the largest tropical rainforest within Australia.) And is also the only area existing where two world heritage listed sights sit side by side.

Top Things to do in the Daintree Rainforest

  • Daintree National Park

    Daintree National Park

    Immerse yourself in this dense rainforest and trek through the trails scattered within. Strolling through the trees is the best place to spot the spectacular wildlife within-as it is home to a large and biologically diverse areas in the world. Keep your eyes out for birds, insects, reptiles, and marsupials. Even a chance to spot some species that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Don’t forget the plants sprinkling the area. With lush ferns and colourful flowers, this rainforest is home to some unique and ancient plant life. Including a range of the biggest trees in the world, with the tallest tree being a whopping forty-four meters tall (which is the same as the statue of liberty.)

  • Daintree River

    Crocodile on Daintree River

    The crocodile infested waters of the Daintree River are not for faint-hearted. With the largest living reptiles on earth roaming the waters, it is not the best swimming spot. Instead, taking a boat cruise down the river to spot these beasts from afar can make an unforgettable journey. The guides lower a tasty croc treat above the water, ensuring one of the massive creatures to leap from the water right before your eyes.

  • Mossman Gorge

    Mossman Gorge

    Nestled deep in the rainforest is the famous Mossman Gorge. One of the area’s most prominent natural wonders as well as the region’s best freshwater swimming spots. The gorge filled with crystal clear waters, with the cool dense rainforest temperatures making a refreshing and rejuvenating place away from the Aussie heat. Whether you choose to visit The gorge for its scenery, its waters, snorkelling or simply to soak up the sun on the large rocks, you will certainly not be disappointed.

  • Marrdja Boardwalk

    Marrdja Boardwalk

    To really submerge in the rainforest, one of the best trails to trek on is the Marrdja Boardwalk. This elevated wood boardwalk weaves through the trees, looping around Oliver Creek alongside a sparkling mountain stream. One of the best things about this trail is that each section has an information sign, so you can learn even more about the surrounding rainforest. Simply park the car on Cape Tribulation Road and head to the boardwalk’s entrance on the south bank of Oliver Creek.

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